I must go down to the sea again….

I grew up living by the coast in the north east of England and, now that I live in the Midlands, probably couldn’t be further from the sea if I tried. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the countryside but do miss the sea and the spectacular beaches of our Northumbrian coast. So

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The British Knitting and Crochet Awards

The British Knitting & Crochet Awards are run every year by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines, and are widely recognised as the biggest and most important awards in the industry. Once all the votes have been counted the results will be announced in the Christmas Special issue of Let’s Knit, on sale Thursday

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Knitting with Yarn Cakes

Yarn cakes are everywhere these days and are a great way to see all the colours in a variegated yarn – with balls wound in the traditional way you can often only see some of the shades and it can be difficult to see how long between colour changes. Wool Zone now stocks two yarn

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My latest obsession

As usual, I have got far too many projects on the go at the same time. I have deep admiration for anyone who will not start a new project before they’ve finished the current one but know that I will never be one of those people. My excuse is that I need different projects for

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Sockalicious

Calling all sock knitters – March is Sockalicious with a massive 25% off DROPS sock yarns until 31st March. DROPS Fabel is a 4-stranded yarn that is treated to be machine washable. It is available in 3 different types of shades: uni colour, a selection of solid colours; print, where each shade is made of

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Sampler Time

Isn’t it strange how sometimes your projects take on a similar theme? My theme this week is sampling different stitches. Last week I wanted to start a stash-busting project and was delighted to find the Peeping Cowl, designed by Joji Locatelli, on Ravelry.  It is a lovely deep cowl, knitted in 4 shades of fingering weight yarn and combines

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The Wool Wagon Rides Out

I love meeting the lovely customers who come to my wool shop but appreciate that people can sometimes struggle to get to the shop for one reason or another. Our latest thinking is to bring the wool shop to you. After all, our village currently gets a mobile library and fish and chip van so why not

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To knit or not to knit

That is rarely the question as far as I’m concerned as I’ll knit whenever I get the chance. However, this was the question that was posed last night at the Open Mic night at the Dog and Gun in Keyham. I play bodhran in the Main Street Band and knit whilst listening to the other performers. One of

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Give peace a chance

My heart goes out to all those affected by the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which has left 84 dead and many others fighting for their lives. I have an apartment in the city and it has always felt like a safe place – I’ve never felt afraid there even when I have been out at night on

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Sock Yarns Rock

I love sock yarns – they make the most fantastic socks but are also good for lots of other projects, including baby clothes. The ‘smallness’ of baby clothes (if there’s such a word) makes them an ideal showcase for self-patterning yarns and it’s so easy to get a self-striping or fair isle effect without the

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