Christmas is coming and we can practically hear the sleigh bells ringing! If the festive season has crept up on you – don't panic it happens to all of us – then these free stocking projects will help you get prepped in no time.
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Sue Stratford: Drop Into Your Local Yarn Store And Leave With Friends For Life
Twelve years ago I decided to open a yarn shop. I never had a burning ambition to do it, but the idea came after I experienced poor customer service in two shops that I visited. I kept thinking about how it could be different and be a great experience for the customer. It only took me a few weeks to find premises and another couple of months to get the shop ready, then the fun began! I quickly realised how important a yarn shop could be, not just because of the lovely yarns and patterns they sell, but how the advice given to a customer can really build their confidence.
In this new ‘techno age’ where you can get virtually anything you want online, the local yarn shop has become even more important. Knitters love sharing their skills with others, so if your local store holds a knitting group, definitely go along! We called ours ‘click and clack’ – the name isn’t important, it’s more about the people who came. No one knew each other when our group started, but it wasn’t long before we all became firm friends. We looked forward to meeting up and even with the shop now closed, a group of knitters still see each other regularly. New friendships are forged and, believe me, we covered a lot more topics than just knitting! A lot of yarn stores hold classes, many bringing top knitwear designers to teach. This is a great opportunity to learn something new and it’s always better to be shown alongside others. If you can’t make tutorials, pop in and ask for help, you’ll find your local shop owner has a wealth of knowledge.
Perhaps the most important thing about a bricks and mortar shop is getting to see and feel the yarn. Give it a squidge and see whether it’s that perfect colour you’ve been searching for – there’s nothing quite like it! It’s also inspiring to see a range of different yarns and you never know what you might walk out with. If you have a pattern you really like but you’re not sure about the yarn, substituting it for something else is always an option. You need to make sure you are going home with a yarn which will work and this is where shop owners can offer you excellent advice. With Yarn Shop Day coming up on 12th May, call into your local store and see what it has to offer. I guarantee you’ll be there a while, come home with lovely yarn and meet great people. What could be better?
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Issue 107 is here and we have some serious treats in store for you all. Not only is it bursting at the seams with giveaways, the latest news, and reader makes, we also shop the latest crafty subscription boxes and help you plan out 2019 so you can make it the best and most creative year yet! If that wasn't enough, you'll find incredible knitting and crochet patterns too – here's a little peek at what you'll be making.
Us creative types have two great loves in this world: crafting and Christmas. When they collide we’re positively giddy, so as you can imagine Christmas Jumper Day – organised by the wonderful people at Save the Children – is our favourite event of the year. On a Friday in the middle of December, people join together in festive knitwear, whether crazy or classy, plain or interactive, and make a donation. Campaign Fundraising Manager Brea Thibodeau let us know how it all began.
Knitted Knockers, Age UK, Save the Children – our columnist Sue Stratford tells us how she does her bit for these life-changing charities.
Oh the weather outside is frightful... well, not really! It's a bit cold though, so we'd rather be snuggled up inside under a blanket working on our crochet projects. If you'd like to follow suit, these 23 crochet patterns are the perfect projects to start in the run-up to Christmas – you'll be able to whip them up in no time to keep for yourself or give as gifts to your loved ones.