Knit on with confidence and hope..

holey-scarf

‘May you live in interesting times’ is supposed to be an English translation of an ancient Chinese curse and it’s certainly ringing true at the moment. Everywhere you turn the news is filled with ‘unprecedented’ events and uncertainty about the future, both politically and economically. So how to cope with so much change? You could do

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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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Just enough Karisma

A friend asked me to knit this lovely vintage-style headband. The pattern called for DK yarn and my friend wanted it in dark red so I chose Drops Karisma, shade 48 Wine Red. This gorgeous yarn is 100% suoerwash wool and costs only £2 for 50g.   It was an easy knit – the main

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Elfie slippers part two

As I mentioned in my last post, my weekend project was to make a pair of Elfie slippers in Drops Big Delight. The knitting part was quick and easy – just garter stitch and the finished slipper looks like this: It  was hard to believe that this would become anything resembling a foot shape and

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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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