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About yarnsmithery

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

Yarn or tea? How about both?

Coals to Newcastle? Or better still, knitting to a Welsh yarn shop 🙂 And even better still, this particular yarn shop has a lovely cafe at one end, serving teas, coffees, lunches and cake … This photo shows part of … Continue reading

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Velcro update

A while ago, I was bemoaning the incompatibility of wool and Velcro. Although I love the ingenuity and efficiency of Velcro, I love my knitted accessories more! Having looked for alternative solutions, it seemed there was nothing for it but … Continue reading

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Impromptu Mitts

I needed a simple travel project at short notice, so headed to my stash and looked for inspiration. I found it in the form of a 50g ball of Drops Fabel, a variegated 4 ply in a range of blues … Continue reading

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Coastal Colours

Don’t you just love it when your knitting matches the colours of the coast? This was my recent holiday knitting, accompanying me out and about on my travels in Wales. It didn’t match every location, but hey, that’s ok 😉 … Continue reading

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Semi-circle in Stone

On a recent flying visit to Berrington Hall near Leominster I noticed this stonework on the side of the mansion outbuildings and it made me think of a semi-circular shawl … Those geometric shapes would be perfect to knit, and the centre … Continue reading

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Update on the Zigzag

It survived the recent WIP/UFO review and in the last couple of weeks I’ve been making an effort to make progress with it … Here’s the latest status of the so-called Zigzag Cowl with only a few metres of yarn left to knit … … Continue reading

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Gates

On a recent trip, I noticed several gates that made me think of knitting – a travelling cable pattern overlaying a rhythmical base or perhaps a geometric shape defined by colour or texture. This was the entrance to our holiday … Continue reading

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Stripes and more stripes

Back in 2012, I bought some yarn to make the “in” project of the moment, the Color Affection shawl by Veera Välimäki. With hindsight, I now recognise that I had reservations about the colour choices and yarn composition from the … Continue reading

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Stranded – in a good way

At last year’s Wonderwool Wales event, I was over the moon to find some hand-spun, hand-dyed wool on the stand of the Ceredigion Guild of Weavers and Spinners. It found an appreciative home with me! Although it is lovely, the rustic texture proved … Continue reading

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Red Reinvented

I’m making a concerted effort to use my stash yarn this year. Although there are some special single skeins on the shelves, a surprisingly large proportion of the stash has a chequered history and a dubious future. My intention is … Continue reading

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