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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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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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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Early steps in crochet – my Magpie Baby Blanket

I’m still getting to grips with crocheting but find granny squares mildly addictive. My latest creation is this summery baby blanket in Patons Summer Cotton. The yarn is a deliciously soft chunky-weight mix of cotton (44%), acrylic (36%) and polyamide (20%). It’s also machine washable – a ‘must’ for a baby blanket, in my opinion.

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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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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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