New life in the old needle yet

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

17 June 2013

Whilst visiting the Craftaganza craft market on Saturday at the Fabrica art gallery in Brighton, Editor of sister mag The Doll's House magazine, Christiane Berridge spotted these clever little jewellery pieces.


These upcycled vintage plastic knitting needles are bent into spiral rings, bracelets and other pieces of jewellery by Claire Griffiths of Yellow Bear Wares. We love the retro pastel colours.


These would make lovely and unusual gifts for the knitter who has everything!


You can find more of Claire's unusual jewellery at You can also read an interview with Claire and see more of her pretty wares over on the Craftaganza website

You can also see and read about what else caught Christiane's eye at the Craftaganza here!

Sneak peek of our July issue – here comes the sun!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

5 June 2013

Here comes the sun (do do do do), here comes the sun, and IIII saaay, it's aaaaaaalright...! Yes, I do beiieve the summer has arrived at last - right on time for our gorgeous July issue! We're not even going to make a snarky comment about 'it's about time' becasue we don't want to scare it away. Instead we're just going to jump straight into the July issue!

Our cover garment, the bright and juicy Arrow lace top by Amanda Jones, has the most beautiful detail back, and the watermelon colour quenches our thirst just looking at it. 

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Linda Parkhouse's Summer vest screams summer. This one is on our list already!

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Another interesting back, this fab bright pink jumper dress has subtle but fantastic shaping towards the wide open neckline and a very fashionable full length back zip.

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This is a beautiful design, designed exclusively for us by Sirdar because we (which means you!) deserve something an extra bit special.

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Everybody wants a bit of fun in the sun, so why not in this cheeky Pineapple top? Throw on some retro white sunnies and go!

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What summer's day is complete without a beautiful lace shawl to airily fling around your shoulders? Anniken Allis's Fantasia shawl, in her to-die-for Camel/Silk yarn, is perfect for this.

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And because we are still loving neons, we're loving this big chunky beach bag. You won't be losing your stuff on the beach this summer!

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Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 21 beautiful patterns for an English summer - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns Henley, Apple blossom, Summer vest, Pineapple top, Zip back jumper dress, Fantasia shawl
  • Cute knits for kids - Baby stripes cardi, Kangaroo pouch sweater, Ram & Ewe toys
  • Picnic collection by Maisie Smith - blanket, cushions, wine cooler cover
  • FEATURE - Does it suit you? Guide to which colours suit YOU
  • TECHNIQUES - Neck shaping, inserting zips
  • Spotlight on - Wild west
  • FREE Summer style supplement - 5 gorgeous summer tops by Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Sirdar, Louisa Harding and SMC

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.