Saturday, 12 January 2019

Yarn Shows To Look Out For In 2019 + Top Tips

Going to a yarn show is a great opportunity to have a good yarn squish, discover new indie dyers and wool producers, have a good day out with like-minded people and be surrounded by more woolly stuff than you can possibly imagine!


This year I'm massively excited about going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival for the first time, where I'll be reporting for The Knitter magazine and also finding out lots of information for A Woolly Yarn. The flights are booked, my husband has been bribed with the chance to sample real ales in Scotland's capital, and, thanks to the exhibitor list, I already know which stands I'm going to make a beeline for ...

Whether you're travelling far to one of the UK's big name wool festivals or supporting a local gathering there's an ever-growing number of days out to choose from, including a few newbies this year. Don't forget the following eight top tips:

1. Book your entry ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Some shows offer reduced price tickets if you book ahead.

2. Take cash. Small vendors may not have a credit card machine, plus it helps with budgeting - once you've spent up, that's it!

3. Take a look at the event's website before you go and decide which stalls are your 'must-sees'. Head there first just in case you run out of time later on.

4. Try to arrive early to miss the queues.

5. Wear comfy shoes. Your feet will thank you for it.

6. This goes against the usual shopping advice grain, but if you see something you'd like and it's within budget then don't put off your purchase until later in the day. When you come back it may well have been bought by someone else. You could ask the stall holder to put it by for you if you definitely know you are going to buy it, for example if it's a bulky purchase and you don't want to carry it round with you all day, but don't deprive other potential customers and the vendor of a sale if you're just not sure.

7. Take some snacks and a bottle of water with you in case there's a queue for the cafe.

8. Pick up leaflets and business cards of woolly businesses you like the look of. You might not be buying anything from them at the moment but signing up for their email or browsing their website widens your options in the future.

Here's A Woolly Yarn's round-up of wool/yarn shows that have already announced dates in 2019:

January

20th - Waltham Abbey Wool Show
Essex show with VIP guest Louise Tilbrook.

February

2nd - Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival
Explore the region's woolly past at Bradford Industrial Museum.

22nd - 24th Unravel
Farnham, Surrey is the location for this three-day showcase of workshops and exhibitors..

28th Feb - 3rd March Spring Knitting and Stitching Show
Olympia, London is your base for this huge craft-based event.

March

17th - Cornwoolly
Head to Redruth in Cornwall for this day showcasing local fibres and textiles.

21st - 23rd Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Billed as the UK's premier urban hand-knitting show.

April

13th - 14th Spring Into Wool
The Grammar School in Leeds will be home to this two-day festival of woolly crafts.

14th Knit and Stitch Show
Penrith in Cumbria is home to this woolly day with over 30 exhibitors.

27th -28th Wonderwool Wales
Weekend Welsh wool extravaganza at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.

May

11th - 12th Buxton Wool Gathering
Derbyshire based wool festival.

18th - 19th Wool @ J13
Head off junction 13 of the M6 for this family-orientated woolly weekend.

25 May - Watford Festiwool
The Lanchester Community Free School will host this year's event.

June

1st - Leeds Wool Festival
The atmospheric Leeds Industrial Museum will be transformed into a marketplace for one Saturday.

9th - Aberdeen Yarn Fest
Will include both local and national woolly vendors.

15th - 16th The Wool Monty
New two-day celebration of yarn and fibre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

28th - 29th Woolfest
Cumbria's celebration of nature's finest fibres.

July

13th - 14th Yarningham
Birmingham-based yarn celebration.

27th - 28th Fibre East
Head to Bedford for this hands-on show with the opportunity to try your hand at spinning and weaving.

August

2nd - 4th Woolness
Inaugural wool and wellbeing festival in Newcastle upon Tyne.

3rd Yarnfolk Wool Festival
This is the third year for Northern Ireland's wool festival in Whitehead.

9th - 10th British Wool Show
Supporting the Campaign for Wool, this show is in York.

16th - 17th EWEfest
Dundee will be home to what bills itself as Scotland's first truly national wool festival.

24th - 26th Internationalwool Festival
New festival in Anglesey, Wales, aiming to bring together artisans and wool lovers from around the world.

31st - 1st Sep Southern Wool Show
The second year for this festival of woolly crafts at Newbury Racecourse.

September

7th - 8th Perth Festival of Yarn
The fourth year for this Scottish festival bringing together weavers, dyers, spinners and felters amongst others.

13th - 15th The Handmade Fairhttps://www.thehandmadefair.com/hampton-court
Hampton Court will again host Kirstie Allsopp's event bringing together craft makers.

28th - 29th Yarndale
Exhibitions, workshops and a huge marketplace in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

28th - 6th Oct Shetland Wool Week
World-renowned festival celebrating the island's crafts and woolly heritage.

October

10th - 13th Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace
Workshops, shopping and galleries at this exhibition centre in London.

12th - 13th  Bakewell Wool Gathering
Bakewell Agricultural Centre in Derbyshire will host this two-day yarn festival.

16th - 20th Loch Ness Knit Fest
Head to the Scottish highlands for workshops, demonstrations, a marketplace and sightseeing tours of the famous Loch.

26th - 27th The Big Textile Show
Stitching and knitting event held at Leicester Racecourse.

November

2nd - 3rd Stitch Fest
Take a workshop and browse the exhibitors at Totnes in Devon.

December

28th Nov - 1st Dec Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate
Head to Harrogate, North Yorkshire for workshops, shopping and galleries.

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Do you know of a yarn show that's not on the list? Please tell us in the comments box below or on our Facebook page.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Rowan Launches 100% British Wool/Alpaca Yarn Moordale

For knitters who want to know the provenance of their wool and choose to buy yarn sourced from the UK there's now an option from Rowan.

Image courtesy of Rowan
Fans of 100% British-sourced wool were devastated when Rowan discontinued its Purelife British Sheep Breeds range a few years ago. Thankfully the well-known British brand, which last year celebrated its 40th birthday and is now owned by German company MEZ crafts, now has a new offering for British yarn lovers: Moordale. With its blend of 70% British wool and 30% British alpaca it knits up on 4mm needles and is aimed towards warmer garments and accessories.

Rowan describes Moordale as: "made using fine micron wool of the Bluefaced Leicester which is known for being both soft and strong. Blended with Alpaca to add a lustrous, silky touch, Moordale is a natural, robust, tender yarn which drapes well and feels comfortable on the skin."

Moordale image courtesy of Rowan
To support the yarn Rowan designer Martin Storey has produced the Moordale Collection, containing 14 garments and accessories for men and women. Rowan sent A Woolly Yarn a copy and a couple of hanks for review - all opinions are the reviewer's own.


Firstly A Woolly Yarn wanted to know why Rowan was once again launching a 100% British yarn. A spokesperson from Rowan told us "Rowan has always been proud of its British heritage (and especially Yorkshire) and with last year's celebration of Rowan's 40th anniversary they have embraced their Yorkshire heritage and chosen to work with a local spinner".

What is Martin Storey's involvement? "With Martin Storey at the design help of the collection for this new yarn, we know it's in safe hands! Martin has designed a collection fo timeless knits for both men and women, featuring his signature cable and texture detail designs."

A Woolly Yarn's final question, asking whether Rowan has plans to expand the Moordale range and/or create another 100% British yarn in the future received a less clear response from the spokesperson. "Rowan is always expanding and developing new shades and yarn ranges. We well have to wait and see what is to come later in 2019!"

Perhaps Rowan is testing out the market for Moordale before committing itself further.

The Yarn
Buckler hat image courtesy of Rowan
In order to publish this review to coincide with Moordale's launch there hasn't been time to knit up one of the review hanks.

There is, however, the Buckler Hat in the Moordale collection that requires only one 100g hank to knit up, which we shall do so soon.

A Moordale skein is soft and squishy yet hardy with a definite halo that I suspect may slightly shed. The yarn is very strong, takes colour well and looks as it it will knit into a soft drape.

It's suitable for both accessories and garments and will be a warm yarn for wearing during the colder months.

The initial collection consists of 12 colours spun in Yorkshire, think deep greys blues and reds, which are sold in 100g hanks.

How much?

Moordale is sold in 100g hanks. Rowan's website has a list of local yarn stores that sell their products. Online A Woolly Yarn found Moordale at the following prices per hank (not including P&P):

The Moordale Collection

As you'd expect from Rowan and Martin Storey the Moordale pattern book contains quality accessories and garments that are stylish without being totally fashion-focussed. 

The pattern book is very well photographed and is published in an horizontal 'flip book' format with British knitting instructions coming first and their German counterparts towards the back - this makes the book thicker and look as if it has more patterns than it actually does.

The patterns that aren there, however, provide a range for competent beginners to knitters looking for a challenge. A Woolly Yarn's favourites are:

Forge - this men's jumper uses a mixture of garter and stocking stitch to add texture.

Forge image courtesy of Rowan

Rosedale - this women's sweater has a fascinating neck/yoke that looks both stylish and warm

Rosedale image courtesy of Rowan
Sundew - a challenging cable cardigan with extra bobbles.

Sundew image courtesy of Rowan

The Moordale Collection costs £12 from Rowan.

Which is your favourite Moordale pattern and what do you think of the yarn? Let us know below or on A Woolly Yarn's Facebook page

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Colours Of The Year 2019

New year brings businesses launching products they hope will tempt us to spend our money in the forthcoming summer months and those dealing in shades of colour are no exception. Trade trends trickle down to yarn companies who are constantly on the look out for hues their customers may like. Could these colours be top of your knitting list this year whether its a throw, jumper, scarf or hat you're knitting?

Living Coral

Firstly, colour company Pantone declared its colour of the year to be 'living coral', which it describes as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge".

Living Coral image courtesy of Pantone
Searching online businesses that sell British yarn A Woolly Yarn found the following shades that are similar to living coral:

West Yorkshire Spinners sells 'Fired Opal', a DK yarn made from 100% Wensleydale fleece. An 100g hank is £8.50 from your local yarn store.

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners
Jamiesons of Shetland, in its spindrift and DK range, sells the heathered hue 'Flame' for £3.15 per 25g ball plus P&P.

Image courtesy of Jamiesons of Shetland
Rowan's DK blend of 85% cotton and 15% cashmere includes the shade 'Coral Spice'. Slightly pinker than 'Living Coral', it's available from lots of yarn retailers and as an example costs £8.49 per 50g ball plus P&P from Wool Warehouse.
Image courtesy of Rowan

Spiced Honey

Meanwhile paint brand Dulux plumped for 'spiced honey'. The company says that spiced honey "reflects the new positive mood of the moment" and is a warm amber tone that "can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant, depending on the palette you pair it with". Could brown be the new black in 2019?

Spiced honey image courtesy of House Beautiful
This was a harder shade to find in yarn but we did spot these:

Three Bears Yarn Cotton DK, £3.50 plus P&P, in the shade 'Mango'

Mango image courtesy of Wild&Woolly and Three Bears Yarns
Yarn Stories Fine Merino and Baby Alpaca Aran yarn in 'Toffee', which retails for £7.95 per 50g ball plus P&P.

Toffee image courtesy of Yarn Stories

From Rennie in Scotland there's a variegated shade 'Pecan' from their Unique Shetland 4ply range at £5.95 per 50g ball plus P&P.

Pecan image courtesy of Rennie

Burnt Chocolate

Ideal Home magazine in its January issue tipped 'burnt chocolate' as an up-and-coming shade. This is a plus for yarn producers who sell wool made from natural dark brown fleeces. Try:

Daughter of a Shepherd's 4ply 75% Hebridean/25% Zwartbles, which costs £22 per 100g Skein plus P&P

Zwartbles image courtesy of Daughter of a Shepherd

Uradale's Jumper Weight Organic Undyed Yarn in the shade Graeff is £7 plus P&P for a 50g ball.

Graeff image courtesy of Cradle
Blacker Yarns Jacob 4ply Basalt undyed yarn also. comes in DK weight. It's £7.50 plus P&P for a 50g ball.

Basalt image courtesy of Blacker Yarns

Which colour do you predict to be on-trend in 2019? Tell us in the comments section below or on A Woolly Yarn's Facebook page.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Win West Yorkshire Spinners & Ann Kingstone Pattern Books In Our Christmas Competition!

It's the same every year - Christmas is over, the tree and decorations have come down and all you have to show for it is a massive credit card statement and a pile of needles to hoover up.

This year it could be different with our Christmas competition, which runs all the way from Christmas Eve to December 31st. If you're a winner you'll have a popular pattern book winging its way to you in the post in January to add a sparkle to your New Year.

Here's what you could win!

First prize

West Yorkshire Spinners' The Perfect Re:treat pattern book, which we reviewed earlier in the year, plus a ball of Re:treat in the green shade 'Serene'

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners
AND

West Yorkshire Spinners' The Croft Shetland Colours pattern book, reviewed back in October.

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners

Second prize


A copy of Ann Kingstone's Cabled Knits, previously reviewed on A Woolly Yarn here.

Image courtesy of Ann Kingstone

Please note that this competition is independent of West Yorkshire Spinners and Ann Kingstone.

But first, it's your last chance to vote for A Woolly Yarn ...

It's not a condition to enter the competition but it would put much appreciated if you voted for A Woolly Yarn in Knit Now magazine's Knitter of the Year Awards 2018 Online Innovator category. Votes close on 31st  December 2018.

To vote go here: www.ppjump.com/KOTY2018

So without further ado, here's how to enter to win one of the great prizes!

1. Go to www.facebook.com/awoollyyarn and click on the 'follow' button if you haven't done so already. This will deliver new A Woolly Yarn Facebook posts to your news feed. If you change your mind in the future (but we hope you won't!) you can unfollow us.

2. 'Like' the post with the competition details.

3. In the comments box under the competition post tell us which is your favourite A Woolly Yarn post  of 2018 and why (you might want to refresh your memory by having a browse at our previous posts).

The competition opens at midday on Monday 24th December and closes at 11.59pm on Monday 31st December. We'll announce the winners soon after and ask him/her to send a private message on Facebook to A Woolly Yarn with their postal details so they can receive their fabulous prize.

Please note that due to competition law and postage costs the competition is open to UK residents only, although we would of course love to hear the opinions of our overseas readers about their their favourite A Woolly Yarn blog post of 2018.
Terms & Conditions

1. The promoter is the A Woolly Yarn blog, which has no affiliation with West Yorkshire Spinners, Ann Kingstone or Facebook.

2. The competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over.

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

5. This competition is running on A Woolly Yarn's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/awoollyyarn

6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

7. Closing date for the entry will be 11.59pm on Monday 31st December. After this date no further entries to the competition will be counted.

8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter's control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connect with this competition.

11. The prize is as follows: First prize is two pattern books from West Yorkshire Spinners plus a ball of yarn and second prize is Cabled Knits by Ann Kingstone. The prizes are as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable, is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute the prizes with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

12. The winner will be chosen within seven days of 1st January 2019.

13. The winner will be announced within seven days of the closing date on the A Woolly Yarn Facebook page and will be asked to send a private Facebook message with their address details to A Woolly Yarn. These details will only be used for the purpose of posting the prize. If the winner does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

14. The promoter will notify the winner when the prize is posted. The promoter will obtain proof of postage and is not responsible for any failure of the Royal Mail to deliver the prize.

15. The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence entered into.

16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

17. The winner agrees to their name being published on the A Woolly Yarn Facebook page and blog. Any personal details relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant's prior consent.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Two New Pattern Books From Ann Kingstone & Kate Davies

Looking for your next knit? Popular designers Ann Kingstone and Kate Davies both have a new book out containing patterns suitable for the wintry weather.  A Woolly Yarn found out more.

Cabled Knits

Image courtesy of Ann Kingstone.
Yorkshire designer Ann Kingstone, whose designs are often inspired by the landscape surrounding her, has brought together a plethora of cable designs, aiming, she says, to provide "an in-depth examination of the history, types and techniques of knitted cables, aka 'travelling stitches'".

Ann Kingstone sent A Woolly Yarn a copy of Cabled Knits in exchange for an unbiased review.

It's quite a hefty, softback book with excellent project photography and large print, which is particularly useful when it comes to the cable pattern charts.

At the beginning of the book Kingstone has written an essay about cabling history and also includes a illustrated techniques section showing how to do the different stitches mentioned in the book.

Then it's on to the 16 patterns. They're a pretty mixture of cardigans, sweaters and wraps, with whimsical designs for a pair of socks, a headband, phone case and a mug cosy thrown in.

The most stand out pattern is one we featured on A Woolly Yarn's Facebook page earlier in the year: Woodkirk.

Woodkirk image courtesy of Amelia Sobanksi/Ann Kingstone
The tree on the back of the cardigan is stunning and the pattern has a chart and spaces for you to write in the number of stitches required at various points in the process for your size.

Less complicated but also striking is Arthington, with its cabled yoke knitted in heavy DK weight.

Arthington image courtesy of Amelia Sobanksi/Ann Kingstone
Wanting a quicker knit to try out your cabling skills? Wath is a phone case that only requires approximately 15g of DK yarn and is a good practice project.

Wath image courtesy of Amelia Sobanksi/Ann Kingstone

All in all Cabled Knits is a great book with projects suitable for both beginners who want to learn cabling and more advanced knitters who are looking to build on their skills. Thanks to Ann Kingstone  for the review copy and find out very soon how you can win it in our Christmas competition!

Cabled Knits costs £17 for a Ravelry download, £25 for the book plus P&P when ordered direct from Ann Kingstone's website, or £33.50 plus P&P if you choose both the print and e-book together.

Milarrochy Heids

Image courtesy of Kate Davies
Meanwhile Kate Davies' latest pattern book is a collection of hats from her and other designers. All
use her recently launched Scottish yarn Milarrochy Tweed, which is a blend of 70% wool and 30% mohair. 'Heid' is a Scottish word for hat, although considering all the patterns are of hats you have probably guessed that already!

I haven't seen a copy yet of the book but Davies has written about each pattern on her blog and all of them are viewable on Ravelry.

So what's inside?

Milarrochy Heids contains 15 hat patterns in various shapes whether you prefer, slouchy, bobble hat, beanie or something different.

The cover pattern Breiwick by Ella Gordon sets the high standard for the designs within.

What that cover photograph doesn't show, however, is the amazing flower design on the crown:

Breiwick image courtesy of Kate Davies Designs

Looking at all the patterns on Ravelry, Sarah Mackay's Every Flavour bobble hat stands out. Mackay has incorporated all 12 shades of Davies' Milarrochy Tweed range in the design.

Every Flavour image courtesy of Kate Davies Designs
Emily K William's Tarradale slouchy hat is suitable for colourwork beginners, using just two shades.

Tarradale image courtesy of Kate Davies Designs
The print version of Milarrochy Heids has already sold out on Davies' website at the time of writing where the price is £18 plus P&P. Davies fans will be pleased to know, however, that I found, again correct at the time of writing, print copies for sale at Wild and WoollyWool WarehouseTangled Yarn, and Ewe & Ply. The ebook is downloadable for the same price of £18 from Ravelry.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Review of The Loveliest Yarn Company's Sockmas Pattern Book

There's still time to knock out a few small, festive knits and if you're looking for some last-minute decorations then The Loveliest Yarn Company's Sockmas pattern book is a handy place to start.

Image courtesy of The Loveliest Yarn Company
Written by Michelle Gregory, TLYC's founder and Chief Knitter (what a fabulous job title!) the book lists a basic mini-sock pattern and gives lots of Christmassy variations on the cuff, foot and toes, as well as stranded colourwork patterns on the leg. Think Father Christmas, Rudolph, a Christmas tree and lovely lacework.

The idea is that with the help of the book a knitter can produce 24 seasonal sock decorations using just three 4ply yarn colours: red, white and green. When all are complete they can be hung up as a gorgeous festive garland.

Image courtesy of The Loveliest Yarn Company
Time to try it out. The socks in the book are knitted with West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply but I raided my stash and found the some left-over Baa Ram Ewe Titus yarn in the right colours to use up. 


The red was left over from knitting Susan Crawford's Perfect Christmas Jumper back in 2015. I bought the green and white to make a blanket with but after knitting up a couple of lace squares on DPNs I realised I didn't have the enthusiasm to carry on to the bitter end. 

The mini socks can be knitted on 2.25mm DPNs or on a circular needle and I chose the latter. I've knitted socks before but found it harder than I expected knitting something so small and intricate, despite the photography and colour stitch chart being clear and helpful. I got a bit stuck when I got to the gusset and tried to envisage how the DPN instructions transposed to a circular needle, but once Michelle advised me I picked it up straight away. Knitting another sock I think will be much easier now I've got the hang of it.

For my first sock I decided to knit a green sock with a red contrast tow, heel and cuff. It took longer to knit than I'd blithely imagined - this is certainly not a one evening project - but I was very pleased with the finished result (apologies that I haven't blocked it yet!) 


I bought some fun numbered clips in a local branch of Tiger and plan to knit 23 more to hang on a Christmas tree on the run up to the 25th of December. I've now switched to knitting a garter stitch advent blanket with the wool from my Baa Baa Brighouse Advent Yarn Box but plan to then return to Sockmas sock number two - a white and green sock with a Christmas tree pattern - and complete the whole set of 24 in time for Christmas 2019. Watch this space this time next year to see if I've finished the job!

Thank you to Michelle for the review copy. All opinions are my own. Sockmas costs £12 plus P&P directly from The Loveliest Yarn Company.

Stop press: Michelle's and her Christmas jumper design will appear on Kirsty's Handmade Christmas TV programme on Channel 4, Monday 17th December at 5pm.

Festive Mini Jumpers

If socks aren't your thing then how about mini jumpers? Wild and Woolly is selling a Matchbox Sweater Kit for £30 plus P&P.

Image courtesy of Wild and Woolly
The kit includes a patterns for mini sweaters and enough yarn to knit to knit up 12 - decorations for the 12 days of Christmas perhaps? There are four Christmas-themed colour ways to choose from.

Have you knitted any Christmas decorations this year? Do share a photo of them on A Woolly Yarn's Facebook page.

Christmas Competition 

Not long to go now until A Woolly Yarn announces its Christmas competition. Hint - the prizes will be some of the items the blog has reviewed this year!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Ten Fun Gifts To Slip In A Knitter's Christmas Stocking

This post is different from our usual ones because it doesn't feature any wool! If you're looking for a gift for an avid knitter chances are they've already got yarn in their stash to knit with and unless you know what colour/weight/brand they prefer a woolly present might not be to their taste.

So instead here's a round-up of alternative gifts Santa could secretly pop into their stocking ...

1. Farmers' Hand Cream

Image courtesy of Daughter of a Shepherd
Made using lavender grown on a Welsh farm, this 100ml tin of cream will pamper hands dry from knitting. It's not tested on animals, contains no artificial colours or perfumes and the packaging is manufactured in the UK. A tin costs £14 plus P&P from Daughter of a Shepherd and, if you're feeling flush, there's a foot cream and face cream in the range too.

2. Project Bag


Image courtesy of The Loveliest Yarn Company

If you're looking for a gift for a knitter with a filthy sense of humour, this literally is your bag. At £15 plus P&P from The Knitting Goddess, it will hold two 100g skeins - or could alternatively double up as a make up bag. It's probably best though not to buy it for your Granny.

3. Sheep Earrings

Image courtesy of Baa Baa Brighouse
Exclusive to Baa Baa Brighouse, this pair of sterling silver sheep earrings costs a reasonable £6 plus P&P. Small but fun.

4. Femiknits Pin Badge

Image courtesy of Not On The High Street
Give this badge to someone who is a loud and proud feminist and knitter. From Kelly Connor Designs on Not On The High Street it costs £8.95 plus P&P.


5. Christmas Yarn Cosy

Image courtesy of Precious Knits

Head to Etsy for this kitsch yarn cosy/ball holder from seller Precious Knits. It's virtually guaranteed to make a Christmas fan smile. The yarn cosy will keep your ball together whilst you're storing it or carrying it in a bag. Costs £6.45 plus P&P.

6. Yarn Bobbins

Image courtesy of The Knitting Gift Shop
The Knitting Gift Shop sells these wooden yarn bobbins which are just the thing for fair isle and intarsia colour work. Wrap the yarn in use around the bobbin and they will (hopefully) keep your knitting untangled. A stylish set of three costs £7.50 plus P&P.

7. Christmas Stitch Markers
image courtesy of Charmed Knitting

A knitter can never have enough enough stitch markers because they have a canny knack of being left in WIPs or disappearing down the back of the sofa. Charmed Knitting sells a great range of Christmas stitch markers. Our favourite is the set of four silver Christmas trees surrounding a snow-tipped green one. This is perfect for a quick stocking filler as it costs only £3.99 plus P&P.


8. Crazy Yarn Lady Framed Print

Image courtesy of Dear Ewe
Make a friend smile with this stylish monochrome framed print that would go well hung up in a craft corner. From Dear Ewe it costs £26.50 plus P&P for the framed version.

9. Herdy Christmas Melamine Coasters
Image courtesy of Herdy
Herdy is selling these cute coasters that are perfect for decorating your Christmas Day table. Each costs £3.95 plus P&P.

10. Yarnivore T-shirt

Image courtesy of Etsy
Head to Stitchers Tees on Etsy to buy this Yarnivore t-shirt available in white, black or an enticing-sounding grey with gold print for a bit of Christmas sparkle. Available in adult sizes XS to 3XL the t-shirt costs £20 plus P&P.

All prices were correct on the day I published this blog post and are subject to change by the vendors.

Have you seen a fun non-yarn gift for knitters? Spread the word in the comments box below on our our Facebook page.

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