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FINDING MY PERSONAL STYLE

Considering I’ve been knitting for the best part of twenty years, it could come as quite a surprise that I have fewer than five hand knit items in my wardrobe. I’ve knit multiple times that number, but for some reason they don’t seem to last. I absolutely adore the process of knitting, and I love having an item that I’ve made myself, but something about my past endeavours has left me wanting, and, ultimately, most of the things I’ve knit just don’t make the cut. I think that a lot of the  ...

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Improv Vest in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK

I’ve been trying to set myself a rule with my knitting lately, which is to only buy yarn when I have a pattern in mind that I want to make. Like most rules along these lines, however, it didn’t hold up very well at all! A few weeks ago Sam and I went to visit his family in Leeds and, because they know me so well, they suggested we make a stop at Baa Ram Ewe, the most amazing independent yarn shop. Of course, I was super happy to oblige, and gladly spent some time perusing the  ...

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The Perfect Cropped Jumper from Lauren Riker

As you might have heard me say before, I can be quite a fussy knitter. I guess becoming super aware of my personal style, which was no easy feat, has served to encourage me to be much more picky about what I choose to cast on my needles. I’ve also been aware of only knitting things that I actually need and, in the sense of my wardrobe, filling the gaps that will make it more well-rounded for all seasons. I’m a crop kind of girl, and I’m not sure that will ever change. If I  ...

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KNITS FOR LITTLES

Lately I’ve definitely been more of a selfish knitter. I’ve really been focusing on knitting what I love, and filling all of the gaps in my wardrobe with handmade goodies that I just can’t get enough of wearing. For me, that can only be a good thing, but there are a couple of really exciting projects that have marked a new experience for me as a knitter over the past few of months. As soon as we found out there was a little one joining our family (not mine!), my first  ...

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LIVING IN MY OVERSIZED LOOSE KNIT JUMPER

I’m actually feeling kind of grateful for the gloomier weather we’ve been having here in the UK. While we may be firmly into Spring, I’m appreciating the time that these cooler temperatures are allowing me to spend with my latest knits. I was a little delayed in really getting going with jumper knitting over the Autumn and Winter. A major wardrobe overhaul early this year finally made it clear to me which gaps I should be knitting to fill, and I’m doing my best to  ...

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MY DREAM RIBBED JUMPER AND HOW IT WENT WRONG

Sometimes I get a vision in my head of something that I want to create. It might be inspired by an item I’ve seen, or it might be the solution to a need I have. My first course of action tends to be scrolling for hours through patterns on Ravelry and LoveKnitting, but often I can’t find anything to fit my, usually rather specific, brief. One such time was when I set my sights on a cropped, ribbed, roll-neck jumper that was nothing more than a figment of my imagination.  ...

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