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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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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Chunky Cable Poncho

Spring weather in the UK can be very unpredictable so I’ve finished this poncho just in time. It’s a great garment for days like today when it feels too warm for a coat but there’s a definite nip in the air when the sun goes in. It has taken me about three weeks from start to

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My latest favourite Drops patterns

My knitting wish list gets longer every day – there are so many things I want to knit and simply too few hours in the day. I’ve already got more projects in progress than I’m willing to admit but any resolve not to start anything else new is fading rapidly thanks to the arrival of

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Beginners Guide to Knitting

I get more and more requests from people who want to learn to knit so I was delighted to receive this straightforward and helpful guide, created by Tom Melby. Tom is the owner and director of Clippers Ireland, an animal shearing company, and is passionate about wool. He has designed this guide to help new crafters learn the

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New Year: New (and old) projects

Happy New Year to you all. In my final post of 2015 I told you of my intentions to start the Hue Shift Afghan and I’m delighted to report that progress is going well. The blanket is knitted in four parts and I’ve already finished the first section and am well on the way to

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Christmas Knitting

My treat to me at Christmas is to choose a special project to knit over the festive break. It needs to be something that’s simple enough to knit in front of the TV but also with sufficient colour or texture to keep my interest. Last year I knitted this Noro tunic in two shades of

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Isadora Cowl

I’ll be honest, I was initially a bit concerned about knitting a scarf called Isadora, given that the actress, Isadora Duncan, died when her scarf got caught in the wheels of her car in Nice. I was also a tad wary when  I saw that the pattern required 20 stitch markers – however, it is

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