Cotswold Outdoor Giveaway at the Forestry Commission

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Made to measure socks can make for comfy feet when out and about.  Follow the Link to check out this giveaway at the Forestry Commision.

Source:   Walking Spring Walking Competition: Win a £200 Cotswold Outdoor voucher or a Garmin Watch

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Tips for getting on top of you unfinished projects

Great Tips for dealing with those UFO’s!

At the start of the year many of you told us that your resolution was to finish off your unfinished projects – and some of you told us that you had several knitting or crochet works in progress (Wips) that you hadn’t got round to finishing yet.

So we have been collecting some top tips to help you reduce your “Wip pile”.

  1. Put a nearly finished project near the chair you have your morning cuppa in or watch TV from – and aim to knit a couple of rows every day. It will be finished before you know it.
  2. If you have one to three projects on the go, aim to finish one completely before casting anything on. Four to six, aim to finish two. More than six? Aim for three & think about all the needles, hooks & project bags you will free up.
  3. Sign up for an online…

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Know your yarns: Alpaca

Another useful Fibre profile

Continuing with our occasional look at the different yarns and fibres we can use in our knitting and crochet, we turn to alpaca which is soft, cosy and drapes beautifully.

Where does the yarn come from?

Alpaca yarn comes from the fleeces of alpacas, a South American camelid related to Llamas. The animals originate in the Andes but are increasingly bred and farmed in Europe.

Although, due to selective breeding, the most common colour is white, fleeces come in 22 natural colours including black, browns, fawns, silver-greys, and rose-greys.

huacaya alpaca

There are two types of alpaca – huacaya (pictured) and suri. The huacaya’s fibre grows vertically out of its skin in crimped bundles with what is described as a “teddy bear” look. Suri fibre grows in bundles that twist and hang down on the animal.

The huacaya fibre is more akin to wool and produced in a similar way through carding…

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