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Classic Blue – the colour for 2020

Each year a panel at colour experts Pantone selects the colour of the year. The idea is the shade is something they expect to see in design this year which also embodies the mood of the time. In recent years some of their colour choices have been a bit of a challenge to knitters and… Continue reading Classic Blue – the colour for 2020

News, Tips, Yarn

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

Tips, Yarn

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)

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Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

This year as part of Commit to Knit we are asking people to make and donate hats for homelessness and refugee charities. We have a number of free hat patterns on our website including our basic beanie pattern. This simple pattern is easily customised: so you can use up your yarn stash by using stripes… Continue reading Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

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Lovely yarns for autumn

There are lots of lovely new yarns appearing on the shelves at the moment but if you are not quite ready to tackle a chunky project just yet, what should you choose for some early autumn knitting? We have been looking at yarns out right now and choosing some to take us into slightly cooler… Continue reading Lovely yarns for autumn

Tips, Yarn

Wrangling your yarn stash part 2 – tracking

We recently posted about ways to store your yarn but if you have a large stash it can be difficult to remember what is in it or where you have safely placed that particularly beautiful purchase. Regardless of whether you have gone down the ziplock bag, shelving or storage unit option, you need a tracking… Continue reading Wrangling your yarn stash part 2 – tracking

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Transitional yarns for this spring

While some of us will wear knitted garments all year round it is important to find the right type of yarns for each season. Over the next few months we are likely to a have a mix of chilly days and those moments when you might just want a cardigan to pull on to go… Continue reading Transitional yarns for this spring

Patterns, Yarn

In praise of knit-a-longs

Have you ever taken part in a knit or crochet along? We’re big fans here and think they are a great example of how online technology can be used to good effect for crafters. In a knitalong (KAL) (please mentally insert crochet if that is your preferred yarn craft), a group of people will generally… Continue reading In praise of knit-a-longs