News, Yarn

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

Charity projects, News

Thank you for all the hats

A huge, huge thank you to everyone who donated hats to this year’s Commit To Knit appeal for hats for homelessness charities to distribute. Whether you are an individual who made us one hat or a knitting group that delivered massive bagfuls of hats to us at a show, we really appreciate each and every… Continue reading Thank you for all the hats

Events, Patterns, Tips

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

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)

Charity projects, Events, News, Patterns

Commit To Knit 2019 – Wherever I Lay My Hat

We have launched this year’s Commit To Knit campaign. As in previous years we will be asking all knitters and crocheters in the UK to commit to make at least one item for charity in September. The focus for this year’s campaign is to support yarn shops nationwide. “This year we want yarn shops to… Continue reading Commit To Knit 2019 – Wherever I Lay My Hat

News, Yarn

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

News, Patterns

Get cosy by joining the blanket trend

Are you knitting or crocheting a blanket? Blankets are one of the big knitting and crochet trends right now with lots of patterns and knits available. They are particularly appealing at this time of year because you get more cosy as your blanket grows. With so many blanket styles available  - striped, log cabin, patchwork,… Continue reading Get cosy by joining the blanket trend