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Pouring with Maureen

Expert knitters will revel in actress Maureen Lipman's intricate tea cosy.

Maureen Lipman is the latest celeb to design a tea cosy pattern for Marie Curie's Blooming Great Tea Party campaign. Her'tea and cakes' cosy is sure to brighten up any tea table, although it might leave you wanting a few cupcakes of your own. (You can download the pattern for £2 from Marie Curie Cancer Care's website; see below for details.) This issue comes on sale as the Blooming Great Tea Party campaign is in progress - so you've still got time to organise a party of your own.

Maureen Lipman has designed a tea cosy.

Visit for celebrity cosy patterns and information on Marie Curie and Simply Knitting's tea cosy design competition.

If you'd prefer to do things over the phone, ring 08700 340040 to get your Blooming Great Tea Party tea party pack.


Cascade Yarns 60 Quick Knits pad»

m Cascade Yarns 220 Wool is fairly new to UK knitters, but it's one of the best-selling yarns in the US. It's 100% Peruvian wool, slightly lighter than a British aran, and comes in over 150 colours. Each winner will receive a cotton project bag, a skein of 220 Wool and a copy of the book 60 Quick Knits, packed with fab designs using 220 Wool.

To find out more about Cascade Yarns, visit

* TO ENTER: Text SKCASCADE, then a space, then your name and address to 87474 or visit and scroll down to 'Competitions'. Fill in the entry form using the keyword SKCASCADE. For terms and conditions see page 19.

Knitting workshops are being organised as part of this year's Fiddle Frenzy cultural festival.

Knitting workshops are being organised as part of this year's Fiddle Frenzy cultural festival.

Traditions live on

Children in Shetland are no longer to receive specialist knitting lessons in school. Since the 1970s children in Shetland have had knitting classes as part of their education, but with budgets being squeezed the council has felt it necessary to cut the knitting lessons in order to save £130,000 peryear.

However, you can't keep a world-class tradition down. Shetlanders are rightly proud of their Fair Isle and lace, and textile workshops for all levels are being included as part of this year's 'Fiddle Frenzy' cultural festival, held from 8-15 August. Jennie Bradley is teaching them and all materials are provided. Call 01595 743843 or visit www.shetlandfiddlefrenzy. com to find out more about Fiddle Frenzy.

The number of shades in Jamieson's 'Spindrift' (Fair Isle weight) and DK knitting yarns

Source: Jamieson's

Enjoy cool and colourful cotton.

Pony's knitting loom is a needle-free way to knit scarves - great for kids!

Bright days call for bright yarns! NoroTaiyo is a gorgeous mix of cotton, silk, wool and nylon, and there are six fab new colourways to choose from this summer.

For more information or to find a stockist, visit or call 01535 664222.

Have a heart

If you've got lots of little ends of yarn, The Children's Society has a way to use them up. They're aiming to collect and sell 10,000 knitted

10,000 of these little hearts are needed.

hearts by Universal Children's Day on 20 November. Visit uk/what_you_can_do/fundraising_appeals/ the_big_stitch/7699.html for the free pattern and ideas on how you can use your woolly hearts to raise money to help disadvantaged children.

The pattern was designed by Anna Hrachovec: turn the page for a mini-interview with her.

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