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  1. What Natalie Knits: Homeward Bound Shawl

    So way back in September I had to head back to Canada again to apply for a new visa to stay in the UK. This was a relatively straight forward process, but had to be done from Canada and required an uncertain amount of time away from my new home in England and my partner. Before I left Maya suggested...
  2. New Yarn: From The Mountain ethical cashmere

    With a name like Knit With Attitude, we are always on the look out for yarns and projects that are working to make the world a better place. For a long time we have had a policy of no cashmere, as most of it comes from China where the origin is impossible to trace and  the animal and human welfare...
  3. What Natalie Knits - Maude Sweater

    I have recently been casting a critical eye over my wardrobe, especially my handmade wardrobe and have been thinking a lot on how it can be improved. I have a good stash of hand knit sweaters, and they do the job of keeping me warm, so I can't complain too much in that department. However, I have slowly lost some weight...
  4. Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 20 Spring 2017

    We've had another knockout issue arrive from Pom Pom Quarterly! The Spring 2017 issue is number 20, and is jam packed with sweaters and accessories to bring you through to the warmer months. The cover shawl is a beautiful and wearable Arrosa by Jennifer Weissman. It uses 2 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock, which we have lots of in-stock at...
  5. Christmas Wishlist: Jess

    Things are starting to get a bit festive here at the shop. We asked all the staff to put together their wish list from the shop. You might not know if you haven't visited our shop in person, but we are actually 2 shops in one storefront. The other shop is called Of Cabbages & Kings, and sells jewellery, prints...
  6. Book Review: WestKnits BestKnits Number 1 - Shawls

    Tis the season for knitting, and also for new book releases! We've got the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series from Stephen West, WestKnits BestKnits. It is subtitled Number 1 - Shawls, so hopefully there will be further titles in the future! The book features 13 of Stephen's most popular patterns. This book won't make as...
  7. Introducing Chunky Row!

    Have you heard of Chunky Row yet? They are a new company promoting super chunky 100% certified Shetland Wool. Founded by Charlotte while daydreaming in an office job last year, the aim is promote British industry and sheep breeds in a fun and exciting way. With the dropping temperatures and early nightfall, who hasn't dreamt of a cozy blanket, but...
  8. Yarn Pairings for PomPom Issue 19 Winter 2016

    Crispy leaves underfoot, a bite in the air, and there are mince pies for sale in the shops. Sounds like it's time for the Autumn issue of PomPom! Issue 19 of the quarterly magazine is in the shop and online and once again it is a knockout. The 11 beautiful patterns include accessories and garments for cold weather, keeping you...
  9. Yarn of the Week: Hokkaido and Shikoku

    We have just had the Great London Yarn Crawl through our doors on the weekend, and what a success! It is always one of the most fun days of the year, and really feels like it kicks off the London knitting season. Last year we released the Spitalfields Shawl for the crawl, so this year we are celebrating its first...
  10. Yarn of the Week: Excelana 4ply and DK

    This week's yarn of the week comes to you a day late due to the bank holiday weekend, we hope you all had a lovely time in the sunshine if you had the day off! The weather has had a little freshness to it here in London, and it has us turning our minds to jumpers and cardigans for cooler...
  11. Yarn of the Week: Lyonesse 4ply

    This week's yarn is Lyonesse 4ply from Blacker Yarns. Perfect for transitional seasons, it is a blend of Linen and Corriedale/Merino wool. This combination creates a subtle flecked fabric where the two fibres blend together. The yarn can have a very rustic appearance in the ball, but linen softens dramatically with knitting and washing, so don't let that dissuade you...
  12. Yarn of the Week: Tokonatsu

    This week our highlight yarn is Tokonatsu by Noro. This DK weight yarn comes in a range of 8 muted jewel tones. It is a blend of cotton, silk and viscose, making it a wonderful yarn for summer and warmer weather garments. The yarn has a slubby blend, giving the finished fabric a slightly tweedy texture. This effect makes a...

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