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Baby blanket knitalong part 2: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

I foolishly thought spring was around the corner, it’s turned Baltic again and I’m actually wearing fingerless mitts while I type this post! A blanket is the perfect project to cosy under when the weather gets chilly so that gives you another great excuse to cast on. So if you’re on the hunt for some weekend knitting then I’m […]

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Reversible cable scarf: Free pattern

I’ve got a serious case of ‘one-more-row-itis’ at the moment. I’m never very good at going to bed at a reasonable hour, but last night I was up until 1am, working on my reversible cable scarf and watching old episodes of Nashville (admission – I love a cheesy country song). The pattern is a new freebie […]

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Top tips for socks: Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock

The first pair of socks I knitted were an absolute disaster. There were holes in the gusset, I forgot to work plain rows between decreases, giving the heel a very square shape, and I even grafted the toes together perpendicular to the foot! I’ve been knitting some socks recently in Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock […]

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It’s knitalong time: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Oooo, I love a knitalong. Knitting is a bit of a solitary sport, so it’s nice when you have an excuse to doing something more communal. Designer Yarns have a new knitalong, that’s perfect for Debbie Bliss fans, or anyone with a little one to knit for. Sandra Oakeshott’s has designed a stylish baby blanket […]

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After the rain: Louisa Harding Marmo

I have been thinking about the rain a lot this week and have been knitting it too! The sky is clear today after the departure of Storm Doris, but my needles are still speaking to me of water, thanks to the ‘raindrops’ swatch I’m knitting in Louisa Harding Marmo. This stitch pattern comes from Wendy […]

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Yarn love

When I started knitting again about 12 years ago I didn’t really know what I was in for. My prime goal in buying yarn was to ‘save money’ so I stuck to the cheap and cheerful stuff available at my nearest market stall. It was only when I ventured to a knitting group run by […]

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Using the right tools: Brittany needles

When I learnt to knit my nana taught me using long aluminium needles. I remember how cold they felt and how I had to grip them so hard they made my hands hurt. The tight stitches I created seemed to be held with a vice-like grip by the sticky metal and it just wasn’t a comfortable process. […]

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Knitting for kids with Debbie Bliss

Knitting a hat for my friend’s new baby a few weeks ago got me thinking about kid’s knits. Having learnt to knit as a child, my interest was renewed in my late 20s, but it was only when I became pregnant with my daughter that the desire to make things with sticks and string firmly took […]

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Dreaming of blankets: Fruity DK

My house has a lot of blankets. Between the giant crochet granny square which covers our bed, to the Hama bead-inspired heart design I dreamt up in a moment of madness (see below for proof!), and countless quilts I’ve stitched over the years, we aren’t short of covers to keep us cosy. And yet recently […]

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Trend watch: Shibori

As someone who wore tie dye in the 80s, I never thought I’d be into it again. But these days Pinterest is full of beautiful images of shibori, the Japanese art of precision resist dyeing, and I’m hooked! If you’re curious to know how it works, do check out my shibori Pinterest board for further info […]

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