Knitted Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears are always a favourite. Recently I was given a copy of Val Pierce’s Book “Twenty to Make Knitted Bears All Dressed up.” These delightful little bears have a number of different outfits ranging from Bride and Groom and Ballerina to Strawbery Bear and Holly Christmas Bear. We have our own teddy bear patterns…

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Knitting is for all ages

Daniel knitting

One of the fastest growing trends today is teenagers learning to knit.  While the word “knitting” used to make you think of grandma sitting in her rocker knitting a baby blanket for some distant relative, this is just not the case anymore.  Today, millions of teens and young adults everywhere are learning to knit.  And,…

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Victor the viking – in the making

victor the viking body wip

Well, it’s been a busy week what with having a holiday and knitting a pair of socks given that I couldn’t knit this whilst with my boyfriend! But, Victor is progressing nicely despite that, having had a few hours to myself on my return.  I’ve joined the legs together and done the “body”, progressing on…

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Top ten tips for knitting with wire

knitted wire bracelet

Like making jewellery as well as knitting?  Why not combine the two and make yourself a unique range of knitted earrings, knitted bracelets or even necklaces. You can also crochet with the same wire you use for knitting.  Adding some beads to your project can really bring some of the knitting wire’s to life. For…

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Victor and Vera knitted vikings

victor and vera knitted viking toys

A pattern published in one of the knitting magazines I subscribe to turned out to be the perfect project for this gift. The lovely Viking “toys” suit him down to a T and I just know they’ll have a special place in his study. The first step was to gather all the materials. I spent…

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What is Ladder Yarn?

Ladder yarn

What exactly is ladder yarn? Simply put it looks like a ladder because it is made by adding blocks of colour between two fine strands of yarn, as shown in the main image. The photo shows strands of different colour ladder yarns. You will see that the colour varies and some of them also have…

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Is Knitting Good for You?

old lady knitting

The cold and ‘flu season is well and truly upon us and this year mum has been laid low with a nasty dose of bronchitis which seems to be taking forever to clear up. However, one good thing about having knitting as a hobhttps://www.noted.co.nz/health/health/the-strangely-therapeutic-effect-of-knitting/by is that she can still work at her crafts even when…

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Knitting Cable Patterns

cable patterns

  A few weeks ago a friend of mine came to me with a well known knitting magazine which pictured a cable pattern swatch.  Her problem was that what she was knitting did not match up with the pattern and also that in some rows the number of stitches were not correct. I worked on…

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The gift of giving

Daniel knitting

A few weeks back, my nephew was testing out some videos I made for the club.  He was so enthused with the whole idea of knitting, that he ended up deciding to knit a scarf for his teacher. Here he is about half of the way through, knitting on his own “unattended” and without the…

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Three generations of knitters

knitting together

During the second quarter of 2017, I had been producing video tutorials for the Knitwits club on how to make various knitting stitches, and decided it was high time I tested them out with friends and family to check that they were clear and easy to use. What better opportunity than a visit from my nephew?!…

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