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All about BC Garn yarn

Debbie Judd

All about BC Garn yarn

I love it when someone visits the shop for the first time and, after glancing around, is giddy with excitement - often exclaiming  'this is like a sweet shop'! Our goal is to pack every square inch of our space with quality colourful fibre and other beautiful things in the hopes that it will both delight and surprise you when you visit.  Occasionally we're also faced with the disappointment of not having what someone is looking for and that always makes me question if we could - or should - reconsider what we've stocked on our shelves.  So, in this...

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All the beautiful Shawls!

Ella Austin

All the beautiful Shawls!

Our photo challenge was quite a challenge this time! I'm sure that many of us have a shawl or two (or three or four!) but getting a photo of them can be surprisingly difficult. They tend to be long, and drapey, often with intricate detail that can’t always be captured easily. Part of the fun of this challenge was seeing the wonderful ways in which people presented their shawls for the camera. Some were spread out on washing lines, blocking mats, benches, chairs, and bushes. We saw shawls displayed on coat hangers and dressmaking mannequins. Or folded and stacked in an...

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Let's See Your Shawls!

Ella Austin

Let's See Your Shawls!

Last year's photo competition was so inspiring, we loved seeing everyone's treasured socks. So we hope you're ready for another photo competition because this time we'd like to see everyone's shawls! Knitted, crocheted, or perhaps even woven!

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Quick Guide to Joining Ravelry

Debbie Judd

Quick Guide to Joining Ravelry

Here at the shop we're all big fans of the website, Ravelry! We mostly use it to access the huge pattern database that provides our customers with much more choice than the paper pattern companies. We also use Ravelry to look up yarn details, to check out the latest handknit trends, and to keep in touch with members of our Ravelry group.  If you're new to Ravelry it can seem daunting at first, but after playing around for a while you'll quickly get the hang of using it. Perhaps, like us, you'll be completely drawn in by all the creative potential...

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Pattern Writing Tips with Catherine

Ella Austin

Pattern Writing Tips with Catherine

As we embark on a new project, pooling the wealth of talent among our friends and customers to put together a book, we're lucky to have the support of a professional tech editor, Catherine Whelan. Tech editors check pattern instructions to ensure that they are clear and correct. Catherine grew up knitting and is also a qualified Maths teacher, ideal skills for tech editing as she can juggle the numbers and explain things well!  Catherine has kindly offered to support any new designers with writing up their patterns. Here she gives us some tips for getting started.  Do some research.  Read...

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