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I’ve won an award!

Maybe it’s a sign of our times, but when I was emailed about this I thought it was a scam or a ‘vanity award’, but the company assures me it’s legitimate.  Apparently, data is gathered from a variety of online … Read More

Crafty Collaborators

I’m thrilled to announce I have two lovely new partners.
After putting a comment on Facebook, my post was shared, shared and shared again until it came to the attention of the new owners of the Sew, Knit, Craft  shop in … Read More

Short Row Shaping – forget the wrap

I’ve been commissioned to design a man’s cable jumper in black with a roll neck and I’m really pleased with how the back is looking.

 
When I came to the shoulders, I like to use short row shaping for that smoother … Read More

10 Patterns for £20.00

Yes it’s that time of year again when I don’t want to count patterns at stock take.  My year end is the 31st March, so to make my life easier, I’ve decided to make pattern packs of my medium yarn patterns.  I haven’t a huge amount of stock, so on a strictly first come first served basis and I’ve decided to keep the offer for the kids patterns too.  The ...

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Knitting workshops – dates announced

These are the first three:
20th April 2019
18th May 2019
22nd June 2019
“This is just to thank you from both me and Alison for a great day at the Purl Alpaca Workshop on Saturday. I picked up some excellent tips and can’t … Read More

Love Knitting, Hate Sewing Up?

It seems like the seams are seemingly annoying!

On my travels, I speak to many knitters who love the knitting side of creating a garment, but hate sewing it together.  I’ve met others who like finishing things off but aren’t very good … Read More

The Shadow Diaries part two

Shadow is now 7 months old and looking like a teddy bear.

The week before Christmas, Shadow looked like he’d eaten something he shouldn’t have.  He was frothing at the mouth and dribbling.  He wouldn’t drink his bottle of milk and … Read More

Sample Sale

You’ve seen them in the pictures, you’ve seen them at the knitting events, shows and festivals and some have been on television; it’s now time to see them in your wardrobe!
Yes, for the month of February, I’m having a sample … Read More

Customer Gallery

I just love seeing customers wearing their hand knits and here’s a round up of the latest photos…
Heather & Helen wearing Louisianna and Esme (both came to a knitting workshop and started these there).

 
Adeline wearing Balboa which she personalised with … Read More

Modern Technology Pas de Deux

Ahhhhh! Green padlock? Done.  Stop the Hacker? Done.  So why oh why oh why has my email been hacked/cloned/used sending virus laden attachments?
Well apparently it’s spoofing – what a lovely word for the horrible bunch of people doing it.  I … Read More

Successful Photo Shoot

Really pleased with my new Fake Fur Gilet.  For the first time, I did all the tension squares, then worked out the sizes and designed it all in excel (a spreadsheet programme).  It was only after this was done, did … Read More

Future TV film crews learn on farm

 
This summer I was contacted by Louise at Cambridge TV School asking if I would be interested in having a film crew here.  Being an educational establishment, tutors would supervise the students (who are all adults) and it would be … Read More