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A simple sweater with a twist: C+B Gigi

Sometimes all you want is a simple sweater pattern. In chunky yarn. A project that knits up quickly and requires no brain power! When faced with a long train journey to the south of France recently (no, don’t feel sorry for me!) I could have packed my default travel project – a half finished pair […]

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It’s Time for Tweed! Free pattern

There’s a nip in the air and autumn is definitely here. What better way to celebrate than with that British classic – tweed? Autumn might not officially be the beginning of a new year, but it always feels like the time is ripe to start something new. There’s a crisp start to each morning, the […]

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New yarn + giveaway: Debbie Bliss Aymara

Debbie Bliss has a beautiful new alpaca yarn out and to celebrate we’ve got some to give away! Aymara is a DK weight yarn, lightly spun and plied from pure baby alpaca. It’s super-soft, with a slightly heathered effect, so that even the boldest colours in the 16-strong palette are easy on the eye. This […]

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Fantastic fluff: Louisa Harding Amitola Brushed and C+B Gigi

Mohair yarn is such lovely, fluffy, stuff. Many knitters are drawn to it like moths to a fuzzy flame, and I’m happy to say I’m one of them. And right now there are some great new fluffy yarns around. Louisa Harding has just adding her growing Amitola family with Amitola Brushed, which knits to a […]

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Summer holiday tips: Knitting with kids

Ahhh, the school holidays. They seem like something to look forward to, but when they finally come around I’m left scratching my head, despite being lucky enough to work from home. How to entertain an adventurous nine-year-old while still getting my work done? Taking six weeks holiday over the summer just isn’t an option when you’ve […]

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Colour theory: Yarn dye effects

Sometimes it really amazes me just how much choice there is out there for knitters. Dyed yarn effects have been around for a few decades, but it feels to me like they’ve really come into their own recently. When I first got into knitting seriously I went through a big variegated yarn phase. I was making a […]

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Summer knitting faves: Juniper Moon Farms Cumulus

Near where I live is a man who has a miniature weather station in his garden, who sometimes announces interesting weather on our area’s Facebook page. This week he revealed that my little corner of the country had experienced the second hottest day ever recorded locally since 1937! Needless to say, a heatwave that extreme doesn’t really […]

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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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