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About yarnsmithery

Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!

Third time lucky

I’ve felted and I’ve frogged – both activities have helped me to keep crafting in the heatwave. My third heat-busting “f” is “fibre”. While I was finding wool too hot to handle, cotton seemed to be a potential solution. A change of fibre … Continue reading

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Too hot to knit – part 2

The heatwave continues. Still too hot to knit … So, as this week’s yarny activity, I pulled all my knitwear out of the cupboard to give it a good airing and to check for moths. Touch wood – no sign of them. … Continue reading

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Too hot to knit?

When the temperature soars, the larger knitting projects stay in their bag. But too hot for wool? I don’t think so! Needle-felting may seem too energetic in the hot weather, but how about wet-felting instead? Add some water … have … Continue reading

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Long tail cast on – with 2 tails

No amount of wishful thinking was going to change the fate of my latest project. I didn’t like how it was working up, so I undid it. I’m getting quite good at that 😉 I liked the stitch pattern, and decided … Continue reading

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Lintilla – this week’s Finished Object

Having a number of smaller projects on the go, alongside a couple of bigger projects, seems to be a magic formula. The satisfaction of casting off lifts my spirits and keeps me motivated, giving me renewed determination to keep going … Continue reading

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Cooking up a colourful coaster!

Take one porridge oats box … Scissors, sticky tape and a ruler … Some colourful cotton yarn … Hey presto! My first attempt at weaving! 😄 The inspiration for this Blue-Peter-esque contraption came from the website of a hugely talented weaver, … Continue reading

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Lintilla in progress

A few weeks ago, the frilly petals of some striking tulips prompted me to cast on a project I’ve had in mind for a while – Lintilla by Martina Behm. I’m using Amitola DK by Louisa Harding. It’s 80% wool and 20% silk, … Continue reading

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Blooms

Over the years, I have held this traditionally hand-crafted box many, many times, and always admire the pretty, hand-painted flower design. It was a gift from a Swiss friend who is no longer with us, so it has extra-special significance, … Continue reading

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This and that

“Oh, you knit! What are you working on at the moment?” I have been asked this question many times. Almost as often as “how long does it take you to knit a jumper?”! Does the person really want to know? … Continue reading

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Short Rows and Frills

The gardener at Hanbury Hall was taking a short breather, contemplating how best to mow the triangle of grass so that the lines were straight and in keeping with the rest of the lawn. We had an interesting chat about the … Continue reading

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