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Twist Collective & Knit Nation

Twist Collective & Knit Nation

How come Twist Collective has so many great patterns each issue?? I already want to cast on two sweaters (Ormolu for me, Tanit’s Jacket for my mum… if anyone with nothing better to do, needed...

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The Rain Before it Falls

This, and The House of Sleep are my favourite Jonathan Coe books. Funnily enough I’d been scanning old family photos the same day I started this, and the story’s premise (a woman describing 3 intertwined...

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The Bad Girl

This started out reading a little bit too simplistic-romantic for me, but as the ‘good boy’ matures, along with his ‘bad girl’, so too does the relationship; and not always for the healthier… Books...

Matching one’s knitting to one’s outfit

Ok, so it’s no longer February but the Lady Sweater is still in progress… I may be the only one at knitting group today but standards mustn’t slip… I subconsciously must know this as...

Catherine André in The Knitter magazine

Catherine André in The Knitter magazine

I don’t even know if she does knitting patterns, but… On pg 20 of this issue there are some gorgeous knit pieces by Catherine André… They were just part of the the Martin Storey...

Marmalade

Bake leftover clementines!

If you have a surplus of over-enthusiastically bought clementines that aren’t quite as juicy as they once were, here’s an idea for a zesty, caramelised treat; Light the oven and set to gas mark...

Daily Mail recommended; is this beginning of the end?

Daily Mail recommended; is this beginning of the end?

Just bought two books whose main pull quotes on the cover are from the Daily Mail… Is this the beginning of the end? Is my reading credibility down the drain forever?* :) *Did I...

A very homemade Christmas; Mints, Fudge & Scrub

So this years gifts have been mostly handmade, including; Peppermint & Rose kind-of-creams* Frankincense / Clementine bath salts** (a bit fail, as most people have showers I found…) Fudge*** – supremo hit (if I...

Favourite jumper shrunk? repurpose its sleeves!

Favourite jumper shrunk? repurpose its sleeves!

Loved, loved this Noa Noa jumper given to me by a far away flatmate. It was constructed by two jumpers, one inside the other. Made of quite fine, but toasty warm mohair. But! Mohair...

The joy of knitting top-down!

After some initial colour doubts that meant it languished for almost a year and half (!) at collar stage, this jumper was a breeze to knit; so much quicker and more satisfying trying on...