British Knitting and Crochet Awards

It’s nomination time again in the British Knitting and Crochet Awards. These annual awards, organised by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines are recognised as the biggest and most important in the country, as they are chosen by you. How does the process work? The first stage in the process is the call for

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Crochet for your Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. This is the perfect excuse to enter the lovely world of Ricorumi and crochet tokens of love in the shape of cute amigurumi figures and designs to get your heart racing. Ever wondered where the word amigurumi came from? The art of

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Clock-Eaters Lace Day

On Saturday, I was invited to take the Wool Zone road show to the Clock-Eaters Lace and Craft Day at Skillington, near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Clock-eaters is the historic nickname of inhabitants of Skillington and this annual day of crafts is organised by Vicky Page. The bright and airy village hall quickly filled up with

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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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Knitting with Yarn Cakes

Yarn cakes are everywhere these days and are a great way to see all the colours in a variegated yarn – with balls wound in the traditional way you can often only see some of the shades and it can be difficult to see how long between colour changes. Wool Zone now stocks two yarn

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The Wool Wagon Rides Out

I love meeting the lovely customers who come to my wool shop but appreciate that people can sometimes struggle to get to the shop for one reason or another. Our latest thinking is to bring the wool shop to you. After all, our village currently gets a mobile library and fish and chip van so why not

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Knit on with confidence and hope..

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‘May you live in interesting times’ is supposed to be an English translation of an ancient Chinese curse and it’s certainly ringing true at the moment. Everywhere you turn the news is filled with ‘unprecedented’ events and uncertainty about the future, both politically and economically. So how to cope with so much change? You could do

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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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Amazing bargains on Drops Alpaca

It’s party time again – the Drops Alpaca party!! From now until the 31 December there is 25% off Drops Alpaca yarns.   I stock 8 of the 11 alpaca yarns in their range so whether you want lace weight or super-chunky there should be something suitable for your next project. Patterns to go with

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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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