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Learning to Knit ~ Continental Style ~ featuring a Knitted & Felted Bag

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Learning to Knit ~ Continental Style ~ featuring a Knitted & Felted Bag

  Grandma and me, 1974, St Anne's  Every now and again I pick up my knitting needles and make something. I love the effect of those perfect rows of knitted stitches and it certainly is less of a yarn guzzler than crochet. Knitting always brings me closer to my beloved maternal Grandma, who sadly passed away when I was 7. When I knit, I feel like she is peering lovingly over my shoulder, it feels good.   Vintage dolls' clothes knitted by my Grandma, early 1970s She used to knit my teddy's and doll's clothes; so precious are they to...

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 3 - The Whitstable Cowl

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 3 - The Whitstable Cowl

This post is coming a little later than expected as I have been recovering from a back injury, which has put a spanner in the works for some time. I am pleased to say I am fully mobile now, picking up the pieces and now plan to catch up with my blog! This post is the last in my 'Holiday Inspired Crochet' stories. I hope you enjoy it and that you are inspired to use the pattern too. If so, please share your makes over on Facebook or on Instagram #cottonpod - it is always fun to see everyone's crochet...

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Pumpkin Goes Large

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Pumpkin Goes Large

I am totally in love with white pumpkins! It's an odd declaration but nevertheless it's true. Don't get me wrong I love traditional orange ones too, orange is just a fabulous colour, full stop. Largely overlooked unless you are an Orla Keily fan of course. In fact, I seem to be adding a lot of orange to my wardrobe lately, since having a colour consultation with the lovely Jill from Styled in Colour (I hope to talk more about this on a later date). Anyway, back to my latest obsession, white pumpkins, or the Lumina Pumpkin to be more precise....

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 2 - Pumpkin

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 2 - Pumpkin

The children are both back at school now and, as is usual for me in September, I am reviewing the last 12 months and looking towards the next 12. I know it is is a funny time for most people to reflect and review, but having been a teacher for 16 years of my working life and never knowing anything else other than the academic year, September still remains my 'New Start' time of year.  Over the last few days I have been thinking about our Summer holiday this year, we were lucky to be able to travel to Fornells...

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Super Granny Scarf

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Super Granny Scarf

I spend, as I am sure you do too, an awful lot of time scrolling through books, magazines and the internet to find the next exciting project to put on my hook. Sometimes, however, an idea can come simply from looking at colours and the yarn itself. I am fortunate, I have a mountain of yarn to play with and I am lucky enough to see the colour combinations that my customers put together. Here are some of my favourites recently...you might see yours in there!            About a week ago, when in truth I should...

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