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It's entirely possible that no one gets this, but after months of neglect I've finally found time to integrate my blog archives into the main website, with the goal of getting back into the habit of posting. I miss you and I miss having a place for longer content than instagram allows, and for things you might want to be able to find again in the future, like tutorials...

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Beautiful Projects – Self-striping yarn

I’m sure lots of knitters would agree that a pair of plain socks, knitted simply in self-striping yarn are a wonderful thing. Some of my favourite self-striping projects though, are the ones where knitters use them in combination with other solid yarns, or make use of stitch patterns or different fabric directions to break up the stripes. Here are a few examples to inspire you, while I fight...

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Beautiful Projects – Home-dyed

I’m writing this post from a desk, splattered with many, many different colours – one of the results of Ysolda’s experiments with yarn dyeing earlier this year. Since lots of knitters like to experiment with their own dyepots, I had a look at some wonderful projects that have been home-dyed. I hope you find them...

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Beautiful Projects – Sherilyn

It’s not possible to have too many shawls, right? Sometimes it seems that despite the number of them I’ve made, I never seem to have one handy! Sherilyn from Whimsical Little Knits 3 is one of our favourites, with each of us in the studio having made at le...

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Beautiful Projects – Yarn leftovers

Using up every bit of your yarn can be such a satisfying thing when finishing up a bigger project, though it can be a risky game to play! A much less stressful (and recommended!) way of doing things is to make sure you have plenty of yarn, with some left just in case, or just to play with later. With this in mind I had a look through the projects that have made great use of leftovers,...

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Cocoknits Sweater Workshop – a comprehensive guide to a favourite sweater construction

I’ve long admired Julie Weisenberger, aka Cocoknits, for her wearable designs and down to earth approach to accessible garment knitting, and sense of humour! Julie’s a popular teacher, and is known for giving knitters the confidence to make their own sweaters using her well thought out methods for “elegant—and manageable—knitting patterns.” In her first book, Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, Juli...

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Beautiful Projects – Springtime

Happy springtime! I love this time of year when we (sometimes) start to feel the sun, my instagram feed fills up with pictures of lambs and the days get longer. And ever since the Edinburgh Yarn Festival my needles have been moving at super-speed, finishing up old projects and working on shawls, toys and light sweaters for the children I know. It seems like there is inspiration everywhere, s...

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Beautiful Projects – Bruntsfield

Since finishing my first fair isle vest last month I’ve worn it almost every day, making me wonder how I ever managed without one! Vest really are such a wonderful garment for layering at this time of year and now that my Cruden is finished, it’s time to move onto Bruntsfield. While I figure out yarn choices I’ve been lo...

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Beautiful Projects – Blend no.1

Amazingly it’s now been over a year since Ysolda launched Blend no.1, when many knitters got to squish and stroke it for the first time at the 2016 Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We had it on the stand again this year, and we’re so grateful that knitters still wanted to take it home – which means that we didn’t have a huge amount to unpack back ...

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