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jamie ana Louise iook ine scarf project around Wales.

Manos supports women " in rural areas of Uruguay.

Wrapped in red

BBC Radio Wales gets rugby fans knitting for the Six Nations.

How proud are the people of Wales of their rugby team? If the red scarf knitted by listeners of BBC Radio Wales is anything to go by, you'd be hard put to find better support anywhere. Radio presenters Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott encouraged listeners to come together to knit a scarf to show support for the national side during this year's Six Nations rugby tournament. Jamie and Louise even took the scarf on tour to give people up and down the country to do their bit for the team. Now there's lovely!

jamie ana Louise iook ine scarf project around Wales.

See photos of knitters working on the scarf, celebrities wearing bits of it and the full list of knitters who've contributed to it at www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/sites/jamieandlouise/pages/ sixnations scarf.shtml


Incompa buttons

Manos supports women " in rural areas of Uruguay.

Fairest of them all

Manos del Uruguay has become a full member of the World FairTrade Association. The firm was set up to provide opportunities for women in rural parts of Uruguay, and is made up of 17 co-operatives, guaranteeing fair pay and decent conditions for the workers, and their membership of the WFTO proves they're continuing to achieve their aims. What better excuse could you have to keep usingtheir beautiful yarns? To find your nearest stockist of Manos del Uruguay yarns, call Artesano on 0118 950 3350.

There are around

3.S mifon alpacas in South America.

Source: The British Alpaca Society m From giant flowers to dainty circles, cats to cars, Incomparable buttons add the finishing touch to any knit. Made by South African ladies working under FairTrade conditions, the ceramic buttons are machine washable, and so are as practical as they are beautiful. Each winner in this giveaway will receive a strip of Incomparable buttons so you can see for yourself how attractive they are (we can't guarantee a particular shape). To see the full range or for more information, visit www.injabulo.com or call 01832 274881.

* TO ENTER: Text SKSHINY, then a space, then your name and address to 87474 or visit www.simplyknitting.co.uk and scroll down to 'Competitions'. Fill in the entry form using the keyword SKSHINY. For terms and conditions see page 17. ■

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Feel feminine in Drops' latest collection


Feel feminine in Drops' latest collection

Drops' Spring/Summer 2010 patterns feature light colours, cool fibres and lacy stitches. We especially like this design, code z-496, for its dainty details and flattering wrap


ed in Drops Alpaca. Visit www.gamstudio.com to download the patterns for free. Call 05601731574 or visit www. scandinavianknitting design.eu to find a stockist of Drops yam.

Simply Knitting 2010

'Knitting queen' bracelets raise money for a severely disabled child. £15, The Little Knitting Company

Linen Shadow DK complements Patons' hit yarn of last summer, Linen Touch. A touch of acrylic to the cotton/linen blend means there are paler flashes throughout the yarn, so it knits or crochets up with gentle variations.

For more details, visit www.coatscrafts.co.uk or call 01325 394237.

Gimme Shelterbox

| Disasters (earthquake, ^ flood, tsunami and so many more) can affect any country in the world, and Cornwall-based charity Shelterbox is always ready to deliver boxes of aid where needed. Designer and yarn dyer Anniken Allis has designed this beautiful shawl, and she's made the pattern free to download from her website and is requesting donations to Shelterbox. Visit Anniken's website at www.yarnaddict.co.uk to download the pattern (there's a link to the JustGiving page for donations) and www.shelterbox.org to find out more about Shelterbox's essential work.

Anniken Allis Free Patterns
Knit the shawl, make a donation.

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MAIN IMAGE These intricately tiled pieces are actually knitted rather than patchwork. From 'Kaffe's Summer House', Rowan Magazine 47.

■ Ifyou've never browsed in a patchwork fabric shop, we advise you not to start Mft^v^ - it's nearly as addictive as shopping for yarn! With crafts becoming more popular, plus a major exhibition on British quilts at the V&A from March 20 to July 4,2010 is set to be theyear of the quilt. They don't have to be patchwork -the beauty of 'wholedoth' quilts is in the way the fabrics are sewn together to create padded designs.

Kaffe Fassett is a quitter as well as a J knitter, and has produced books ' on quilts as well as designing a line of fabrics for

Knit patchwork-

style instead. In Rowan

Magazine 47,you'll find

'Kaffe's Summer House', a collection of knitting designs featuring tessellated patterns just like you'd find in patchwork quilts.

Grace Melville


The Chorley wrap from Rowan 46 for my sister. It's in Rowan Big Wool which is great, as it'll knit up quickly.

From the initial designs to the launch a collection takes approximately four months. However, I am already designing the next Studio collection seven weeks before the previous Studio is even in the shops.

INSETS 1&2. Two designs from Ouilt Romance 3. Kaffe Fassett's Ouilt Romance 4 Flamingo and flowers satin-backed bedspread, from £90, Berry Red

Dropped a stitch? Pick it up with a crochet hook.

A darning needle is essential for weaving in ends and grafting.

For lace, socks and shaped patterns, stitch markers are invaluable.

The hardest thing for me is the time it takes to knit up the swatches. I'll sketch a rough idea and knit a swatch to see how it drapes, feels, looks etc, and then I'll think it needs to be thicker or finer, or in a different colourway and so I'll knit another swatch and, if I have enough time, another, but you never have enough time!

You need a ruler or tape measure for checking yourtension-always checkyourtension!

Every knitter should have at least one stitch holder.

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