A gift that gives back

One of my favourite things about this time of year is coming back to other crafts that maybe don’t see as much love as my knitting the rest of the year. We had so much fun doing a craftalong together in the Inspiration Knits group on Ravelry last year that we decided to do it again this year. No restrictions to knitting only, we’ve been quietly crafting along and admiring everyone’s finishes, whether they’re knitting or sewing or cardmaking… Continue reading

Meet the indie dyer: Countess Ablaze

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Manchester, and the home of those amazing, boldly-coloured yarns from Countess Ablaze. Rather excitingly, the Countess (as I’ve learned people DO call her!) has opened her new studio doors to the public – making it the best kind of indie yarn-lovers space for miles around! Lyndsey kindly took the time answer my questions so that I could share more about her space with all of you. Read on and enjoy!

Countess Ablaze herself, Lyndsey Blackwood

Countess Ablaze herself, Lyndsey Blackwood

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Last shipping dates before the holidays

There’s no sign of snow but in spite of that, Christmas is quickly approaching – and Chanukkah is already here! We’ve been crafting along merrily on the Inspiration Knits board on Ravelry, keeping each other cheered on and motivated with all of the wonderful things we’re making for loved ones this holiday.

Umbra: Eden Cottage Whitfell Chunky & The Fibre Company Tundra

Umbra: Eden Cottage Whitfell Chunky & The Fibre Company Tundra

The Cosy Cables KAL also is wrapping up on the board, with most people having opted to knit the super quick Umbra cowl so that it can double as a gift for someone on their list. There’s just something so satisfying with how quickly bulky yarn knits up and I love that this pattern has helped people with their handmade goodies for the loved ones on their list this Christmas.

If you’re haven’t yet managed to get your hands on a copy of Knit Play Colour, you’re in luck as there’s still a wee bit of time for me to get one in the post to you. Maybe you want to treat yourself for finishing your holiday prep ahead of schedule, drop a big hint to your significant other that you’d like to see it under the tree, or send a copy to your favourite knitting friend?

The dates below are slightly ahead of Royal Mail’s recommended last posting dates, so that I have time to get your book packaged and over to the post office in plenty of time:

Caribbean, Central and South America – Tuesday, 8th December (that’s TODAY!)

Australia, Greece and New Zealand – Wednesday, 9th December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland – Friday, 11th December

Austria, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and USA – Monday, 14th December

Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland – Wednesday, 16th December

United Kingdom – Wednesday, 16th December

We’ve got more KALs planned for the new year too and it would be wonderful to have you join us!