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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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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My latest obsession

As usual, I have got far too many projects on the go at the same time. I have deep admiration for anyone who will not start a new project before they’ve finished the current one but know that I will never be one of those people. My excuse is that I need different projects for

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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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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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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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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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Big Knit – Big Fun

Once again Innocent and Age UK have teamed up to raise money to help keep older people warm this winter. The call is out to knit mini hats for innocent smoothie bottles. Age UK get 25p for every be-hatted bottle sold. The money raised goes to help make winter warmer for old people – providing

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