Category Archives: knitting

Knitting A Tension Square – Do You?

I did something truly incredible for my latest knitting project. I actually made full tension squares! For those of you who don’t know, at the start of any knitting project, you should knit a 10x10cm swatch, using the recommended needle … Continue reading

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How To Block A Shawl – On Holiday!

Back in – gulp – January, I bought some turquoise wool and began knitting the Trousseau shawl. Here in August, I’ve finally completed it. Don’t anyone ever accuse me of being a fast knitter. There was only one problem. The last … Continue reading

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Wilderness 2014 – Craftastic

I have just returned from a weekend at the Wilderness Festival in deepest, darkest Oxfordshire, where I survived by my wits and fighting off the wolves. Which, roughly translated, means I have spent the weekend beneath canvas, sipping cider and G&Ts, whilst sitting in … Continue reading

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Minerva Crafts Meet Up

And that’s when I buried the cross stitch in the back garden… This anecdote just about sums up my past weekend at the Minerva Crafts Meet Up. Memorable, full of laughs, surprises, fabric, shared experiences, new friends and outrageous stories. Oh, the stories… … Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Look what my colleague made! I yelped when I saw this knitted fox. It’s from the Rowan Cute Little Knits book. It IS very cute and the wool is super-lovely and soft. This fox is meant to be a draught … Continue reading

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Quick Quick Slow

And, relax… This is my perfect picture of knitting. Laid out on the sofa, sleeping dog to one side. There’s only one thing that could improve this picture – bar staff! Below is my knitting at the weekend, in a … Continue reading

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We’re All Winners Here

Out of nearly 200 entries, the winner of the red beetle silk is Polly Pierce! I shall be in touch for an address, my friend. I’m a winner, too – my hot mess of wool is turning into a Trousseau … Continue reading

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Thwarted At Every Turn

So, this happened. I’m not sure who I’m more cross with. Myself, for leaving my knitting in paw’s reach, or Ella for succumbing to temptation. That is going to take some serious de-knotting. Maybe I’ll tackle in front of the … Continue reading

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Sewing & Knitting In Fiction

Children’s books are a great cultural barometer, I find. If there’s something in the water, it will probably spill over into a kids’ book. So when I spotted that Hot Key Books had published two books recently, one on a … Continue reading

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Feel The Fear And Knit It Anyway

Thanks to all the people who commented on my recent shawl make – and to those of you who suggested other shawls to knit. I’ve plumped (I think!) for the Cabernet Sauvignon (ha!), as nominated by A Little Of What You … Continue reading

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