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Welcome to February! After a fab but fast start to the year in January, I decided to choose a relaxing topic for this month. We’re exploring creativity again, in a laid back, gentle way. What do we mean when we talk about creativity and how can foster more of it in our daily lives? To start us off, I interviewed my very good friend Mette, who is one of the most naturally creative people I know. We’ve been planning the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat together, and recently spent the morning sewing bags for the event. Afterwards, we sat down to chat about the many ways she finds creativity in her days, and what “hygge” really means.

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After so many links last week, this episode I only have a couple:

At the Unravel Festival at Maltings in London, Feb, 19th to 21st, the girls from Yarn in the City will be debuting their London Craft Guide. Be sure to drop by their stall to see what it’s all about!

I wanted to share a few photos of Mette’s beautiful house, and some of the hygge touches she so lovingly creates:

 

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It’s a tremendously inviting space.  I’d love to hear about the hygge details in your home: what does cosy really mean to you? I hope you enjoyed this episode: that’s all I have for this week. Happy knitting!

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This week I answer a question about how and when you should wind yarn and the best ways to store you stash safely. I also talk about the WIPs I’m whipping through and a special way that knitters are getting together to change the world for the better.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Pukka lemongrass and ginger tea

Stash Appreciation Ravelry Thread

Morning on the Dock Podcast

Craftsy articles:

To Wind or Not To Wind: How to Store Yarn

 How to Wind Yarn into a Ball

 Winding videos:

Really nice clear video on how to HAND wind a centre pull ball on WEBS yarn.com

Paula from the Knitting Pipeline winding yarn with a Scandinavian tool called a Nøstepinne.

Using a winding tool– thick needle or pencil

Or a turkey baster.

Sock Blockers:

Wire from Loop

Knit Pro from Suffolk Socks

If you want to order some custom oak sock blockers from Ginger Twist – just email Jess to inquire!

New needles:

Knitpro Zing from Meadow Yarn

Circular Addi Lace Needles from Meadow Yarn

What’s in the WIP?

Monkey Socks Finished! Immensely satisfying after nine years!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel:  I’m ready to cast on with Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds

Oleum Socks by Rachel Coopey in John Arbonne Exmoor Sock I realised I have gauge problems, so I’m going to have to frog.

A new secret design (!!) using Copper Corgi’s Gradient in Peacock (and I’m also tempted by Pink Hot Chocolate) but I’m prototyping in Blue Sky Alpaca

Upcoming Events

Three Things For Yarn Love. I was listening to Episode 29 of the Yarn of The City and they’re starting a bit of a movement.The idea is to have everyone declare three things they want to do for the yarn and fibre community around the world. The hashtag is #3thingsforyarnlove and I’m really excited to take part. So far, I’ve come up with:

1. Support Patty Joy, the creator of the  Fish Lips Kiss heel who is fighting breast cancer right now and raising money for a reunion with her kids by selling her sock heel pattern. She’s Sox Therapistp on Ravelry, and hosts the 12 Socks Challenge annually. Paula from Knitting Pipeline is going to be helping to spread the news about her pattern at the Georgia retreat, and I’m hoping to do the same at Cumbria. I’ll also be gifting the pattern to some people.

2. Support Knit Aid (which I heard about from Wool and The Gang) They are hosting a Mass Knit In Event to create squares for blankets for refugees. It’s happening Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14th February 2016

Time: 11am – 2:30pm

Location: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2R 4RH

I can’t go, but I’m going to spread the word and knit some squares to send along, as they’re accepting donations of 20cm by 20cm squares in the lead up to the event.

3. TBA!

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. Unfortunately this is term time here so I can’t make it, but it’s sure to be a wonderful event.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. All the spaces are sold out, but there is a waiting list. If you’d like me to add you, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19 2016

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is on April 3 to 6 in the USA.

That’s all for this week, and for January! I can’t believe that the first month of the year has flown by so fast. Until next week, happy knitting!

 

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This week I chat about creating more space in my life, finding a sense of ease in all my tasks and in my knitting, and planning how to use some of my stash for specific projects during this week of Stash Appreciation Month!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Links:

Great episode (77) on knitting goals from Shiny Bees Podcast.

KAL News

I’m excited about the The Finish It KAL being hosted by Lina Knits on her Ravelry Group. It’s running for the month of February, so we have lots of time to wrap up old WIPs!

A couple of stash-busting KALs I mention:

Wooly Wormheads 12 Hats in 12 Months – great for using up single skeins.

Annual Stash dash by The Knit Girllls – focus on using up quantities of stash measured in km and miles!

What’s in The WIP

Monkey Socks I cast on the other sock! I’ve gotten halfway down the foot and by the time this is published I think I’ll be finished!

Magic Cake Shawl: I picked this up again this week and it’s such a fun knit. All the new colours are so motivating, and I think I’ll have this finished before this year’s Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel: I have my foot template made for these and some fun yarns to work with, so I want to do several pairs. I reclaimed some yarn from an abandoned WIP Colinette’s Jitterbug in Raspberry. I also have some Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds, and I want to knit up a pair in that, too. I also have Stray Cat Socks in Sunshower and a beautiful natural-dyed skein from Natasha at Taking a Moment in Time, which are both calling out to be beautiful socks.

I have two sweater quantities of yarn in my stash

A gorgeous gradient set from Copper Corgi, but I’m not sure what pattern to use for it.

Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in Plumb Colourway which I specifically bought to make the Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Events

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. Unfortunately this is term time here so I can’t make it, but it’s sure to be a wonderful event.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. All the spaces are sold out, but there is a waiting list. If you’d like me to add you, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is on April 3 to 6 in the USA. Registration is now open, and I’ll be going!

That’s just about it for this week! Happy knitting!

CH 107: All The WIPs in The World!

Helen —  January 15, 2016 — 1 Comment
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Yarn alert: my huge yarn crush on Anzula Squishy started last year when I used it for the new samples of my Afternoon Tea Shawl but it’s been pretty hard to get your hands on in the UK. I’ve gotten the news from Meadow Yarn that they now have it in stock, so go have a look for yourself! I love the colours so much I’m tempted to buy it all up, Stash Appreciation Month notwithstanding.

Stash Appreciation Month thread on Ravelry

Lina Knits Video Podcast on YouTube

Lina’s Blog

The Finish It KAL will take place on her Ravelry Group

Mina from The Knitting Expat Podcast and Marsha from Fairy Little Twitch and Stitch are in the middle of an engrossing Sock Knitting Competition

 

What’s in The WIP

I finished my Cave Point Shawl! I love it.The pattern is by Paula Emons-Fuessle from Knitting Pipeline and it was an absolute joy to knit. It’s also available as part of the gorgeous Shawls 2015 collection from Quince and Co. I knit it in Quince and Co.Chickadee in the Audouin heathered colourway.

Still working on my Times Square by Norah Gaughan

I’m waiting until I have time to be monogamous with my Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose so I’ll probably wait until I’ve finished Times Square.

Monkey Socks

Oleum Socks by Rachel Coopey

Some vanilla socks, developing a personal “recipe” the way Mina has, using the Fish Lips Kiss heel.

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks – free pattern on Ravelry

Magic Cake Shawl by Paula from the Georgia Retreat

The Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge is back on, and I’m already adding goals to my list for this quarter. Libby from Truly Myrtle is hosting a Wash Dress Sew-Along from the 12 to the 24th of Feb. I want to join in! You can sign up to her Mini Mag in the sidebar of her blog if you’d like to get updates about that.

Washi Dress Pattern from Made By Rae

I also want to make the Squam Westwater Tunic before I head off to Squam!

Events

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. I can’t go, but I know it will be a wonderful time.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. It’s sold out, but if you’d like to be put on the waiting list, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is happening  April 3 to 6 in the USA, and I’ll be going! Registration is opening up today!

That’s all I’ve got for this week! Happy knitting!

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We’re in the second week of Stash Appreciation Month, and I’ve made great progress on reviewing, organising, and documenting my stash, which has been a really lovely process. On today’s episode I talk about how that’s going, what it’s like to be plunging into the new year, and my Word of The Year for 2016.

You can join in chatting about Stash Appreciation in the Ravelry thread here.

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We spent our holidays together here: Lake Taupo in New Zealand

I spent some more time thinking about my word for the year and finally arrived at Ease. These podcasts helped me as I weighed the possibilities:


Elise Gets Crafty Podcast

Wellpreneur

Other podcasts that I’ve found helpful as I think about my goals for 2016:

The Slow Home Podcast

Knitting Expat Episode 42

What’s in the WIP

So close to finishing the first piece of my Times Square by Norah Gaughan

I picked up my Cave Point Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle after not touching it for a while.

And some exciting top secret new design projects!

The Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge is back, and I’m participating again. Join us in the new thread for this quarter.

Knitvent 2015 Winners!

I’m delighted to announce our three winners! I drew three posts randomly, and all of the projects that one are actually gorgeous:

Meadow Yarn Voucher: #9 The Ice River Snood by KayJay1809

Blacker Yarn Voucher: #96 Winter Wonder Shawl by LaurieBo

Fringe Supply Co. Voucher: #31 Kindling Hat by Izziebeff

 

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can find Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

Meadow Yarn 

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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I give some tips to help you choose a word for the year.

Susannah Conway – finding your word for the year email mini course

What is your word for the year?

January Podcast Theme is Stash Appreciation Month

The rough structure for the month is:

Week 1: Review Stash and organise – this may include editing and destashing

Week 2: Document the stash – “manage what you measure”

Week 3: Make some goals and maybe “rules”

Week 4: Plan specific projects with stash yarn

Are you keen to join in?

See you in 2016!

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As you might expect, we’re deep into the holiday prep over here at Curious Handmade HQ. The main activities right now are wrapping presents and eating sweet mince pies (lots of mince pies!) I’m admiring the twinkle lights we’ve strung up around the place and thinking back over the past 12 months. It’s been a wonderful year. Thank you all so much for listening to the podcast, knitting the patterns, joining me on so many projects and being such a vibrant part of Curious Handmade. I’m taking a little break from the podcast and the blog for the holidays, so that I can devote myself to holiday baking, knitting, storytelling and merriment (and more mince pies!) with my family.

Before I surrender completely to the call of Christmas, I just wanted to remind you of a few things going on between now and the new year.

I’m running a special Holiday Sale until the 24th of December. I’m offering all my individual patterns and collections at 15% off. Just enter the code Merry15 when you check out on Ravelry.

The Knitvent 2015 KAL is still on, and will continue until the 31st of December. Don’t forget to put your pictures in the FO thread, because we have some really lovely prizes up for grabs, and I really want to see all of your beautiful knits.

I’ll be back with the podcast in early January. We’re going to spend the month thinking about every knitter’s guiltiest pleasure: stash. It’s going to be action-packed and a lot of fun! Until then, I hope your days are filled with joy and love and cosy knitting time. Happy holidays!

CH 104: Happy Holidays!

Helen —  December 11, 2015 — Leave a comment
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This is the last episode of 2015! I feel a bit reflective as the end of the year approaches. It’s been a truly amazing twelve months! As we head into the holiday break, I’m keeping it simple (after all, simplicity was my word for 2015!) and this episode is mostly just a catch up. I also have a really exciting announcement about something coming up early next year!

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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can find Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

Meadow Yarn 

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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The end of Knitvent 2015

We opened the final window on Thursday to reveal the Kindling Mitts.

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This year’s Knitvent has been an absolute joy. A million thanks to everyone who has participated. But it’s not completely over yet! There’s a finished objects thread on the Ravelry group now, and the KAL is going to be running until the end of the month, so there’s plenty of time to enter. We have some amazing prizes for this one, so don’t forget to upload your FO photos! You can do individual posts for each item and each post will count as a chance to win one of these:

£25 Gift Voucher from Meadow Yarn

£25 Gift Voucher from Blacker Yarn

$40 Gift Voucher from The Fringe Supply Co.

What’s in the WIP

Times Square by Norah Gaughan: I’m making good progress on this, and I just love the Knightsbridge yarn. Really comforting and cosy. I’ve switched to the Knitpro Zing needles from the HiyaHiya Sharps (which I love but were just a little too pointy for this non-lace knitting) and it’s been a joy. Over halfway done!

We’re going to run the Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge into 2016 on a quarterly basis, so I’m keeping that in mind as I start thinking about my makes for next year. There’s some discussion in this thread on the Ravelry Board if you’d like to learn more.

The Little Bobbins video podcast is proposing a Christmas Eve Socks KAL for knitting socks over Christmas which sounds like a lot of fun.

Contest Winner

The Authentic Collection giveaway got a huge amount of attention! Thanks to everyone who entered. I’m delighted to announce that the winner is:

Jen Day with this comment:

How often does an entire collection take ones breath away? I want to knit ALL the pieces, but first up will be A Girl Thing, because hats are much needed for the cold Michigan winter!

Congratulations! I know you’re going to love knitting everything in the collection.Get in touch with your Ravelry name and Joji will send you your prize!

Upcoming Events

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is on Dec 11th. I’ll be there as a booth babe for The Fibre Co, and some of the Knitvent 2015 samples will be on show as well.  I hope to see you there, if you’re local! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available on the door.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 -17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK! Details on how to register will be coming very soon!

That’s everything for this episode…and this year! ( I’ll see you on Ravelry in the meantime) Have a beautiful holiday season. Happy knitting!

Ch 103: The 5th Week of Knitvent!

Helen —  December 4, 2015 — 38 Comments
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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can find Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

Meadow Yarn 

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Knitvent Update:

Window #5 opened this week, and behind it was the Kindling Hat! This is a unisex design that’s really quick to knit and looks fabulous in rugged yarns for the chaps and luxurious yarn for the ladies.

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Sample 1: Westcountry Tweed in Natural

Sample 2: Bluefaced Leicester DK in Natural  with an Alpaca Fur Pom Pom

I’m adding a finished object thread to the Ravelry board, and I have some great prizes to announce for the Knitvent 2015 KAL, so don’t forget to share your FOs!

What’s in the WIP:

Times Square by Norah Gaughan I really really want to finish this one, because I’m in love with the yarn (Fibre company’s Knightsbridge) and really want to wear it.

Reyka Pullover by Cirila Rose I’m up to the colourwork and I’d also love to wear it this winter.

Cave Point Shawl by Paula from the Knitting Pipeline. So nearly done on this one and it will go with everything, so it’s another one I’m desperate to finish.

Collection Review

The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli

I interviewed this brilliant Argentine designer a while back, and I’m such a big fan. The patterns are all available individually, but the full collection is amazing value. There’s a lovely preview video on her website. It’s great to see the patterns being worn and moving! This is a huge collection, and would love to knit just about any of these designs.

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Puntilla is probably first on my list

She’s given us a copy of the ebook to give away this week, so if you’d like to be in with a chance to win, just leave a comment telling us which design is your favourite! I’ll draw a winner at random next week.

Other Show Links:

Being Boss Podcast Episode with Jay Prior

Paula’s charming first video podcast

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is on Dec 11th. I’ll be attending (for my third year in a row! Time flies!) and I’m really looking forward to it. More holiday catch-ups with friends. I hope to see you there, if you’re local! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available on the door.

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

 

A few weeks back I put together a Knitted Gift Guide for all the knit-worthy people in your life. Today I’m turning that around and offering up a list of delicious gifts that knitters themselves would love to receive! You deserve a little spoiling, especially with all that gift-knitting you’re surely in the middle of right now, so this is a handy link to forward on to anyone wondering what you’d like to find wrapped up with your name on it this holiday season! (And if you don’t want to wait and hope, you can treat yourself to one or more little presents as a reward for knitting well done!)

Something you want…

Technically we know that all that’s necessary for knitting are two sticks and some string, but why stop there when the word is full of beautiful knitting tools, notions, and accessories? From the practical to the beautiful to the just-because, any of these items can help to make precious knitting time extra special. Even for the knitter who has everything, there’s always one more gadget or little luxury that can make life just that bit better.

 Gift Guide Accessory Collage

Top, left to right: Gin Stitch Markers from The Little Grey Girl, Christmas Spice Candle from Wild Planet.

 Bottom, left to right: Grellow and Grey Sirka Counter, Bento Box Case for Sirka

Something you need…

It seems as though devoted knitters always have a heap of projects on the go, and keeping them all sorted and ready to pick up at a moment’s notice is key to switching effortlessly between each piece. Beautiful project bags are wonderful presents for a knitter, because you can really never have too many of them, and there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from.

 Project bag collage

Top, left to right: Macaroon notions bag and zippered XL project bag by Maria Elena Bliss

Bottom, Small zippered project bag from The Little Grey Girl

Something to stash…

No knitter’s holiday can be complete without something new and wonderful to play with. There is strictly no such thing as too much yarn, and no matter the size of the stash, a luxurious skein or two of a special yarn is always welcome. I fell in love with so many magical yarns this year that it was almost impossible to narrow it down, but here are a few I’d love to find in my stocking.

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Top, left to right: The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering in Red Ginger, Anzula Squishy in Grace, Skein Yarn‘s Top Draw Sock in Ice on the Windowpane

Bottom, left to right: CoopKnits Socks Yeah! in Malachite, Blacker Yarns Doulton Flock Border Leicester 4-ply in white, baa ram ewe’s Titus in limited edition Wesley Bob

And something to read…

Books and magazines full of photos, patterns, information are indispensable to a devoted knitter. We go to them for instruction and inspiration, for hints about technique, and a hit of pure beauty. They make amazing gifts. It’s wonderful to look up at a row of knitting books and issues of magazines on your shelf, knowing that you can dive in and explore at any time.

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Top, left to right: London Stitch and Knit: A Craft Lover’s Guide to London’s Fabric, Knitting and Haberdashery Shops; Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design; Field Guide to Fleece, The

Bottom, left to right: PomPom Quarterly ; Amirisu Magazine ; Maker Spaces – Creative interiors from the homes and studios of inspiring makers and designers

Don’t make them guess this year! Email this guide to the chief present-givers in your life and let them know what will make you smile. If you’d like to be a little more subtle, I recommend strategically leaving your browser window open now and then…no matter what, I hope you receive all the lovely gifts your crafty heart desires this holiday season.