Gifted – to Médecins sans Frontières

Gifted: gorgeous gift bags for this festive season

Gifted: gorgeous gift bags for this festive season

I promised a second donation to Médecins sans Frontières. Here is Gifted – an adorable gift bag. I know there are other knitted gift-bag patterns out there, but I wanted something that looked familiar to non-knitters. Cute, but not so, well…weird, for non-crafters to receive. Continue reading

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Ringing the (price) changes for the New Year

Ironbridge Cowl

Ironbridge Cowl

I usually look at my prices at the end of the year, and wanted to give you a bit of advance notice of a few price rises coming on Jan 1st 2015. So, if you have your eye on any of these, now’s the time to get them cheaply!

Also, particularly if you live in the EU, look out for next week’s blog post about how changes to VAT legislation will affect you in the New Year.

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Crochet Cast-on for English Knitters

Siren Song

Siren Song: uses crochet cast-on for the best start.

I don’t crochet. To make matters worse, I knit English-style, so I really struggle to control the yarn in my left-hand. But I do like the look of the crochet cast-on, because it matches a slipped stitch edge and a regular bind-off, so beautifully. It’s easy to pick-up into the edge that it makes. And being able to cast-on this way makes provisional cast-on a breeze. I really wanted to learn how to do it.

So, earlier this year, at Amy Singer’s workshop on Casting on and Casting off, I learned the crochet cast-on. Except, actually, I didn’t. I watched Amy’s careful instructions, but by the time I’d got back to my seat it had morphed into something else…I confess I tend to knit on auto-pilot.

Instead of holding the yarn to crochet, like I “should”, I held the yarn as if to knit, in my right hand. Let’s just say I almost forgot it had a hook…

The result? The same cast-on, only easier. Continue reading