Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Monthly Musing - May 2017 - On yer bike!

We’ve had a rare middle-of-the-week day out today.  Both daughters are on holiday from school and university and my husband took the day off too.  We decided to go cycling along the North Wales Coastal Route cycle path which isn’t something that we’ve managed to co-ordinate before now, but with bikes in the car and more bikes hired from a Welsh bike shop, we found ourselves ready to go with less fuss than we imagined.

I haven’t been cycling for such a long time but it’s true that you don’t forget how to ride a bike.  There’s something about the rhythm of the turning pedals, the sun on your face and the wind in your hair that is quite different to walking along the same path (probably because we were trying to restrain the dog at the time who wanted to get into the water as soon as possible).  Unlike driving a car, your entire focus is on where you are going, what obstacles you might need to avoid (such as pot holes, lamp posts, other tourists …) and the speed that you’re covering the ground which makes it a much more mindful process than sitting behind a wheel.  I liked that we cycled on paths that cars couldn’t go down, that we covered more distance than I expected and that we also stopped to watch the world go by much more than we would do normally.

It’s good to do things like this once in a while; cycling is something that reminds me of being much younger, of playing in the street on bikes with friends – our bikes often doubled as horses, as circus entertainment or even stunt vehicles (don’t try this at home!) - and later on when I was in my teens and could visit friends living a distance away under my own steam.  The roads were much quieter then, and I thought nothing of cycling several miles to spend an afternoon at someone else’s house.  It is of course the rose-tinted version of the past; traffic was just as dangerous, helmets weren’t even a consideration and I’m sure far more children were injured than today when they are safely delivered to friends’ houses by parental taxis.  Just for a short while, though, rocketing downhill past my girls with my feet off the pedals, I was no older than they are and it never hurts to remember the fun that you had as the child that you once were.

I’m hoping that we can repeat today’s cycling adventure again over the summer.  There are so many places to explore and I’d forgotten that cycling is a great way to do it.  Bike technology has improved so significantly too that it’s easier than ever to cycle without as much effort as frames are lighter and some bikes even have electric motors too.  “On yer bike” never sounded so agreeable!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Bank Holiday

It's been another Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, which is usually the cue for chaos on the roads as people travel home from long weekends away and is a good excuse for us to stay close to home.

Just down the road from us is the market town of Newton-le-Willows and there was a craft and food fair on which we thought we'd take a look at.  It's only a few minutes' drive from our house so just before lunch we headed out to see what was going on.  We've been to similar fairs in Newton before and knew there would be plenty of stalls with some nice choices for a street food lunch.  We needed to do a bit of rehoming first though ...

We had an unexpected visitor in the shape of this blue tit which flew in through the open door and got itself stuck inside.  My family did question why I was photographing it instead of getting it out, but it was quite happy sitting on the door frame and I thought it would be fine for another couple of minutes whilst I snapped a few pictures.  I love blue tits, they're such cheeky little birds - I can never decide if it's them or robins that are my very favourites, so I think it must be a joint favourite thing.  It took a bit of persuading to leave but eventually we got it out of a window and it flew away, not looking any the worse for being inside.

When we got to Newton, we found that the craft and food fair was divided into two locations.  On the High Street were food stalls from the local restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Thai along with cakes, milkshakes, sweeties and various other goodies - Newton is not short of places to eat, and the High Street is pretty cosmopolitan.  It's great to be able to get such a good choice just down the road from where we live.

At one of the Indian restaurant stalls, a lady was doing henna tattoos and small daughter fancied herself with a bit of hand decoration.

Isn't that fabulous?  I love seeing the swirly henna designs, and it was fascinating to watch it being done as well - much quicker and neater than anything I could have attempted with a tube of henna dye ...

which is just as well as I think small daughter is going to be decorated with this for some time to come!  It's lucky that she's got a two week holiday from school!

As we had hoped, there were plenty of stalls for us to find some lunch.  We ate freshly made sandwiches on home-baked bread, pancakes, home made gingerbread and cake and then wandered up to the park at the other end of the High Street where the country crafts were situated. We spent a long time watching chainsaw carving (but not long enough to discover what it was going to be - we intended to go back to find out but forgot), we admired the birds of prey - this is an eagle owl, if I remember rightly ...

We saw lots of traditional crafts including a stone mason (I didn't know there were still stone masons around but I'm glad that there are and that all stonework isn't machine-made these days), a traditional wood-turner, a man who made walking sticks, another man who made trugs, the local ranger service making insect houses, a lady who made the most beautiful wicker baskets (I didn't dare look at them too long in case I wanted to buy them all to put yarn in) ...

We found a stand for the International Guild of Knot Tyers (Yorkshire Branch) - who knew there was such a thing?  

Small daughter and I were tempted to make our own rope (the proceeds went to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which was another incentive - the Air Ambulance services around the country do a fabulous job and have to support themselves through charitable donations) and school holidays are always a good time to practice a bit of skipping.

The rope that we made was made up of all kinds of bits and pieces - even knitting yarn, and something sparkly ...

and was created by turning a handle to twist the three lengths of yarns/fibres together.  It was a bit like creating a yarn skein but on a much bigger scale.  Once they were all set up and ready to go, small daughter had the job of turning the handle.

At the other end of the length of what would become our new rope, a wooden block was being held to keep the three lengths apart.  They were twisted until the angle of the twist reached about 45 degrees ...

and then they started to twist in on themselves.  Interestingly, whilst they twisted one way individually, they twisted in the opposite direction around each other.  The block was moved back towards the handle and the rope was created.

And yes, it is indeed a good size for skipping!

We were just on our way out of the park when we saw this dinky little caravan.  

According to the man who was doing the readings, it's an Eriba Puck caravan built in 1965 and originally from Germany.  He said it was built after the war by the aircraft manufacturers so it's got the structure of an aircraft and an aluminium body.  It was surprisingly spacious inside too (yes I did look, no I forgot to take a photo) despite the fact that it is such a dinky caravan.

I liked his bright sign too.  

The rain that had been threatening all day started to fall so we headed home; we'd been out much longer than we'd expected to be but it had been great to wander around all the stands.  The cider that I'd started a couple of days ago wasn't quite ready to drink so we'll save that for another day - this was a Christmas gift from my husband who knows I like to make things :) 

It's pretty fool-proof, I only had to add water and a packet of yeast and then I will be the proud owner of 10 pints of cider.  Of course, I won't be drinking it all at once!

I hope you've had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend if you're in the UK and if you're not, I hope you've had a lovely weekend anyway!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

And ... breathe!

I don't know why it's been such a busy couple of weeks, but I guess sometimes that's just how it is.  Small daughter breaks up for another school holiday on Friday and that means that next week is going to be another week of cramming stuff in that needs to be done before she's around for two whole weeks.  Don't get me wrong, it's lovely to have her off school and to just please ourselves what we do, but I do find that my own schedule gets rather abandoned during school holidays so there's some stuff that needs to be done!

Top of my list of things to do was some catching up in the garden.  It's rained heavily for most of this week so I've not been out as much as I'd have liked to have been, and my tomatoes are long overdue for planting in the greenhouse.  Being out in the garden is good for my soul.  The fresh air weaves some kind of magic that can't fail to make me feel better, and I love the connection to the earth when I'm gardening and watching my plants grow.  I also chat to my Dad, who no doubt would have been asking why on earth it has taken so long to clear out my greenhouse which was still full of the stuff from his shed when I told you about it in March.  We'll quickly gloss quickly over that, but suffice to say that the greenhouse is now tidy, the dustbin is more full than it was and I can get in through the greenhouse door without having to have members of the family on standby in case I can't get out again.  

Come on, do you want to have a look around?

I was determined that I was going to be more successful in growing sprouts this year, and this is how my plants are doing.  I'm really pleased with these as (apart from one tiny plant which I planted far too late last year) I've never grown sprouts before.  Also, the cat hasn't managed to dig them up yet because of the netting (although something has been eating my peas and I'm not very happy about that) and they're looking nice and healthy.  With any luck we'll be having home grown sprouts with our Christmas dinner - I can't wait!

I'm very pleased with my potatoes, too.  I've only started growing potatoes in my veg boxes over the last couple of years as before that I grew them in bags and pots, but I'm getting a much better crop now I've moved them.  This variety is "Charlotte", which is a lovely variety for eating with salads or for roasting whole.  They won't be ready for a few weeks yet but that's definitely something to look forward to.

Small daughter is keeping a close eye on the progress of the strawberries.  This variety is called "Christine" which amuses me no end; when I was little there wasn't the abundance of things that you could buy with your name on and the few pens, rulers, mugs and notebooks that there were never had Christine as an option - unless you were in Scotland as the name was more common there.  So although now I can have pretty much any thing with my name on it and now that I'm older I don't need much of it, I do like the idea that there's a plant that shares my name :)

The blackcurrants are doing nicely too ... it'll be a competition with the blackbirds to see who can get to them first once they start ripening!

Big daughter bought this for me for Mother's Day back in March and I finally got round to planting the seeds it contains today.  

The instructions tickled me ... for the gardener who enjoys a tipple ... I don't think I'd be safe in charge of a pair of secateurs if I started drinking cocktails before I headed outside, but there's always the hope of balmy summer evenings - and now that big daughter's got herself a job in a bar then I'll have someone to mix my cocktails for me (the instructions say to "muddle" the ingredients together which is pretty much the limit of my cocktail-making).  I'll just provide the flowers. There's mint, lime basil, agastache, borage (uh-oh, that can go pretty wild in the garden so I'll need to watch that one), cucamelon and lemon balm and a whole raft of recipes to try out - what's not to like?!

And finally in the veg garden, the tomatoes are in the ground.  Hooray!  They're only about a month late and they look so small because I've buried them deep in the soil to make sure they develop a strong root system.  I've got three varieties this year - a mini plum that I bought as plug plants from Aldi, a cherry tomato called "Sweet Aperatif" that I grew last year and was very impressed with, and "Alicante" which is a good-sized tomato for cutting up for sandwiches.  I've also got two cucumber plants which produce small, lunch-box-sized cucumbers which are easy to eat whole.  It feels good to have them in the ground now, and I know they'll probably catch up to where they should be quite quickly now that the weather's warmed up.

I've had the radio on today whilst I've been in the greenhouse, but outside in the garden I've been treated to a variety of bird songs.  We're very lucky that we have an abundance of garden birds here - blackbirds, thrushes, wrens, robins, blue tits and other not-so-common birds like tree creepers, woodpeckers and nuthatches.  We also have the ubiquitous wood pigeons which could have been responsible for the Pea Incident (I've already ruled out snails so it's down to the pigeons and the rabbits which are also in abundance around here because I've never seen the cat eat peas). Every year, we also get house martins which nest here in the summer and then fly south for the winter.  They came back a couple of weeks ago which always makes it feel as if summer is on it's way.

I only spotted one up on the wires today but later in the season there'll be anything up to twenty of them sitting there and chatting away to each other.  House martins chat incessantly, I'm sure they must be the birds that the idea of Twitter was based on!  You can hear what they sound like here - it's such a lovely, happy sound and I love it when the house martins are back, swooping over the trees and hedges and never once stopping their conversations as they do.

Would you like a quick look at the flower garden too?  Ours is definitely a spring garden (and a rather wild and tangled garden too in places, I noticed!).  It makes me so happy to see the flowers returning after the winter when my husband always grumbles that the garden looks like a wasteland.  Here's one of the wild and tangled places ...

Oh, how I love the oriental poppies (Papaver orientale)!  They're one of my favourite flowers in the garden.  This is a variety called "Coral Reef" which I grew from seed a good few years ago; I had about five or six different varieties of oriental poppy but so far this year, this is the only one to be flowering.  It's entirely possible that the others are somewhere in that wild and tangled wilderness, although I'm a bit sad that my "Mrs Perry" variety looked particularly sick when I found it this year so I'll need to see if I can rescue it.  Yes, another plant with my name on it.  I'm easily amused.

I'm showing you a photo of this Hosta for the record - usually by this time of year it's looking like a paper doily as the snails have been at it but this year the leaves are still intact.  So far.  Shh, don't tell the snails!

More poppies; these are Welsh poppies and they range from yellow to shades of orange.  Another wild and tangled part of the garden.  (If I tell you it's intentional, you won't think that it's just because I haven't weeded.)

When we first moved to this house, I emptied a packet of Aquilegia vulgaris seeds over the borders, not expecting many of them to grow because of the aforementioned snail problem.  It seemed like a good idea at the time as I do like Aquilegia very much, but then they started to appear everywhere and suddenly it didn't seem like quite such a good idea as other plants also need to grow.  Anyway, several years on they have thinned themselves out and I've now got a few different varieties which reappear every year in various shades of pink, blue and purple and they're all much more under control.  This is one of my favourites.  Whatever your views on creation, whoever (or whatever) designed the plants must have had a whale of a time!

Do you remember the flower bud that looked like a Crispinette?  This is what it looks like when the flower comes out.  It's Centaurea montana and is such a lovely shade of purpley-blue.  There are lots of shades of purple in my garden!

And here's another one!  Complete with a bumble bee.  I do love their furry bottoms!

The last picture of flower, I promise - I wanted to show you these Alliums which fascinate me with their flower heads made up of tiny flowers (surprise, they're purple!); they normally have a bumble bee attached to them too as the bees love them, but I obviously picked a moment when the bees had other things to be doing.

Right, time to get on with that Sunday evening stuff - baths, hair-washes, packing school bags and checking calendars for the week ahead.  I might even get a few rounds of knitting in if I'm lucky too!  I hope you have a lovely week!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Contrast cuff, heel and toe socks - free tutorial

One of the things that you quickly discover when you've knitted a few pairs of top (cuff) down socks is that you've got leftover yarn.  Toe-up knitters will tell you that they rarely have leftovers as they can keep knitting until all the yarn is gone, but that doesn't work for top-down as you'd end up with sock feet the size of small canoes.

What you can do with the leftovers, though, is use them up for other projects.  Some people like to make blankets from them, hats, toys ... even socks.  Oh yes, leftovers are perfect for combining with other colours to make a new and unique pair of socks!  Ta dah!

You can mix and match the yarns to make scrappy socks like these, either making bold stripes that don't come in any bought colourway ...

Monday, 8 May 2017

Yarn Shop Day 2017 - Cityknits/Christine's Wool Shop

It's not often that you'll find me at the train station at 7.30am on a Saturday morning, but last weekend I was raring to go and bounded out of bed to get ready to leave in a way that would have been unrecognisable on a school morning.  I was off to Bournville, near Birmingham, for Yarn Shop Day and I was going to spend the day at Christine's Wool Shop talking yarn and socks all day.  Talk about spoilt!  That's just my kind of day!

It's really easy to get to Bournville by train and the station is very convenient if you want to visit Cadbury World which is a great day out to visit the chocolate factory.  (Apparently you can smell the chocolate when they're making it which is very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and infinitely better than the distinctive smell of soap powder from the Lever Brothers factory in Warrington, or the smell of brewing beer from the Tetley brewery where I used to work many years ago - urgh!)

Christine's is a short distance from the station in Bournville village, which was built as a model village for the workers at the Cadbury factory.  There are quite a few model villages around the country which were built as self-contained communities offering decent living accommodation and leisure-time activities for the workers of the factories, provided by the philanthropic industrialists who owned them (Port Sunlight on the Wirral is the closest to us, and I went to visit Saltaire in Yorkshire with Lucy about 18 months ago).  They are leafy suburbs outside of the cities and the workers who moved to live there after cramped city-dwelling must have thought they had died and gone to heaven.

The yarn shop is situated in a small row of independent shops including a jewellers, a butcher, a bakery, a flower shop, a chemist and a newsagents (just the sort of shops you want on your doorstep!) and is run by three sisters: Sally, Julie and Caroline who are left to right on this photo underneath their fabulous Yarn Shop Day mandalas.

The shop originally belonged to their Mum (Christine - of course!) but when she sadly passed away a few years ago, they took up the mantle and decided to continue running it themselves along with their Dad; as well as Yarn Shop Day, they always get involved in fundraising for Marie Curie and have raised thousands of pounds to donate towards the charity in memory of their Mum.  They'll be joining in with the Marie Curie Tea Party on 10 June which is guaranteed to be a great day so if you missed Yarn Shop Day, there's another good opportunity to visit!

Here's the row of shops where you can find Christine's.  

It's in a lovely leafy street (appropriately called Sycamore Road) with a wide pavement that's just perfect for outdoor knitting, fortified by tea and cake.  Oh, the cake!  There was so much of it, and it was all wonderful.  Cupcakes, Kendal mint cake brownies, this gorgeous Yarn Shop Day cake ... it was no wonder I didn't need any dinner when I got home!

Christine's feels like a yarn shop should do; a part of a thriving community where customers are recognised and welcomed and - most importantly - want to come back again.  This is what Yarn Shop Day is about.  It's a wonderful opportunity for shops and customers to connect and whilst regulars often don't need another excuse to visit, events like Yarn Shop Day are vital to remind those who don't knit or crochet on a regular basis that the shops are still there and vital to a vibrant, diverse community.

Julie, Caroline and Sally were kept busy all day and had extra help in the shape of shop regulars Kate (who made the yarn bombing and mandalas hanging outside), Maureen, Doreen and Rhi who were buzzing around all day to help answer questions and reach for yarn ...

Reach for yarn?  Yes, you did hear me right - and here's what I mean!  

Still can't see it?  I'm not surprised, the shop is pretty busy and this was at a relatively quiet moment!  Look at this picture ...

There is yarn from floor to ceiling and in pretty much every available space in the shop.  There's a special pole to help get the yarn down from the very top and look ... can you see there's a section of yarn skeins in the middle of the picture below?  Those skeins and four blocks to the right (up to the jumper) is all sock yarn.  Floor to ceiling sock yarn!!  Every colour of the West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply range (which apparently some people use for projects other than socks ;) ), King Cole Zig Zag, Katia, Rico, Opal ... there was a ball of yarn for all tastes and that was just for the socks!

There was also a whole section of Stylecraft Special DK in every colour that they produce - I thought I'd spotted most of them in Lucy's studio but there were colours there that I'd never seen before - and by the end of the day there were huge gaps in all of the sections as the yarn sold out. There are going to be a lot of projects in progress!

I was kept very busy all day chatting about socks and sometimes I even spoke about other knitting projects.  Not often, it has to be said, but I did.  I had my own table near the door with sample needles which makes it so much easier if you're looking for a sock needle to buy as you can try them out before you do.  

It's always fascinating to find out about other people's sock knitting preferences - toe up, top down, two at a time ... there were even a couple of conversations about knitting one sock inside the other which isn't something that I've tried, although it might be fun to give it a go one day.  I like to see socks knitted in other yarns that I've not used and I always like to try to spark someone's interest to give it a go themselves if they've never knitted socks before.

As much as I enjoy chatting online, it's really lovely to be able to meet up with people in real life (and being by the door always helps as I can pounce on them as they come in J), and I especially love it if they've brought socks to show off!  

Oh, you can see in the two pictures above that I finished the pair of WYS "catnip" socks in Sherbet Fizz that I started a couple of weeks ago.  I've had a few people ask me about joining in different colours so I'm going to create a tutorial to show you how it's done in case it's not something that you've tried before - I'm hoping to have that out in a week or so.

Here's more of that catnip yarn specially dyed in Yarn Shop Day colours - Julie, Sally and Caroline very kindly sent me home with a few balls of WYS yarn and this one of them so I'm definitely looking forward to casting that on!

I must show you this as well because it's not often that I'll post a picture of me with my jaw dropping ... this is a still from the short Yarn Shop Day video on the Cityknits Facebook page and there's a very good reason why I'm looking like that.

Remember at the beginning of the post that I said the shop was in Bournville, next to the Cadbury factory?  I was absolutely thrilled to be given this chocolate plaque, beautifully decorated by the super-talented Dawn, one of the shop customers who works at Cadbury's - hence the dropping jaw!  I don't know how I'm going to bear to break it up to eat it but it would be a waste not to, so I've taken photos so that I can always remember it.  It was the best surprise - and you can see why!

Never mind the cat who got the cream, I'm the Mum who got the chocolate! J

These days always go too fast, don't they?  It's a bit like Yarndale where I can spend the whole weekend chatting and still it feels as if there's not enough time to talk to everybody.  This is the third Yarn Shop Day that I've been involved with and each one has been brilliant, and each year the number of shops that get involved has grown.  I think events like this are really important if we're going to keep our bricks and mortar shops open; yes, often online is cheaper and easier but you can't beat being able to go into a shop to squish, to chat and to get an instant feel-good hit from being surrounded by so much yarn.  It's really important for our own community well-being that we support our yarn shops as much as they support us in our crafting endeavours and I'll always be happy to do what I can to help with that.

If you made it to a Yarn Shop Day event near you, I hope you had a fantastic time, and if not then hopefully there'll be an opportunity for you to do so next year - here's to next year's Yarn Shop Day!

With huge thanks to Caroline, Sally and Julie for looking after me so well and for generous treats of yarn and chocolate - I had such a lovely day with you all! xxx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Winwick Mum 2nd birthday giveaway results

Hellooo!  Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on the Sockalong's 2nd birthday - they were a joy to read and I was very touched that you took the time to tell me about your socks as well as how many pairs you've knitted.

You'll be wanting to know if you've won one of the two wonderful prizes that are up for grabs. They're both fabulous, perfect for both new and experienced knitters with treats made by talented Sockalong friends.  There's this one containing a copy of Super Socks, a Sockalong notebook, two sets of stitch markers, a pair of Addi Colibri DPNs and a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners yarn in Pink Flamingo ...

and this one containing a copy of Super Socks, a project bag, notions case and DPN holder, a set of stitch markers and a ball of Opal yarn in Fresh and Juicy Pepper ...

and of course you'll want to know the number of socks that have been knitted this year - but you'll have to wait a bit longer whilst I wax lyrical about the joys of sock knitting.  Not too much longer, I promise, but a bit! J  

I will give you a clue though, and the number is more than last year.  It's always been a bit of joke of mine that we sock knitters are taking over the world one sock at at time, but it's only really been this year - and especially counting up the socks numbers in the comments - that I am starting to believe that it might actually be true and not just a joke. 

Every stitch brings blessings (and curses - yes, we've all dropped stitches, forgotten to turn heels and made toes too short, but the odd swear word isn't going to do much harm!) and I believe that brings an energy which is knitted into every sock and in turn passes on to the wearer, wrapping them up in woolly love which is the same whether you knit a sock, a shawl, a hat, a sweater or anything else.  If you think about our 3,500 pairs of socks from last year, that's an awful lot of woolly love in which we've either wrapped our own feet or gifted to someone else, and I don't think that anyone can fail to be affected by that.  None of us exist in isolation and if knitting or wearing something can bring a smile to your face, then that happiness can be passed on and will spread from you in ripples that will affect the world in more positive ways that we can ever know.

Add that number to this year's number  of - are you sitting down?! - 4,100 pairs of socks and now we've got a two-year total of 7,600 pairs of socks.  I don't know about you, but I am beyond stunned, that is so many pairs of socks!  That's also so many balls of yarn, supporting our local yarn shops, supporting the mill industry and farmers across the globe.  It's a huge, world-wide feeling of anticipation of knitting time when waiting for appointments, for after-school clubs, when travelling and in those few quiet moments during the day when you know that you'll feel better for letting your mind wander as your hands are busy with your needles.  Our collective well-being must be improving with every stitch and so much positive energy can only ever do good. How can we not be changing the world with every sock?

I am so immensely proud to be part of this, and I hope that you are too, because this wouldn't be happening if you hadn't looked online for a sock pattern and taken up your needles.  Now, before I get all teary, let's move on to the other exciting part of this post - the giveaway results!

I have counted up the number of comments and used that number in the draw generator from so that it will be completely fair.  The results can be seen below - all that remains now is to thank you so much for your comment and to say that I am sorry that I couldn't give everyone a prize!

The winner of this prize is ...

Stephanie Slack who commented, "Since May last year I have made 7 pairs of socks and I have 3 WIPS.  I just love the feel of hand made socks and I have thrown away all my shop bought socks.  Happy birthday xx"

and the winner of this prize is ...

Naomi, who commented, "I have just started my first pair - finally!  Happy birthday sockalong!"

Congratulations to both of you!  (Both Steph and Naomi have received their prizes now and love them!)

Thank you once again for taking the time to be part of the Sockalong birthday celebrations, it's been good fun and I'm looking forward to doing this again next year already!  If you've got a minute, please do take a look at the websites of the talented and generous folks who gifted treats for the prizes:

Woolrich crafts - project bags and accessories

AnnieOB Textiles - embroidered notebooks for a variety of crafty activities

Demelza's Delights - stitch markers and accessories

Knit Nottingham - a bricks and mortar and online yarn shop based in Nottingham

Magnolia Tree Crafts - a bricks and mortar and online yarn and fabric shop based in Poynton, Cheshire

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend! xx

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