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A place to nurture ourselves and our creativity.

Established in 2016 as a way of supporting my fledgling business, the blog has grown to become a place where I share tutorials and tips as well as opinions and things going on behind the scenes. If you enjoy these posts, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page.

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Hello again!

Hello and a happy new year! It’s been a while hasn’t it? How are you doing? Things have been a bit quiet over here as I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, both personally and with where I want to take The Conscious Knitter, on how I can best show up…

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How to: Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy cast-on

I mainly knit toe-up socks as I hadn’t found a stretchy enough cast-on to get cuff-down socks over my heels comfortably. Instead I would finish my socks with Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off. But while testing the second edition of my Keep It Simple Socks I got to thinking if there was a corresponding cast-on, something…

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How to: Kitchener stitch

A seamless finish can make your socks look and feel great, but a lot of knitters are put off projects that involve this technique as it looks incredibly complicated. But never fear, as with most things it’s not as bad as it looks, and once you get going there is actually a really nice rhythm…

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Three half finished socks sit on a window sill. One is a blue/purple self-striping yarn, another is in a burnt orange yarn and the third is a scrappy sock in various reds, blues and oranges.

Storing patterns and keeping track of projects

Since the whole Ravelry debacle last summer I have been left unable to use the site for long periods. This is likely to be reduced even further at the end of this month as the ‘classic’ version is officially taken down, While my reaction is nowhere near as severe as that of other users it…

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Close up of a single burnt orange hand knit sock, sitting to the left is the half used ball of the same yarn.

What is Payhip anyway?

I realise that I have been talking about Payhip a lot lately but that I probably haven’t really explained what it is. So what is Payhip? Payhip is a site for purchasing PDFs and other digital files online and was been chosen by many designers as a safe alternative for knitters to buy patterns, after…

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A half knit toe-up sock sits next to a large ball of yarn on a white window sill. Socks are shown on a set of flexible double pointed needles.

Falling back in love with DPNs

You will have heard me say many times before how much I dislike knitting with double pointed needles (DPNs) so I won’t hold it against you for being a little surprised by the title of today’s blog post! I still think that the traditional five needle set of DPNs are frustrating, fiddly, painful when sat…

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A wooden table with a journal next to a cup of tea. On top of the journal is a 2021 diary.

My intention for 2021

Well, this isn’t how I expected to be writing my first blog post of the year. Normally I would be sitting on the sofa with Bronte curled up next me, laptop on my knee and cup of tea in hand, enjoying the peace and quiet that always falls once my husband and son have gone…

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White text and a blue starry sky background. Text reads 'It's not just OK to rest, it's necessary'.

Keeping things simple and making time for you

How much time do you take for yourself? I know I’m guilty of putting myself at the bottom of the list, especially when it feels like there are so many more important things to be done. But let me just tell you, you are important and deserve to be at the top of that list. There…

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Join the Advent-Along and Keep It Simple

Christmas can be the most hectic time of the year. From finding the right presents, putting up the decorations, writing cards, finding a boys sparkly party costume for the school play, distributing said cards and presents, need I go on? While we are busy running around doing all these things, there is one thing that…

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Multicoloured balls of yarn ranging from dark blue to vibrant pink

Tips for successfully substituting yarn

It can be disheartening when you find a pattern that you love, but is for a yarn that you either can’t wear or can’t afford. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create the pattern of your dreams. This is where yarn substitution comes in. For some this can seem quite scary as it isn’t an…

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Is it too early to be talking about Christmas?

I don’t know about you but, for me, Christmas does not go hand in hand with putting yourself first. I’m sure we would all love to, in ways big or small, but there always seems to be something ‘more important’ clamouring for our attention. But what if it could be different?

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