My 2014 Sock Challenge!

My first ever pair of socks was for my husband – he wears them when he goes fishing!


Pattern used was from the ‘Hats for Seafarers’ campaign from last year. Yarn used was Rowan Felted Tweed.

As a sock novice but someone who was completely hooked after my first pair, I have decided to join a sock challenge – each individual sets themselves a manageable target. As I have 5 sock pattern books, I have set myself 10 pairs! Perhaps I should have set it as 5 as it is now the end of February and I have only just cast on my first pair for 2014!


Sadly 2014 passed by very quickly and I only managed to knit 2 pairs of socks – I completed other projects in the mean time but I was mainly led astray by the addiction to a granny square blanket!

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I used Drops Fabel on a small circular – an absolute knitting dream combination.

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Again using Drops Fabel, I cast these on while on holiday in Malta – my sister-in-law thought I was knitting some G-strings!

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Totally love the finished pair – wear and wash them all the time and they never disappoint.

And for those of you who are wondering about the granny square blanket – am using Drops Karisma – six different colours, each square is just over 1 foot square and will join together for a king sized bed blanket.

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Follow the Herring

Back in 2009 I went to the Knitting & Stitching show in Harrogate and saw the wonderful “Coat for a Boat” a 20 foot Coble with it’s knitted coat, a Customs House (South Tyneside) project.


Now is your chance to be involved – ‘Follow The Herring’ is an exciting theatrical and visual arts experience touring 14 venues along the East Coast of England and Scotland. Further details and the pattern download can be found at or @FollowHerrings


Blood Doesn’t Grow on Trees!

Last year I received an email from the NHS Blood and Transplant Marketing Department asking for “enthusiastic knitters to help us raise awareness of blood donation for a campaign we will be running in February 2014”. Always wanting to help a good cause and promote the importance of donating blood – members of AY&Y got involved – can you see your blood drop?


Read more about the campaign here

Knitting for a Good Cause

If you are interested in knitting for a good cause, Amble Yarn and Yatter is supporting Hats for Seafarers. We have patterns for hats, fingerless mittens, scarf, socks and balaclavas. Please contact me and I will send you the patterns. Once items are knitted return to me and I will ensure they are sent to the Mission.

First Meeting Arranged – Amble Yarn and Yatter

I am really pleased to announce that the first meeting for Amble Yarn and Yatter has been arranged.

Date: Thursday 24th January, 2013

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: The Dovecote Centre, Amble, NE65 0DX

£3.00 includes refreshments and raffle

Hope like minded knitters, crocheters and yarn lovers will come and support this new group in Amble (don’t worry you don’t have to live in Amble to come join the group).


Facebook: Yarn and Yatter

Twitter: @woollypulpo

New Knitting Group to open in Amble

Hi, my name is Donna and I am looking for like-minded knitters to join an evening knitting group in Amble – aka ‘Amble Yarn and Yatter‘.

Date, time and location yet to be determined – but I am working on that.

I thought it would be a great idea to meet once a month (to start off with), probably on a Tuesday or Thursday evening (7pm to 9pm), all depends on what location I can find.

Ways to contact me or keep up to date on progress:

  • Email:
  • Twitter: @woollypulpo
  • FaceBook: Yarn and Yatter
  • or post a comment here.

All ideas welcome.

Hope to see you soon.