Bags, bags, and more bags

There is more exciting bag news to share.


 At Festiwool, Helen, of Woolly Chic,  will have with her Patricia of Posh Knits'  pattern for a new bag design. It showcases perfectly Woolly Chic's Katia Fair Cotton. Helen will also have a selection of bag handles for sale.

The pattern is also available on Ravelry





This lovely little seamless, lined,  bag makes a perfect project bag.  Helen is crocheting a shawl at the moment and with the ball wound, placed into the bag, and the bag popped over her arm, she is able to crochet whilst standing, or even walking along!  Helen can see many advantages of this!




Patricia of Posh Knits (Hesadevil on Ravelry) will also be at Festiwool, with a selection of hand-made Petite Patricia bags for sale - some are very Posh indeed. 

You can place also an order for a custom-made bag, in yarn of your choice.

Gansey Style Fingerless Mitts

The Gardening Witch has a lovely pattern available for sale on Ravelry



This pattern is available for £4.20 GBP  buy it now on Ravelry

As the weather cools down in Autumn, or is yet to warm up in Spring, a pair of fingerless mitts is ideal for keeping your hands warm and toasty whilst leaving your fingers free!

This pattern is the result of a coffee-fuelled conversation between Jane (the Gardening Witch) and Helen (the owner of Woolly Chic) leading to this fingerless mitt pattern being released at Yarndale in September 2017.

These mitts were designed with Woolly Chic’s beautiful range of DK yarns in mind to take full advantage of the crispness and great stitch definition of these yarns. A textured pattern inspired by the stitch patterns used on Gansey sweaters, incorporating just knit and purl stitches.

These fingerless mitts are worked seamlessly in the round. An afterthought thumb is added at the end.

Techniques Used:

The Magic Loop technique is used on one long circular needle, but you could use two circular needles or double pointed needles, whatever is your preference for knitting in the round. If you can knit and purl in the round, then you should be able to tackle this project with ease.

The pattern uses a cable cast on, a stretchy cast off, and an afterthought thumb. Full instructions for these techniques are provided. The pattern includes charts as well as full written instructions.


Any Woolly Chic DK yarn can be used. Samples have been worked in Woolly Chic Alpaca and Welsh DK Wool, Wensleydale/Pembrokeshire DK Wool, DK Pembrokeshire Wool and Natural Welsh Wool (undyed) 
2 x 25g balls are sufficient for a pair of large size mitts.

Additional Materials:

  • 3.75mm (US 5) needles for knitting in the round or size needed to get gauge
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Waste yarn to hold the stitches for the afterthought thumb
  • Stitch markers


Small (Large) 
To fit a palm circumference, measured at the widest point, of 7 (8.5) inches / 18 (21.5) cm. 
Finished length 7.5 (8.5) inches / 19 (21.5) cm.
Finished circumference 6.75 (8) inches / 17 (20) cm.


Charisma Beads

Situated in the Historic town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2XE . We are not open to the public but hold frequent open days at Westmill Community Centre. I try to stock the goods that customers are looking for, and, because Charisma is a small company, I can respond quickly to customer demands so if you are looking for anything to do with beadwork then please ask me.

Address:  58 Burford Way, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2XE, UK 
  01462 454054 


More exhibitors at Festiwool


Jane sells stylish and practical accessories and tools for the yarn crafter, including project bags, stitch markers, shawl pins, and cards and labels in her ETSY shop. She has knitting patterns available in the Ravelry store.

When Jane is at an event she also sells lovely ceramic yarnbowls, handmade by a good friend, who is a talented potter. His yarnbowls have been sold at craft fairs and local knitting shops. Take a look at Chris Greening Pottery.



Doodlestop creates some of the most innovative and fun tools and accessories for fibre artists in the UK. If you are a knitter, crocheter, felter, spinner, weaver or dyer, there is something for you here, and if your not, then we have starter kits to help you catch the bug!

We have also created the popular wip-o-pedia project journal, and similar books for dyers and spinners which are a fantastic way of logging information and memories of projects.

We are a family business, and work together from our home in the Cambridgeshire countryside.


Spotlight on two more exhibitors

HeyJay Yarns

HeyJay Hand Dyed Yarns sells beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns for unique knitting and crochet projects. Each colourway is unique and made with love.

Bright and Beautiful Hand Dyed Yarns

As a knitter obsessed I love nothing more than a fresh hank of stunning colourful yarn. I get really excited about hand dyed individual lots of yarn that give me the chance to create something unique. I love that whatever I have made with unique yarn will be like unlike anything anyone else has created. It's special. 

At HeyJay Hand Dyed Yarns I stock yarns hand dyed by yours truly. For now I am a one woman operation and I put my heart and soul into all my work. I am proud of what I have to offer and hope they will bring joy and excitement to people's stashes and projects. 

Each hank of yarn is made from high quality fibre. They are dyed with professional acid dyes and each hank will be slightly different from the next. They are stored in a smoke free environment and treated with care and love. 

Any questions, just give me a shout!
instagram @heyjayyarn

facebook @HeyJayHandDyedYarns

twitter @heyjayyarn

Heavenly Hookers

This is a crochet group that loves to share its work in the real world and on social media. We are looking at helping one another on our crochet journeys.

Also at Festiwool -

The International Feltmakers Association


was formed to foster worldwide interest in felt, to promote members’ work, and to keep members in contact with one another for exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Members’ interests range from the historical and anthropological aspects of felt to the art and craft of felt as a medium. The Association aims to increase the general involvement in feltmaking through a network of regional groups, the quarterly journal “Felt Matters”, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Members also travel far and wide to learn traditional and new methods and to present feltmaking in schools and colleges. There is communication and interaction between feltmakers from all over the world.


FromCheviot shearling fleeces, the farm has produced pure natural knitting wool balls, and washed hanks. It is a nice soft wool in natural colours. In addition the farm sells genuine sheepskin rugs in various colours, and other sheepskin products.

If you are into spinning your own fleeces, the farm can also provide these at shearing time. 


Appearing at Festiwool

Joe's Toes

You'll love Joe's Toes! Whether you buy for yourself, to give as a gift or purchase ready made, our easy-to-make kits are fun to put together and a joy to wear. We have slipper kits to suit all ages, from our tiny newborn knit and crochet kits up to a men's size 12 (that's a U.S. size 14!).

No sewing machine or glue is needed to make the kits - just simple hand stitching through the pre-punched holes. We pre-cut all the parts to size and they come ready to stitch. Needle and thread are included.  


Sourcing textiles in India is a pleasure for Jennifer. She works with small businesses, families, and individuals, who produce beautiful handmade goods, using traditional methods of embroidery, hand block-printing, and weaving, in cotton and silk.

Having Jentola enables Jennifer to be in India regularly; a country she loves. Jennifer sources vintage textiles in Gujurata, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.