Techniques

  1. How I use the Twig & Horn Wool Soap

    It's a perfect time of year to go through and give your favourite knitwear some love, maybe a refresh before you are wearing it again in the winter. So with this blog post I will take you through how I like to use the Twig & Horn Liquid Lanolin Wool Soap. The Twig & Horn Liquid Lanolin Wool Soap is...
    How I use the Twig & Horn Wool Soap
  2. Needles for Socks

    We have made many posts looking at the beautiful sock friendly yarns along with various sock patterns and books over the years. But this post is dedicated to the tools you need to create the socks themselves. The foundation of every knitters work, your needles. There are different ways to knit a sock and different needles available to you, but...
    Needles for Socks
  3. A Deep Dive into Stranded Colourwork

    It is probably the Northener in me, or more accurate, me being a Norwegian that makes me crave woolly jumpers as soon as autumn is here – but not any woolly jumper – oh no, I'm talking about proper thick proper wool proper bashing around in the snow jumpers! Now admittedly it's been years since I was bashing around in...
    A Deep Dive into Stranded Colourwork
  4. Urban Foraging

    With a desire to do some more natural dyeing I headed out on a foraging adventure looking for buddleia flowers which I have seen give an amazing yellow colour, I was not disappointed. Taking a bag and a pair of scissors I took a walk along a pathway near me that runs along the back of some houses and alongside...
    Urban Foraging
  5. Swatches and a Sock - Knitting Katla Sokkaband

    I've longed to knit Hélène Magnússon Katla Sokkaband ever since it arrived in the shop just before Unravel in spring this year. A solid yarn made up of 4 strands of Love Story Einband plied together has made it extremely intriguing. So I bit the bullet and cast on a sock, undeterred by the fact that it is the hottest...
    Swatches and a Sock - Knitting Katla Sokkaband
  6. New Year ... New Skill

    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...
    New Year ... New Skill
  7. All Things Marled

    Writing the blog post about the new Chimera we have in the shop has got me excited about marling and marled yarns. I cast on with some Chimera straight away and loving knitting it up. Marled yarns are fun to knit with and unlike speckled or variegated yarn they play with colour in their own unique way. I thought I...
    All Things Marled
  8. Block around the Clock

    Every knitter has their own way of knitting and their own tension. These may slightly vary from knitter to knitter or vary a lot. Knitting styles, needle types and yarn varieties all play a part in the finished tension of a piece. That's why it's important to swatch. To knit to the same tension as specified in the pattern not...
    Block around the Clock
  9. Can it be worked in the round?

    We're almost ready to cast-on for this fall's most magical adventure - the Meadow Wrap Knit-A-Long together with awesome designer extraordinaire Dee Hardwicke. After weeks and weeks of preparations, we are nearly there, the excitement is building and I am so eager to get that wrap onto my needles I can literarily taste it! In preparing, picking the most gorgeous...
    Can it be worked in the round?
  10. What Yarns to Dye?

    With the restock of The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar I thought it would be a good time to take a little look at some of the yarns in the shop suitable for dyeing. Of course you can dye and over-dye just about anything with varied results. Different fibres will give you different effects as well as dyeing on...
    What Yarns to Dye?
  11. How I use the Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap

    I have had a few questions about how to use the Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap. We have just had a delivery from Hey Mama Wolf so this is the perfect time to show you how I use it. This soap bar is a great alternative to liquid soaps and contains no plastic packaging so better for the environment as...
    How I use the Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap
  12. Woollen or Worsted?

    Woollen or worsted? You may or may not have come across these terms before, they sound like so many others in the knitting world. Woollen does not necessarily mean something that is wooly and worsted is not just a yarn weight found commonly in America. What I'm talking about here is the way the yarn is spun. Woollen and worsted...

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