Last month I took up a new hobby: knitting.
After a sceptical start, I’ve been sucked up in the knitting craze… and it looks like it’s going to last. I mean, it’s only been a month and I’ve already knitted 4 pairs of fingerless gloves!
My first pair was bright and colourful
Then I switched to some elegant tweedy yarn for my husband’s pair, and to grey & purple shades for a couple of Christmas gifts.
The Fibreworks in Chipping Norton can be held responsible for my latest addiction.
If you care to step inside, you’ll see why.
First of all, it’s chock full of lovely yarn
even jewelled yarn!
They also sell pretty ribbons,
Wooden needles, that feel good to the touch and are great to work with,
and beads & buttons.
There’s a cozy nook for knitting – in case you want to take a one-to-one class (like I did).
Claire and Lesley, the owners, also organise two knitting groups in their studio upstairs – you can just drop in, meet other knitters and work on your project, knowing that help is always on hand if you get stuck… or drop a stitch
The shop is always gorgeous, but I particularly like the way Lesley and Claire styled their Christmas window. They went for a cheerful, lovely Scandinavian red & white theme:
I love the bay tree (minus leaves) painted red
and all their gift-wrapping ideas
Inside, they have a traditional Christmas tree with a twist: instead of glass baubles, the tree is decorated with yarn balls with tiny wooden needles, and knitted ornaments!
So, now that you’ve seen the shop, do you feel like taking up knitting too? And did the Christmas decorations inspire you?
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