Fair Isle Knitting and Design – a brief guide

Fair Isle Knitting and Design is a comprehensive guide to stranded colourwork as practised by the knitters of Fair Isle and Shetland. It is for knitters who wish to learn or improve their stranded colourwork technique as well as those who would like to create their own patterns and colour combinations.

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Woolly greeting cards

Greetings to You! Observant readers may have noticed a few changes to my website recently. The "Patterns" heading has changed to "Designs" and if you hover over this heading you can scroll down to look at patterns, kits or greeting cards. I've made greeting cards for many years using stamps and…

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Knitting Kits and Christmas Craft Fairs

I'm launching some knitting kits soon and I shall be selling them as well as paper copies of my patterns at two Christmas craft fairs. The first craft fair is Craft in the City in Waterstones, Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham 10 am - 5.30 pm Saturday 30 November and 11 am…

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The Big Textile Show

There seems to be at least one yarn or textile festival every weekend at the moment.  I've been suffering from real indecision about which ones to visit.  Last weekend was one of my few free weekends until December, so it was fantastic to be able to visit a local event.…

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Inspired by Kaffe Fassett
Bloom cardigan knitted by Nicki Merrall

Inspired by Kaffe Fassett

I can't remember when I first heard of Kaffe Fassett or saw his designs, but it was many years ago, certainly before I could knit. I think I read about Kaffe and saw one of his designs in my mother's magazine. Then I was given 'Glorious Needlepoint' as a present;…

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Fair Isle is Fantastic!

Last weekend I went to Abergavenny to teach some workshops at The Wool Croft.  The Fantastic Fair Isle workshop took place on Saturday and Sunday.  On the Saturday we worked in the exhibition space above The Art Shop; a beautiful 16th century building with original wood and limestone floors, and Victorian…

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