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Trudi Johnston - Knit Stop for Kids

Trudi Johnston - Knit Stop for Kids

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund the newest community project that we are working on is Knit Stop for Kids, teaching knitting and fibre art in schools. The overall aim is to understand the difference that learning to knit makes to the children and also to develop a model that other schools can use for their own learn to knit programmes. Knit Stop for Kids grew out of the foundation laid by Nicki Duminel last year where she regularly knit with children in four local schools. At the end of the school year we thought it would...

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Meet our Makers - Lilypond Yarns

Meet our Makers - Lilypond Yarns

Meet our Makers - Lilypond Yarns Lilypond Yarns is a local yarn dyeing business established by two friends; Fiona (on left) and Abby (on right). We love stocking their beautiful yarns in the shop! We've watched their business grow from it's very beginning when they attended a yarn dyeing workshop here at Wool on the Exe less than two years ago. It's amazing what wonderful things can happen when you take a chance and try something new! We've invited them to share their inspiring story here. Fiona and Abby We are two friends who have known each other since our daughters met...

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Ken Clark - Woodturner

Ken Clark - Woodturner

At Wool on the Exe we sell work by talented local artists and crafters, making the shop such an inspiring place to visit.  Ken Clark is the wood turner who makes a range of products that we sell at Wool on the Exe, including his extremely popular wooden yarn bowls. We'd like to share more about his story; how he came to his craft and what he enjoys about it. Kenneth Clark - Wood turner  Ken was a builder by trade until 1994 when he collapsed at work and was taken to hospital. He was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. After a...

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Sock photo competition winner announced!

Sock photo competition winner announced!

It's been a lot of fun hosting this sock themed photo competition! We've seen some truly impressive sock knitting; from huge numbers of socks to intricately detailed socks, all yarn types and colours, both knit and crochet. We've heard from people who love to make socks, those who are new to sock knitting, and some very lucky people who receive lots of hand knit socks! Here are some of the entries that were emailed to us and posted online. All of the socks below were knit in one year by a new sock knitter. These 50 pairs of socks were knit for one...

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Show Us Your Socks!

Show Us Your Socks!

We have socks on our minds at Wool on the Exe!  Here in the shop we're all big fans of handknit socks; we love knitting socks, wearing handknit socks, and of course, we LOVE sock yarn! Debbie's lively window display is a celebration of this, featuring some of the handknit socks that we sell in the shop, alongside some of our favourite yarns. We have also been lucky to be loaned some fabulous hobby horses made from socks by the kindergarten students at the Exeter Steiner Academy.  We know that many of our customers share our enthusiasm for all things sock, and...

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