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2018 dates for European yarn and fibre festivals

2018 dates for European yarn festivals

Travels with yarn! Whenever I travel abroad I look for yarn local to the place that I’m visiting. One of the easiest ways to track down local yarn in another country is to visit a yarn festival. You will discover many small companies spinning and dying beautiful yarns as well as farmers with flocks of […]

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Hanks of yarn at yarn and fibre festivals

2018 dates for UK yarn and fibre festivals

Let’s plan a great day out If you read this blog regularly you will know that I love to use British yarn. It’s not that I think British yarn is better than yarn from elsewhere, but I think it’s important to support locally produced products and producers. Here in the UK, we are lucky to […]

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Hanks of yarn at yarn and fibre festivals

Fibre and Yarn Festivals 2017-2018

Let’s plan a great day out Up-to-date details of UK yarn and fibre festivals are now here. A day out to see inspirational textiles and squish beautiful yarn is good for sense of your well-being. I know I always return, exhausted, but brimming with inspiration and wanting to create things immediately. So, make yourself a hot drink in […]

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Wool animals: Wensleydale sheep from Home Farm

Wool and Woolly Animals at Wonderwool

All About Wool! Wonderwool Wales is a celebration of wool, from different sheep breeds, and other animal fibres, such as alpaca, angora and mohair. As well as yarn for sale, several exhibitors have their fibre animals on show. These were on my must-see list, so let’s start with them. Wool Animals The Angora rabbits from Bigwig Angoras were unbelievably fluffy. […]

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Shetland shawl on the Sheepwalk at Wonderwool Wales 2016

Magical Knitting at Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool – Be Inspired! I have been looking forward to Wonderwool Wales for several weeks. So has He Who Doesn’t Knit, although what he actually means is he’s looking forward to walking in the hills near the Royal Welsh Show Ground. Finally the much anticipated weekend arrives, the alarm goes at 5 am and we’re […]

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Mischa Bag designed by Nicki Merrall, published in The Knitter, Issue 95

The Mischa Bag – Another New Hand Knit Pattern

Mischa Bag Mischa bag is the second of my patterns to be published in The Knitter this year. Inspired by Print Fabric I love the combination of inky blues and earthy colours that were popular on 1970s print fabric. I used three slip stitch patterns to mix colour and texture. Slip stitch patterns look complicated, but are […]

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Cotswold Lamb from the Pickwick Flock

Wonderful Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool Wales – Sometimes Things Go to Plan! I’ve wanted to go to Wonderwool Wales for several years, but we have always been busy that weekend. Usually I go to Quilts UK in Malvern a few weeks later, however, this year, I’m involved in Woollen Woods instead (more on this later). He Who Doesn’t Knit was disappointed to […]

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