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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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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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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 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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