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Easy mens scarf knitting pattern
in DIY + Crafts, Knitting, Mens Fashion

Easy mens scarf knitting pattern

Guys, I think I might be the world’s slowest knitter. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been working on this scarf since my trip to Iceland last year – that’s over 18 months! Okay, so I obviously haven’t been working very hard on this project; just adding the odd row every now and then. But still, 18 months to knit a scarf?! Major kudos to people who can whip them up in a day or two! However, since it’s been such a long time…

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The Loch Ness Knit Fest, with Kyle Kunnecke (interview)
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The Loch Ness Knit Fest, with Kyle Kunnecke (interview)

I’m really excited to be welcoming Kyle Kunnecke to the blog today! Kyle is a fibre artist, with a specialism in knitting – and his skills are insane. Living in San Francisco, he leads workshops and is a passionate advocate for public health awareness. And guess what?! Kyle is visiting the UK in a few weeks’ time to lead a series of workshops at the Loch Ness Knit Fest! It’s shaping up to be an amazing event – if you’re in the…

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Knitted cafetiere cosy pattern
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Knitted cafetiere cosy with striped pattern

You can’t beat a good coffee, right? I’m a bit particular about mine… I use fresh coffee beans, which I grind in my own coffee grinder and measure out with a specific spoon. I then brew them carefully in my, with water just off the boil, for about 4 minutes. A quick stir, plunge and pour. SO GOOD. But you know the one thing that I can’t quite manage? Keeping the coffee warm! Seriously, it’s gone lukewarm within 5 minutes…

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Handmade leather knitting needle holder
in DIY + Crafts, Knitting, Leather

Try this: DIY leather knitting needle holder

Last year, I taught myself how to knit. Yep, guys can knit too! (I even did a load of research into the surprisingly manly history of knitting – check it out here!). Anyway, after nailing the basic concepts of knitting and completing a couple of projects, I kinda lost momentum and stopped. But I’m happy to say that I’ve picked up my needles and yarn again and I’m back to it! Now, as much as I enjoy knitting, I am…

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Innocent smoothies the Big Knit
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The Big Knit: an exciting collaboration with Innocent…

You might remember a few months ago, I announced something pretty darn exciting – that I had been contacted by Innocent and asked if I’d like to be featured on their smoothie cartons. Well, the time has finally arrived for me to make my supermarket debut! I’ve gotta say, seeing my cheesy grin in the chilled aisle is pretty weird exciting! I’m fighting the urge to lurk near the smoothies and tell everyone who walks past that it’s me on…

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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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Coming to a shelf near you… my face!

I’m excited to announce a little side line I’ve been working on for the past month or so – a collaboration with Innocent Smoothies! Since teaching myself how to knit a few months ago, I’ve been filling every moment of free time knitting little bobble hats for their Big Knit campaign. The other week, they got in touch to ask if they could feature my story on their smoothie bottles. So if you’re based in the UK, make sure you keep…

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