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A whole range of crafty goodness goes into Merry Go Round UK,  this week’s shop, run by Julia in York. There’s knitted and crocheted items, jewellery, hair accessories, bookmarks, decorations and some supplies too. It’s true that if you want something done you should ask a busy person, and Julia’s certainly a busy lady, her shop is just one part of her life. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites from the shop.

Some patriotic red, white and blue button magnets.

Red, White and Blue Button Magnets: patriotic button magnets, plastic / acrylic buttons mix, set of 6

A cowl and gloves set in cool shades of blue and purple.

Cowl & Gloves Set: blue, purple, green, indigo marble cowl and fingerless gloves

And a jolly citrus wreath to brighten up a small spot.

Citrus Micro Wreath : cute, tiny yarn wreath with mixed buttons, lime green, yellow and orange, with hanging ribbon

As well as Merry Go Round, Julia also has a supplies shop called CarouselUK. You can read an interview with her here, and visit the shop here.


This week’s shop is Twinkknits, run by Nicola who lives in York. Nicola knits and crochets everything from mug warmers, cafetiere cosies and  teacosies, like this lovely rose one.. tea cosy cosie hand knitted  cream  base and  pink crochet roses

to headbands, earwarmers and gloves, like this beautiful chunky cable knit gloves, I love the colour, and… chunky cable hand warmers mulberry uk seller

baby blankets, cushion covers, brooches, coasters, egg warmers, pin cushions and chocolate doughnuts. Hoorah!

pin cushion donut  with choclate   icing and pins

She also sells knitting patterns for you to make in the comfort of your own home. You can read an interview with Nicola here, and find out about her celebrity customers. Visit her shop here. (find the famous liquoice allsorts cosy!)

On the Craft Britannia team we were having a chat about yarn bombing. Since I moved to Pompey I’ve seen quite a few yarn bombs, so this morning I went on a treasure hunt. This is what I found.

The first one I spotted, a crochet number on Goldsmith Avenue.


Someone’s worked hard to make this tree cosy in Bransbury Park.

They did the lamp post too…

and the tree next to the Arts Cafe. Good work knitters!


Put your bike somewhere warm, with added buttons, outside Eastney health centre

Also spotted these little ones on Albert Road.

Google research tells me this was the site of a yarn-bomb, off Albert Road, but no longer.

I think the yarn bombs are great, and it proves people love their community and want to take care of it. Have you spotted any yarn bombs in your area? I’d love to hear about them.

UPDATE: If you’re inspired check out the yarn on Etsy, and start with this treasury list, made by the lovely Stupidcats, which includes a beautiful selection of warm tones: Yarn Bomb Treasury


UPDATE 2 (7 March) Southsea you have a rival… Saltburn yarn bombed its pier – check it out here