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  1. November 11, 2019


    Guest Blog Spot by Jan Crinion of WowKnitsByJan

    My name is Jan, and I’m the Senior Knitter at WowKnitsByJan …..actually, I’m the only Knitter at WowKnitsByJan! There’s a team of three of us – me, my husband who is the unpaid Post Boy (who usually has to fork out for the cost of the postage because I never seem to have any cash!) and our StaffyJack dog, Rusty Og who just seems happy to do anything as long as he’s rewarded with a game of ball!

    WowKnitsByJan is the name of my Etsy shop which I opened in 2017, just as an experiment. I’m an avid knitter and had a boxful of knits with nowhere to go – they sold and we were off!

    I’ve knitted since I was a young child and I have vague memories of my late Mum teaching me the basics. I used to copy whatever my 2 sisters were knitting, but I usually had to rip out (unpick, frog) an old jumper before I could start – and unlike my sisters, I could never be bothered to wind the yarn into s

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  2. November 08, 2019

    Guest blog by Caz Riddick of Boann Wool Craft.

    An Introduction to Naalbinding.

    Nalbinding is an ancient and endangered craft that was brought to us by the Vikings and used during the Viking age 793-1066 AD. Fragments have been found all over the world, this includes major trading posts and in some settlements.

    There are many different spellings and pronunciations for naalbinding (nalbinding, nalebinding, needle binding, single needle knitting) it all depends on where you are from and who your teacher is.

    This craft does predate knitting and crochet by many years but its hard to know by exactly how much, and is practised today mainly by people in the living history circle. There are still some tribes in Peru that also still practice the craft.

    Naalbinding needles historically are made from wood, bone and antler an example is above.

    Now lets talk fragments

    The oldest known fragment ever

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  3. October 11, 2019

    Guest blog by Karen of Karen Hanlon Cohrt Knit Designs

    Hi everyone and welcome to the first guest blog post at Woolly Castle. Big thanks to Vicky for the invite.

    Firstly, a bit about myself and how I became a knit-addict! I’m Irish (from Tullamore, Co. Offaly) and have been living in Denmark since 2011 with my Danish husband and two boys who are now almost 6 and almost 1 years old. I knitted way back in primary school – you know, on long 4 mm steel needles, doing 1 row plain, 1 row purl and always ending up with way too many or way too few stitches! I could neither cast on nor off but with a bit of help I managed to knit a few handbags, purses, headbands and scarves. My childhood knitting ‘career’ stopped though after I knitted a chunky cerise pink jumper that was wider at the neck than the waist LOL. Needless to say, I never wore it!

    Knitting is a huge passion for me and I could go on about it for days if allowed. But for now, I’ll restrain myself and talk about three main topics here - my knitting jour

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  4. October 01, 2019

    Christmas Stocking Pattern

    Nothing looks better hanging on the mantel piece at Christmas than a handmade stocking. This beautiful knitted stocking is so easy to make your going to love it.

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  5. September 26, 2019

    Autumn table decoration.

    Some Autumn inspiration for you using a variety of our yarns.

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  6. September 24, 2019

    No Pattern Jumper In DROPS Flora and Alpaca

    Having attended Julie Dubreux's "My Dream Sweater" workshop it was time to give it a go and knit a pattern free sweater.

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  7. September 04, 2019

    Nova Top By DROPS Designs in DROPS Baby Merino

    Here we have a few photos, hints and tips on making this gorgeous capped sleeved cardigan for a little girl. For this I used the following free pattern from DROPS Design Nova Top.

    I used Drops Baby Merino in Old Pink 0027 & Off White 0002 for the edging.

    I have made various garments using Drops patterns and my main advise would be to read the whole pattern through first ..... yes I know its boring! Then read past the first stage as often it will say how to do a stage and then they slip in “at the same time” so this will prevent having to undo several rows, which is Really Boring!

    Ok lets get started, here we have the left hand front. I’ve added stitch markers at each side of the lace patte

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  8. July 16, 2019

    Epic Basket

    Basket pattern written by my mum Jane. Every house needs a few of these.
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  9. July 16, 2019

    What is Mercerized Cotton ?


    So I'd no idea what mercerized cotton actually was, so I asked Mum, and this is what she sent me back.

    This all came about in the 1840’s when a chap called John Mercer, a chemist taught himself the basics in dyeing cotton. He developed the process known as mercerisation which helps the cotton to absorb dyes.This process eliminates the lint and fuzz from the cotton which then adds to the shine or luster as it is sometimes known.

    Luster is the result of light refection on the surface and as the cotton has been smoothed through the reaction with the sodium hydroxide a pearly sheen becomes visible. This process also strengthens the cotton, makes it more colour fast and as the yarn is smoother makes it less prone to splitting and snagging.

    This process was improved in the 1890’s by H.A.Lowe to what is generally used to this day. It certainly gives

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  10. July 15, 2019

    Sitting Bunny by Claire Garland in DROPS Alpaca and Flora

    Having seen the wonderful patterns on Claire Garlands Ravelry site Vicky and I decided the sitting bunny had to be made. Here is a link to her Ravelry site showing all of her wonderful designs Claire Garland

    For the sitting bunny I used the following yarns from Drops;

    Alpaca Off White 100

    Alpaca Light Pink 3140

    Flora Brown 0008

    Flora Beige 0007

    Having initially browsed thro

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