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Purl City Yarns in Manchester! October 10, 2010

I’ve just spent the afternoon pricing yarn and stocking the shelves for Manchester’s new yarn shop, Purl City Yarns!!

Purl City Yarns, 62 Port Street, Manchester, M4 2EQ


Located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Purl City Yarns will be opening its doors at 10am on Tuesday 12th October 2010 with loads of scrumptious yarns for you!  Some of the yarns in the shop are Manos Del Uruguay, Artesano, Debbie Bliss, Mirasol, Louisa Harding, Noro, Araucania, Austermann, King Cole, Lang, Natural Dye Studio, Misti Alpaca and Schoppel Wolle.  There will also be a selection of needles from Knit Pro and Brittany.



I can also verify that there will be buttons!  For those of you that love to rummage through old buttons, you will be very happy salmons because there are loads of them!



To celebrate the opening of the shop, Purl City Yarns invites you to ‘Purl the City’ by knitting or crocheting a cityscape for the 2D woolly city that will be a permanent display in the shop’s very own gallery, The Purl Gallery.  Your efforts will be rewarded with 10% off your first instore or online purchase.

You won’t just find a woolly city in The Purl Gallery.  On 22nd October 2010, 6pm – 9pm, The Purl Gallery will open with Knit & Destroy, a new collection of machine knits by Kandy Diamond, which will continue until 28th November 2010.



You can find Purl City Yarns at 62 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ.  For more information go to Purl City Yarn’s website and blog and follow them on Twitter @purlcityyarns.  I also suggest you sign-up for the Purl City Yarns Newsletter to stay updated on future promotions and events.


Keeping Warm this Winter January 17, 2010

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If you’re in the Manchester area, there is a great opportunity to knit for the homeless on Sunday 24th January 2010 between 2-8pm at the Nexus Art Cafe.

The event is all about knitting scarves, hats and gloves for the homeless people who give out The Big Issue on the streets of Manchester. It doesn’t matter if you cannot Knit, just come along, show your support and we shall show you how!

The Nexus Art Cafe is in the Northern Quarter on Dale Street, just off Oldham Street; it’s a super cozy venue, especially for knitting.

Anyone that has made a New Years Resolution to get rid of some of your stash, this is a great way and reason to do so.

On a different note, I finally finished the Springtime Bandit shawl/bandit scarf!  The reason it’s taken me so long to finish is because after I added a 5th body pattern repeat, I thought I might run out of yarn.  Turns out, it was too short and I had plenty of yarn left over, so I ripped it back, but it was too much effort trying to pick up all the stitches, so I frogged it and started over.  By this time, Christmas crafts got in the way so I had to put it aside until the new year.

This is a great pattern for a first shawl and/or as an introduction to lace.  It knits up really quickly and it’s easy to remember the pattern once you get going.  I would definitely make one again in the called for worsted weight, but this is only a personal choice mainly because I got really bored with the body pattern after the 5th repeat.  The Dream in Color Stardust is so wonderful and perfect for this project, it was totally worth the boredom, frogging and extra time.  The sparkles are amazing and catch my eye when I walk past it in my flat or catch a glimpse in a mirror.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.

After spilling coffee on my Owling Fingerless Gloves at work, I’ve decided to make a work-friendly pair of fingerless gloves, Heart to Heart, out of Twileys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous and Patons Smoothie DK.  The Freedom Gorgeous is 75% Bamboo, 25% Nylon and the Patons Smoothie is 100% Acrylic (very surprising because it’s really not horrible and cheap looking).

Despite the coffee spill, my Owlings are fine, but when I washed them, they made my bathroom and hallway smell horrible for the day and a half it took to dry out.  So, something more durable is required for everyday wear and tear, plus, they’re cute and I love hearts.


Why I Hate Poetry November 22, 2009

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Can you spot the difference in these two pictures?

Picture A

Picture B

Admittedly, it’s hard to tell from the pictures and the colours are very similar, but it’s the letter ‘W’ in ‘Towering.’  Picture B has the letter I knit, which I saw in the reject pile at the Poetry Society’s Manchester viewing of the final knit poem.

Notice the 'W' in 'Towering' that is not sewn onto the poem

I  understand that more letters than needed were probably allocated in case people dropped out etc.   So, I would just like to start off by saying, thank you Poetry Society for wasting several hours of my life knitting that letter!

This afternoon, while my friends were pointing out their knitted letters with pride, I got to point to my letter in the reject pile and say, there’s my letter.  There was no pride in my voice, in case you’re wondering.  In fact, before I saw my letter in the reject pile, someone said, ‘The people who knit the letters over there must be gutted.’  That statement is correct.

For this letter, Poetry Society, I couldn’t even use up yarn in my stash because I didn’t have 100% double-knit for your oh-so-strict 100% wool, intarsia only knitting project.  And, Poetry Society, I’ll be damned if that bright red ‘T’ in ‘The’ is 100% wool because it looks cheap and horrible, like 100% acrylic often does.  There are also quite a few ‘N’s that were sewn on upside down and it looks ridiculous.  Not that I’m bitter or anything.

If I would have known my letter would end up in the reject pile, I would have at least asked for the letter ‘A’ so I could have taken it home with me today to dress as Hester Prynne for a costume party.  Because after today, I will always choose novels over poetry.

And that is why I now hate poetry.


Manchester Yarn Day November 3, 2009

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From 10am – 5pm on Saturday 7th November 2009, the Manchester Yarn Collective will be holding their first ever Yarn Day at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre (17 Oak St, Manchester, M4 5JD map).  They are also holding various spinning, knitting and crochet workshops, so visit the Manchester Yarn Collective’s website for more info and to register for a workshop.


Mark your calendar if you love vintage! September 3, 2009

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It’s a ways off, so mark your calendar.  The Vintage Fair will showcase 40 stalls of vintage and retro fashion along with other fun kitsch stuff, like homewares (personally, I have my fingers crossed for finding a Pepto-Bismol pink vintage telephone).

Additionally, there are still some stalls open if you think you may have something to sell.

Here is more information about The Vintage Fair in Manchester (directions included).

Here is more information about The Vintage Fair in general.


Family Fun Day in Manchester August 20, 2009

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I am a volunteer for a Manchester based charity called Project African Wilderness (PAW), which is an international charity, based in the UK, to fundraise and support conservation and community work at Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi.  PAW also promotes conservation and supports environmental education in the UK.

On 12th September 2009, PAW is holding a Family Fun Day event at Clayton Vale in East Manchester.  As you can see from the flier below, most of the events are focused on cycling, which is because the main mode of transportation in Malawi is the bicycle, but there are several other things that will be fun, especially if you have kids.  Even if you don’t have kids, Clayton Vale is a really gorgeous area (check out the Friends of Clayton Vale Gallery to see pictures).   You can find directions to Clayton Vale by using this postcode, M43 6BA, or use the Friends of Clayton Vale map, which also includes directions if you are using public transport.

Family Fun Day @ Clayton Vale, Manchester - 12th September 2009

So, come out for a nice day outside and for a good cause!  You can also find more detailed information about the events on the PAW website.


Learn a new craft at the Urbis July 14, 2009

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As part of their Adult Learning Programme, the Urbis in Manchester holds different introductory craft lessons every fortnight.  So, if you’ve wanted to dabble in a few different mediums, but don’t want to spend loads of time and money only to discover you don’t really like crocheting, then this is a great way to learn for £2.50.

This Sunday the Handmade Social craft is sewing and embroidery for beginners and basic knowledge sewers.  The end product of this lesson is a felt brooch.

So far, I have been to three of the sessions and learned how to crochet a granny square, learned to screen print and made a bamboo lantern.  I still have a long way to go with crocheting, but it’s good to have someone show you the basics and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

My attempt at crochet

My attempt at crochet