spring yarns 2018
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New yarns for spring

Easter is only a couple of weeks away and the UK is beginning to thaw out from the recent cold blast. With this in mind we’ve decided to be optimistic and take a look at some newer yarns for spring summer that might inspire you. The yarns we have picked out are, clockwise from top… Continue reading New yarns for spring

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Pairing colours with Ultraviolet

As we reported the other week the experts at Pantone have named Ultraviolet as the colour of the year for 2018. Of course, very few of us will want to knit or crochet in just one colour all year but we are set to see a lot of purple in fashion and homewares this year.… Continue reading Pairing colours with Ultraviolet

ultraviolet pantone colour of 2018
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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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Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

Our yarn doctors are at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London this week, along with our fabulous volunteer knitting and crochet teachers, to help all the crafters attending the show. We know that a lot of the problems that knitters mention when they visit the UK Hand Knitting stand - this… Continue reading Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

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Machine washing your knits

A lot of people will tell you that hand knits should never, ever go near your washing machine and tell you horror stories if stretched or felted garments, but as with many things when it comes to modern yarns (and modern machines) there is more to your washing options. There are reasons why you might… Continue reading Machine washing your knits

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Get your red yarn out this autumn

Pick up any fashion magazine or browse the trend blogs and your will find universal agreement on one thing: Whatever you do this autumn, wear red. There are lots of pictures from the catwalks of head to toe red outfits, dramatic scarlet evening dress and brick red coats. Plus the colour gurus at   have… Continue reading Get your red yarn out this autumn

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Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

From the catwalk to the High Street, feather, fluffy fabrics and fun fur are set to feature heavily in fashion for this autumn and winter – especially when it comes to soft trims, coats and accessories. And it is all about having fun with colour and texture as you can see from these coats by… Continue reading Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

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Kids knits for back to school

It is not that long until the end of the summer holidays and so our minds have turned to kids’ knits for the autumn. Among the great things about a child’s jumper is that it is relatively quick to make and there is less  to hold while the weather is still at least a little… Continue reading Kids knits for back to school