In celebration of today’s book launch, I thought it would be lovely to take a peek inside at all six beautiful shawls. I know we’ll be welcoming some new members in the days and weeks to come, who might never have had a chance to see the whole collection together. So, without further ado, here are the six shawls of The Shawl Society Season 1:

Talisman

Magical, safe, and full of good fortune, Talisman is a carefree crescent shawl, inscribed with a simple star stitch.

Traditional lore advises that a talisman should always be made by the hands of the one who intends to use it. By my reckoning that makes this shawl perfect for some selfish knitting. These cherished objects were often made to protect pilgrims on their journey, and it just so happens that Talisman makes wonderful travel knitting.

The pattern has been designed to showcase beautiful hand dyed yarn: subtly tonal, boldly variegated or a tranquil gradient, and it includes three versatile sizes. The small is a one skein project, ideal for crafting a special yarn into something charmed. The large size is just right for two skeins of fingering yarn or a beautiful lace weight.

 

 

 


Amulet

Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm. The elongated triangle shape of this shawl recalls the scarab’s wings, which are also echoed in the graphically striking rib section. The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.

Featuring lace, eyelets, and optional beading (for a little extra magic), the Amulet shawl pattern offers two sizes, medium and large. With plenty of intriguing details to keep you interested, this is an exciting knit that is also well within the reach of courageous new shawl knitters. It can be knit in one, two, or even more colours, making it an excellent project for stash busting.

 


Asana

A gentle crescent shawl with flowing lace and garter sections, Asana is a lovely special occasion shawl, whether you’re preparing for one magical day or making an ordinary day magical through a bit of mindfulness. Optional beads add a flicker of light to its soft textures and quiet curves. Designed for lace or fingering weight yarn, it is delicate and light enough to wear even in the warmer months.

In yoga, Asana means “a position that is firm, but relaxed.” This attitude should be familiar to anyone who has ever learned to knit, or tried a new technique just outside of your comfort zone. Gritting your teeth and clenching your hands around your needles never helps. This shawl is a higher level of difficulty than the previous Shawl Society patterns: the lace is a bit more challenging and there are four rows where you are knitting lace rows on the wrong side. The actual stitches aren’t difficult, but you need to be in meditation mode (not multitasking mode!).

Concentration, relaxation and focus will get you through to the graceful result you want.

 


Aurorae

Aurorae are the spellbinding flames of light that gather in the sky at both ends of the earth. In the far north, in Finland, it’s said that the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, occur when a great arctic fox brushes sparks from the mountain tops with his huge fluffy tail. On the other side of planet, the Aboriginal Australians believed that the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, were fires from the spirit world: the raging bushfires of sky spirits or the glow of their ancestors’ campfires.

I love the idea that people from different places can look at one phenomenon and interpret it so differently and creatively. In a much smaller way we can see this same magic happening in something as simple as a knitting pattern, when the gifted imaginations and hands of knitters from every corner of the world create their own versions of a beautiful object.

The Aurorae Shawl gathers up the strands of that sense of wonder, with rippling shifts of colour and flickering eyelet lace. Aurorae Shawl was designed using a six colour gradient set, with both sport weight and fingering weight versions. If you’re knitting from stash, this is a wonderful way to use up leftovers from other projects: just pick six colours that blend or play well together. This asymmetrical shawl features garter, eyelet and slip stitches: it looks intricate and complicated, but in fact it’s a gentle, easy knit. An i-cord edge gives Aurorae a lovely, polished finish.

 


Quill

The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Dream dictionaries say that to dream of writing with a quill pen “symbolizes the way you view your creative process — slow, methodical, beautiful, and not very technological.” For me, that lines up beautifully with the way I approach my knitting, and the way I imagine the Quill shawl in the world.

Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture. It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. Tamar DK yarn from Blacker Yarns is a soft, squishy DK weight with rustic charm and a sophisticated colour palette. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. A generous helping of local Cornish mule lambs’ fleece gives this yarn extra bounce and give.

Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.


Sonder

The Sonder Shawl is a big, soft, cosy shawl to wrap up the Shawl Society journey. “Sonder” is a new word, originally defined as “the realization that each random passer by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.“ That sudden flash of recognition occurs at random moments. Sometimes it’s brought on by the novelty of a new place: taking a crowded train through a foreign country and watching the evidence of thousands of unknown lives flash by in seconds. Other times, a mundane moment spent standing in a coffee shop queue becomes suddenly mysterious as you wonder about the inner lives of the strangers who surround you.

The moment we meet a new friend, we gain entrance into the rich story of their lives. It is the best way we have of tapping into that abundance of experience, and for the final Shawl Society project I wanted a design that reflected the connection and warmth we share as a community of knitters. The Sonder Shawl is an elongated triangle shape, veering towards a scarf. It has an open, easy to memorise stitch pattern and is finished with playful tassels. In the spirit of sharing, it is wonderful gift knitting: the bulky yarn knits up super fast and the contemporary design will appeal even to shawl sceptics.


Publishing this collection as a real-life book is a realisation of a life-long dream. I’m so excited to finally share it with the world. If you’d like to grab your own copy, it is available right now on Amazon.

Buy The Shawl Society Season 1 book on Amazon.co.uk

Buy The Shawl Society Season 1 book on Amazon.com

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Espa Advent Calendar

Dust of Snow Wrap

Land of Sweets Cowl

The Red Robin Socks

The Handmade Sock Society

The Red Robin Shawl

 

The first Curious Handmade book ever has been published in real, tangible, paperback format, and is now available!!

Buy The Shawl Society Season 1 book on Amazon.co.uk

Buy The Shawl Society Season 1 book on Amazon.com

The Shiny Bees Podcast

The Creative Penn Podcast

The Self Publishing Format Podcast

The Knitting Pipeline Podcast

I’m doing a special Instagram contest to celebrate the launch! Once you have your copy, all you have to do is take a cute photo of the book, or a photo of you knitting one of the shawls from The Shawl Society Season 1 and tag it with #TheShawlSociety1Book

On January 15th I’ll pick 11 winners from the hashtag: one Grand Prize winner, and 10 winners of a limited edition Shawl Society enamel pin.

Big Blue Moma Baskets

The Wool Kitchen

The Talisman Shawl

Sky Map Wrap by Emily Foden

Viola

Knits About Winter by Emily Foden on Ravelry

The Healthy Knitter

Project Peace 2018 Details

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Today on the podcast I’ve got that end-of-the-year feeling. We still have another month to go, but I’m already in the mood to review this year’s makes and projects and to start scheming about next year’s ideas and plans. What happened with my Make Nine project? How about my word of the year? Are you feeling the same? I also have the last of the new Knitvent patterns to share with you and a crowd of KAL winners from The Shawl Society Season III and The Handmade Sock Society to announce!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Harry Potter World

The Make 9 Challenge on the Curious Handmade Podcast at the beginning of the year

Hay Pullover

Like a Cloud Cardigan

Pure Joy Shawl

Our last Knitvent 2018 pattern was released! The Frost at Midnight Cowl is a ridiculously quick and squishy knit.

WoolFolk Hygge

Check The Yarn Spoiler Thread for yarn alternatives if you can’t find Hygge!

Our Knitvent 2018 KAL will run until January 7th, so you can post your finished projects in the Knitvent 2018 FO Thread for a chance to win a lovely prize. I also have a list of KAL winners from The Handmade Sock Society and the Shawl Society Season III:

Honey Bee Dance Socks

 
 
Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners: if your name is on this list, please get in touch by email or on Ravelry so I can get your prize to you! And as always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to every one of you who has knit one of my patterns, joined in with a KAL, and been such a special part of The Curious Crew.

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I have lots of lovely news to share on this week’s podcast. We have a winner in the book cover vote, I have finally finished my Hay Pullover, and there’s a new Knitvent pattern to introduce to you. I also have stories from the wonderful embroider workshop I took at Loop London last weekend, and a lovely peace-related knitting project to share.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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We have a winner for the book cover vote! I am so grateful to all of you who got involved. It was a fascinating process, and I loved hearing all your opinions. Thank you! There was a clear favourite, although not by an enormous margin. So without further ado, here’s the official cover for The Shawl Society Season I book!

Eva Faith Shop

The Little Grey Girl Shop

Loop London

Sky Map Wrap

Pom Pom Quarterly

Viola

Knits About Winter by Emily Foden on Ravelry

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

The Copper Corgi Etsy

The 5th Knitvent 2018 pattern was released this week! The Winter Sleep Socks are cosy DK weight socks, perfect for a bit of hibernation in the colder months.

Here’s the whole text of the poem that inspired the design! I think it’s adorable.

Yarn Ink

Juniper Socks from Knitvent 2016

Blacker Yarns Tamar DK

The Healthy Knitter

Project Peace 2018 Details

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On a cold, wet, grey day after a week of hard work, I’m treating myself a little bit. I hop you’ll join me! I’m also getting very excited about this new book project. In fact, I could use your help deciding on a final book cover for my first print book! We also have two new Knitvent patterns this week that I can’t wait to share.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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I am preparing to publish the first ever Curious Handmade print book, The Shawl Society Season I. I need your help to choose the right cover. Which of these two book covers do you prefer?

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Thanks in advance for voting: I can’t wait to see what you think. I’ll update you on the results next week!

La Bien Aimee

Wax & Wool Etc Instagram

Wax & Wool Etc Etsy

Our 3rd and 4th Knitvent Patterns were published! The How Quiet Hat and the How Quiet Mitts

Knitvent 2018

Julie Asselin

Julie Asselin Leizu DK at A Yarn Story

The Shawl Society Season I

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Mrs. Browns Bags Etsy

Voolenvine

Viola and the Moon

Knits About Winter Preorder

The Handmade Sock Society

Red Robin Sock Set Preorder at The Wool Barn

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As I sat down to prepare for this week’s podcast episode, I realised that two major milestones had just flown by…five years podcasting and my 100th published knitting pattern design. I can hardly believe it. It’s been so much fun (and so much work) that the time has just disappeared. Today I’ve got some chat about that, as well as an update on my end-of-year WIP knitting and a couple of VERY exciting projects which have been my focus over the last little while. I also have the latest Knitvent design to share!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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The first ever Curious Handmade Podcast (I cringe thinking about listening to it now!)

My first ever knitting pattern

Our second pattern in Knitvent 2018 has been published: The Peace of Wild Things Shawl

The “Dove” colourway from Circus Tonic Handmade

Dust of Snow Wrap

Knitvent Yarn Spoiler Thread

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Tink Hickman on Instagram

Clio Pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Gorgeous Handmade Baskets in So Just Shop

The Creative Penn Podcast

Mark Dawson Self Publishing Formula Podcast 

A Yarn Story Inside Story VIP program

I mentioned in last week’s podcast that I was doing a collaboration with the brilliant women behind Big Blue Moma and So Just Shop. Well, the results of that collab are now available, and I wanted to share some photos with you:

Big Blue Moma is a Canadian fair trade and handmade company. They carry a magnificent line of baskets which are handwoven in the village of Nyariga in the Northern region of Ghana. I think they’re just beautiful, and so practical for keeping crafting supplies and big knitting projects together. After seeing them on The Grocery Girls podcast, I fell in love with these amazing baskets and wanted to make it easier for those of us in the UK and Europe to get our hands on them.

So I had a chat with my lovely friend Jennifer, founder of the the amazing fair trade boutique marketplace So Just Shop. She agreed with me that these are something special, so we collaborated and brought some over.

I just adore them.

If you want to try and snatch up one of these lovelies for yourself, here are the links you need:

Large Special Shopper in Blue and in yellow

We have a unique discount code for Curious Handmade listeners: enter CURIOUS10 at checkout to save 10% on your purchase.

My favourite part of this collaboration (aside from the intrinsic beauty of these pieces) is that they are supporting women’s work and dreams across the world. Handmade objects can mean a path forward and a better future. So Just Shop, Big Blue Moma, and I are all committed to empowering women across the world. I love that these baskets are a symbol of that empowerment, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Knitvent is underway! I’m thrilled to finally have the first pattern out, but that’s not all I have to share with your on today’s episode of the podcast. I also have another pattern which has just launched in the fabulous new Mini Yarn Guide London, an exciting collab with some wonderful ladies, and our Knitvent Giveaway winners to announce!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Big Blue Moma

A few photos of the lovely baskets which will be available from So Just Shop on Monday

 

Spirit of Christmas London

A Yarn Story

London Lines Shawl

Quing Fibre

Yarnporium is in London November 2nd – 3rd

Knitvent 2018

A Dust of Snow Wrap

The Fat Squirrel

Circus Tonic Handmade

Eva Faith Shop

The Crafty Jackalope

Knitvent Giveaway Winners!

Grand Prize Winner:

“My most peace filled memories are when we would drive to church for Christmas service. It was a bit of a drive, and my father would lead us in Christmas carols the whole way there in his beautiful bass voice with my mother’s clear soprano accompanying. By the time we arrived, we were always filled with the holiday spirit!! I can still remember their lovely voices singing both the silly and the solemn carols even thought they are both many years gone.”

10 pattern prize winners:

mrsrobinsonknits with post 456

catskye5 with post 272 (this is quite a poignant one)
SpinningtheMoon with post 319 (another poignant one)

 

CH 238: All excited about Knitvent

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Mini Yarn Guide London Launch party on October 23rd at the Yarn in The City Knit Night

Yarnporium is in London November 2nd – 3rd

Quing Fibre

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Red Robin Shawl

Knitvent 2018 presales are now open!

Knitvent Chatter Thread

Yarn Spoiler Thread

To enter the giveaway:

1.) Grab your copy of Knitvent 2018

2.) Create a Project Page for A Dust of Snow, the first Knitvent 2018 mystery pattern

3.) Post in the Knitvent Giveaway Thread: you can share your favourite peaceful poem, or a peaceful holiday memory

I’ll draw our winners at random after Monday, Oct 29th.

The Fat Squirrel

Circus Tonic Handmade

The Crafty Jackalope

Eva Faith Shop

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Today on the podcast I have one last shawl to share from Season III of The Shawl Society, and lots of stories from the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat. Once again there is a bit of yarn enabling in this episode, as all the lovely makers from our CHCH mini market spoiled us with their fabulous yarn, notions, and project bags.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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The Grocery Girls Podcast

Suburban Stitcher

Sweet Georgia Podcast

Doubleknit Podcast

Stash and Burn Podcast

Stitches West

This week the last shawl of The Shawl Society Season III was released! What an incredible season it has been. Thank you all so much for being a part of this story.

The Whole World is a Garden Shawl 

Lore by The Fibre Co

The Borrowdale Collection

La Bien Aimee

A Yarn Story

Bumble Stitches Podcast

Bumble Stitches Shop

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Gather Yarn

Seren Yarns

Suffolk Socks

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain