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Community love: Mirasol yarns

One thing I love about being involved in the yarn industry is the sense of community. We may live in fast-changing times, with technology seemingly dividing us as much as it brings us together, but somehow, in the knitting world the sense of community feels like it just keeps growing. Mirasol is a yarn brand […]

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Vintage pattern inspiration – a trip to Winchester

This week was a very special one for me, because I finally got to pay a visit to the spectacular knitting pattern library at Winchester School of Art. Founded with the collections of the late Richard Rutt, the late Montse Stanley and Jane Waller, the archive has expanded to include every knitting pattern book of note […]

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Learn to knit: Six free videos

Like a lot of knitters, my grandmother taught me how to knit when I was little. I dabbled with it for a while and then forgot about it until I saw a friend making a scarf in chunky yarn about 12 years ago. Picking up the needles again seemed like a good idea, but when […]

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Top tips for holiday knits

I’m abroad this week, and getting away from it all, which got me thinking about a friend who was recently told she couldn’t take a crochet hook on a flight to Europe. As she was only taking hand luggage, this left her without anything to make for a whole week – very depressing! Happily, knitting […]

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Summer colour: Debbie Bliss Botany Lace

Summer tends to be a time to switch from knitting to crochet or – heaven forbid – stop crafting altogether. But you don’t have to let the heat get the better of your hobby! As the weather warms up I take it as a cue to crack open my stash of lace and 4-ply yarns to […]

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Reasons to love your yarn shop

When was the last time you visited your local yarn shop? It’s so easy these days, with everything available online, to do all your yarn shopping on the web. Hey, it’s convenient, and the choice is great! But there’s something special about a trip to a real-life bricks and mortar store. Where you can squish all […]

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Spring Garden Blanket CAL

We’ve had some fun with knit-alongs here recently, so how about changing things up with a crochet-along? Designer Nicki Trench has come up with a beautiful floral crochet blanket, inspired by her very own garden! And it’s absolutely stunning! Nicki said: “I’ve been wanting to design a blanket like this for years. “I originally saw […]

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Debbie Bliss’s Blissful weekend

This week’s post is by guest blogger and designer Graeme Knowles-Miller… For many knitters, colour is a huge source of inspiration. This month Debbie Bliss got together with a group of creative knitters at the aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Harrogate for a series of workshops. The plan was to explore the use of colour, from starting inspiration to […]

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Wedding weather: free Debbie Bliss bridesmaid pattern

Wedding season is nearly upon us, and if you’re looking for a sweet shrug for a bridesmaid or flower girl, Debbie Bliss has just the thing! Debbie’s daughter Nell got married to her fiancé Tim in a magical ceremony in Tuscany last autumn and all the bridesmaids kept off the October chill in stylish shrugs […]

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Spring blossoms: DY Choice Baby Cloud Aran

The spring blossom is glorious this year and every time I walk the dog I bump into new mums, out walking their babes in shiny just-bought prams. Spring is a traditional time to welcome new life into the world and it’s a great excuse to cast on a cute baby knit. DY Choice have a […]

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