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Q&A with Travel Knitter

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Q&A with Travel Knitter

We were super pleased to work with Travel Knitter for the wool in our April box. We wanted to do a commemorative box for Prince and a Raspberry Beret seemed all too obvious. It was serendipity that Travel Knitter had previously dyed a colourway by the same name and offered to whip up a batch for our Prince box.  She also kindly agreed to answer our questions about her gorgeous wool and the stunning colours she creates.  How long have you been knitting and how long have you been dyeing wool?  I started knitting during the big resurgence around 2004.  I’d...

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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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How to find time to make

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How to find time to make

I have a family, a business, a freelance bill-paying contract and a whole load of unread emails. There's several projects on the go at the moment, a failed sock challenge from Everyday Knitter Facebook group and a number of patterns in development. Finding time to knit, for myself, is becoming problematic. Although in the great scheme of problems, this is a small one but one which needs to be addressed nonetheless. Do you ever find yourself needing more time to make? Wondering how you are going to finish all your crafty plans? Fear not! Here is my guide to getting...

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Why craft needs International Women's Day and why women need craft

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Why craft needs International Women's Day and why women need craft

Six years ago today I walked out of my office from a career I loved and never went back. It seems incredibly appropriate that my maternity leave and what I knew to be my last day there was marked by International Women's Day. Over the months building up to that moment I had been questioned about my decision-making ability, told I wouldn't have a job to come back to and kindly informed that it didn't matter anyway because "women produce a hormone that means they don't want to return to work after having a baby." That didn't even scratch the...

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5 Pub-Perfect Crochet Patterns

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5 Pub-Perfect Crochet Patterns

  One of the best things about crochet is that it is perfect for pub-crafting. Once you've mastered the feel of the stitches it is entirely possible to maintain good crochet along with good beer. Just make sure the project you take out with you has lots of simple repeats in case you get a bit carried away. Here are a few that will keep you going while the drinks are flowing: Cherry Blooms Stole - located here on Ravelry Now I wouldn't normally endorse the use of lace when pub-crafting after my whole Byatt Shawl lace debacle after a...

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