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June KnitCrate I'm "diving" right into this gorgeous Vidalana yarn featured in this month's original member crate from Knit Crate. It's the perfect mermaid green-blue and pairs beautifully with the "Minty Fresh" shawl pattern-also included this month! Check out the video below for a fun unboxing and review!

Yarn Babies // An Interview with Bethany of Woolberry The Woolberry Fiber Video Podcast!

Linen towel and washcloth While in-between some big projects, I decided to whip up a quick linen towel and washcloth. Linen is a great change of pace; it's strong, not stetchy, and holds its shape wonderfully to create a very textured fabric. The feel through the fingers is very different than wool, and even different than cotton.

Making Handywoman I initially decided to write Handywoman after being interviewed on BBC Woman's Hour, which led to a discussion with a literary agent. This agent was really smart, interesting, incredibly professional and represented other writers of what the book trade describes as "intelligent non-fiction" whose work I really admired.

Grafting German short rows in garter stitch with Woolly Wormhead If you're using German short rows in garter stitch for Woolly Wormhead's fabulous Marina hat, Woolly has put together this fabulous guide to grafting them together… The Marina Hat uses German short rows.

Some more things… Anyway, this is all completely beside the point, because now it's back I can continue our chat from the other day and I'll see what else my photo trawl dredged up… Firstly the inspiration behind the 'Essence of Unicorn' blanket that I mentioned last time.

Glittering New Madelinetosh You may think of summer as a slow time for knitting but we have so many tempting new treats in shop ~ perfect for light summer knitting projects! Madelinetosh is one of our best selling yarns, so we are thrilled to have a new Madelinetosh base yarn! And many mouth watering new colours in Prairie, Pashmina, Merino Light, Twist Light, and Tosh DK!

Mystery Cushion Club 2018: post 1, June For the next five months you will be part of a very special and exclusive knitting club, with a project that I hope will keep you intrigued right through to the final instalment in October. For those of you who are new to my Mystery Clubs, this is the place on my website where we "meet up" every month to share all the latest news about the Club.

Caring for your summer knits At this time of year, we are more likely to turn to yarns with cotton, bamboo or linen fibres for their light airy qualities. However, the characteristics of these fibres that give the yarns these qualities can give us problems if we don't care for them properly.

Yum. Have you guessed what it is yet? Another hint? You got it now, right? Lemon lavender shortbread cookies. I hadn't bought a cookbook in quite awhile. But, I caved….and bought Magnolia Table on impulse. Everything….and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g… I've made so far has been delicious.

Visitors from Scotland Last week the Knitting and Crochet Guild Archive in West Yorkshire welcomed some visitors all the way from Scotland, Carol Christiansen, Shetland Museum curator and Roslyn Chapman from Glasgow University. The KCG archive holds an enviable collection of hand knitted "Shetland" lace shawls.

Surely this won't happen again…. This was going to be the project that found my missing mojo. But, something just wasn't quite right. I knew it, and in true knitterly fashion, I continued to knit anyway. I finally got out the pattern Yep. My mistake was on row two when I failed to do a braid after doing the two coloured cast on.

Some Things… I thought I'd said it all in my podcasts and maybe doing those had used up all that I had to share buut then I started to look through my photos to gather evidence of 'some things' to show what I've been doing lately and here's what I rustled up… On the crochet front it's been all about my 'Getting Ziggy' shawl.

Tortoise and Hare photoshoot We have re-released the Tortoise and Hare Gauntlets pattern in association with the Handywoman launch. So if you pre-order a copy of Handywoman, you'll receive a complementary download of the gauntlets pattern! The original photography of the original gauntlets was taken in Victoria Park, opposite where I then lived, in Edinburgh.

Short Row Knits by Carol Feller - book review Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

I'm!HOME!from!camp!!!!… I just got home from camp. I would have bellyached told you about it, but it came as a total surprise to me. There I was, having a lovely morning nap mid week and Daddy swooped me off my feet, tossed me in the car, and plopped me at camp. And there I stayed for a very long time.

No clashes in crochet - or nature Colour choice can be such a difficult thing. I think we feel the need to fit within fashion. We might like reds and greens but know that currently grays and dusky tones are the most fashionable. I have long since recognised that I am attracted to bright, strong colours.

Designers of the Month: Indie June Welcome to Indie June, a month where we celebrate the exciting contribution of independent design in knit and crochet! Merion's here with a round up of what you can expect this month from our designers of the month… I love Indie June.

Free Pattern! 'Sandra's Sweater' knitted in Cygnet Cottony DK 'Sandra's Sweater' in Cygnet Cottony DK. This sweater knitted in Cygnet Cotton DK has a lovely simple design, and is a great beginner's project! The pattern covers sizes 8-10 to 20-22. You'll need the following materials for this pattern:. Download the free pattern by clicking here.

Moel View Yarns ~ Natural Dyed Beauty We have a beautiful new hand-dyed, natural yarn to show you this week! Moel View Yarn is dyed by Paula Goosen in Wales using all natural dye stuffs on wool and silk bases. We carry two beautiful bases by Moel View: Bliss and British DK. Paula dyes all her yarn from her home studio in Wales.

Cough. cough. Has it really been that long since I sat down to write here? I just checked and it's been longer than I thought it was. We are heavy into allergy season, so I am hiding away indoors today because I ran out of my allergy meds and forgot to pick some up yesterday.

Sunshine yellow yarn for summer I don't know about you but bright yellows make me smile. It is a mood lifting colour so as it is one of the shadess of the season we are set for a very cheerful summer. And it isn't just us and the fashion magazines that love yellow this year.

Issue 89 Out Now! This month we're bringing you a brilliant bumper edition of Knit Now which comes with a fantastic knitting kit as well as an extra supplement packed with ideas for your kit. As well as this, by popular demand, we're giving you another chance to get your hands on the knit-your-own Paddington pattern.

Pompom Party: Watermelon Poms! There's something about the colour combination of green, pink, white and black that automatically says summer to me! This pompom makes me so happy to look at even if it's a grey and drab day outside - once glance at this little cutie cheers me right up.

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