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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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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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8 Things I've Learned About Market Stalls

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8 Things I've Learned About Market Stalls

As the season for the Spring yarn shows approaches (big woop from Sonic Knits HQ), I wanted to share what we learned as newbies last year to having a stall at craft markets. We're very much still novices and DEFINITELY still have a learning curve to go before we reach the big shows but this might help some of you out there tempted to dip your toe in the market-stall water. Plan in advance. Well in advance. Did you know that the application process for Bakewell closed last week? The show isn't even until October and it closed for stall...

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Guest Post: Have you ever wanted to open your own yarn store?

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Guest Post: Have you ever wanted to open your own yarn store?

When we heard that Annie Greatorex and family (aka Wiseheart and Moonshine) were opening their own yarn store in Whaley Bridge we asked them to tell us about the reality of every knitter's dream. I would imagine that many of you reading this has, at some point, daydreamed about the possibility of opening your own slice of woolly heaven. Two months ago, we got the opportunity to do just that. Suddenly all those day dreams had a chance of coming true and it was exciting, thrilling and terrifying at the same time.   On the 16th November 2016, Wiseheart Studio...

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