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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Today is a Pom Pom day

Issue 14 cover

It’s always a good day when the latest edition of Pom Pom is delivered and, as it is only issued four times a year, each issue is eagerly anticipated. Pom Pom is the brainchild of Lydia Gluck and Meghan Fernandes who set up the magazine in 2012 to show that knitting is super-cool, despite how it

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Come rain or shine

The weather certainly wasn’t on our side when we drove through the pouring rain to Ampthill in Bedfordshire on Friday evening. We were heading in convoy to Redborne Community College for Fibre East – I was driving the transit van full of wool and John was driving ‘Snowy’ (our camper van and my home for

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For the love of wool

I love the fact that are so many fabulous knitting and crafting shows in the UK. I can’t get to Woolfest this weekend as I’m going hiking in Derbyshire with a group of girlfriends. Well, I say hiking – the plan is that we will walk 10 miles on Saturday and 12 miles on Sunday

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On the road again (I wish)

Finished front

As soon as the sun comes out, I start thinking about how nice it would be to get away for a few days in our trusty old motor home. However, I can’t drag myself away from the shop for a wee while yet so I’ve done the next best thing and knitted a campervan cushion.

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