20 Jun 11

Father’s Day tea party printables

Sunday was Father’s Day and I wracked my brain for ages trying to figure out what to do for my Dad. I decided a store bought gift just wasn’t going to cut it and I decided to indulge one of my Dad’s favourite things – afternoon cream tea.

If you’re not familiar with cream tea’s they’re simply scones served with clotted cream, jam and a pot of tea. I always put jam on first and then cream, I don’t know if thats the ‘correct’ way to do it but it works for me!
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15 Jun 11

Let me show you my stash

A few months back I posted that I’d made a start on knitting Beatnik, well I’m still going with it but I’d like to share some hanks of yarn that make up my knitting stash.

Whenever I go somewhere I try and pick up a few balls of local yarns, particularly if they’re from breeds of unusual sheep or have pretty colourways. The yarns here are all from Finland, unfortunately since I sometimes have that impulse buy instinct when it comes to yarn I haven’t quite found the right patterns for these yet. I’d love to read your suggestions for me if you know any great patterns.
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28 Oct 10

Latest stockist – The Knit Studio

The Knit Studio is one of Newcastle’s newest knitting shops based in the historic Blackfriars Priory which was originally constructed in the 13th century. If you’ve never been there you can find it sandwiched between ‘The Gate’ complex and Chinatown.

Anne Makepeace runs the shop and it stocks some unique yarns such as Colinette, Adriafil and Regia. You can also find a large selection of British yarns, its great to see beautiful local yarns in some fabulous colourways.
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21 Sep 10

UK Handmade debut

A few months ago you might remember that I posted about my entry to the UK Handmade competition. Well I was joint winner in the competition and I’ve since gone on to become a more regular writer for UK Handmade.

If you want to read my article about Sunderland Pottery you can check it out in the Autumn edition on UK Handmade.

My next article for the magazine will be a recipe for Stollen in the Winter issue. I started eating Stollen since I don’t actually like Fruit Cake, I’m one of those difficult people when it comes to Christmas food.

Since I have to submit the article early it will mean having to make a Stollen in September. I’m also one of those people who moans about the seasonality of food so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about making it!

If you’ve never heard of UK Handmade its an online magazine dedicated to showcasing crafters, artists and designers specifically in the UK. Along with business articles you can often find lifestyle pieces on everything from growing vegetables to making home decorations.

Theres often quite a few opportunities available to UK makers on the forums or in regular newsletters so if your an artisan its well worth the time to sign up too.

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