Craft News 16th April 2017

Hello!

Happy Easter Weekend! I hope you’re all having a glorious day. Shame the weather is much greyer than last weekend.

Now that the new website is up and running (HURRAH!) I’m going to try and do a fortnightly post called ‘Craft News’. This will be a collection of my favourite craft news from around the world.

So for the first Craft News EVER, I bring to you…

BABY RHINO BLANKETS!

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I first read about this on the New Zealand Herald website. It’s actually a really sad story. The baby rhinos are made orphans by poachers killing their parents for their horns. Baby rhinos can’t regulate their own temperature and so people from around the world have been knitting baby rhino blankets for them, to help keep them warm during the night!

If you want to get involved there is a Facebook group called Blankets For Baby Rhinos. Photo taken from The Dodo.

My next favourite crafty article from this week is about a proposed 3D knitting machine. Yo’ve probably all heard about 3D printers and how they recreate three dimensional objects by ‘printing’ them out of plastic, well Kniterate is a similar concept, but creating designs out of wool rather than plastics.

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The idea is that you enter into the machine a design you want to create, and it then knits it for you. I think the concept is similar to a snazzy embroidery sewing machine, but for knit wear.

I was very sceptical at first, surely this is just a posh knitting machine, but after watching the video on the Kniterate website, I can see that it is quite a cool idea and would definitely benefit smaller companies and independent knitwear producers. A Kickstarter page has been created to fund Kniterate. With pledges starting at $4,499 though it certainly isn’t cheap, and whilst it is really cool, I think I’ll stick to knitting things the traditional way, with needles and lots of patience!! Picture taken from the Kniterate website.

My third crafty article this week is about a group of women in Massachusetts who are crocheting matts for homeless people from plastic carrier bags. I originally read about this on the Patriot Ledger website and was keen to find more information, as plastic carrier bags are such a nuisance and as they aren’t easily recyclable I have real guilt about what to do with them.

After a minimal amount of searching I found this video on YouTube about how to make Plarn (what a cool name!) and then this brilliant article on the website 1millionwomen.com that gives much more detailed instructions about how to make the matts and the plarn. Photo taken from there too! I’m definitely going to give this a go in the near future.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first ever Craft News! Get in touch if you have any craft news you’d like me to cover!

Bye for now, I’m off to eat chocolate!

New Blog Name!

Woo hoo! So as you have hopefully seen, I’ve updated my blog name and social media account!

I hope you all like Coffee and Yarn! For some reason I can’t change the web address of my blog so that will have to come later, but everything else is done!

I’m sure I’ll be making lots more changes to the colours and design of the site, but I’m really happy with the logo and name so they’ll definitely be staying!

Hope you’re all having a fab Sunday!

Julie

 

 

 

Blog and Social Media Name Change

Hello!

So I have some exciting news!

I have decided to change the name of my blog and social media accounts, wooo!

I have loved developing The Knitted Jumper, but I think it’s time to move forward. I’m thinking of the new blog as The Knitted Jumper’s older sibling!

There will be lots of developments in the current days and weeks, but I thought I would give a heads up as I am going to change the name of my social media accounts, and without an explanation that could be confusing!

I am going to move the content from The Knitted Jumper to the new site, and the URL will automatically redirect to the new address, so nothing will be lost.

I hope you will like the changes. I’d love to get your feedback when it’s all complete!

Bye for now!

Julie

Hello 2017

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Hello! Happy New year!

I am writing this on the last day of January, so pretty much the last day it is acceptable to wish someone ‘Happy New Year’!

2016 for me, has been a very eventful year, thankfully in a good way! We moved back to Derbyshire from London, I started a new job, J started a three day commute to London and we began the process of adjusting to our new, lovely life away from the capital!

And if that wasn’t enough, at the end of the year we started looking for a house to buy, and HURRAH we’ve bought one! We moved in last Thursday and I am already completely in love! I can’t wait to decorate and make it our own, and also get involved with the garden, which is full of fruit trees.

The only down side to all of these amazing things, is that I haven’t been as proactive at blogging as I would like. Even the knitting has slowed down a little bit, so I’m hoping to rectify both of those things in 2017!

Now I feel more settled I can’t wait to get back into the blogging and share the crafty projects I’ve been completing.

For now though, I will leave you with this wonderful story that Deramores published, about a homeless man knitting hats for other homeless people.

With the news and social media full of stories about people being mean to each other, this story has really stuck in my mind. Someone who themselves is having a hard time with mental illness and his living situation, has still been generous with  his time and also himself to think about other people and help them.

This has really struck a chord with me, and I will be using this as inspiration in 2017, to make sure that I too am generous with myself and my time too.

I hope 2017 is a brilliant year for all of you!!

Bakewell Wool Gathering

 

Hello! Happy Autumn! I hope you’re all having a great October so far.

Things have been fairly busy at KJ HQ. LOTS of knitting thankfully, and lots of fun things too.

This weekend we were at the Bakewell Wool Gathering. Bakewell is a beautiful market town in the Derbyshire Dales, next to the river Wye. It’s incredibly cute and the perfect location for a woolly gathering!

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Inside Bakewell Wool Gathering

There were lots of fab exhibitors there, with a really nice mix of some that were new to me and some that were familiar. There was a really great atmosphere, everyone was really friendly and helpful, and even though it was busy, it didn’t feel too crowded.

These are my purchases from the day. Overall I think I was very good! I bought a skein of BEAUTIFUL varigated yarn from Peak District Yarns, a Pom Pom maker and a shawl pattern from The Knitting Swede.

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Bakewell Wool Gathering Purchases

I’m sooo excited about the yarn from Peak District Yarns. The colourway is called ‘Pale Regal’ and is an amazing combination of greys and pinks. It is exactly what I’ve been looking for, the only downside is that they only had one skein, eek! I was unsure as to whether one skein would be enough, but the lovely people on the stand assured me that it would be enough for a shawl, and Tanja at The Knitting Swede gave me pointers about how I could alter her pattern, Sunset Boulevard to suit the amount of yarn I have.

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‘Pale Regal’ by Peak District Yarns

My purchases would have been greater, but a pattern I fell in love with called Dotty by Belinda Harris-Reid had sold out, so I have added this to my list of ‘future purcahes’! I’m envisaging it being knit in a lovely mustard colour, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that she dyes some of her Moonshine yarn in this colour!

I also had a really lovely conversation with Laili from The Loft Yarn in Lancashire, who was a wealth of information about yarns and new patterns. The stall had lots of really lovely British yarns for sale, including my favourite, Blue Faced Leicester from West Yorkshire Spinners and I’ll definitely be popping over to their website the next time I’m looking for some  yarn!

After we’d finished mooching around the Wool Gathering, we popped into Bakewell to the Lavender Tea Rooms, for some much needed tea and cake, and then to Caudwell’s Mill so mum could buy some flour, which was an unexpected picturesque ending to a really lovely day!