Nålbindning

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A big thank you to all who came to this workshop at West Dean.
I know that there were disappointed people who couldn’t get onto this course, so I’m really pleased to let you know that there are plans to repeat this workshop – only next time it will be a longer and more in depth course, giving  you much more time to get to grips with various aspects of this tricky needle knotting technique…

The photo is from the Nordic Museum digital archive.

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New to crochet?

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Is crochet on your to do list for 2016? Or perhaps you have started to learn before and just couldn’t get on with it? Well, if you could do with some helpful hints to get hooked on to crochet then look no further then the latest issue of Simply Crochet.
In issue 40, Judy Darley has written an article to encourage newbie crocheters to get going and there are words of advice and encouragement from myself, Nicki Trench and others to give you the kick start you might be looking for.

For more inspiration take a look at Yarnfreak’s website where you’ll find patterns for lovely, simple projects including these crochet toadstools.
Happy new year and happy crocheting!

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Yak Workshops

twined-mittensYak have invited me back, and I’m looking forward to teaching Swedish Twined Knitting: The Basics at the end of this month,  Decorative Estonian Cast On’s in February, and Northern Knits: Steeking and Cutting (a repeat of Decembers workshop!), in March.
What a nice way to start the year!
Find out more and book a place.

The photo shows old and new twined knitted mittens and gloves (K. G. Svensson from the book Twined Knitting – a Swedish folkcraft technique by Birgitta Dandanell and Ulla Danielsson).

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Festive and Midwinter Greetings!

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Enjoy the festive season…

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Festive

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The Baltic Star Socks would not only make an excellent festive present, they would also make lovely festive stockings – they are comforting and cosy to wear and generously roomy enough to fill with lots of little gifts.

They are knitted in an Aran weight yarn so they are quick to make too…

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