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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No-time Knits

Where has the time gone? I had such great plans to knit lots of Christmas presents and here we are, only 15 sleeps to Christmas,and barely a gift completed. Luckily, I have a cunning plan……… I love historical drama and have recently  been enjoying watching Outlander – the TV series inspired by the books 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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Counting down to Christmas

I’ve loved Advent Calendars ever since I was a child. In the early days, each door opened to reveal a little picture on a Christmas-related theme. Then someone had the wonderful idea of including chocolates to add a daily treat to the thrill of opening another little cardboard door. You can now get all sorts of

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Amazing bargains on Drops Alpaca

It’s party time again – the Drops Alpaca party!! From now until the 31 December there is 25% off Drops Alpaca yarns.   I stock 8 of the 11 alpaca yarns in their range so whether you want lace weight or super-chunky there should be something suitable for your next project. Patterns to go with

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Louisa Harding Amitola

I have just finished knitting this sweater in Louisa Harding Amitola and I love it!! Amitola is a luxurious blend of 80% wool and 20% silk. It is incredibly soft and the colours are amazing. Each colourway includes a subtle variation of shades and this is enhanced further in the Taliesin pattern by alternating stripes

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Christmas Jumper Competition

I hate to introduce the ‘C’ word so early in the year but Christmas is coming and, love them or loath them, Christmas jumpers are still very popular. The UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) have had an exciting request for help from Kirstie Allsopp’s production team that may inspire you to get those needles clicking

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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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