Do you have any crafty goals for 2023 or wanting to learn something new? Sometimes I set myself a little challenge at the beginning of the year, one year it was to knit more socks. Though I'm not quite sure what it will be this year. Maybe I'll just knit through my stash and not buy any more yarn, though I think I will have set myself up for instant failure with that one! An ocupational hazard working in a yarn shop, some yarn just happens from time to time come home with me.

A more manageable goal however is learning something new and we have some exciting events coming up along with some great books that will help you do just that. Read on to find out more.

BOOK: YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KNIT BY THE END OF THIS BOOK

Do you feel like your knitting knowledge is missing something or do you want to pass on your knitting skill to a friend and not sure how to go about it. This beginner's handbook goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to cast on and how to ace a range of stitches, while 15 easy projects allow you to practise your skills and build your confidence.

WORKSHOP & TRUNK SHOW: SIDEWAYS SWEATERS WITH SOSUKNITS

This workshop covers the theory of different sideways construction methods (cuff to cuff, sleeves to center, center-out, or a mixed approach) and explains the design possibilities. It also includes a modular pattern recipe you can use to create your own custom design

In class, we’ll knit a cute miniature sideways sweater to familiarize ourselves with the sideways construction method and its peculiarities. You’ll also receive a complimentary coupon code for a SOSU sideways sweater pattern of your choice.

When: Trunk Show: Saturday 18th February 2023 - 13:00-17:00, Workshop: Sunday 19th February 2023 Workshop – 12:00-15:00.

BOOK: YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CROCHET BY THE END OF THIS BOOK

Like the 'You will be able to Knit' book this one takes you through crochet. This beginner's guide goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to tie a slipknot, chain stitch, increase and decrease your rows, and crochet in the round, plus many more skills and techniques.

WORKSHOP: THE ART OF DARNING

During this 2 1/2 hour workshop, we'll start with a brief history of techniques from different cultures and look at examples and tools. The majority of the time will then be practical as Socko founder Emma teaches you how to darn your own clothing. You're welcome to bring items of your own that need mending or there'll be plenty of fabric there to practise on.

When: Tuesday 17th January or 7th February 2023, 18:30 – 21:00.

BOOK: THE MENDING DIRECTORY

Through her beautiful stitch designs, Erin shows you how to hand stitch or darn your clothes and other fabric items to mend them, so they can stay your favourites for so much longer.

The patterns are organized by skill level, from beginner to expert, and each project includes a photo of the completed, stitched pattern, as well as step-by-step diagrams showing how to recreate the design. There are more than 50 beautiful stitch patterns for you to choose from, to be inspired by and to learn.

WORKSHOP: LEARN HOW TO KNIT WITH FELIX THEVENOT

Learn all the skills you need to start your own knitting adventures!

In this workshop, held over two sessions of 2 hours each, you will learn the basics of knitting, how to cast on, the knit stitch, how to cast off and finishing your project. The result is a pair of fingerless gloves to warm your hands and soul throughout the colder seasons.

When: Sundays 15th/22nd January 2023, 11:00 – 13:00 or Sundays 5th/12th February 2023, 11:00 – 13:00

BOOK: KNIT HOW: SIMPLE KNITS, TOOLS, AND TIPS

The only guide a novice will need to start a journey through the world of yarn, Knit How is a friendly and easy-to-use introduction to knitting. The book includes ten knitting patterns for accessories and garments, along with illustrated techniques and essential top tips for the beginner knitter, all in Pom Pom’s signature style.

ONLINE WORKSHOP: IKNIT7 STARTER KIT – STARTER SERIES: ZERO TO KNIT

Together with renowned designer and online tutor extraordinaire Carol Feller, we have developed an online course specifically with the beginner knitter in mind. Whether you are completely new to knitting, or you were once taught back in the day and are in need of a refresher, or maybe you are looking for the ultimate 'all in one' gift to someone wanting to learn, the Stolen Stitches Starter Series: From Zero to Knit is exactly what you are looking for.

ONLINE WORKSHOP: IKNIT7 STARTER KIT – STARTER SERIES: ZERO TO CROCHET

Together with renowned designer Aoibhe Ní and online tutor extraordinaire Carol Feller, we have developed an online course specifically with the beginner crocheter in mind. Whether you are completely new to crochet, or you were once taught back in the day and are in need of a refresher, or maybe you are looking for the ultimate 'all in one' gift to someone wanting to learn, the Stolen Stitches Starter Series: From Zero to Crochet is exactly what you are looking for.

THE KNIT WITH ATTITUDE BLOG

The Knit with Attitude blog is a great resource going back many years as well as product reviews and project suggestions we will occasionally have a technique themed post which are grouped together with the Techniques tag. So take a look and you might discover something new.