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Mostly-Belyses, reworking and much swearing

I need to tell you about the blast I had at the Great London Yarn Crawl a couple of weeks ago, but today’s post is about my trials with knitting a pair of… 622 more words


Brown Paper Packages...

 Somehow “Brown boxes sealed up with tape” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. I can’t remember how I learned about it, but Knit Picks… 213 more words


New and Shiny

Every year, when Fall arrives, I have the urge to drop all my summer knitting and start a whole bunch of new projects.  This September, the urge has been especially strong.   568 more words


Knitting Cruise

I have just returned from a fabulous Stitchtopia knitting cruise, organised by Arena Travel, teaching continental knitting, two-handed Fair Isle/stranded knitting and steeking. We travelled with 22 ladies, some of whom also enjoyed crochet workshops with Sara Huntington, editor of… 408 more words


It’s official. I am a Fair Isle-in fool!

I’ve done a little of this technique over the years and though I loved the look, it never “grabbed” me. 55 more words


BBC - Travel - Why people are obsessed with Fair Isle

Scotland’s Fair Isle is remote, challenging – and a magnet for new settlers, who have been inspired to move here by everything from a childhood jumper to a radio broadcast. 26 more words


The first U-Boat attack of the Great War

HMS Birmingham and U-15

On the 1st Aug 1914, 4 days before Britain’s declaration of war, the Central Powers deployed a force of ten U-Boats – one third of their strength – into the North Sea for reconnaissance. 422 more words