Thursday, 28 December 2017

John Arbon at the Bath Christmas Market

Bath Abbey Christmas tree

I hope you have all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to an exciting new year! 

As usual, we had no snow, but we enjoyed a quiet few days. Luckily, I have some more time off and I intend to spend most of it catching up on sleep. I am afraid I haven't knitted a single stitch so far, but I have every intention to make progress with my jumper.

A lot has happened since my last post, but illness kept me from updating you as usual. I intend to catch up gradually, so you remain in the loop with all things knitting, such as a woolly discovery I made at the Bath Christmas Market this year.

Sadly, I was only able to go once and I didn't get to see all of it. Unlike last year, the chalets were spread out further across the city. That was a welcome change because it allowed for more space and the market wasn't as packed as usual. I remember a year when you couldn't look at anything because you were stuck in a sea of people just sweeping you along.

This year there was lots of time to explore. There were more chalets than ever before, which made a nice change from the usual vendors. To my surprise, in a small street next to the Roman Baths I discovered someone many knitters will be familiar with: John Arbon Textiles! I am sad to say I didn't buy any of the socks they were displaying and I now wish I had! It was painfully cold on the day and I tried to keep moving. A pair of their socks would have come in handy, come to think of it. I hope the sellers stayed warm!

John Arbon Textiles

Have you ever been to the Bath Christmas Market? What markets in the UK would you recommend?

As it is nearly 2018, I wish you all a healthy, woolly, successful New Year. See you soon!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Gifts For Knitters: 2017 Edition

It's nearly Christmas and my favourite part about it is finding gifts for others. Now, we're all busy people and don't always have enough time to browse the shops, so I have made this list of my personal top 4 Christmas gifts for knitters to make things a little easier. Not sure what to get the knitter in your life? Check out these knitting essentials:

For the knitter who has everything

1. If they have everything they need, but you want to give them something to match their love of knitting, this knitter pin badge from Kelly Connor Designs is just the ticket. It's the perfect stocking filler and would look good on project bags, coats or shirts.

For the chaotic knitter

2. The Knitter's Keep from Cocoknits is a great tool that will make your knitting just that little bit easier. Its magnet is ideal for holding metal stitch markers, cable needles and other small notions you need to move on and off the needles sometimes. No more dropped or lost notions for you!

For the filthy knitter

3. Readers of this blog will have seen me rave about this naughty "I love a good fingering" project bag from The Knitting Goddess. It is still available, along with other great bags, so have a look around the website. Even knitting Whovians will find something to love.

For the wool lover

4. If you're thinking of giving the knitter in your life some yarn, you can never go wrong with one of Blacker Yarns' creations. I recommend Tamar Lustre Blend, a DK weight yarn that will keep them warm in winter. It makes wonderfully cosy jumpers and shawls, but is also suitable for smaller projects such as gloves and hats.

What's on your wish list this year? Have you got ideas for other knitters that we should know about? I'd love to hear them.