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Fiona MacBride
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Blocking a Shawl or Stole
Connemara Stole blocked on a frame By the time I get to finishing a lace-knit garment I desperately want to see the item opened up and blocked. That is when I get a true sense of the work. I work very quickly and do not organise a filming of the whole proce...

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Me in real life....
Greetings, ...here I am in the studio......Click that link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHRBPtojJVo

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Recipes from the 1960s
Danish Fruit Salad (as known to my family) A hundred years ago when I was 4 glamour entered my life via a young hip relative living near us in Manchester. She was a cellist with the Halle Orchestra and her mother was a cousin of my Dad's. I think my Dad was...

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Letter To Santa 2016
Danish Fruit Salad Dear Santa, I know we don't talk much throughout the year but lately I have been thinking of you a lot.  No, I haven't popped down to the local Mall to "have a chat" with you for two reasons 1) The nearest Mall is 40 mins drive and an ang...

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Saying "Goodbye" to 2016
Sunset light on the hills This piece of writing has been brewing for a wee while in my head and while important to "get it out and down" it is not a rant, more a firm assessment of the year that is just finishing. Next year I turn 55. It's a weird age....no...

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Techo-Bug Baby Dragon
Highway 16 Cowl in its first launch onto Ravelry Most of you will have realised that my knitting patterns are free.  All of them are tested and two are professionally tech-edited. One of them is due a re-write soon. I do this regularly anyway, and always af...

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The Balanced Row....or....spot the mistake
Can you spot the mistake in this chart? For too long lace charts were a silent menace to me. Their matching cousins, "The Abbreviations"  were just mean, jeering, playground bullies. SSK translated as a string of curses while K2Tog was the nickname of a thu...

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Tin Shed Yarns is part of the Helensville Arts Trail 2016


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Blending a Combed Top and Sorting a Fleece
In The Tin Shed Yarns Shed If you are going to spin a whole fleece from scratch and it's not all one colour, you need to have a plan. Here are 13 Steps and Four Big Decisions you will be making before starting the huge task of spinning a whole fleece. 1. Go...

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Know Your Variables
The Author's Studio There is something fundamentally different about the way artistic people and scientific people go about seeing and solving problems. You all know what I mean. There are those who plan out a garden and remain completely cool and calm and ...
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