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  1. There are a couple of new additions to the website this week - meet the new Knitting and Crochet Project Planners!

    Knitting Project Planner

    Keep track of all your knitting or crochet projects with this handy planner, journal and tracker - it also includes a Yarn Show planner!

    Do you often have multiple projects on the go at once? Do you wish there was an easy way to keep track of them all AND have a final record that you can reference if you decide to make the same project again?

    As a knitter, I've tried many different systems to try and keep track of my projects, from post-it notes to spreadsheets. But what I really needed was something that I could keep handy in my project bag that would not only serve as a complete Project Tracker but also as a record of all my past makes.

    And so these journals were created.

    These trackers makes it easy to keep all of your essential project information at your fingertips. With space for 40 projects you can document the pattern source, yarn details, needles, notions, sizing and start / finish date. There is also a handy 'Project Summary' section where you can give your finished project a star rating and note any important information which may be useful if you decide to make the project again.

    As a regular attender of yarn shows, I've included a handy Yarn Show planner too to help you get organised ahead of the event and have a plan of exactly what projects you want to purchase for and how much you want to spend.

    This journal also includes handy reference sheets for yarn weights, fibres and gauges, and an 'at-a-glance' sheet of common abbreviations.

    Planning a trip? There's a section where you can record details of each yarn shop you want to visit along the way.

    At the back of the book you'll find graph paper which you can use to write out your own charts or to draw out different colourwork ideas.

    And there is plenty of space for your own notes and sketches too.

    This journal would make an excellent gift for any knitter or crocheter!

    At a Glance

    The journals include...

    - Useful Reference Sheets for yarn weights and fibres

    - Project Wishlist: When you come across patterns that you want to make, add them to your project wishlist!

    - Pattern Tracker Pages: Use these pages to keep a record of your WIP's from start to finish. There is space for 40 projects!

    - Yarn Show Planner: Get organised for your next yarn show, list your 'must see' vendors and keep track of your budget

    - Yarn Shop Planner: Planning a trip? Uses these pages to list the yarn shops you would like to visit on your travels

    - Graph Paper: Chart your own designs or colourwork ideas

    - Extra pages for your notes and sketches

     The journals are available to buy on the website here:

  2. It's been a week since the launch of the Bring Me Sunshine shawl and knitalong and I've been blown away with how many knitters have downloaded it already and are joining in the KAL. I'm loving seeing all of the yarn choices and progress pics being posted on Instagram and in the Facebook Group!

    Bring Me Sunshine - FB Prompt

    Knitalong Prizes!

    There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs in the KAL.

    Here's a video in which I show you the prizes, and you can find out more about the lovely people behind them them! Or take a look below for all the details.

    Camilla - Lunar Lane Yarn


    A Skein of 'The Brightest Dinosaur' Sparkle Yarn and an Emma Ball Tin.

    Lunar Lane Yarn is an Etsy shop shipping within the United Kingdom that sells yarn - crystals - machine knitted & hand knitted items and home sewn bunting.Created out of a love of yarn and the creative mindfulness of craft.

    Visit Lunar Lane Yarn on Etsy:

    Helen - Woolly Chic Yarn

    A Skein of Woolly Chic's Heartspun Yarn

    Heartspun by Woolly Chic is an award winning luxurious British environmentally friendly HeartSpun 4ply, which is a blend of 70% British Bluefaced Leicester wool and 30% Tencel, made from wood pulp grown in sustainable forests. This eco yarn won the British Knitting and Crochet Eco/Sustainable Product of the Year award in 2020!

    Visit the Woolly Chic Website:

    Shannon - Bluefern Yarns

    A Skein of 'Shoreline' Sock Yarn

    Blue Fern Yarns is a small hand dyed yarn business based in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. Shannon, the dyer and designer behind Blue Fern Yarns, has always been into crafts and started dyeing yarns as a creative outlet after a few years break from crafting. Realising this was the thing missing from her life, she built Blue Fern Yarns alongside a full-time job, which she left in May 2023 to work Blue Fern Yarns full time. Shannon creates a large variety of yarn colours on a number of different yarn bases, taking a lot of her inspiration from the landscapes around her, including the beaches, broads and landscapes.

    Visit the Bluefern Yarns website:

    David - Arrowsmith Woodturning


    A Hand-Turned Bowl in Ash and Sapele Wood

    David is my husband and often when I'm busy knitting or dyeing yarn he will take himself off to his 'lathe cave' to make all sorts of wooden wonders. David has always enjoyed woodwork and discovering new techniques to make practical as well as beautiful things. He sometimes sells his creations in his Etsy shop.

    Follow David on Instagram -

    Erin - Erineen Designs


    An Erineen Designs Pattern

    2 lucky winners will win a free knitting pattern of their choice from Erineen Designs.

    Erin Clayton is the designer behind Erineen Designs. She creates patterns that are easy to knit, engaging, and oh-so-wearable! Erin is very passionate about her patterns being easy to follow and uses her background in graphic design to achieve that. She grew up in suburban New York but now resides on the seacoast of New Hampshire with her amazing daughter.

    Visit Erineen Designs Website:

    Jem - Under the Olive Tree


    A £25 voucher to spend online at Under the Olive Tree Knits. Choose from hand-dyed yarns, patterns, knitting kits, stitch markers, and much more!

    I'm sure you will agree they are all fantastic prizes. THANK YOU to Camilla, Helen, Shannon, Erin and David.

    The KAL is running on Instagram, in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group and on e-mail. To be in with a chance of winning simply post a picture of your finished shawl on either:

    Instagram @olivetreejem - use #bringmesunshinekal
    Facebook - in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group
    E-mail a picture of your finished shawl to [email protected]

    The KAL will run until 31st August 2023 and the pattern will be available as a free download for the duration. The prize draw will take place on 1st September. Good luck!