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At next month’s Knitting & Stitching Show (7-11 October, Alexandra Palace), GMC has a bumper line-up of incredible craft names hosting workshops, demonstrations and book signings at Stand D25.

You can meet knitting superstars Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss and Erika Knight, watch Carol Feller demonstrate how to use short rows and ask Alison Howard anything you wanted to know about knitting but were afraid to ask. If crochet is more your thing, make flowers with Super+Super, granny squares with Susan Pinner or, for something unusual, use string as your yarn to create charming coasters with Jemima Schlee.

Find inspiration with textile artist Cas Holmes, pick up embroidery tips from Susie Johns and admire Natalia Price-Cabrera’s stunning homemade lampshades. Jewellery-makers can join Sian Hamilton for a polymer clay Make & Take and Great British Sewing Bee fans are in for a treat as Claire-Louise Hardie, the author of the latest book, visits the stand, as well as former contestants Chinelo Bally and Tilly Walnes.

There’s lots happening whichever day you visit, so make sure you pop along to GMC Stand D25 to check out the schedule and see who you could meet!


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Summer is here, and Breast Cancer Care is encouraging us to host a strawberry tea event this July or August to raise vital money for those affected by breast cancer. Whether you invite your knitting group over for some strawberries and cake in the garden, or you host an all-out afternoon tea party, simply ask for donations from those attending to raise the much-needed money.

Why not use the opportunity to sell some strawberry-themed knits, such as tea cosies or summer bunting, to raise some extra money too? Whether you can host a large event or a small one, every donation will help the charity with their work, with all funds raised helping to provide specialist nurses, local services and an emotional support network for those who need it.

To sign up for a free Strawberry Tea Starter Kit go to or call 0300 100 4442. Get involved on social media by tweeting @bccare with hashtag #StrawberryTea

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20% off all Artesano Yarns, 20 Jul 2015 10:57:07 GMT only are we giving you a sneak peek of the fabulous Autumn jacket in Artesano Ltd Superfine Alpaca DK, coming up in our Sept issue (on sale at the end of this month!), we're giving you a head start to buy all the gorgeous Artesano yarns you want with a lovely 20% off for Knitting readers. Just enter KNITTING20 at the checkout!

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Deramores crafty bloggers competition!, 24 Mar 2015 13:19:44 GMT 

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Calling all crafty bloggers!

Win a year’s supply of yarn with Deramores’ new craft blog competition! Deramores has teamed up with six crafty bloggers to share their predictions for key knitting and crochet trends this summer. Bloggers include Kat Goldin (slugsontherefrigerator) and Meredith Crawford aka One Sheepish Girl, so you know these are going to be trends worth checking out.

Use any of these six trends as a starting point for your own blog post and submit it to Deramores by Friday 8 May 2015 to be in with a chance to win £500 worth of yarn. 

You can either email your entry to or tweet your post to @deramores with the hashtag #DeramoresTrends

Find out all the rules of entry and what you can win at



GMC Author Lounge at the Spring K&S Show!, 25 Feb 2015 17:19:52 GMT
New GMC Author Lounge at the Spring K&S Show!

There will be plenty to see and do for crafters of all interests and skill levels at GMC’s Author Lounge on stand F14, from cross stitch to left-handed knitting and Make & Takes, demonstrations and book signings with some of craft’s biggest names, including Linda Seward, What Delilah Did and Susie Johns.
Marvel at the creations from Geraldine Warner’s Knit Your Own Kama Sutra and be inspired by fabulous felted flowers, cosy knitted cushions and gorgeous, handmade wedding dress accessories. You can even talk Great British Sewing Bee with author of the latest book and show sewing producer, Claire-Louise Hardie! Visit Stand F14 for timings and further information.

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show is held at Olympia, London 5-8 March 2015.

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Spring K&S Show hosts Knitted Farm competition!, 28 Jan 2015 10:23:25 GMT

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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is creating a farm made entirely of knitted (and crocheted) animals, and want you to join in. Enter the Knitted Farm competition, show off your skills and win prizes! 

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The show is working with the Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne, authors of Knit your own Farm (Pavilion) who have provided four knitting patterns from the book fr you to download. Choose from a cow, pig, sheep or lamb at   where youll also find the entry form and rules.

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Additional farm animals and objects are welcome too and prizes for the most innovative and best executed items will be awarded at the show.

The Knitted Farm is one of many exciting features at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, which takes place from 5 8 March 2015 at Olympia, London. You can also enjoy an interactive Crochet Jungle in association with TOFT; immerse yourself in the jungle complete with crocheted animals and learn how to crochet while youre there! Plus collaborations with London’s Fashion and Textiles Museum and their new exhibitions, Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic and Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900.

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the biggest Spring craft show in London, offering over 200 exhibitors selling specialist supplies, hundreds of workshops in a huge range of subjects, plus inspirational features. The Dressmaking Studio in association with The McCall Pattern Company returns offering classes on everything from zip insertion to understanding patterns, and for those interested in interiors The K&S Homestyle Theatre offers free demos and talks from leading names in the sewing world.

Tickets cost from £13* per adult in advance and can be purchased from or by calling 0844 848 0159.















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Best in Show author knitting workshop, 06 Aug 2014 12:43:24 GMT 

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Join Sally at JellyPickleJam this Saturday, 9th August learn how to make a knitted hamster, a project from her very latest book, Knit Your Own Pet (Pavilion Craft, £9.99). The workshop runs between 11.30am-1pm, with space for just 14 people – so make sure you book your ticket quickly!
Tickets for the event are £25 and include a signed copy of the wonderful Knit Your Own Pet, plus all the materials you’ll need to make your hamster and a light lunch provided by JellyPickleJam. And if that wasn’t enough, 10% of the ticket price will go towards the Evesham Bell Tower appeal, so you’ll be doing your bit for charity too!

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For more information or to book a ticket, call 07939 346623 or visit

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