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Twist Collective Closing You may have heard that Twist Collective will be closing down at the end of the year. What does that mean for all of you who have bought a Twist Collective pattern? Well, it depends on the designer. In my case, I plan on continuing to offer Celestarium through my own store.

The Joy of Color If you've been following KNITSONIK for a while, you'll know that earlier this year I went to the USA. I stayed with my friend Janine in California, and then we travelled together to Wisconsin to Knitting Camp.

I blame my Mother I hated shopping with her. I refused to visit any other shops than yarns shops with her. If I needed clothes, she would ask if we should go shopping and I always told, No! I don't need anything. My little feet hardly touched the ground as we stormed through the only busy street of Rovaniemi in the 1960's on the way to the yarn store.

Mystery Cushion Club 2018: post 5, October - the last instalment! After five months of fun and adventure we are here at the end of this year's project, with just the final panel to knit and the finishing touches to add to it. In this month's patterns you are guided through the finishing process - including instructions on how to use that pom-pom maker.

Mystery Cushion Club 2018: post 5, October - the final instalment! So after five months of fun and adventure here we are at the end of this year’s project, with just the final panel to knit and the finishing touches to add to it. In this month’s patterns you are guided through the finishing process - including instructions on how to use that pom-pom maker.

Apple Picking and Fall Knitting Hi, Knitters, I hope you are doing well this weekend. It's been fun around here. I got to spend a lot of time with good old Pea…

Cosying on a windy day Our 'new normal' is beginning to feel familiar now, with returns to comfortable routines for the three of us here and Amy settling in well and having a great time away at Uni. For most of the last week I've been sorting my tangled mess of knitting projects and tidying the house, but on Thursday I headed off for a peaceful autumn walk.

North star snood During our Hebridean break last week, we took the opportunity to photograph the results of my latest ready-made knitwear project: the North Star Snood. I loved designing my snoods last year, and also really enjoyed the process of working with William Lockie.

Selbu modern Another Selbu Modern hat. That makes three. Obviously, I now have two in reserve. I NEVER knit the same thing twice…and never ever ever back-to-back. - until now. Orange and grey first, immediately followed by the red and grey.

Find a space to share your skills When we are teaching and encouraging people to knit and crochet at yarn shows round the country, we are often approached by people with a very specific request. These are usually groups of two or three people where one person is keen to teach their companion some aspect of knitting or crochet and ask if they can use our yarn and needles to do it.

Knitting Kits at Lucy Locket Land Recently I teamed up with the lovely Lucy, from Locket Land and I'm delighted to announce two new knitting kits have been produced from my knitting patterns. These were launched last week at Yarndale in Skipton, North Yorkshire. First is the Counting Sheep kit, this includes yarn made with fleece from my shetland sheep.

Sudden Epiphanies: On Creativity, Writing and Making. I recently finished reading Alice Mattison's The Kite and The String. It is ostensibly about creative writing, but even more about how to navigate murky creative waters as a woman. Many things resonated with me, though I mainly write non-fiction and technical instructions these days.

All the beautiful wool A light coating, but for a few moments the air was packed with little white fuzzy balls, and the ground was coated. Soon my lake will be covered by ice. I will miss her and her chatter. Just a few more centimeters to the hem of the black/gray sweater and then it is off the needles.

Podcast Episode 54 Cherry Heart Podcast 54: In which I make a dubious decision, show you my weaving and share all my latest makes.

Twin Misura Hats: A Woolly Wormhead Treatment There are occasions when I feel a bit 'knit stuck'. In case you do not know who Scarf Lady is, this is she. My future self. I just need that top knot. Because I do not have a top knot, nor a full and warm head of hair, I needed a new hat.

Knitting the season Are you falling for all the Fall knits right now? There are SO MANY sweaters that I want to start and it's making me kinda paralyzed with indecision. So I decided to play it safe and pick a project that has been on my wishlist for a few years now: Edith, a cozy oversized wooly cardigan by Pam Allen.

Stylecraft Blog Tour - Scallop Scarf and Mittens I'm delighted to be participating again in Stylecraft's annual Blogtour. For this tour I chose the Autumn Leaves yarn pack which includes 5 shades of the newly released Bellissima. It's a DK weight yarn in 100% acrylic. The image below shows the 5 shades I've been working with.

FO: Gran Sweater Another sweater fresh off the needles! You might remember this project as one of my holiday knits. I actually finished it up rather quickly, but noticed I should've alternated skeins, and had to rip back part of the body to address an abrupt colour change.

Year of Projects 8: Week 17 This past Monday I pulled a paper bag from the diminishing pile to find the yarn for Feny Socks as my October 2018 Paper Bag Project.

Making No. 6 & Black Sheep, White Sheep Pre-orders! Photo credit: Carrie Bostick Hoge Pre-Order Making No. 6 and Black Sheep, White Sheep Kits Hi, Knitters, I hope you are…

Christmas stocking appeal We are running our Annual Christmas Stocking Appeal again this autumn. We are asking knitters and crocheters across the country to join to help us spread some festive cheer by making mini stockings for care homes, lunch clubs, hospices and foodbanks. Last year we distributed more than 1,500 stockings to organisations all over the country.

TWiP: Knitterly This week has been all about the sweater. When I wasn't working my Day Job or working on Polka Dot Cottage stuff, or doing Household Tasks, it was all about finishing and then wearing my newest Everyday Cardigan - this year's September Sweater. I've knit a few of these, but only one that I've kept for myself, until now.

Bullet Journalling Some of you may know from instagram that I keep a bullet journal. I don't rigidly follow The Official Bullet Journalling System, but I do love finding ways to structure ideas and to keep track of projects in a notebook.

Stylecraft Blogtour 2018 As summer clutches its hand to its forehead and breathes its last, it must be time for the annual phenomenon that is the… A quick overview, in case you're new around here.

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