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Knitting Gifts With Super Chunky Wool

Looking for a simple scarf to make as a gift? I have just the pattern for you! This is the Embraceable Cowl pattern from Phydeaux Designs. I made a 56-inch length scarf version with 10mm needles and two balls of … Continue reading

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Sewing Trousers

Did I know how to sew trousers? No. But two Sewists* shamelessly Twitter goaded me into buying Burda 7017 (currently available for £2.93 here!) and some stretch cotton jaquard from The Man Outside Sainsburys. For all those people out there who … Continue reading

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Being Nagged By The Hawthorn Dress

The prettiest collar ever? Anyone remember the dress I had to throw away? I cut it out again. Correction. I cut it out again twice. Initially, from a heavy turquoise cotton – which I realised I loathed. Hospital scrubs, anyone? So I … Continue reading

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Hibernating Hedgehog

The winner of the Jo Clark giveaway is Maxi! She wins the 12 Dogs Of Christmas multipack of cards. I’ll be in touch for a postal address, my friend. Are your making habits changing as spiders cast their webs, mice … Continue reading

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Dungaree Dress Disaster Diverted!

This is my second make of the Turia dungarees – this time as a pinafore dress! A really easy process, following this tutorial. Not that this was an easy make. Ever felt tripped up by fate and fortune? I have… Do not, under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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Meeting Makers – The Book Illustrator

How do you illustrate a book? Want to find out what it’s really like drawing scenes for a knitting pattern? Then give a big welcome to Jo Clark, illustrator on the charming and delightful Woolly Woofers from Debbie Bliss! Jo agreed … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To The Publisher of Sewtionary

Dear Krause Publications I’m sure you are very proud of yourselves for publishing Tasia St Germaine’s debut book, Sewtionary. How clever you must feel. How very timely. Sirs, your timing could not have been worse! I trawled through the 101 … Continue reading

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The Language of Sewing

It’s been a busy week or so, doing a lot of talking about sewing. I’ve been lucky enough to be featured in this month’s Sew magazine, highlighted as Blog of the month. When asked why I started a blog I replied, … Continue reading

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Dolores Batwing Top

When So Zo invited me to pattern test the Dolores Batwing Top (launched today, people!), I was like a greyhound out of a trap. Yes, please! This PDF pattern for a simple batwing top/tunic/dress prints out on only 12 sheets … Continue reading

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Debbie Bliss’s Woolly Woofers – A Dog Blog Review

Hello, readers. Consider yourselves honoured. After months of persuasion and the multiple signing of Non Disclosure Agreements, a very special presence in the blogosphere has agreed to write a guest post. She’s infamous for her love of velvety coats (that only need … Continue reading

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