Knitting

  • Expert Corner: Juliet Bernard

    This month we chat to our knitting expert Juliet Bernard who gives us a quick insight to her life as a designer. Juliet will be tutoring on our magical German Christmas Market Cruise visiting many magical Rhine towns and will give visitors the chance to shop ‘til they drop in the iconic Christmas markets of Cologne. Juliet gives us the low-down on her trip, talks about her perfect Christmas (ok, we know its June but all this talk of Christmas markets has got us feeling festive!) and gives us some top knitting tips!

    Juliet, we are super excited to have you tutor on our Christmas Market knitting cruise. Which part of the trip are you most looking forward to and why?

    I am so delighted to have been asked to teach on this cruise. In Germany, Christmas is just magical and the celebrations start from the first Advent Sunday. My mum is German so we were brought up with all their wonderful traditions. I am looking forward to choosing some new decorations for my tree at the Christmas markets as well as showing our guests how to make a few of their own.
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  • 10 reasons why knitting is good for you!

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    We all know that hobbies are a great way to relax and escape from the day to day stresses of life. In case you ever wondered just how good enjoying your favourite hobby could be, we’ve put together a list of ways that knitting can make you healthier and happier!

    From providing a craft-focused mindfulness to gentle muscle toning, we can guarantee that there will be a number of unexpected benefits to knitting that never crossed your mind!

    1. It improves your concentration

      Knitting involves high levels of concentration, ensuring you don’t stitch off the beaten track and stick to your pattern! It also requires imagination to visualise your finished product, so is a great way to give your brain a work out across your motor cortex, frontal and occipital lobes.

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  • 2014 Stitchtopia Round Up

    f58c8e1a-3bce-477e-810a-13bab9666892 2014 has been a fantastic year for Stitchtopia, with a mixture of brand new tours being introduced to our programme and some old favourites making a return. We've travelled to some beautiful places, met some wonderful new friends and completed some stunning knitting and quilting projects in the process, so please read on to catch up with what's been happening this year! Continue reading
  • News from the Shetland Isles

    Barbara Baldwin from the Knitting and Crochet Guild recently joined Carol Meldrum on a knitting holiday to the Shetland Isles. Read all about her trip here: Shetland Sojourn I have recently returned from the Shetlands where I spent  a fantastic few days with fellow knitters, learning and improving my  knitting skills and enjoying the various attractions that Shetland has to offer. shet The trip “ Spirit of the Shetlands” was organised by Arena holidays and it certainly lived up to its name.  There were 11 of us  with our own tour guide, Charlotte who looked after us magnificently and made sure that everyone mixed with everyone else and always sitting with different people at dinner. It helped too that none of us knew each other. Charlotte also made sure that we saw some of the land and learned the history of the places we visited so it was a well rounded trip. Continue reading
  • Latest News Nicki Trench Joins Stitchtopia

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    We are thrilled that well known designer, author and columnist Nicki Trench will be joining us as our latest expert and will be leading a number of new forthcoming knitting & crochet holidays. Debbie Abrahams, who was due to lead our Knitting in Iceland holiday in October, is now unable to fly and therefore Nicki will now be taking her place instead. We thank Debbie for all the holidays she has hosted with us and look forward to her re-joining us in the future.

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