Welcome to the World

The latest Knit ‘n’ Caboodle knitting kit is inspired by one of my favourite novels: “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl” by Fannie Flagg. The novel features Dena Nordstrom, a popular newscaster in 1970s America, who falls ill and returns to her home town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, to be looked after by Aunt Elmer. Wonderful

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The yoke’s on me…..

Sorry for the dreadful pun in the title but, having finally reached the start of the yoke on the’Killing’ sweater, I just couldn’t resist. This has been my first large project for a while as knitting socks and mittens has taken over my life in recent months. I have to say that I’m relishing the challenge

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Killing in progress

Progress on the ‘Killing’ sweater was slower than expected yesterday due to the last minute confirmation that the book group would be meeting at my house (we’d held off making a decision until we were sure that it wouldn’t snow). Whoever hosts gets to choose the next book so I had some speedy research to do.

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Tempted by the sunshine

I was driving back from posting orders this afternoon (it’s a six mile round trip as the post office in the village is only open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) – and I was struck by the beauty of the countryside in the last afternoon sunshine. So, as soon as I’d parked I went out again

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Making a Killing

Hi Folks, sorry that I’ve not blogged for a while – I just don’t know where the time goes. I do know that there never seems to be enough time to knit – but still, I’m grateful that I can manage to do some knitting almost every day. I’m particularly excited about my latest project

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Le perfect weekend

Every month the ‘How to Spend It’ magazine in the Financial Times has a feature called ‘The Perfect Weekend’. For me, last weekend would be a strong contender. I was fortunate enough to be in Nice, the sun was shining and it was relatively warm. Strolling around the streets of the Old Town was simply delightful. It

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I’ve started so I’ll finish

Oh, to be a completer-finisher! The pleasure I get from casting on with a new ball of yarn far outwieghs the satisfaction of actually finishing something. Countless times I’ve started knitting the latest yarn purchased as soon as I’ve got in the door – before I’ve even taken off my coat or put the kettle on! The trouble

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Knitting without the natter

There are lots of ‘Knit and Natter’ groups around the country but you could have heard a pin drop during the first forty minutes of the latest Knit ‘n’Caboodle workshop. The half-day workshop helps knitters to get started on our ‘Shawl from One Ball’ kit. This triangular shawl only uses three basic stitches: yarn over,

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Caution: knitting can be catching

At the weekend I got the chance to sell my wares at the Derby Folk Festival. I was one of the small, but perfectly formed, group of stall-holders selling an irresistable range of crafts – including exquisite silver jewellery from Home Grown Silver, clothing and clogs.  I should point out that this photo was taken before

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The joy of sox

I’ve just spent a very enjoyable morning running a sock-knitting workshop based around knitting a baby sock. This provides would-be sock knitters with the opportunity to try out all the techniques – casting on using double-pointed needles, knitting in the round, turning a heel, shaping the instep,decreasing for the toe shaping and grafting the toe –

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