Chunky Cable Poncho

Spring weather in the UK can be very unpredictable so I’ve finished this poncho just in time. It’s a great garment for days like today when it feels too warm for a coat but there’s a definite nip in the air when the sun goes in. It has taken me about three weeks from start to

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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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Beginners Guide to Knitting

I get more and more requests from people who want to learn to knit so I was delighted to receive this straightforward and helpful guide, created by Tom Melby. Tom is the owner and director of Clippers Ireland, an animal shearing company, and is passionate about wool. He has designed this guide to help new crafters learn the

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New Year: New (and old) projects

Happy New Year to you all. In my final post of 2015 I told you of my intentions to start the Hue Shift Afghan and I’m delighted to report that progress is going well. The blanket is knitted in four parts and I’ve already finished the first section and am well on the way to

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Christmas Knitting

My treat to me at Christmas is to choose a special project to knit over the festive break. It needs to be something that’s simple enough to knit in front of the TV but also with sufficient colour or texture to keep my interest. Last year I knitted this Noro tunic in two shades 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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Counting down to Christmas

I’ve loved Advent Calendars ever since I was a child. In the early days, each door opened to reveal a little picture on a Christmas-related theme. Then someone had the wonderful idea of including chocolates to add a daily treat to the thrill of opening another little cardboard door. You can now get all sorts of

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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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