Why knit with Alpaca

Knitting with alpaca yarn is a real treat. The wool is beautifully soft to the touch but also remarkably durable . It has been used for thousands of years – the Incas prized it so highly that it was only worn by the noble classes – but was virtually unknown outside the Andes until it

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Today is a Pom Pom day

Issue 14 cover

It’s always a good day when the latest edition of Pom Pom is delivered and, as it is only issued four times a year, each issue is eagerly anticipated. Pom Pom is the brainchild of Lydia Gluck and Meghan Fernandes who set up the magazine in 2012 to show that knitting is super-cool, despite how it

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Come rain or shine

The weather certainly wasn’t on our side when we drove through the pouring rain to Ampthill in Bedfordshire on Friday evening. We were heading in convoy to Redborne Community College for Fibre East – I was driving the transit van full of wool and John was driving ‘Snowy’ (our camper van and my home for

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For the love of wool

I love the fact that are so many fabulous knitting and crafting shows in the UK. I can’t get to Woolfest this weekend as I’m going hiking in Derbyshire with a group of girlfriends. Well, I say hiking – the plan is that we will walk 10 miles on Saturday and 12 miles on Sunday

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On the road again (I wish)

Finished front

As soon as the sun comes out, I start thinking about how nice it would be to get away for a few days in our trusty old motor home. However, I can’t drag myself away from the shop for a wee while yet so I’ve done the next best thing and knitted a campervan cushion.

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Big Knit – Big Fun

Once again Innocent and Age UK have teamed up to raise money to help keep older people warm this winter. The call is out to knit mini hats for innocent smoothie bottles. Age UK get 25p for every be-hatted bottle sold. The money raised goes to help make winter warmer for old people – providing

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To Err is Human

During Sunday’s crochet workshop we were talking about how, like many knitters and crocheters, we always feel the need to point out the mistakes that we have made whenever sharing our completed projects. Why do we do this? Do other crafts invoke the same masochistic compulsion? We seem to feel this need even when the mistake

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Countdown to Wonderwool Wales

This time next week I’ll be at day 2 of Wonderwool Wales at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells and my preparations are well under way. For the previous 3 years I’ve had a stand at the show as half of Knit ‘n’ Caboodle but this will be the first time on my own so

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