Just in case you haven’t already heard we are now streaming live on Monday mornings at 10:30 GMT/BST on our Facebook page. During our streams we will be covering up coming events, news, show & tell and anything else that grows organically from the stream.
We have also chosen to record the streams so that other peeps on the internet can watch the playbacks. These recordings will be available on our YouTube channel and of course over here too. So without further ado, here is our next live stream from the Unravel & Unwind studio.
One of our followers found these amazing books on crochet and knitting – direct from Japan Click here. These are great if you are a chart follower, as charts uses a universal language unlike written patterns across the world.
Pomadour24’s Craft Cafe not only has a large range of knitting and crochet patterns, you can also find sewing and felting alongside beading, embroidery and patchwork. A great resource that needed to be shared.
If you try any of these, please do let us know by sharing on our Facebook page. We love to see what other creatives are making around the globe.
I know winter is quite a long way off but we are in England and it feels like winter everyday. Another follower sent this link over for knitting chunky blankets. There are several pages to the article and you have to click the “continue” button a few times before you get to the tutorial so I have done the hard work for you.
– Love the idea of knitting socks but suffer from SSS*? Check out this link for help knitting two socks at the same time! *SSS or “second sock syndrome” is where you get excited about the first sock but can’t be bothered to knit it all again for the second time!!!
– Toe up v Top down – the great sock knitting debate – more info
– Heels, heels and more heels – check out this link
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This week we are talking to Susie one of our great supporters. She was recommended to come along by her social worker, who supports her with her anxiety, almost a year ago and has been a regular attendee ever since. “This has been one of my best decisions and has made such a positive change to my life”.
She had heard of crochet but didn’t really know much about it until our lovely Faye taught her the basics and she fell in love. Since then she has developed her talents and is now making beautiful little Amigurumi* animals. She hopes to make many more of these and set up a Facebook page to sell them – so watch this space! *Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, usually cute stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.
My mother bought this book for me many years ago. It was the first book that really explained in simple, understandable language about how to create shapes and structures in my knitting, demystifying the maths – thank goodness!!! It gave me hope that I could change and improve or at least start to understand why patterns ask you to do certain things in certain places.
For those of you who receive our newsletter, you might have noticed that Unravel and Unwind has a new volunteer: Nelly… That would be me, so I thought I would briefly introduce myself to you.
6 years ago, I left my job to look after my daughter, Chloé. The last couple of years (as Chloé started going to pre-school and then school) I have discovered my love for arts and crafts. I mean, my looooooooove for arts and crafts: drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet-ing, papiermache-ing, you name it! I constantly seem to have several crafty projects going on. A friend of mine told me about Riven’s drawing class (which I highly recommend whatever your experience in drawing) and that’s how I discovered Unravel and Unwind: a place dedicated to arts and crafts! Yeah!! And here I am! I will be mainly helping with the admin/social media aspect but you’ll probably see me around playing with the sewing machines, the knitting needles, the yarn…. anything I can get my hands on, really.
Hope to meet you soon!
Random fact about me: I love hats, all kind of hats!
Have you discovered Ravelry yet? It is a FREE wonderful repository of knitting & crochet patterns from all over the world.
You can search from literally thousands of patterns in both knitting and crochet, free and for purchase, from all over the world. When you find patterns that interest you it’s very easy to store them in your own online library for future reference.
You can also use your free account as a virtual portfolio. A
place to record other projects that you have made, adding details such as where you found the patterns, the yarn you used and where you purchased it, and even uploading the photographs of your makes.
In addition, you can search for your friends, join online forums and send messages to each other. It’s the “Facebook” for yarn addicts. Go check it out today, I highly recommend Ravelry as a great tool for getting started, especially if you’re anything like me and have no idea what to make first.
I now use Ravelry to store new project ideas, a little like Pinterest. For example, I want to make a good sized Tinkerbell in the future. So I used the in depth search options to find a variety of Tinkerbell patterns with images. Rather than work from those patterns I will use the photographs as reference points to make just the exact one I am looking for. And who knows, a day may come where you will find patterns written by yours truly, Faye aka Luminesence.