Many months ago I was working on some words for a website and got chatting to Ella Austin, the designer behind BomBella. It turned out that she too was expecting a baby and we swapped stories and I learned about her fab knit kits. She offered one up for review to which I winced and admitted, 'I can't knit toys, my RSI can't take the tight gauge . Unfazed, I received a package of beautiful patterns and a ready made owl from Ella that now sits wisely in Playful Baby's nursery. I adore these fuzzy friends and have been looking forward to sharing this delightful designer.
|(c) Ella Austin|
Ella designs kits with an amazing eye for beautiful features and details. She enlists the best of British providers such as Fyberspates and Skein Queen to bring exclusive kits to create her charming designs. By working with yarnies, Ella is able to ensure quality kits that match her gorgeous patterns. When I received my sample of patterns I was blown away by the quality of print and layout, not just the gorgeous pieces.
Ella currently has three popular kits available via Etsy, with plans to launch more very soon. Tawny Owl, as shown above is my personal favourite with the cute little fuzz body from gorgeous Fyberspates Faery Wings yarn in a soft brown palette that highlights the delicate motifs across the body. I think I actually squealed with delight when I open this one up!
|(c) Ella Austin|
Then there's 'Intrepid Fox', a rather charming chap who calls for Skein Queen's merino 4ply. I think the leg detail is just perfect and am slightly sad my wrists wouldn't hold up to this. I would love to make the fox as it looks like a really satisfying knit. Finally, there's the Bunty Mitts, a retro wallpaper influenced kits, also making use of Skein Queen yarn.
|(c) Ella Austin|
I think this is what I enjoy the most about Ella's designs: detail. She just has an ability for taking a motif to a whole other level in a way I haven't seen before. I love the designs and the idea of a kit ready to go is very appealing. I keep pondering who I could gift some too!
Since receiving my lovely gift for the baby, Ella released another stunning design, 'Leighton House Handwarmers'. As always the patterns are available on Ravelry and the kits are on both her Etsy store as well as the yarn provider, Fyberspates. The inspiration was initially from the damask or brocade style of heavy curtain fabrics that might belong in lavish traditionally decorated mansions. Leighton House was the home and studio of one of Ella's favourite artists, Lord Frederick Leighton so again you can really see Ella drawing on delicious and enticing details.
|(c) Ella Austin|
Like what you see? Well, leave a comment below telling me which kit you love best to be in with a chance of winning the kit of your choice. Be sure to enter by 25th Jul 2012 to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!
I love them all but I am rather partial to owls... and foxes... oh my it would be hard to choose.
Oh I've been seeing those Bunty Mitts all over Pinterest and admiring them. Such a great design and fantastic colours!
Great prizes...tough decision. I'd love to try out the Leighton Handwarmers. Thanks for running this give-away!
I already have The Bunty Mitts kit so next on my acquisition list would be Tawny Owl. It's so fuzzy!
I'm very partial to foxes, but I love-love-love that owl. I think it would be a beautiful addition to Dream Baby's nursery.
I love her designs. I am in the middle of knitting the Bunty mitts at the moment. I bought the yarn last week and have nearly finished the first glove. Watching the design grow makes me happy.
Out of the other patterns, I think I'd most like to make the intrepid fox because I would have loved him as a child. I have friends with young children and he would make a very nice and special present.
Gosh I like them all but I think the owl is my favourite.
That fox! What a precious, precious pattern!
Love the Owl :)
It's a hard choice between the Leighton Handwarmers and the Intrepid Fox, who is just too cute for words. I guess I'd have to go for the more practical handwarmers.
Oh, they're all lovely! I think my favourite is probably the Bunty Mitts.
I love them all!
The Leighton House handwarmers have been in my favourites, so I will knit them eventually (she says optimistically). It would be a 'for me' treat...
However, everything is all about the boy these days, and I know he'd cuddle/chew the best out of the Intrepid fox!
I'd get to work with a new-to-me yarn as well, so it must be the Intrepid Fox!
I love them all but really am partial to the Bunty Mitts.
Oh they are all lovely! Though the fox has to be my fave, closely followed by the beautiful mitts.
I would love the owl it is so cute my little one would love it
O my! They are all so lovely!! It's a tough decision, but I still think the owl is my favorite. But, I also love Leighton!
If I didn't love owls so much, it would be impossible to choose! The Tawny Owl is just too adorable!
Lovely, lovely patterns! I would love a Tawny Owl to watch over my craft room.
Oh my the clever and adorable fox tugs at my heart but I have had the Bunty Mitts in my ravelry favs since the day released and I'd be thrilled to knit those. Fantastic designs all and a lovely giveaway! xx!
Oh, they are all gorgeous! My favourite would be the owl, I think. Thanks to you and Ella for the giveaway!
All so lovely! But that owl is just too cute - and looks oh so cuddly! Thanks for a great giveaway!
Oh, Tawny Owl is gorgeous! Thanks for making me drool this morning and add another heap of beauties to my favourites!
I love the Leighton mitts!
July 2012? not sure I'm going to make it. But I do love the mitts.
I love these kits! Finding it hard to pick between the owl and the fox but I think the owl wins
I love the fox kit the best. He looks really cuddly!
I really love the Bunty mitts - such a wonderful name and just right to keep my (RSI) hands cosy in winter - they are much better if I keep them warm!
I like them all but I think my overall faavourite is the Bunty Mitts as they remind me of Orla Kiely patterns (which I really love) - and other retro patterns that are around at the moment.
Oooh. Lovely kits! I think my choice would be Leighton House mitts.
I'd love to have the Leighton House Handwarmers. They don't look too daunting as first fairisle project!
The Bunty mitts are so stylish in a lovely retro way - think they are my favourite (the other kits are super sweet too, though :))
Love the Leighton House handwarmers. So pretty. Thanks for holding the contest.
Love Tawny Owl!! Would be a fabulous gift for my new nephew or niece...
I've been eyeing up the Bunty Mitts kit on her Etsy shop for ages. I love a bit of retro styling.
I love the owl and the fox - the perfect size for practising stranded knitting without the commitment of a big project...
I'd love to knit the Owl. She's fabulous. Thanks for the chance to try out these lovely kits.
Although I adore the owl...I think I'd love to try the Bunty Mitts...I haven't done any colorwork in knitting yet....and I know I'd get lots of use out of the mitts..
Such a hard choice! I think the fox is my favorite, but I love the owl too. :)
I love the Bunty Mitts! Just my colors. Thanks
love the bunty mitt kit!! :)
It would have to be the fox as I live with 'Mr Fox' and we have some of the furry visitors coming to see us at night.
All are lovely however and it would be fantastic to receive any of them.
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