Events, News

Take an Olympian approach to your knitting

Are you planning to watch the Winter Olympics in just a few weeks time? Will you be knitting or crocheting along while you watch? If so, or even if you are not fans of winter sport, why not participate in a worldwide crafting challenge at the same time? The Ravellenic Games is a global event… Continue reading Take an Olympian approach to your knitting

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News, Yarn

Trendwatch: Colour of the Year

Each year the colour experts at Pantone pick a colour that they think will be a strong trend in the coming year and in some way sums up what is happening in the world. For the 2018 colour of the year they have chosen Ultra Violet, which the company describes as embodying “originality, ingenuity, and… Continue reading Trendwatch: Colour of the Year

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Events, News, Tips

Share a skill in 2018

One thing we know about the knitters and crocheters we meet and talk to through the year is that you are a very knowledgeable bunch. We also see how great you are at sharing your knowledge and skills, giving tips on social media and helping people at events. So we have a suggestion for 2018.… Continue reading Share a skill in 2018

Tips

Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

December is always a busy time, and for many of us there isn’t much time to think about knitting and crochet – except for last minute gift making. But once the holiday rush is over there will be time for yarnie thoughts. For some that means plans for organising our yarn stashes, for others looking… Continue reading Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

Patterns, Tips

A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

We have been asked a few times recently about good projects for kids starting to knit. With the school holidays upon us, here is one project that doesn’t involve weeks of knitting and where any early mistakes can become a virtue. With a finger puppet monster, it isn’t the end of the world if some… Continue reading A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

Charity projects, News

Help us share the Christmas Cheer – final chance to nominate organisations to receive mini stockings

These are just some of the boxes of mini stockings we have been sending out to charities all over the UK. You brilliant knitters and crocheters have been sending us parcels of these cute decorations which means we still have a few parcels to find a home. Among those to receive festive parcels have been… Continue reading Help us share the Christmas Cheer – final chance to nominate organisations to receive mini stockings

Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips

Top tips for scarf knitting

We are off to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, where our lovely volunteers will be teaching people to knit and crochet, and our Yarn Doctor will be solving your technique and pattern problems. You can find us in the Royal Hall near the stage and the Christmas tree. You can also join us… Continue reading Top tips for scarf knitting

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Tips

Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams

When we are out and about at events, one topic our yarn doctors are often asked about is sewing up. A lot of you don’t enjoy this aspect of finishing your projects and some say it is because their sewing doesn’t look neat. For straight seams, mattress stitch is a great choice and once you… Continue reading Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams