An unexpected Athens Yarn Store

Sometimes yarn stores appear out of nowhere, as if through the wardrobe into Narnia!  No sooner than I started out on a food tour of Athens this summer, suddenly we were walking through a fabric district.  Although most stores were for everyday textiles, one yarn store appeared on my route.  My excursion was taking a … Read more

Crafting A New Narrative: Why Men should Embrace Knitting

In our societies, prescriptive gender roles still linger and, in some ways, the stoking of “anti-woke” gender wars embed ideas of binary sex and gender even more firmly in social languages. What maketh a man or maketh a woman might seem to have little to do with knitting, but it’s time to redefine deeply embedded … Read more

8 Tips to shop the LA Fabric District

Situated in the bustling heart of the City of Angels, the Fabric Shopping District of Los Angeles, colloquially known as the LA Fabric District, is a vibrant tapestry of culture, creativity, and commerce. The area is known for exceptional diversity and renowned for its extensive array of textiles that run the gamut from the conventional … Read more

Discover the Best Places to Buy Yarn in Gothenburg, Sweden

Travelling as much as I do makes finding time to quilt more of a problem due to the size of the equipment, meaning handwork, particularly knitting and crochet, is easier to pack in your day-bag. All three crafts are integral parts of Sweden’s cultural fabric and have long and enduring histories. The presence of so … Read more

What’s your favourite Scarf Pattern?

Hello! I posted about this on Instagram today (Sunday 27 November). I’m looking for tips and ideas about everyone’s favourite Scarf Pattern. I am leaving Spain soon and heading towards Iceland, the NE USA and Canada and I need something warm, but want something stylish. Colours: all welcome. I was thinking khaki green or navy, … Read more

Sock Knitting Mistakes

I bit the sock-knitting bullet really firmly in 2020. I think I get it now. As a scarf and blanket knitter and crocheter, sporadically, since childhood, I was a ‘flat’ knitter. However, I wasn’t totally ready for knitting heels around corners! Yarn Hell During the austerity era in Ireland and the UK (2007ish), I needed … Read more