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Using yarn to entertain your kids

We have written in the past about school holiday knitting projects for kids and at the moment we've notice people including crafts in their home schooling plans so we though it was a good time to take another look at crafting with youngsters. You can find our top tips for teaching kids to knit here… Continue reading Using yarn to entertain your kids

Tips, Yarn

What better time to do a tension square?

There is a lot of discussion about the moment about what we should aspire to do during lockdown. We are not suggesting you master advanced yoga techniques, learn Tibetan or write a Booker prize-worthy novel. However, we would like to suggest that it might be the time to make a tension square for each of… Continue reading What better time to do a tension square?

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Our campaign to support local yarn shops

It is a tough time for everyone right now and that includes the yarn shops we love. The UK Hand Knitting Association, whose members include the largest yarn brands in the country, has launched a campaign together with five leading craft publishers to support local yarn shops across the UK – “Yarn Shop Love” As… Continue reading Our campaign to support local yarn shops

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Donating knitted items to charity shops

A few of you have been in touch lately to tell us that charity shops are turning away handknitted items because they cannot be sold in the stores. We got in touch with Trading Standards to find out more. Current law in the UK – which includes charity shops as well as other retailers –… Continue reading Donating knitted items to charity shops

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Join the men’s cable jumper trend

One of the biggest talking points from the recent Hollywood movie Knives Out was the cable sweater worn by Chris Evans which has proved a big hot despite the hole. It seems that men’s cabled jumpers are suddenly very popular as a result, so we’ve found some patterns for you to enjoy. They are all… Continue reading Join the men’s cable jumper trend

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New tutorial: Getting your tension right

One of the topics our yarn doctors are asked about most is tension or gauge. Or rather, a lot of people ask why a project has come out bigger or smaller than expected – and the answer comes down to having the wrong tension. Any good pattern will tell you how many stitches and rows… Continue reading New tutorial: Getting your tension right

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New Year Knitting Resolutions

  Instead of going on a diet or setting yourself some extreme exercise challenges, have you thought about making some knitting or crochet new year resolutions. We have a few ideas: Learn a new technique. Choose a technique that would allow you to tackle a pattern you’ve always admired but didn’t feel you had the… Continue reading New Year Knitting Resolutions

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Stashbusting Christmas decoration patterns

Have you ever knitted or crocheted your own Christmas decorations? These can be great stash busting projects (which, let’s face it, we all need once in a while!) as a lot of decorations are small items so don’t take much yarn to make. The larger projects on this list still don’t require a lot of… Continue reading Stashbusting Christmas decoration patterns

Tips

Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

We were asking on social media recently about how many hooks and needles people have and how they store them. The answer to the first part seemed to generally be “a lot” while the storage options included jam jars, pringle tubes, Tupperware boxes and biscuit tins as well as handmade needle rolls and special cases.… Continue reading Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

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Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)

Do you know what is in your yarn stash? Is every ball and skein something you love – or, perhaps more importantly, yarn that you will use? Really, even the purple eyelash yarn? Every now and again it is worth taking a look through your yarn stash and ask the love it or list it… Continue reading Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)