As I have recently started sewing, I have obviously had leftover fabric. I’ve saved the thin strips that were left and have turned them into ties for my ball bands! Once you have used the yarn, the ties can be used to tie back plants, as ribbons, a zillion other things or just cut up and put on your compost heap as they are all made from natural materials. I know they take longer than just buying ribbon and cutting it to size, but I try to have as little waste as possible. 🙂 These are all coming with me to @woolj13 and @yorkshireyarnfest, if you fancy a closer look! #indiedyer #handdyedyarn #yarnshow #yarnshowprep #sustainability

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Today is a busy day indeed! I am dyeing up some more yarn for @woolj13 next week and @yorkshireyarnfest in a couple of weeks. I am also labelling the yarn I dyed last week and making orders! The dyeing and labelling would have been done on Monday, but a bank holiday happened so today is the only day to do everything before my final yarn show dye day on Friday and the mystery box yarns also need to be dyed Friday too! Lots of coffee is needed. Looking forward to meeting you next week, with lots of squishy yarn available. 🙂 #indiedyer #woolj13 #yorkshireyarnfest #yarnshow #yarnshowprep

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These little bags may look odd, but they are actually made with clothing. Usually, once clothes are beyond repair, I usually send them off for recycling. However, there is usually a good amount of perfectly good fabric there as well as worn out material. So, I decided to cut out the useable part and make them into drawstring bags for my stitch markers to go into. Then, the bits of fabric that can’t be used either go on my compost (if it is a natural material) or go for recycling. The drawstring is aran weight cotton I had hanging around. Hopefully, these will get a few more years use out of them now they have a new use. #recycled #upcycled #sustainablefashion

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Crochet, Fairs, Uncategorized


I have been looking forward to Festiwool 2018 with both excitement and trepidation. My first proper craft fayre! What would be popular? Would I have enough stock? Would people like my wool?

I chose Festiwool in Hitchin as my first fayre as:

  • it’s a fayre for crafters rather than a regular craft fayre, where most attendees are crafters (spinners, weavers, crocheters, knitters, dyers, etc.) like myself rather than the general public
  • it’s local (only 5 minutes away from Twisted Yarns HQ)
  • and I love attending it myself

The whole family swung into action to help me get ready.

  • Child 1 helped make up gift boxes, Child 2 tried to unpack them. Child 1 also kept me company and helped spend some of the profit (on more yarn)
  • Hubby added custom handles to crochet crochet hooks, Child 2 tried to use them to eat his porridge
  • Mum looked after the boys whilst I was dyeing yarn
  • Hubby’s Dad printed stickers for me
  • Hubby’s Mum streamlined my stitch marker making process, and kept Child 2 entertained on the big day

As alluded to above I made a profit, which is great! I’ve learnt what works well and what needs to be improved, and have been boayed up by the lovely comments on the day about my yarn and the increased interest to my online shop.


My next craft fair will be Etsy Hertfordshire’s Etsy Made Local 2018 – Hertfordshire – Christmas Market

Crochet, Yarn

The gift of The Doctor

Our house is full of massive Doctor Who fans. So when considering what the theme for my first gift box would be I didn’t really have to think too hard.

This yarn gift box contains everything a crocheting/knitting whovian will need. Each box contains:

  • Some of my hand dyed yarn. You can choose either of the following in a variety of weights (all detailed on my etsy page):
    • Solid Time Travellers Blue
    • Variegated Temporal Vortex and you can choose from the following bases:
    • Sock
    • DK
    • Aran and chunky can be dyed for you as a custom order.
  • 5 Dr Who inspired stitch markers
  • 2 Dr Who inspired soaps
  • a handmade crochet hook
  • a Doctor Who inspired sticker