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New Year Baby Hat Knit with Swans Island & Anzula

New Year Baby Hat Knit with Swans Island and Anzula Luxury Fibers Why I don’t make resolutions at New Year I guess it is one of the advantages of being older but New Year resolutions just don’t work for me and never have.  They set me up for failure: fixating on the golden time when […]

Minni by Lene Alve – baby cardigan in Shalimar Breathless

Minni by Lene Alve – baby cardigan in Shalimar Breathless Knitting the Smallest Size A new granddaughter is on the way and I am knitting her a Minni. Despite the benign description in the pattern overview, Minni is trouble. Well, trouble for me anyway. Minni demands total concentration. I normally wouldn’t mind but this is […]

Knitting on Holiday – a Jersey knitter in Guyana

Knitting on Holiday – a Jersey knitter in Guyana The Sensation of Only Having Eaten Half a Biscuit You know it’s out there. You feel deeply unsatisfied and slightly lost as you try to remember where you left it. . I feel this way about a lot of things. WIPs, it goes without saying. Especially […]

Sightseeing in South America

Three days in South America seemed as good a time as any to resume a neglected blog. . I know other knitters cope and knit in hot climes, but I just didn’t. The 80% humidity, dearth of air conditioning in all but our hotel room, and the local ice cream parlour and the necessity of […]

Gillian’s Seascape Cowl with Wonderland Yarns

Gillian’s Seascape Cowl with Wonderland Yarns This cowl has been designed to use just one pack of Wonderland Yarns ‘Mad Hatter’ Gradient set. The sport-weight yarn is soft yet sturdy and the finished cowl feels gloriously luxurious but will still stand proud under a coat without flopping over. The cowl is substantial enough to pull […]

Yarn Photo Day with Jersey Cows

Yarn Photo Day with Jersey Cows ‘Please don’t have a cow…’ Lots of lovely new products have arrived in the island and the sun is shining so Flo and I take to the country lanes around the Fig Tree Yarns studio. Within 100 yards we found perfect backdrops, ancient granite walls, fences, fresh cut ‘branchage’ […]

My Visit to Swans Island Yarn and Earth Day

My Visit to Swans Island Yarn in Maine, USA April 22nd is Earth Day.  It set me thinking about how we, in the yarn business, play our part in the big scheme. The act of crafting in itself, re-using, ‘me-made’ all inspire us to consider what it is we use and how we use it […]

The Surprise Effect of the Drop in Pound Sterling

The Surprise Effect of the Drop in Pound Sterling The drop in the £ Sterling against the US $ would seem bad news for a British yarn business specialising in importing American yarn – but it has had a surprising side effect this week. Always busy with customers from the UK and Europe, our website […]