Monday’s Points of Pinterest: A yarnbombing extravaganza!


Knitting’s cool and you know it. And just in case you don’t know it, here are a couple of pins from Pinterest revealing the best in yarnbombing – taking ownership of public spaces using wool – from around the world.

The Art of Knitting: Manchester’s Close Knit festival

Close Knit

Manchester’s Close Knit festival continued over the weekend, with a workshop at the Whitworth Art Gallery looking into knitting as an art form rather than ‘merely’ a craft.

Close Knit

Close Knit

A year-long festival of knitting is being held in Manchester, inspired by the discovery of over 100 years of knitting patterns in the city’s archives. I went along to the Gallery of Costume on Saturday to find out more.

Knitting in the round

You spin me right round, baby, right round...

I reckoned knitting in the round would be pretty easy. Oh, what a fool I can be sometimes.

Freebie Friday: A Fair Isle mobile phone jumper

Snug as a bug in a rug

Golly gosh, that’s a lot of alliteration right there, isn’t it? If you want to win yourself a nifty Fair Isle jumper for your phone then all you have to do is answer one very simple question. Have a go!

Olympic knitting

Olympic knitting

Knitting’s not quite an Olympic sport just yet (although it’s really only a matter of time), but the craft’s still getting involved with the upcoming Games, all thanks to the Woolsack project. Read on to find out more.

Knitting a Christmas jumper by Christmas: An update


Yes! I’ve moved on from knitting a rather dull repetitive pattern to making Norwegian stars. Can I get a woop woop?

Knitting a Christmas jumper by Christmas

Who's the Fair Isle-est of them all

Challenge time! I have ten months to knit a Christmas jumper by Christmas. Here’s how I’ve got on so far.

Fair Isle knitting with the Ministry of Craft

Who's the Fair Isle-est of them all

I grab my needles and wool and do my jolly best to master the time-honoured style of Fair Isle knitting.

Hello sailor! The best crafty tattoos around

Andee Penner tattoo

Cop an eyeful of these crafty sew-and-sews as they get their tatts out to show off just how much they love to pick up a needle and thread. Here’s to arts and crafts – a pursuit that runs more than just skin deep.


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