Monday Morning Chit Chat

Morning Chit Chat 21 Nov 2016

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.


Tuesday Tips

Crafty Tips and Hints

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.


Photo source: Pomadour24

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Crochet Symbols Photo source: DMC


Crafty Links we have found

Knitting on a Grand Scale

Source: Pinterest

Are you addicted to socks like our Unraveller’s group? Then why not try out one of 16 ways to knit a heal that dropped into our suggestions box.

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.

Tutorial for knitting the blanket is here

Tutorial to make the roving is here

You can purchase the roving here and the pattern is here

Is giant knitting your thing? There’s one more tutorial that we’ve found and it’s a beginners guide to arm knitting. Yes you read that right, Arm Knitting.


Source: Buzztache

Crafty hints & tips

Crafty Tips and Hints

I know these are crochet – lol

– 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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Supporters Spotlight

Susie – Regular Drop in Visitor


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.

Each week we try and interview one of our supporters for The Weekly Drop


Creating Knitwear Designs

Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

(written by Maddy Randall, U&U’s knitting teacher)

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.

The book is available on Amazon Creating Knitwear Designs

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Supporters Spotlight – Nelly

Supporter Spotlight


Hello everyone!
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!

News from The Weekly Drop

Tuesday Tips

Crafty Tips and Hints

Have you discovered Ravelry yet? It is a FREE wonderful repository of knitting & crochet patterns from all over the world.

Library view
Library view

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.

Project library
Project library

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.