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CH 227: Craftivism

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Today on the podcast I’m talking about a subject that some might find a little controversial, but which I find very inspiring and empowering: craftivism. The idea of changing the world for the better in both big and small ways with the power of making is a wonderful thing. I take a look at the #titsoutcollective spearheaded by Countess Ablaze, talk a bit about how discovering craftivism has changed the way I look at my own craft, and take a peek at some of the lovely patterns from the Collective.

Photo Credit: Townhouse Yarns (Colourway: Get Your Paws Off My Silky Drawers)

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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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Countess Ablaze

Tits Out Collective

#titsoutcollective on Instagram

Betsy Greer’s Craftivism site and manifesto

Pussy Hat Project

DIY Rules for a WFT World by Krista Suh

Exposure Top by Julie Knits In Paris

Twits Shawl by Agrarian Artisan (crochet)

The Wave Shawl by Dandelions & Butterflies

Flash ‘Em When You’re Ready Shawl by Ann Turley Dreith in Studio ATD

Boobs Out Beanie by Jane Murison

The Erika Cowl by Louise Tilbrook

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Today’s podcast contains a heartfelt ode to one of my favourite subjects…decluttering. It’s a bit of a pet cause for me because of how dramatically it improves my day to day life. Knowing where everything is and having room to breathe is one of the best things I can do for my creativity, and I don’t think I’m alone in that! I also have a peek at some patterns that are on my radar as perfect minimalist/capsule wardrobe pieces.

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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 Life Changing Magic of Tidying Book

Curious Handmade Podcasts Ch 59: Talking Tidying with Paula of The Knitting Pipeline

Use Less YouTube Channel

Spark Joy Book

Hollows by Melody Hoffmann

Manderines Video Podcast

Blacker Yarns Swan Falkland Islands 4 Ply

Cave Point Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle

Quince and Co. Chickadee

Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose

Witching Hour Pullover by Renée Callahan

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This week on the podcast I’m all excited about my most recent FO, and already thinking about how many WIPs are going to make the cut and jet off to Australia with me for a holiday. (Spoiler alert: too many!)

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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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Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Cima by Shibui

Silk Cloud by Shibui

A Yarn Story

Curious Handmade Ravelry Group

The Shawl Society Season III

Maytham Shawl 

Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec
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Today’s podcast is a nice chatty catch up…I have some updates about how my 18 in 2018 projects are going, including one I got to tick off the list this week. I also have a new shawl design and some Shawl Society news to share with you. I’m having a good time stalking a project that the fabulous Countess Ablaze has started as well as a few new entries on the fantasy knitting queue.

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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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Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

Brooklyn Knitfolk Quilt Along Tutorials

Red Robin Shawl

The 2nd shawl of The Shawl Society Season III has been released! I’d like to introduce the Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

There are so many magical moments in the story of The Secret Garden, and one of the most poignant of all is the scene where Mary follows the robin along the garden walls to the hidden doorway. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the passage in the book where she lifts the “swinging curtain of ivy” to find the entrance to the silent, sleeping garden, the thrill of the discovery never fades. I don’t think it is happenstance that this instant of revelation is instigated by the little bird. The Robin is lonely Mary’s first friend, and in The Secret Garden, making friends and coming alive are two sides of the same coin. Once she steps through that door, both Mary and the garden begin to grow.

The Ivy Over The Door is a bold statement shawl, with simple but impressive lace and texture designed to evoke the romance and mystery of the secluded garden. If you look closely you can see the twining vines and leaves of ivy and the weathered old door worked into the two colour blocks. This generous rectangular wrap is large but so easy to wear: an ideal shape for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit and perfect for wrapping tightly around you when the winds blow as wild as a summer storm on the Yorkshire Moors.

The sample was knit with Meadow Yarn Hain and the special colours that Anj at Meadow Yarn created for this shawl are still available as “dyed to order” kits and will be dispatched between 5 to 7 day.

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec

The Tits Out Collective Colourway – Countess Ablaze

Countess Ablaze Instagram

#titsoutcollective

Beach Martinis Cardigan by Emily Walton

Lotta by Marie Greene

Laine Magazine Issue 5


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Today’s episode is short and sweet. The school year is wrapping up here in London and there are plenty of events to prepare for with the kids. In between, I’m still working on our new sewing space and doing a bit of de-stashing. I’m also chatting about the Just a Card Campaign, which is all about supporting and appreciating the work of independent makers.

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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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Wollmise

The Hairpin Leg Company

The Hairpin Leg Company Instagram

Just a Card Campaign on Instagram

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Sarah Hamilton Prints 

Sarah Hamilton Prints Instagram

Betty Etiquette

Betty Etiquette Instagram

Meadow Yarn Kits for TSS III – The Ivy Over The Door

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Today on the podcast I have news about my brand new sewing space and how it’s shaping up. I’ve also got a bit of advice for anyone flummoxed by the German Short Row Heel on the Astrantia Socks, and some sneaky hints about what’s coming up next in The Shawl Society Season III.

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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 Hairpin Leg Company

The Hairpin Leg Company Instagram

Ray Stitch

The Gathered Dress by The Avid Seamstress

Trapeze Dress by Merchant and Mills

Chardon Skirt by Deer and Doe

Mélilot Shirt by Deer and Doe

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

The Astrantia Socks

The Maytham Shawl

Meadow Yarn Hain Kits

 

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Today on the podcast I fill you in on the lovely camping trip we took last weekend, and chat about how my 18 in 2018 Happiness Project is going so far. I’ve also got more musings on decluttering, announcement of our recent giveaway winners, and an introduction to the latest pattern in the Handmade Sock Society!

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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 New Forest

Last week The Maytham Shawl was released! There are some lovely WIPs showing up on Instagram already, just check #MaythamShawl and #TheShawlSociety to see what members are up to!

On Monday we released the third pattern in The Handmade Sock Society: The Astrantia Socks

As gardens burst into frenzied bloom under the strong sunlight of in midsummer, Astrantia is content to sparkle in the shade. She’s not the showiest plant to flower at this time of year, but once you make her acquaintance, her twinkling charm is irresistible. The name Astrantia is drawn from the Latin word for “star” and when you see the masses of spangled blossoms it produces each year, ranging from palest white through pale mauves, warm pinks, and dusky burgundies, that celestial title makes perfect sense. This flower also has a more humble folk name— “Hattie’s Pincushion”—a rather sweet connection to the stitching and making we hold so dear.

The Astrantia Socks mark the midway point of this season of The Handmade Sock Society. Our third pattern is a celebration of the uncomplicated beauty to be found tucked away in quiet corners, even when the world is at its loudest and brightest. Written in three sizes, these socks are knit from the top down with a sweet bobble and twisted rib cuff, and are finished with a german short row heel and a wedge toe. Three pretty Astrantia flowers adorn the side of a simple sock: the pattern is mirrored between the pair.

Voolenvine Yarn

Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

Impressionist KAL Winner

 Post 19 – You can see her gorgeous shawl here!
TSS III Kickoff Giveaway Grand Prize Winner

RachelFtz post 20

Hue Loco

10 Pattern/Collection Winners

1. ElfinPetronella post 128

2. Wenditoo post 30

3. 4mugglemom post 12
4. marinegar 221
5. quiltangel post 184
6. vixis post 205
7. sealight post 62
8. Niveas post 180
9. Claussdk Post 153
10. terimwal Post 169
All winners please get in touch with me on Ravelry, and I’ll arrange to get your prizes to you. If you’re a winner of a pattern or collection, have a browse through my Ravelry Designer Shop and choose your prize, then message me on Ravelry with your choice!

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Clark Socks KAL in Brooklyn Knitfolk –  May 6 – July 8, WIPs are allowed.

 

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Today on the show I’m sharing some of my experiences at the lovely Woollinn festival in Dublin, Ireland, and the slightly unexpected (but very lovely) haul I came home with. I also have an introduction to our very first shawl in TSS III.

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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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Leeds Wool Festival – 2nd of June 10am to 5pm in the Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds Wool Festival giveaway winner: Andrea!

An Caitin Beag

A Bear in Sheep’s Clothing

Ellie and Ada

Fine Fish Yarns

Olann

Countess Ablaze

Tilly Flop Designs

Travel Knitter

The Little Grey Girl

Townhouse Yarns

This is Knit

Nancy Marchant

If you are interested in Brioche knitting, Nancy has two fantastic classes up of Craftsy. They are currently on sale, or you can join Craftsy Unlimited and get instant access to both, along with hundreds of other courses! I’m a Craftsy Affiliate, so if you click the banner below and end up signing up, I will get a small commission. Thank you so much!

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Woolly Wormhead

Isabell Kraemer on Ravelry

Babbles Yarns

Babbles Travelling Yarns Podcast

Gyda’s Braids by Renée Callahan

Shiny Bees Podcast

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Clark Socks KAL in Brooklyn Knitfolk –  May 6 – July 8, WIPs are allowed.

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Our first shawl has been released! It is called The Maytham Shawl.

Here’s a little bit of the description:

The Secret Garden is a story about coming alive, and about the power love has to make broken things beautiful again. The flowering of the long-neglected garden and the flourishing of the children are intertwined in every page. The Maytham Shawl is a tribute to the real house that Frances Hodgson Burnett loved, and to the imaginary house, Misselthwaite Manor, which was transformed from a cold, forbidding pile of stones into a home full of warmth and laughter. This is a generous shawl using two colours, in a semicircular shape. The texture and easy lace are inspired by the grandeur of neo gothic architecture, with its soaring arches and columns.

 The sample for this shawl was knit in La Bien Aimée singles, including the very special new Curious Handmade colourway.
There will be a pre-order available on the La Bien Aimée website at 11pm Paris time on May 31st, the day the first shawl pattern comes out, and most of the kits will ship by June 15th. If you don’t want to wait, A Yarn Story still has a limited number of skeins of the Curious Handmade colourway, as well as a stunning stock of La Bien Aimée singles available in the shop and on their website now.

If you were on the fence about joining us for this season but would like to jump in, all you have to do is grab your copy of the ebook on Ravelry now. We’d love to have you in the Secret Garden with us!

 

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Today’s episode is a quick catch up about what I’ve been up to recently, ongoing and upcoming KALs, and my current WIPs. I also have a giveaway for tickets to a very cool festival coming up in Leeds. Today I’m in Ireland, visiting the first ever Woollinn festival in Dublin!

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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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Woburn Safari Park

Kew Gardens

Leeds Wool Festival – 2nd of June 10am to 5pm in the Leeds Industrial Museum

Woollin Festival in Dublin –

Location: ALSAA Sports and Social Centre, Old Airport Road, Dublin Airport.
Marketplace: 10am to 5.30pm, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018.
Workshops: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May 2018.

Snowmelt Shawl MKAL 2017

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Clark Socks KAL in Brooklyn Knitfolk –  May 6 – July 8, WIPs are allowed.

Once Upon a Corgi

Voolenvine Yarns

Buy The Shawl Society Season III on Ravelry Here

La Bien Aimée 

TSS III Shawl #1 Yarn Blog Post #1

TSS III Shawl #1 Yarn Blog Post #2

TSS III Chat Thread Ravelry

 

The Impressionist MKAL is still running until the end of May, and our FO thread is filled to the brim with stunning shawls. Don’t forget to add yours for the chance to win a wonderful prize in the draw.

A Homespun House

Madeline Tosh

 

 

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After a magical retreat in Bath, I’m back with the podcast to tell you all about it. I also have some details about the upcoming new season of The Shawl Society, and I’m excited to make a flying trip to Dublin next week for the first ever Woollinn festival!

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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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Our retreat in Bath was wonderful. It was an honour to spend so much time with these lovely knitters.

A Yarn Story

Homespun Wonders

Cima by Shibui

Silk Cloud by Shibui

Olann Yarns

Maria Elena Bliss

Uschitita Yarn

Feather Your Nest

Woollin Festival in Dublin

Babbles Yarns

Ellie and Ada 

Fine Fish Yarns

Townhouse Yarns

This is Knit Yarn Shop

An Caitin Beag

Tilly Flop Designs

The Little Grey Girl 

Travel Knitter

Countess Ablaze

La Bien Aimée 

Wolcot Yarns

The Fibre Co.

Moel View Yarn

Suburban Stitcher

Joji Knits