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Ursula The Polar Bear Knit Kit

We gave away a kit to knit your very own Ursula the Polar Bear at Crafting at Ally Pally which has been designed by Barbara Prime,  and now we’ve got the pattern below from Practical Publishing for all of you who’d like to create this adorable knit! For anyone who didn’t get a chance to grab the knit kit, all you need is red and white wool to get started! Happy Knitting! Body: With MC and smaller needles, cast on 9sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd at centre back. Rnd 1: Knit. 
 Rnd 2: [K1, m1] 9 times. 18 sts 
 Rnds 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11: Knit. 
 Rnd 4: [K3, m1] 6 times. 24 sts 
 Rnd 6: [K4, m1] 6 times. 30 sts 
 Rnd 8: [K5, m1] 6 times. 36 sts 
 Rnd 10: [K6, m1] 6 times. 42 sts 
 Rnd 12: [K7, m1] 6 times. 48 sts 
 Rnd 13-15: Knit. 
 Rnd 16: K18, p1, k10, p1, k18. Purled sts mark eye locations. 
 Rnds 17-27: Knit. 
 Rnd 28: K19, m1, k10, m1, k19. 50 sts Rnds 29-35: Knit. 
 Rnd 36: K20

De-stress with origami!

Tired of knitting when life seems hectic? Struggling to find an alternative that’s equally as stimulating and challenging? The ancient Japanese art of paper folding may just do the trick and fulfill your need to create - it's called Origami! Akin to the recent adult colouring trend, Origami as a means of calming down is on the rise. There are a whole host of reasons as to why this may be, especially when looking at the main premise and aim of origami as an art form. Rather simply, the only goal you have is to take your flat paper and create a structure with it. Origami takes a massive variety of forms, from very small cranes and lucky stars, to elaborate recreations of trees and plants and swans that you’re probably very used to seeing. Because it’s created with careful techniques, origami can take most forms and shapes, so if you want a macaw or you’re desperate for a paper piano , you have the ability to shape and mould that. Although projects such as those require a

Sizzix, Explained! By Katie Skilton

It's Sizzix central today on Hochanda, as Katie Skilton takes a look at all the main Sizzix products, what they can do and what they are compatible with... All of which are available on the Hochanda website ! Happy Sizzixing! Hello! Today I am sharing a post looking at all the main Sizzix products, what they can do and what they are compatible with. I hope this can become a resource guide for you and help you know which dies work with which machine. Big Shot The Sizzix Big Shot machine is an affordable, easy to use multipurpose creative system.  It is designed to cut and emboss for creating unlimited fun projects. The platforms themselves come with all the instructions on the so no need to be looking for the instruction book every time you want to get creative. It has a 6” opening meaning that you can use: *Sizzix Originals *Sizzix Bigz Dies *Sizzlits *Clearlits * Embosslits *Framelits *Thinlits *Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Plus