The Towersey Festival Knitalong

This time last week I had just returned home after a fabulous weekend at the 49th Towersey Festival, held in the Oxfordshire village of Towersey, near Thame. It’s a real family festival and many of the people I spoke to first attended when they were children and now bring their own kids. I’m still a

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Knitting myths and superstitions

I recently spent a wonderful weekend at the Lossiemouth Folk Weekend. Lossiemouth, a town in Moray, Scotland, was the port of Elgin and used to have a thriving fishing industry. On Saturday morning, before the music started for the day, we wandered down to the harbour and visited the museum. What a delight! As well

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A Grand Time at Wonderwool Wales

This time last week, Sue and I were still in the process of setting up our stand at Wonderwool Wales. This fabulous show is held in the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. It’s always a bit daunting when you first arrive and are faced with an empty shell and, it doesn’t seem to matter what

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The joy of sock yarn

I just love the versatility of sock yarn. It’s not only wonderful for socks (and I’m still addicted to sock knitting) but is equally great for other projects, including baby garments. For me, the colour changes also keep boredom at bay, even when knitting very simple designs. My current work in progress is a baby’s domino cardigan,

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Time for Tea

There is no trouble so great or grave that it cannot be much dimished by a cup of tea Bernard-Paul Heroux I’ve recently re-discovered my love of tea. Ok, so I still need at least one mug of coffee in the morning but, from then on I’m enjoying tasting different teas – my current favourites are

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If you want to get ahead get a hat

I know that Spring is supposed to be on the way but we’ve got snow here again today. Luckily, I’ve been going through a bit of a hat-knitting phase so we’ve both gots cosy hats to keep us warm. John’s hat is a ribbed slouch hat knitted in King Cole Baby Alpaca. A free copy of the pattern

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Don’t stop the carnival

Last week we were lucky enough to be in Nice at Carnival time. The earliest recorded mention of a carnival in Nice was in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles d’Anjou, spent the ‘joyous days of Carnival’ in Nice but the carnival in its ‘modern’ form dates from 1873. This year’s theme is ‘King of

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The Night Circus and Other Magic

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on down-town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”. I was gripped by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern from these first lines. I simply loved this book and had to

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New finds and first attempts

Our new find at the weekend was a fantastic local restaurant ‘Les Rosbifs’. This family-run restaurant is at Cold Overton, a village in Rutland, so we didn’t have far to travel. Even so, we did slightly lose our nerve on the way there as we drove down a remote road, seemingly to the middle of nowhere. We were just

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