Thursday, 28 April 2011

Drop-in on Sat and Sunday :-)

Hi All,

Don't forget the drop-in at New Mills Original Gallery on Saturday from 10am onwards, catch up and compare squares :-) and also the Woolly Wanderers meeting at The Art on Sunday 7.30 m onwards!

A quick update - the drop-ins were great! Heres a couple of photos of the Wanderers in action!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Val’s Wrapped Sweets

Use sock wool, 4 ply, or baby double knitting yarn. Size 3.25mm ( UK 10) needles

Cast on 32 sts loosely

Row 1 Knit

Row 2 K1 (K2 tog K1) to end (22sts)

Row 3 Purl

Row 4 K1 (yarn over needle, K2 tog. K1) to end

Row 5 Purl

Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice more

Rows 10 – 29 stocking stitch ( knit a row, purl a row for 20 rows)

Row 30 – as Row 4

Row 31 – as Row 5

Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice more

Row 36 K1 (yarn over needle K2) to end K1 (32 sts)

Row 37 Purl

Cast off loosely.

Sew up the stocking stitch body of the sweet. Gather one end in the last row of stocking stitch. Stuff with toy stuffing or screwed up tissue paper. Gather the end to close the sweet.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Welcome to the New Mills Wives Group!

We have another group of fantastic Woolly Wanderers, welcome to New Mills Wives Group, we hear that the needles are clicking and clacking already!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Welcome to the Wednesday Woolies!

Welcome to The Brindley's Wednesday Woolies!! The Woolies from Runcorn have just completed their own very successful Graffiti knitting project and are now joining in with ours, you can see them on Odd Box here

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Drop-In and have a knit with us...

You can come along to any of our schedules sessions and meet other crafters working on the project. All sessions are free, there will be free patterns, materials and lots of inspiration floating around to support your contribution to our project.

If you would like to find out more about our drop in session please contact us at any time:

Drop in date are as follows...

Sun april 17th from 1pm

Sat april 30th from 10.00 am

Sat may 7th from 1.30 pm

Sat may 21st from 10.00

Sat june 4th from 10.00

Sun june 12th all day

Sun june 18th from 1.30

Sat july 2nd from 10

Sat july 16th from 10.00

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Woolly Wanderers @ The Art Lounge

The Woolly Wanderers will be meeting every other sunday at The Art Lounge starting Sunday May 1st to swap patterns, count squares and possibly partake of the fine wines and beers! Meeting about 7.30pm see you there!

New Mills Community Orchard signs up!

Thank you to New Mills Community Orchard for signing up to the project!
Planted on the site of a 17th century orchard, alongside the wooded area by High Lea Park, the New Mills Community Orchard is a new park, wildlife haven, and will in a few years provide a wealth of fruit, free of charge for the local community.

Can't wait to see your knitting!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Car cosies...

Some wonderful inspiration for our car cosy project...

The following  three images were found at:

Looks like a work in progress here, found at:

A knitted car cosy from 2009... looks like it has been done inside as well as outside!!

And of course the infamous......

Magda Sayeg's Crocheted Smart Car

And Lauren Porter's Knitted Ferrari  

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lolly POP!!

For all you enthusiastic crocheters out there... here is a lovely little free lollypop pattern for you to have a go at. If you decide to make it, please send us a picture to and we'll get it features on this blog :o)

This image was found on and was made by Twinkie-Chan
The pattern is from:

You will need:

  • Small amount of DK or Aran
  • weight yarn in Red
  • Small amount of DK or Aran weight yarn in White
  • Small amount of DK or Aran weight yarn in Beige
  • Small amount of Dk or Aran weight yarn in Pink (I’m using Cascade 220 here because I prefer the shade of pink!)
  • I hook
  • 1 1/4 inch pin back
  • Small amount of white thread and needle
  • Some Tacky glue

For the Lollipop... (instructions using USA crochet terms)

With White yarn, ch 4 and slip stitch to 1st ch to form a loop. Ch 1.

Round 1: Work 2 sc and 1 hdc into loop. Drop White but pull on the loop to make it longer so that it’s less likely to unravel (pull the loop long any time you drop a color). Pick up Red and join to loop. Ch 1. Work 3 sc into loop. Do not join rounds.

Round 2: Continuing with Red, work 2 sc each in next 3 sts. Drop Red. Pick up White and work 2 hdc each in next 3 sts. Drop White.

Round 3: Pick up Red. (Work 2 sc in next st, and 1 sc in next st) 3 times. Drop Red. Pick up White and (work 2 hdc in next st, and 1 hdc in next st) 3 times. Drop White.

Round 4: Pick up Red. (Work 2 sc in next st, and 1 sc each in next 2 sts) 2 times. Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, and slip stitch in next st. Break off Red. Pick up White and (work 2 hdc in next st, and 1 hdc each in next 2 sts) 3 times. Do not drop White.

Round 5: Continuing with White, (work 2 hdc in next st, and 1 sc each in next 3 sts) 2 times. 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc each in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next st, and slip stitch to next st. Break off White. Weave in all your ends.

For the stick...
Join Beige yarn to the bottom of your lollipop. I like to join the stick where I just broke off the Lollipop yarns.
Ch 12.
Sk 1st ch, and then work 11 slip stitches.
Break off. Sew this end back into lollipop to join to lollipop. Weave in all ends.

For the bow...
With Pink yarn, ch 7.

Row 1: Sk 1st ch and work 6 sc. 

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Work sc evenly across.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Work sc evenly across.
Break off. Weave in ends.

Thread about 12 in of yarn through your tapestry needle and wind yarn around the center of the rectangle you just made to form a bow shape.
Secure ends and then sew bow to lollipop.

Your lollipop is finished!


Waw,, it all looks good enough to eat!!
Check out this knitted and crocheted candy and cake heaven...!!

If you click through the blog pages, on the tabs at the top of this page, you'll be able to see the project brief for the Woolly Wander we are making for this summers New Mills Festival. We will be creating our very own candy inspired woolly installation. Read more by clicking here

Knitted GingerbreadHouse. Found on RellyAB's Flickr stream

We're also really loving these Swizzles Lovehearts, which have been hand knitted ...

Source and maker unknown (found on google images, if you know the source, please get in touch)

Crocheted Loveheart by Julie Oparka on