Category Archives: knitting

Giveaway Winner

The winner of my latest giveaway is Tereza of Sewing For Me!, who lives in Brazil. I am stupidly thrilled that a package is going from Walthamstow to Brazil. Thank you all so much for your tips. We garnered over … Continue reading

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Three Items I Have Found Useful – and a giveaway

A Habitat desk lamp. Short and squat, light enough to easily move about my sewing table, I can drag it really close to the machine bed on my sewing machine. No more winter nights spent squinting at dark fabrics. My Gingher … Continue reading

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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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Are You A Customer Or A Community?

A blog review? Or free marketing? And do we care? When I’m not sewing like a maniac, I work in the business of book publishing. It’s one of many creative fields that faces huge changes in its relationship with customers. … Continue reading

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Knitting My First Socks

These are the very first socks I’ve ever knitted, using this excellent free sock knitting tutorial. They were made using just over one skein of Malabrigo Worsted wool and bamboo double pointed knitting needles. How long did this project take me? Er, eight … Continue reading

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Brilliant Because

I have read so many explanations of late. People explaining why they agree to test a pattern. Or not test a pattern. Why they engage with blog tours – or not. Why they talk about their personal lives, or keep things private. Why … 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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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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