Watermelons, Lotus Flowers and Mermaids

I always think of June as the start of summer and know that, for the next few months, many of you will spend at least as much time gardening as you will knitting and crocheting. I’m a reluctant gardener but do love knitting and crocheting in my garden (the picture is the view from my

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Frankie’s Blankie: a great project for 2018

The fact that I have got several works-in-progress on my needles and hooks hasn’t stopped me embarking on another year-long project. This one is a lovely sampler blanket, designed by Frankie Brown. I was initially drawn to the project by its name ‘Frankie’s Blankie’, as my youngest niece is also called Frankie, but on reading

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Clock-Eaters Lace Day

On Saturday, I was invited to take the Wool Zone road show to the Clock-Eaters Lace and Craft Day at Skillington, near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Clock-eaters is the historic nickname of inhabitants of Skillington and this annual day of crafts is organised by Vicky Page. The bright and airy village hall quickly filled up with

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Hitofude Cardigan

I have just finished knitting the Hitofude Cardigan, designed by Hiroko Fukatsu. Hitofude means a single brush stroke in Japanese and this open front cardigan is worked in one ‘yarn stroke’ – one continuous strand without breaking the yarn. The yarn stroke starts with the upper body and sleeves worked together in a rectangular piece,

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Taking the temperature

On January 1st I started a year-long project – a Temperature Blanket. The general idea about a temperature blanket is that you knit or crochet a row or square every day to correspond with the day’s temperature. I love colourful crocheted blankets so this seems like a great way to make one that also serves

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…and in with the new

In yesterday’s post I talked about two 2017 projects that are still in progress (and I didn’t even mention the numerous lonely single socks waiting for me to knit the matching mate!). But having those projects on the go hasn’t stopped me starting a new project today and this is a year long project as

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On with the old…..

there is an old superstition amongst Gansey knitters that if a Gansey is not finished by midnight on 31 December it needs to be unravelled and left for a year otherwise it will bring bad luck to the wearer. I’m very relieved that this diesn’t apply more generally to knitting and crocheting as my tendency

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Knitting outside the Box

Knitting Outside the Box is a fabulous new book by the renowned designer, Bristol Ivy. Drawing on what inspires her most, Bristol Ivy, shares the possibilities that she finds inherent in knit fabric. Utilising the exercises she uses in her life as a designer, she encourages knitters to make their own rules and push their

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I must go down to the sea again….

I grew up living by the coast in the north east of England and, now that I live in the Midlands, probably couldn’t be further from the sea if I tried. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the countryside but do miss the sea and the spectacular beaches of our Northumbrian coast. So

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The British Knitting and Crochet Awards

The British Knitting & Crochet Awards are run every year by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines, and are widely recognised as the biggest and most important awards in the industry. Once all the votes have been counted the results will be announced in the Christmas Special issue of Let’s Knit, on sale Thursday

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