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The last post…

…on this trusty old blog. How sad. But onto a newer, brighter, more spacious blog, linked to the new shop and website. Come and see.  

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This post contains some knitting content

It was lovely to get some spinning time in after Christmas. But this time I wanted to try something different. I knew I wanted to have more control of colour order, but have never quite mastered Navajo plying. So the creation of fauxlags (fake rolags) seemed to be a good option to try. Using commercially [...]

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Wooden Heart Gloves

These cosy, folklore-inspired gloves are designed by Amy Pickard and appear in the current issue of Knit Now. (Issue 30) Amy used Skein Queen Desire merino to create her lovely gloves inspired by Eastern European wooden boxes made using cross-stitch fabrics. The European folk theme is a key trend this year, and Amy’s done a [...]

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Showcase 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, I thought I’d do a different type of round-up. You all know what I’ve been up to – it’s been a challenging year in many ways in terms of keeping up with everything, but one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is to see what knitters [...]

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November club – The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Simon Mawer’s novel imagines the bravery and heroism required by the women who were recruited by the Special Operations Executive in Britain to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France during WWII through the eyes of Marian Sutro. The slightly naive, but tenacious convent girl, Marian grew up in Switzerland and it’s her bilingual abilities that make her a [...]

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Upcoming markets

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Shop update preview for 27th November

Much Splendid, Tweedore, Voluptuous, Southwold yarn bundles, Opulent cashmere, Flockly and a little Blush and Blimey. Some winter vintage pastels and some brights. Don’t miss it – you’ll find it all here on Wednesday at 8pm GMT. Oology – Splendid – supersoft merino/nylon – 4 ply sockweight – 4 skeins Willow Warbler  – Splendid – [...]

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Some Christmas knitting and Blimey – a new SQ yarn

Blimey! It’s a new SQ yarn. It’s 100% British Bluefaced Leicester spun in Britain and pretty much took a year to get hold of. Hence the name Blimey. I’m hoping that’s the exclamation you may utter when you handle it. It comes in 110g skeins of 385m/420yds and knits up beautifully. The slight twist allows [...]

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October club – The Thread

Having read Victoria Hislop’s first novel The Island several years ago, I was excited when a friend gave me The Thread to take with me to Greece as a holiday read. Hislop’s novels absorb the reader into the nooks and crannies of past lives in Mediterranean settings, whilst expertly painting the historical backdrop against which [...]

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A plethora of invitations

Click on image to enlarge Further to your invite from yesterday to Pompom mag’s Christmas pop-up party, if you happen to be in London on Saturday 7th December, this small sale of handmade goods is taking place in a beautiful NW London home, with some of the best makers around. So not just yarn, but [...]

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