Knitting

  • 10 Crafty Projects to get Autumn Ready!

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    September has arrived with the end of the week and we all know that means the start of cooler evenings, shorter days and (most importantly) Jumper Season! It's no secret that colder weather causes delight in knitters, but truthfully, the turn of a season is exciting for any budding crafter as it means new textures, patterns and a whole different colour palette to work with! We've gathered the best Autumn projects to get you started! Get prepared for an overload of those familiar oranges, rusty reds & yellows!

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  • Top 10 Cutest Animals in Knitwear

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    It wouldn’t be a real British Summertime without near-freezing temperatures and with summer passing us by, it’s almost time to be thinking about wrapping up warm again. But it’s not just us humans who feel the chill, our furry friends need a helping hand every now and again too. We’ve rounded up the cutest animals we could find – oh, and they’re all wearing knitwear, what’s not to love!

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  • 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

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