Taming the yarn covered hedgehog, PLUS ticket giveaway for Knitting & Stitching Show

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, 13th – 16th March 2014

As I mentioned a short while ago, I am teaching as part of the Prima Make & Take Workshops at Olympia in March.  I can now tell you all about my second class in which  I am going to take the fear out of double pointed needles!  I am really looking forward to teaching you how to tame the yarn covered hedgehog,  that can be knitting in the round on dpn’s.  Keep reading for how you can win a pair of tickets to the Knitting & Stitching show.

Knit a Napkin Ring with Double Pointed Needles – Class code 129

Taking the fear out of Double Pointed Needles and knit a Napkin Ring

Sunday 16th March 2014

2.15 – 3.15

Have you ever watched in orr as others knit their way around socks and mittens using double pointed needles?  Need some help?

During this hour long class I will teach you how to cast on using double pointed needles,  show  you how to join your work into the round and get you knitting in the round with confidence.  You will knit yourself a napkin ring with the materials provided.  We will also discuss working from charts and the pro’s and con’s of knitting in the round.  Come and learn a new skill and have some fun with other yarn loving dare devils.

napkin ring jane burns workshop

Kit comprises:

The pattern and yarn you will need for your project. (Needles are available to borrow,  if you would like to bring your own you will need a set of four 3.25mm  double pointed needles).

The kit is kindly sponsored by Stylecraft Yarns.

The class costs just £10 and includes the kit.

To enjoy this class you will need to be able to knit and purl.

napkin ring set jane burns workshop

You can book your place online or call 0844 848 0159 (the website is a little confusing and I would highly recommend phoning to book your tickets.  Also note that the £10 class fee does not include your entry ticket to the venue).

So you want to get your hands on a free pair of entry tickets for the show?

What do you have to do to be in with a chance?  Simply!  Follow my blog and one lucky winner will be chosen on 6th March.  I will announce the winner on the blog, drop me an email to claim your tickets, (please include your postal address).  Only available to UK residents I am afraid.

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Waltham Abbey Wool Show, see what you missed!

Today we got up super early,  8.30am on a Sunday is just unheard of for us.  ‘Why?’ I hear you ask.  Well I had been looking forward to the Waltham Abbey Wool Show since I first read about it back in October.  Doug suggested that we head off bright and early to get there before the crowds.

Being a new show I wondered how well attended it might be and I was stunned by just how many people were there when I arrived at 10.15.  One large hall was home to a wonderful array of stands; designers and traders stood side by side, it was a lovely atmosphere.  Obviously no yarn show is complete until you have encountered at least one ‘mature’ lady muttering, the words ‘manners,  *?!@, again, never, born’.

The Crochet Chain had obviously taken lessons from Black Sheep Wools and were selling full packs of much sought after yarns at greatly reduced prices.  Any of you who have encountered the Black Sheep Wools yarn-dive phenomena will know it is basically a scrum of ‘ladies’ diving into piles of yarn, elbows and handbags flying,  emerging some time later,  slightly dishevelled but beaming with joy at their ‘winnings’.

Some of the exhibitors….


Water Colours & Lace

woolly chic

Woolly Chic

sheeps fleece

The Sheep’s Fleece

never to young


(Youngest Yarn Addict Ever?)

jane crowfoot

My Favourite, Jane Crowfoot (Janie Crow)

Jane’s stand is always so colourful and inviting, and her ability to remember everyone she meets is very impressive.


Sparkle Duck

(I spent most of my money here today)

jan horrox

Jan Horrox

(This was by far Katie’s favourite stand today)


Spinning Demonstration


Beautiful kits from Knitola

jeanette sloan

Designs by Jeanette Sloan

So what did I buy today?


 Socka – Hand dyed sock yarn from Sparkle Duck,  Who Needs Chocolate?


Spirit  – Hand dyed sock yarn from Sparkle Duck, Neptune


Debonnaire Lace weight yarn, I can not get the camera to do this yarn justice.  The nylon shimmer thread gives the yarn and very delicate shimmer as it catches the light, yet it is still beautifully soft.


Linen Thread – natural flax wet-spun, 5-ply.  I am looking forward to swatching with this unusual fibre, both knitting and crochet.

As always the best part of any yarnie day out is catching up with old friends and meeting new.  It was really great to meet Jane Lithgow (Jane’s Probably Knitting), I have been a massive fan of Jane’s work since she designed the awesome ‘Cranford Mitts’ (I must confess I have knitted more than one pair).  Check them out and make a difference. The pattern is now offered in return for an optional donation based on the hours of pleasure this pattern has given you and as an awareness raiser for the p/hop campaign in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers.

I really hope that show returns again next year and more of you get to check it out for yourselves.

Finally,  my ‘legless’ sheep (I don’t like to be judgemental but it was before 11am, far too early to be in such a way).