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Linen bags are sturdy, practical and a great way to transport heavy loads of groceries, books and other items home from the shops or the library. However, they can tend to be, well, a little bit on the boring side. Not any more! The Back-to-Nature Bag takes a standard craft-store linen tote and transforms it into a stunning and stylish accessory.
The English county of Kent is renowned for its hard winters. Residents living in towns such as Beckenham soon learn to wrap themselves up well when the northerly winds arrive. Here are two scarves that might just keep them - and you - warm during the deepest of chills.
The Chalfont Scarf is a wonderful “three-season” scarf - able to transition from the autumn right the way through the winter snows and into the cool evenings of early Spring. The scarf has an open, lacy pattern which traps the air and holds the warmth during cold winter chills. However, it can also be worn draped more loosely, provid...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The Delamere Hat features an elongated chevron pattern with a deep texture which holds the heat well. The central crown shaping gives a dynamic rounded star motif with 6, 7 or 8 points depending on the size. The hat has a comfortable fit and a wide turn-back brim for extra warmth around the ears.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
The bold diagonal stripe pattern in these Derwent Cove cushions captures the very essence of summer. The colours evoke memories of holidays spent by the coast …lazy days watching the yachts heading out to sea …the waves from a passing fishing boat disturbing the calm surface of the water at sunset.
The Falmer Book Bag has a strongly graphical quality with bands of red set against a black background. The bag features long handles so that it can be carried on your shoulder, and is lined with a craft-store linen tote to transport heavy books & notebooks with ease.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
It is amazing how quickly the temperatures can fall as soon as the sun starts to go down, even on a warm summer’s day. This is when a lacy wrap can provide a most welcome extra layer. The FFCT Wrap features tulip lace flowers topping tightly cabled stems and set onto a background of a slim Feather-&-Fan leaf pattern. Instructions are g...
Knitting: Table Runner
Table runners have been used since early times as a way to enhance the look of a dining table and bring a sense of occasion to a meal. A table runner acts to set the scene for an event, providing a colour theme and imparting a sense of elegance and tradition.
Winter draughts will be kept well at bay with the beautifully textured Henley Blanket. This easily-memorized design has a regular cellular structure which traps air for a warm, cozy finish. The stitch pattern is completely reversible so that either side of the blanket can be used as the “Right Side”. The body of the blanket is worked...
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
It is always exciting to add new cushions to your home. They make an immediate impact, allowing you to quickly update your decor to welcome the coming season. The cushions featured here have a sophisticated texture and character and will look good in many different yarns and colour choices.
Knitting: Hot Water Bottle
It happens every year - the temperatures start to dip and the evenings get chilly, yet it seems too early in the year to be turning the heating on. That’s when a hot water bottle is such a help. You can curl up with a cozy bottle when you watch TV, or slip another one into your bed so it will be warm when you are ready to sleep.
Dorm rooms are notoriously draughty places. The walls seem thinner than at home, the heating system less predictable and the windows leak air so that it is permanently chilly inside. However, help is at hand. The Kingsfold Dorm Room Throw is a perfect weight to wrap yourself in to watch TV or cover your legs while you are studying.
There is something fundamental about zig-zag designs. We see them all around us - in the folded layers of a mountain pass as we drive through the Canadian Rockies, or in the twill structure of a woven blanket. Zig-zags are dynamic patterns, symbols of change and energy.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
Tonal yarns produced by kettle dyeing, space-dyeing or hand-painting are beautiful when seen in the skein. The wonderful subtleties of the color changes seem to catch the light and add an extra dimension to the yarn. However, they are not always easy to use. One problem is that they can have quite a degree of variability, so that even within the...
Knitting: Throw, Bedspread
Country folk all over the world have a tradition of using every last scrap of fabric to make items for the home. American pieced quilts are an excellent example of this tradition, with fabrics from dresses, shirts and other items patched and sewn into exquisite bedspreads.
The design of the Ocean Currents Rug is reminiscent of gentle waves as they make their way to the shore. The patterning has symmetry without predictability, giving the design an almost three-dimensional quality. The wonderfully gentle gradations of colour are achieved by working with two strands of yarn held together in ever-changing combinations.
Nothing warms a New England winter more than a cozy rug to step onto first thing in the morning. This one is no exception, with its rich natural tones harmonizing with the beauty of the world outside. The colors reflect the bare branches of aspen, birch and oak with their thick coating of snow which make this time of year so special for those of...
The current trend for thick, chunky paracord bracelets continues unabated. So here’s a new take on this perennial favourite — a bracelet made not with Paracord but with I-Cord instead! Not only are these a hot fashion statement, they can also be made into medical alert bracelets by attaching an engraved ID tag.
Linen bags are sturdy, practical and a great way to transport heavy loads of shopping, books and other items home from the shops or the library. However they can tend to be, well, a little on the boring side. Not any more! The four bags in this collection take craft-store linen totes and transform them into stunning and stylish accessories.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
From ancient times, mid-winter has been celebrated by decorating our homes with greenery. The deep green of the pine boughs brings in a sense of long life and well-being from the world outside. Amidst the snow and the cold the green branches promise the return of Spring and warmer times ahead. Now, we just need to add extra touches to bring that...