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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The Wool Wagon Rides Out

I love meeting the lovely customers who come to my wool shop but appreciate that people can sometimes struggle to get to the shop for one reason or another. Our latest thinking is to bring the wool shop to you. After all, our village currently gets a mobile library and fish and chip van so why not

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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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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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Sock Yarns Rock

I love sock yarns – they make the most fantastic socks but are also good for lots of other projects, including baby clothes. The ‘smallness’ of baby clothes (if there’s such a word) makes them an ideal showcase for self-patterning yarns and it’s so easy to get a self-striping or fair isle effect without the

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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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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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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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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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