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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 a busy time of year and I have a baby deadline. I have chosen […]

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 the ones you can’t find and you have a nasty feeling you might have left somewhere. The bus […]

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

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 up over your head as a […]

‘Please don’t have a cow…’

Photo shoot day at Fig Tree Yarns. 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’ … and Jersey cows! […]

Fig Tree Friday Thoughts

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 to express ourselves through the things we choose to […]

Here’s A Strange Thing

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 has been humming with orders from the USA just […]

New Website Launched

Well it has taken a while but here is our new, mobile friendly e-commerce website.  From our yarn studio in Jersey, Channel Islands we deliver our yarns and other products to people all over the world. Despatched on the (week) day of order, your yarn should be with you in 48 hours. Enjoy browsing our site […]