This week I wanted to write about the popularity of small batch wools. Like Gin, the profile of small scale wool producers, who process and market their own product is on the increase. I’ve been really surprised this year by how many yarn bloggers and podcasters are featuring this “new phenomenon”. Small scale single breed production is not new, but discovering and accessing these yarns … Continue reading Wovember: Small Batch Yarn
Well, it seems a long time since I first wrote about Wovember way back in 2012 and it’s great to see how it has grown and become a feature of the knitters calendar. Over on Instagram I keep spotting photos tagged and shared which celebrate Wool (and for this month only, I’m talking about wool from sheep, not animal fibres in general). Back then, readers … Continue reading Welcome to Wovember
Photo from Bella Coco Blog If you’re looking for a quick festive make, these cute crochet snowflakes might fit the bill. By making them you can help Home Start, one of my favourite charities which helps children and families when they are at their most vulnerable. I’ve had a personal connection with Home Start volunteers and I know the great work they do. Their snowflake … Continue reading Ooh Snowflakes!
I love so much about autumn, the bright skies, the low sun and the amazing colours of the leaves. Less pleasant is the knowledge that every day brings us closer to winter. I used to dread the dark , gloomy days leading up to Christmas. These days I have put a “survival mechanism” into place, which begins with the household decoration for halloween and bonfire … Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins!
(Sponsored Post). Earlier this month, Lancashire based company Three Bears Yarn launched a new collection of cotton yarns to the public. When the company invited me to take a look at their yarn I agreed of course – great cotton yarns are always appealing to crocheters – and these didn’t disappoint. I was sent two yarns to test, the DK “Affection” which comes in a … Continue reading Introducing Three Bears Yarn
Well, the “big book” is done, edited, proofed and off to be printed, bound and due for publication early next year. This means I finally have a chance to catch up with publishing some patterns that have been waiting ages for their big moment! I know it’s a bit early to be mentioning the “C” word, but if you’re planning on some hand made gift … Continue reading Start early on your festive makes
Here’s my latest accessory. Knitted in fabulous Ramsdale from Wendy. I fell in love with this wool for several reasons, first of all the colours are beautiful, it has a soft haze that you lose with superwash wools and it’s incredibly soft. The yarn is British – “born, bred and made in Yorkshire” – so it appeals to my preference for British wool. Finally, the … Continue reading New Pattern: Ramblers Scarf
It’s Wool Week again, a time when my instagram, twitter and facebook feeds are full of woolly themed posts, photos of famous people wearing wool, invites to come and see wool and a general “celebrate British wool” vibe permeating through social media. Isn’t that great? British wool is a fabulous thing. I don’t want to romanticise the farmers life (it’s bloody hard work) but the … Continue reading The state we’re in
My favourite Sunday afternoon walk is a stroll along Allonby beach – boy it can be windy – even in summer. So, I always have a few woollies in my rucksack to guard against the chills. My current favourite is this super smooshy cowl which is made in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky. The colour “Tulip”, is even more stunning in real life and the … Continue reading New pattern: Allonby cowl
It’s the time of year when I start to think about bringing the chunky blankets and textured cushions out of storage ready for cosy autumnal evenings. This “Chunky Pouffe” is fabulous for putting your feet up while watching tv and is ideal for a beginner. You can find the pattern on Ravelry and Love Crochet. (Some readers have told me they have difficulty finding my … Continue reading Put your feet up!
I am making a new kitchen garland today. “Repurposing” an old pattern and a few yarns I’ve had in my stash for a while. The pattern for the star motif was published in issue 64 of Inside Crochet as part of a feature I wrote on crochet for celebrations. It’s still available as a dugital download. One of the yarns I’m using is Habu textiles … Continue reading Star garland
My love affair with all things tiny shows no signs of burning itself out. I’ve never really tried designing amigurumi – there are too many fabulous and talented designers making tiny marvels already – but after finishing “the book” I just need some downtime and amigurumi seemed the perfect choice. This week has had an autumnal feel about it and so a tiny pumpkin was … Continue reading In love with small things