I’ve started so I’ll finish

Oh, to be a completer-finisher! The pleasure I get from casting on with a new ball of yarn far outwieghs the satisfaction of actually finishing something. Countless times I’ve started knitting the latest yarn purchased as soon as I’ve got in the door – before I’ve even taken off my coat or put the kettle on! The trouble

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Knitting without the natter

There are lots of ‘Knit and Natter’ groups around the country but you could have heard a pin drop during the first forty minutes of the latest Knit ‘n’Caboodle workshop. The half-day workshop helps knitters to get started on our ‘Shawl from One Ball’ kit. This triangular shawl only uses three basic stitches: yarn over,

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Caution: knitting can be catching

At the weekend I got the chance to sell my wares at the Derby Folk Festival. I was one of the small, but perfectly formed, group of stall-holders selling an irresistable range of crafts – including exquisite silver jewellery from Home Grown Silver, clothing and clogs.  I should point out that this photo was taken before

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The joy of sox

I’ve just spent a very enjoyable morning running a sock-knitting workshop based around knitting a baby sock. This provides would-be sock knitters with the opportunity to try out all the techniques – casting on using double-pointed needles, knitting in the round, turning a heel, shaping the instep,decreasing for the toe shaping and grafting the toe –

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Comforts for the troops

I’ve just had a lovely day at the RAF Museum at Cosford and got the chance to see a huge array of planes at close hand rather than as dots in the sky. I was particularly impressed by the Cold War exhibition – strnage to think that it was not that long ago. To be

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And the Oscar goes to…..

Last night I went to see the film “Jane Eyre”. I thought the period was evoked effectively with plenty of bleak moorland outdoors and dim candle-lighting inside. I also thought the spirit of the time was captured well with suppressed emotions and brooding stares a-plenty. The actors played their parts brilliantly but, for me, the star of the

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Knitting past and present

Anyone who loves knitting and has an interest in social history should take a trip to the Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum near Nottingham, England (www.rfkm.org). I was fortunate enough to spend a few delightful hours there yestedray and found it absolutely fascinating. The museum is the only surviving example of a 19th century knitters’ yard with

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And so it begins….

I always associate September with new beginnings – maybe because I worked in a university for twenty years and September was always taken up with preparing for the influx of new students. Those days are behind me now but it still feels like 1 September is the best day to start a new blog. Welcome to the Knit

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