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How to: Magic Loop

Fiona Brennan

How to: Magic Loop

Our knitting pattern this month required a magic loop on the circular needles to join the hat in the round. Magic loop is a great skill to learn because once you've mastered it it will change how you can knit socks, sleeves, hats and basically anything else that's tube-shaped. I'm told you can even magic up two socks at once but I'll be learning that skill along with you. I've made a short demonstration video below but clearly I couldn't get the sound to work so you miss out on my excellent instructions in a peppy Yorkshire accent. Instead I've...

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Puff-Stitch: why must you confuse me so?

Fiona Brennan

Puff-Stitch: why must you confuse me so?

Sometimes a perfectly reasonable stitch decides to have a mind of its own and throw your whole sense of craft-ability into question. This month the humble puff-stitch decided to do just that for me. I was making up the sample from our March crochet kit, Back In Black. It's lovely yarn and an even more lovely pattern. Really easy to follow and takes no time at all to feel like you're making progress - as all good crochet should. And then I reached the puff-stitch row which became my undoing. I’ve not done a puff-stitch before but it is pretty...

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Why We Need a Good Challenge

Fiona Brennan

Why We Need a Good Challenge

Do you ever get craft-fatigue? That lull in motivation to knit, crochet or sew that probably comes from an over-whelming amount of works-in-progress (WIPs) on the go. Which is often combined with the need to cast on something new to reignite your interest and then the feeling that you need to knit all the things. Sound familiar? Does becoming a completer-finisher seem like a life goal at times? Well this is when we need a good challenge. In the fabulous Everyday Knitter Facebook group they hold monthly challenges to get you trying something new with the aim to complete it...

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British Wool: does it matter?

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British Wool: does it matter?

We talk a lot about the fact we sell British wool but does it really matter where your wool comes from? British wool and hand-dyed wool is what we do, we love it and it is part of our brand and USP. You can get yarn clubs, you can get crochet clubs with lots of amazing things but to the best of our knowledge, right now we are the only subscription service out there that's giving you a good look at the wonderful British yarn out there. But why should this matter? Firstly, Britain has a rich history with the...

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There's no point in knitting socks (and other myths)

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There's no point in knitting socks (and other myths)

"You're knitting socks?" asked a friend recently, "what's the point?" "Have you tried a pair of hand-knit socks before?" I asked in return. "No but you can just buy them in shops. So much less hassle." Ah yes, and so is buying a jumper, a hat, scarf and gloves but this is not why we knit. If we wanted something simple, which we could buy, then we wouldn't go to the trouble of learning to knit in the first place. We knit because the process brings a level of joy and calm to our lives that no other thing can...

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