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New yarns for all the family

August is the time of year where we start to see new yarns for autumn and winter appearing in our yarn shops. There are always interesting new offerings, colours etc so we will probably do several posts with new yarns that catch our attention over the next couple of months. However, we have already noticed… Continue reading New yarns for all the family

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Trendwatch: Superbright knits

This is the summer of colour. Alongside colour block and stripe patterns, the trend of this summer is strong colours. We have mentioned the Fuschia trend already but zingy oranges and yellows, pillar box red, lapis blue, emerald greens and electric purples are all also great choices. To be on trend all you need to… Continue reading Trendwatch: Superbright knits

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Tips: Summer knitting and crochet with cotton

At this time of year we often think about using cotton yarns to create cool, summer garments. If you are used to working mainly with wool, cotton can behave differently so we have collect some useful tips to help you with your warm weather projects. Thank you to everyone who contributed tips on social media.… Continue reading Tips: Summer knitting and crochet with cotton

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Using long colour change and self-striping yarns

As we revealed in our post about summer knitting trends, stripes are in. One of the ways to achieve lovely striped garments is to use yarns dyed with long sections of contrasting colours that give you stripes as you work. There are lots of these yarns about at the moment as you can see from… Continue reading Using long colour change and self-striping yarns

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Spring summer yarns 2017

We’ve seen glimmers of sunshine this week but inside the yarn shops spring and summer is definitely on the way with lots of yarns for warmer weather appearing. With so many spring and summer yarns hitting the shops we thought we’d pick out a few to inspire you with thoughts of summery colours, lightweight fibres… Continue reading Spring summer yarns 2017

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Finding and saving patterns on Ravelry

When our Yarn Doctors are out and about on our stands at craft shows, one of the regular questions that people ask is “where can I find patterns?”. There are a number of answers including a wide range of knitting and crochet magazines, and browsing the pattern leaflets at your local yarn shop. Your local… Continue reading Finding and saving patterns on Ravelry

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Greenery is the colour…

Every year the colour specialists at Pantone choose their colour of the year which the company says is “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude”. The Pantone choice is quite influential with lots of stylists and buyers using… Continue reading Greenery is the colour…