The History of Knitting, the knitting guilds
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The history of knitting, part 2: the knitting guilds

So, in part 1 of the history of knitting we reached the 14th century. Knitting needles had made their way to the hands of the masses and were even depicted in paintings with the Madonna. Mass popularisation and the advanced development of the art of knitting was about to take place – led by a highly prestigious group of gentlemen. How did this happen? It was a simple case of supply and demand. Enter: the knitting guilds With the newfound availability…

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The History of Knitting
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The surprisingly manly history of knitting

When you picture someone knitting, I’ll bet that your first thought is an old lady sat absent mindedly in her armchair with a cup of tea, maybe a cat or two. Terrible cliché, I know, but I’ll bet for a bunch of you reading this that’s just what you pictured! Am I right? Well what if I were to tell you that the history of knitting is pretty much the complete opposite? The current-day idea of knitting being a female-focussed…

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DIY Photo Display
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DIY photo display with Wayfair

It’s probably no surprise that I love photography; I take photos literally every day! However, I think most of us are guilty of only ever looking at our photos through a screen. It’s kinda sad really. So, when Wayfair contacted me recently and challenged me to make a fun DIY for the home, I jumped on the chance to create an unusual display for my summer holiday snaps! I used one of their wooden photo frames and some wire mesh to…

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DIY wash and wear travel bag
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DIY wash and wear travel bag

The weather is slightly warmer than normal, the schools have broken up and everyone’s talking about their upcoming jet setting adventures, which can mean only one thing… the summer holidays are here! I feel like I’ve cheated a bit, because I had my summer holiday a few weeks ago, but hey – the summer is still not over yet! For those lucky folks who have a summer holiday planned, I have a perfect DIY for you to try out. You might have…

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Gin iced tea cocktail recipe
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Iced tea cocktail: two recipes to try

Today, I’m teaming up with Teapigs again (see my other collab with them, here) to bring you two insanely refreshing iced tea cocktail recipes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Teapigs tea is so good! So it’s no surprise that using it to make iced tea is a recipe for awesomeness. Tea cocktail with lemon, ginger & gin Add 1 lemon and ginger tea bag per person to a mug or heat-proof glass jar. Pour over just enough freshly boiled water to cover them….

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Man Crafts: Robert Boyer ceramics
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Man Crafts: Robert Boyer ceramics

For this month’s Man Crafts feature, I had a really interesting talk with Robert Boyer, a talented ceramic-maker from Massachusetts. Robert is a man after my own heart – his day-job is very academic, so he uses his love of crafts as a creative outlet in his spare time. Alongside his work in scientific research, Robert has been running an Etsy store since 2013. I caught up with him to learn a little more about his shop, his passion for clay…

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Sticky tape DIY and crafts
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Why use sticky tape? Guest post with Rajapack

A good stock of sticky tape is an absolute must have on my list of craft essentials! I was therefore excited to be recently contacted by the packaging experts at Rajapack, who wanted to learn about how I use sticky tape in my craft projects. I shared a few thoughts with them, as well as a DIY project. Check out the full feature on the Rajapack blog, here! Happy crafting!

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Tea milkshake recipe
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Tea milkshake recipe

I’m really excited to be working with one of my all-time favourite tea makers, Teapigs, for this post! I’ve been a big fan of theirs for ages, their tea is genuinely some of the best I’ve ever tasted. With this in mind, I was eager to try out one of their “teashake” recipes – that’s a tea milkshake, by the way – to see if they really are as tasty as they look. Spoiler: they absolutely are! Get the recipe below. Rooibos tea milkshake…

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