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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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Why I should never be allowed to teach knitting.

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Why I should never be allowed to teach knitting.

"Promise me you will never teach anyone to knit" said Gina one day. "Er, okay," I replied, "but why?" "Because you are doing it backwards." I'm a semi-autodidact knitter. This means that when I was very young my mother taught me how to knit and later in life I taught myself. The memories are vague and blurry but I distinctly remember sitting next to my mum on the old brown sofa with a pair of small needles in hand, trying to knit. I also remember the little French knitting doll. I think I must have gotten frustrated or bored, especially...

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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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