Summer Days and Nights

When the weather is fine Then you know it’s the time For lounging about with your crochet I love the glorious summer weather we’re having but the feedback I get from many visitors to the shop is that it’s too hot to knit and crochet. I can’t agree as I can think of nothing better

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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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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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The Night Circus and Other Magic

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on down-town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”. I was gripped by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern from these first lines. I simply loved this book and had to

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A Week of Wonders

The snow came on Monday and, although it seems to be thawing at the moment, more is forecast for later in the week. I live at the top of a farm track which takes longer to clear than the village roads and so provides me with the perfect excuse to stay indoors. I’ve not been totally

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Reading and knitting

This month’s Book Group choice is The Shipping News, by E Annie Proulx. Following bereavement, Quoyle, with his daughters and his Aunt Agnis, heads to Newfoundland to start over. He gets a job reporting the shipping news for the local newspaper, The Gammy Bird, which seems to specialise in stories of sexual abuse and car

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