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Why Sheffield Is The Ideal Home For Homespun Wonders

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Why Sheffield Is The Ideal Home For Homespun Wonders

Homespun Wonders is Katie Collins and her Mum, Heather, who live in Sheffield. We caught up with Katie to talk about the creative hub that is Sheffield, the inspiration for her yarn and her plans for the future. Katie has been dying Yorkshire Dale Yarns for a year now and was the obvious choice for our February box not least because she creates some wonderful hand-dyed Aran yarn but also because the yarn colours she chooses are inspired by the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District around the City. Katie moved to Sheffield from Colchester two years ago as her...

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Crotch Knitting with Shortrounds

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Crotch Knitting with Shortrounds

  Beth Michon is Shortrounds, a blogger, knitwear designer and all round good egg. Beth has the knack of creating a beautiful website that includes so much more than just her own work, making it incredibly compelling and interesting to read. We caught up with Beth to chat about the pattern she designed for our Heart of Glass box plus her plans for the coming year. And of course, crotch knitting. “I’ve got a weird hybrid style of English knitting”, explains Beth when she describes exactly what crotch-knitting is, “I’m left handed so where people will armpit knit – sit...

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David Bowie And The Wool Kitchen

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David Bowie And The Wool Kitchen

“I can never remember not knitting,” says Helen who is The Wool Kitchen, “I knit every day and while I used to be desperate to get to the end, I’ve learned to like the process more. I don’t know if it is because I knit my own yarn.” The Wool Kitchen started two years ago when Helen found herself working at a job she didn’t love, which wasn’t meeting her needs as an artist or as a mother. Instead, she set up The Wool Kitchen, which is now well on its way to become a cult-yarn. Helen is originally from...

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Oh For Hook's Sake

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Oh For Hook's Sake

There’s nothing quite as lovely as a yarn-based pun and Becky Robinson has got it spot on with Oh For Hook’s Sake. Becky comes from Teeside where it would be so easy to stereotype her into the cheeky Northern lass role but being funny, vivacious and having  a generous heart is it hard not to do so. This is especially true when she admits she loves “trying to get my Mam to drop an F-bomb every now and again, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction” that the personality behind the shop really becomes the shop itself. “I like...

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Why We Need Karie Westermann

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Why We Need Karie Westermann

Karie Westermann may not see herself as being a spokesperson for handknitters but her plain-speaking and thoughtful approach to the craft makes her a pivotal voice in the community. We caught up with Karie in the middle of her hectic workshop schedule when she had a few rest days in her adoptive home of Glasgow. Snuggled in a blanket and hugging a cup of tea she discussed her work, knitting politics and how putting work out there brings back so much more than expected. “Oh that’s evil,” says Karie when posed with the option of giving up yarn or books...

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