Benefits Of British Wool

Naturally coloured

■ Wide variation in British sheep breeds gives British wool a stunning colour bank. With over 60 pure breeds of sheep and many more half-, cross- and rare breeds, it is no surprise that theUKholds the record for wool variety!

With the growth in awareness of environmental issues, interest in natural, undyed wool has also increased, and that of breeds such as the Jacob and the Welsh Mountain is becoming more popular.

Clever blending by yarn spinners is bringing a wider selection of natural shades to the market.

"Hand spinners and knitters love naturally coloured wools but the wool from many of these breeds is not available in large quantities, so they really are special," said Bridgette Kelly, Press and Public Relations Manager at the BWMB.



Brushstroke of genius

Soften up with Stylecraft's latest yarn.

Brushstrokes Chunky is a brand new yarn from Stylecraftthat mixes interesting colour banding with a touch-me texture. It's 80% acrylic, so can be washed and cool tumble dried, but the inclusion of 10% mohair and 10% wool gives it a soft appearance and fuzzy appearance. We particularly like this casual jacket, which fits up to a 46in bust using just ten lOOg balls.

For more information on the Stylecraft range, visit or call 01535 609798.

If you've helped collect knits for charity, you'll be pleased to hear that she's got 4,677 items so far-canyou make another 323 to bring thetotalto 5,000forthe year?... Abakhan are holding a at their Mostyn shop on 13 October-call 01745 562100 for details... Protesters against a proposed supermarket in Cambridge have used to make theirviews known, attaching the knitted word 'arrogant'tothe front ofthe shop...

is being sent to Thailand to promote a Thai knitting project called 'Let's Knit For The Needy'... Online yarn retailer will be opening a bricks and mortar shop in October; see next issue fordetails...

Love knitting toys?

Jean Greenhowe's latest book, Jean Greenhowe's Dolly Mixtures, contains patterns for eight adorable dolls.

Dolly Mixtures will be in yarn shops from September 2009

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Explore natural dyes at DT Craft <â Design

Knitting Parlour workshop Great Malvern, Worcestershire

Design your own knits with Debbie Abrahams.

Visit http://the knitting or call 01684 892079 for details.

Cet Knitted workshops Bristol

Socks or four needles (11). Beg i n ner's a m i gu ru m i (12). Beginner's lace (19). Visit or call 0117 300 5211.

DT Craft 8c Design workshop Sale, Cheshire

Natural dyeing using

EarthuesandHue&Dye extracts.

Visit ww w.dtc raf u k or call 0161718 3818.

Explore natural dyes at DT Craft <â Design

Wo rthi ng works hop Worthing, West Sussex

Crochet for beginners with Karen Mayger. Email [email protected] or call 01903 233256.

Got a knitting problem? Take it toAneeta at Loop.

SOS Clinic at Loop London

Aneeta Patel will helpyou solveyout knotty knitting problems.

Visit w w w.loop k nitting. com or call 020 72881160 for details.

Liss Wools workshops Liss, Hampshire

Finishingtechniques with Anne Makepeace (16). Patchworkkrittingwith Fiona Morris (30). Visit ukorcall 01730 893941.

Beads2Buy workshops Farnhill,N.Yorkshire

Knitting workshop every Saturday.

Call 01535 637624 for details.

Fibre tClay workshops Knutsford, Cheshire intermediate crochet (12). Kmttingsocks(19), Visit w ww.f ib rea n dc uk or call 01565 6S203S for more information.

The Stitch & Creative Crafts Show

Sandown Park, Surrey

Workshops, exhibitions and shopping galore. Visit www. uk or call 01822 614671 for more information.

3 Oct

I m provers'd ay school St Ives, Ca m bridge sh i re

I m prove your skills, get a better finish.

Visit www. aclearn Uk or call 01480 495717 for more information.

Beads2Buy workshops Farnhill,N.Yorkshire

Knitting workshop every Saturday.

Call 01535 637624for details.

Glen Gallery workshops Culleybackey, Co Antrim

Selection of knittingand crochet workshops with Emma King. Call 02825 880354 for more information on specific workshops.

3 Oct

Get Knitted workshop Bristol

Beginner's crochet with Sarah Hazel I.

Visit or call 0117 300 5211 for details.

Kangarooworkshops Lewes, East Sussex

Design your own knits parts 1 & 2 with Debbie Abrahams.

Visit w ww.ka com or call 01273400030 for more information.

Get Knitted workshops Bristol

Surprise Jacket (2S) and Plan a project the Zimmerman way (26), both with Tricia Holman.

Visit w w w.getkn itted .com or call 0117 300 5211.

4-7 Oct

West Dean College workshop West Sussex

C rea t i ve h a n d-kn itti ng: colour, stitches and shaping with Alison Ellen (3 days.) Visit www.we std ukorcall 08444994408.

8 Oct

KnittingParlourworkshop Great Malvern, Worcestershire

Kidsilk workshop with Alison Crowther-Smith. Visit http://the knitting or call 01684 892079 for details.


Don't miss the Ally Pally show!

8-11 Oct

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace

The biggest show of the year-comeand meet us! Visit www.twisted or call 020 8692 2299 for details.

10 Oct

SOSCIinicat Loop London

Aneeta Patel will helpyou solve your knotty knitting problems.

Visit ww w.loop knitting, com or call 02072881160 for details.


Sirdar Peru

Achunky blend of wool, acrylic and alpaca, Sirdar Peru knits up into broad tonal stripes, adding interest to your knits without looking gaudy or brash.

Sirdar have given us seven packs to give away, each containing ten balls-that's enough yarn to make a short cardigan,

it TO ENTER: Text SKPERU, then a space, then your name and address to 87474 or visit and scroll down fo 'Competitions'. Fill in the entry form using the keyward SKPERU. For terms and conditions see page 2.

tank top or waistcoat to fit up toa42in bust. Peru knits upto match all Sirdar chunky patterns, so you're sure to find a pattern you love.

For details on Sirdar's complete range of yarns, including NEW Persia, Escape and Nomad, visit www.sirdar .co.ukorcall 01924 371501.

it TO ENTER: Text SKPERU, then a space, then your name and address to 87474 or visit and scroll down fo 'Competitions'. Fill in the entry form using the keyward SKPERU. For terms and conditions see page 2.

Your two great gifts!




12 treats to knit for you & your home

Bonus Pattern


Plan ahead for next year with our colourful calendar... and if you don't know what you'll be knitting, we've a dozen beautiful suggestions foryou. Whether it's a fascinator for that special summer wedding, a baby blanket for a new arrival or a giant stocking to fill with Christmas treats, ^ this calendar is packed with projects you'll love. We also tell you all Simply Knitting's on sale dates for 2010, guaranteeingyou 12 months of knittingfun.

Grey Is 'in1 this season - stay warm and look fantastic in this long and cosyArtesano alpaca coat.

0ctobEr next month

Pair of stiawl pins

October 2009^«^ Knitting 13


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