Lambswool pencil scarf from Sara Carr on Folksy

I'm secretly glad at the sight of autumn. Can't wait to get my winter woollies on. So, added to the wishlist is this Lambswool pencil scarf by Sara Carr who has a Folksy shop full of fab woollens.

Knitted milk

Nicole Gastonguay makes wonderful things. There's a lot of knitted stuff around at the moment but this stands out as a cut above the rest. I had real trouble picking a favourite - check out her gallery for knitted sardine cans, robots and boom boxes (via Tantramar).

Update: Apologies to all crafters. Han has kindly pointed out that these are crocheted not knitted. Just ignore that headline, then. I can't think of a pun on crochet at this time of the morning.

Knitted paper chain

Every year, I peak too soon for Christmas. I get really excited around now (or October, usually), feel guilty because everyone's moaning about it coming earlier every year, don't do any shopping for fear of social stigma and then when it's a respectable (last minute) time to shop I don't feel like it. So I thought I'd start thinking at least, and tagging anything that catches my eye (with the word Shopping). This year I'd like to support small traders and independent shops, particularly British ones. If you can buy online, even better. I've got a few to mention but would like tips. Something lovely and unique please, and not too pricey.

So following on from Present & Correct and We Live Here comes All The Fun of The Fair based in London's Kingly Court. They make brilliant hand-knitted creations like the festive paper chain above, or supercute knitted cupcakes. The Knit Your Own Bunting kit is an all-year round festive must have.

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