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 The big issue

Plastic is a problem. It’s on planet earth for life. This not-so-super material is killing our oceans, but why put up with it? Join the new generation of change makers!

Recycling needn’t end at the bottle bank. Now you can clean up your act, and the oceans,just by picking up your next knitting project. Enter New Wave Yarn, a squishy new yarn on a mission to banish marine pollution. Yes, our latest innovation is a fish-friendly yarn made from 47% recycled polyester — or PET, aka plastic.

 Sourcing a solution

We set sail to source a fibre that is a dream to knit with and positively impacts the environment, turning plastic that is already on the planet into an opportunity.

With the benefits of a manufactured miracle and the downy, touchable feel of a natural fibre,New Wave is one smart strand: fast drying, wash-resistant, comfortable, ultra-light and moisture-wicking. Twelve tasty colours, two carefully-selected sources, one almighty dent to
plastic pollution worldwide.

With the benefits of a manufactured miracle and the downy, touchable feel of a natural fibre, New Wave is one smart strand: fast drying, wash-resistant, comfortable, ultra-light and moisture-wicking. Twelve tasty colours, two carefully-selected sources, one almighty dent to plastic pollution worldwide.

Making change

Now it’s your turn to get creative, and our New Wave is begging for a little off-shore inspiration. Try a chunky fisherman’s jumper à la Steve McQueen, a Team Zissou-style beanie or a slouchy cardigan, lightweight enough to transcend the seasons. It delivers unbelievable stitch definition, so show off those skills!

Plastic is on planet earth for life. But, getting smart with our makes could be one small difference that secures a cleaner future for the world’s waters. So, take the environment — and our New Wave — in your hands and make new beginnings into happy endings.

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We’ve partnered with The Laundress  to bring you the ultimate care guide for your Crazy Sexy Wool knits. 

Think of wool and cashmere as dry clean only? Think again. Your Crazy Sexy Wool was made with love and should be cared for with love, too! Washing your wool properly actually helps to preserve the fibres and natural lanolin, so that your favourite pieces last longer while saving you time, money, and the environment.

Pretreat Stains and Odour

Pretreat stains with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar by applying directly to the affected areas and susceptible areas like underarms, necklines, and cuffs.

To neutralise strong odours, mix ¼ cup of The Laundress Scented Vinegar with cold water and soak for 30 minutes. You’ll enjoy the benefits of white vinegar without the off-putting smell.

Prepare to wash by turning every item inside out to avoid friction and fading. Wash with the same or like colours only.

Handwash

While we apply the same treatment to all members of the wool family (including alpaca and mohair), the safest and gentlest method is to avoid machine washing these items and only handwash them.

To handwash, add two capfuls or a squirt of pH-neutral Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a wash basin or sink filled with cool water

Submerge your items and gently agitate them with your hands to evenly distribute soap and water. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

Run cool water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring, which causes distortion. Instead, gently press the water out of your items between your hands or against the sink.

Note: If there is colour in the water, don’t worry! It’s normal. The yarn dye is simply releasing colour and you will not notice any loss of colour after the wash is complete.

Or Machine Wash

If you must wash in the machine, we strongly recommend using mesh washing bags. Follow these steps for the best results:

To machine wash, turn items inside out and place them in a Mesh Washing Bag to protect them from agitation and friction that can cause matting, shrinking, and pilling.

Select the wools or delicate cycle on your washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine type and load size. Removing knits promptly from the washer once the cycle is complete to reduce creasing.

Dry and Finish

Lay the items flat in their natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool as it will cause stretching and distortion.

Lay one item flat on a towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove the excess water.

Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead, steam to remove wrinkles, odours, and bacteria. You can also spritz The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray between wearing and washing. It’s a nontoxic, allergen-free fabric spray that adds a cedar scent while removing odour.

Pills and Lint

Remove pesky pills on fine gauge yarns by gently gliding The Laundress Sweater Comb across pilled areas.  For heavier gauge items, glide The Laundress Sweater Stone over pilled areas. Always work tools in one direction.

Use The Laundress Cashmere Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair while releasing natural oils that rejuvenate yarns.

Storage

Always store knits folded to prevent stretching or distorting. It’s always important to clean wools before storing, as perfume, body products, body oil, food, and dirt provide a “food source” for bugs.

Before packing, spritz with Wool & Cashmere Spray and place in a breathable cotton bag with zip closure, such as The Laundress All-Purpose Storage Bag. Fun fact: Moths can’t eat through cotton! Never store using plastic, cardboard, drawer liners, and contact paper, as they all attract bugs and encourage bug reproduction.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GANG! Let’s make it extra tasty with delish pumpkin pancakes

PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes
COOKING TIME: 80 minutes
MAKES: 12-14 pancakes

Ingredients: 

320g of butternut squash, pumpkin or sweet potato (with skin and seeds removed)
475ml soya or almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbs of melted coconut oil + more for frying
250g plain white flour
1+ 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground organic ginger
1/4 tsp of ground organic cardamom
2tbs golden caster sugar
1tbs  baking powder
1/2 tsp  table salt

Method  

Peel, de-seed and weight the pumpkin (or butternut squash or sweet potato). Cut the pumpkin into small squares, place in a small pot filled with water, and boil for about 20 minutes or until soft.

As the pumpkin is cooking, place the other wet ingredients (milk, apple cider vinegar and melted coconut oil) in a large bowl. Set aside.

In another large bowl mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, sugar, baking powder and salt). Mix well. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is cooked through, discard all the water and mash the pumpkin with a fork until the pumpkin turns into pumpkin puree. Measure out 245g and add this quantity to the wet ingredients. Mix very well with a large spoon.

Next combine the wet with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Heat a small pancake pan (12cm) over a medium heat, add some coconut oil to the pan when it’s hot. Then pour the pancake batter into the pan, using about 60ml of batter at a time.

When bubbles form on top of the pancake and the bottom side looks golden brown, carefully flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

TIP1: To speed up the pancake making process, consider getting a pan where you can fry multiple little pancakes at a time.

TIP2: Not vegan? Feel free to use regular milk instead of almond or soya milk.

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¡TEJETE UNA MANTA Y ENFRENTA EL FRÍO!

El  frío a llegado y en WATG nos apetece acurrucarnos en una manta grande y calentita. ¡Por suerte tenemos todas las habilidades y la lana necesarias! Y queremos compartirlas contigo… Una manta es básicamente un cuadrado o un rectángulo grande, así que es… muy fácil de tejer. ¡Voilà!

Para obtener el máximo calor y avanzar rápido recomendamos usar Crazy Sexy Wool y agujas súper gruesas de 25 mm. Se necesitan sobre 7-8 ovillos de Crazy Sexy Wool para tejer una pequeña manta y el doble para una manta grande.

Te dejamos aquí un par de puntos y técnicas que puedes usar y nuestros tutoriales para que te sea muy fácil empezar…

PUNTO DE MUSGO

También conocido como punto del derecho, punto básico, punto bobo y punto Santa Clara.

Este punto es el perfecto para los que empiezan a tejer y para los que disfrutan las cosas simples de la vida. Este es el punto que utilizamos en Take Me Home Blanket y en Sailing Home Blanket. Todo lo que necesitas es lana y nuestro vídeo tutorial para tejer punto de musgo.

PUNTO HERRINGBONE

Si buscas algo clásico y elegante, la puntada en espiga es perfecta para ti: es la puntada que se usa en nuestra Manta Koselig. Aprende cómo en nuestro tutorial de punto Herringborne.

TEJER A RAYAS

¿No puedes decidirte por un solo color de Crazy Sexy Wool… No te rayes, teje a rayas.

Este tutorial te enseña cómo. Y si estás tejiendo con agujas circulares, este es tu vídeo.

AÑADIR FLECOS

Son perfectos para darle el toque acogedor a tu manta. Hazlos de otro color para contrastar, o del mismo… Nuestro tutorial sobre cómo añadir flecos te enseña cómo.

TUTORIAL PARA TEJER UNA MANTA PASO A PASO PARA PRINCIPIANTES

Este tutorial te enseña a tejer una manta a base de pequeños cuadrados de punto….

How to Knit a Blanket - Step By Step - YouTube

TUTORIAL PARA TEJER UNA MANTA CON LAS MANOS

Usando solo los brazos y sin agujas, ¡hazte una manta grande, cómoda y flexible! Todo lo que necesitas son 10 bolas de Crazy Sexy Wool y seguir las instrucciones de Jess en el vídeo.

How to Arm Knit a Blanket - DIY Arm Knitting Tutorial - YouTube

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¡TEJETE UNA MANTA Y ENFRENTA EL FRÍO!

El  frío a llegado y en WATG nos apetece acurrucarnos en una manta grande y calentita. ¡Por suerte tenemos todas las habilidades y la lana necesarias! Y queremos compartirlas contigo… Una manta es básicamente un cuadrado o un rectángulo grande, así que es… muy fácil de tejer. ¡Voilà!

Para obtener el máximo calor y avanzar rápido recomendamos usar Crazy Sexy Wool y agujas súper gruesas de 25 mm. Se necesitan sobre 7-8 ovillos de Crazy Sexy Wool para tejer una pequeña manta y el doble para una manta grande.

Te dejamos aquí un par de puntos y técnicas que puedes usar y nuestros tutoriales para que te sea muy fácil empezar…

PUNTO DE MUSGO

También conocido como punto del derecho, punto básico, punto bobo y punto Santa Clara.

Este punto es el perfecto para los que empiezan a tejer y para los que disfrutan las cosas simples de la vida. Este es el punto que utilizamos en Take Me Home Blanket y en Sailing Home Blanket. Todo lo que necesitas es lana y nuestro vídeo tutorial para tejer punto de musgo.

PUNTO HERRINGBONE

Si buscas algo clásico y elegante, la puntada en espiga es perfecta para ti: es la puntada que se usa en nuestra Manta Koselig. Aprende cómo en nuestro tutorial de punto Herringborne.

TEJER A RAYAS

¿No puedes decidirte por un solo color de Crazy Sexy Wool… No te rayes, teje a rayas.

Este tutorial te enseña cómo. Y si estás tejiendo con agujas circulares, este es tu vídeo.

AÑADIR FLECOS

Son perfectos para darle el toque acogedor a tu manta. Hazlos de otro color para contrastar, o del mismo… Nuestro tutorial sobre cómo añadir flecos te enseña cómo.

TUTORIAL PARA TEJER UNA MANTA PASO A PASO PARA PRINCIPIANTES

Este tutorial te enseña a tejer una manta a base de pequeños cuadrados de punto….

How to Knit a Blanket - Step By Step - YouTube

TUTORIAL PARA TEJER UNA MANTA CON LAS MANOS

Usando solo los brazos y sin agujas, ¡hazte una manta grande, cómoda y flexible! Todo lo que necesitas son 10 bolas de Crazy Sexy Wool y seguir las instrucciones de Jess en el vídeo.

How to Arm Knit a Blanket - DIY Arm Knitting Tutorial - YouTube

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WE’RE GETTING TO KNOW OUR GANG OF MAKERS A LITTLE MORE BY SHARING YOUR STORIES AND GENERAL AWESOMENESS IN OUR MEET THE MAKER SERIES. FOR JUNE, WE CHAT WITH AROUNNA. CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM HERE: @bookhou.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF…

I am textile designer living and working in Toronto, Canada and I spend my days making work for my business Bookhou with my husband John and I am constantly working on different creative pursuits like the punch needle work.  I am a firm believer that spreading your creative interests is important and that your work is not defined by one medium.

WHAT ARE THREE RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW?

I am a terrible cook and would need my 9 year old to walk me through making mac and cheese – I wanted to join the army as a teen and was in the air cadets for 3 years and was working on getting a pilots license, but failed the weather test and realized I wasn’t cut out to being a pilot – I use to have a career in making sculptures before the work I do now and one of the pieces I was known for was covering copper wire structures with salt crystals.

WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO punch needle?

I taught myself by looking at you tube videos.

WHat do you love most about punch needle?

I like it because of it’s freedom to create an image and I am not working on a certain type of structure and I also like it because of the colours I am able to use in my work.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PUNCH needle PROJECT, AND WHAT IS THE PROJECT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

My first one was a simple little geometric pattern that when I posted a video on Instagram it went viral and has over 500K views.  It’s so hard to pick a favourite but I think it would have to be one of my botanical designed pillows.

WHAT’s on your watg yarn wishlist?

I am very interested in trying the Tina Tape yarn, I like how it’s very flat and the texture will be so interesting to punch.

WHAT’S your fave watg yarn to work with and why?

I enjoy using the crazy sexy wool and the shiny happy cotton – the crazy sexy wool I had to use a rug hook because it was too think for a punch needle but the results was more organic and less uniformed and I really like that look and have gone on to use it for a larger rug.  The shiny happy cotton I used to make a pouch and I normally don’t like to use cotton because it’s too slippery for punching, but the way it’s spun it kept it in very nicely and I like matte quality of the cotton yarn colour.

If you’re not doing punch needle, what are you doing instead?

You will either find me drawing or making bags for my Bookhou business.

What’s your top punch needle tip?

When you design your pattern try to show as little negative space as possible.

WHere’s your fave place to work?

It would have to be in my upstairs studio, it’s a space separate from my production studio and it’s got large windows so it’s nice to sit there and work.

WHat’s your fave watg yarn to work with?

It’s definitely Crazy Sexy Wool.

FLASH ROUND:

Knit or crochet? Crochet
Coffee or tea? Tea
Netflix or Audiobooks? Netflix
Knit or Purl? Knit
Sheep or Alpaca? Sheep
Jumpers or Cardigans? Jumpers
Chunky or Fine? Chunky in the middle
Neutrals or Bolds? Bolds
Knit for yourself or others? 70% me 30% others
Summer or Winter? Summer

Want the chance to be featured in our Meet the Maker series? Simply use the hashtag #woolandthegang when you post pics of your WATG knits and we’ll be in touch 

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Now, we’ve got something to bark about today… WATG are proud to introduce our latest collection of squishy knits for those four-legged friends. We give you: #WoofandtheGang

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’re a community of animal lovers. There’s nothing quite like grabbing your latest WIP, and snuggling on down with your furry friend for a night of Netflix and knits.

For all those times Luna, Rolo or even Dave stayed by your side during those hours of knitting, it’s now time to knit something special for them.

Nine new Pet Kits are here; from adorable bandana accessories to coats and sweaters to keep your partner-in-crime extra warm during those long, winter walks. Is your pup a fan of a mud roll? Not to worry, all yarns used are durable, machine-washable yet super-soft for your furry-friend.

Our kits can fit all dogs, from a Miniature Dachshund to a loyal Lab. You’ll see Freddie, Jade’s (WATG co-founder) Miniature Dachshund sporting the collection in our latest campaign.

Not only this, but personalised, yes personalised, jumpers for your pup are now a thing. Does Reggie want his initials on his jumper? Well, #WoofandtheGang and your mad knitting skills can make it happen.

So that’s nine new kits and did we mention the free patterns?

Two new patterns are also available on our website. In partnership with Wild at Heart Foundation, a charity that supports animal welfare projects, particularly dog rescue, adoption and rehoming, we’ve created the ‘Howlin Matt’. A crochet dog bone perfect for those post-walk lie downs.

We can’t wait to see your pet-gang looking pawfect in #WoofandtheGang

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There are officially 100 days until Christmas. We’re shocked too, but it’s true. Sooo what better time to get organised about your gifting to avoid that last minute stitching scramble? We’re here to keep you on track, and we’ve even got a handy planner for you to scribble down all your notes!

DOWNLOAD NOW

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WE’RE GETTING TO KNOW OUR GANG OF MAKERS A LITTLE MORE BY SHARING YOUR STORIES AND GENERAL AWESOMENESS IN OUR MEET THE MAKER SERIES. FOR MAY, WE CHAT WITH AROUNNA, THE FOUNDER OF HER BRAND BOOKHOU. CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM HERE: @bookhou

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF…

I am textile designer living and working in Toronto, Canada, and I spend my days making work for my business Bookhou with my husband John. I am constantly working on different creative pursuits like the punch needle work. I am a firm believer that spreading your creative interests is important and that your work is not defined by one medium.

WHAT ARE THREE RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW?

I am a terrible cook and would need my 9 year old to walk me through making mac and cheese. I wanted to join the army as a teen and was in the air cadets for 3 years and was working on getting a pilots license, but failed the weather test and realised I wasn’t cut out to being a pilot. I use to have a career in making sculptures before the work I do now and one of the pieces I was known for was covering copper wire structures with salt crystals.

WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO punch needle?

I taught myself by looking at YouTube videos.

HOW DOES punch needle HELP YOU?

I like it because of it’s freedom to create an image and I am not working on a certain type of structure. I also like it because of the colours I am able to use in my work.

what was your first punch needle project, and which project have you been the most proud of?

My first one was a simple little geometric pattern that when I posted a video on Instagram it went viral and has over 500K views.  It’s so hard to pick a favourite but I think it would have to be one of my botanical designed pillows.

WHAT’S ON YOUR watg yarn WISHLIST?

I am very interested in trying the Tina Tape Yarn, I like how it’s very flat and the texture will be so interesting to punch.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVe watg yarn to work with?

I enjoy using the Crazy Sexy Wool and the Shiny Happy Cotton – for Crazy Sexy Wool I had to use a rug hook because it was too think for a punch needle but the results were more organic and less uniformed. I really like that look and have gone on to use it for a larger rug. The Shiny Happy Cotton I used to make a pouch and I normally don’t like to use cotton because it’s too slippery for punching, but the way it’s spun it kept it in very nicely and I like the matte quality of the cotton yarn colour.

IF YOU’RE NOT doing punch needle, WHAT ARE YOU DOING INSTEAD?

You will either find me drawing or making bags for my Bookhou business.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP punch needle TIP?

When you design your pattern try to show as little negative space as possible.

WHere’S YOUR fave PLACE TO work?

It would have to be in my upstairs studio – it’s a space separate from my production studio with large windows, so it’s nice to sit there and work.

WHAT’S YOUR fave watg YARN TO WORK WITH AND WHY?

It’s definitely Crazy Sexy Wool.

FLASH ROUND:

Knit or crochet? Crochet
Coffee or tea? Tea
Netflix or Audiobooks? Netflix
Knit or Purl? Knit
Sheep or Alpaca? Sheep
Jumpers or Cardigans? Jumpers
Chunky or Fine? Chunky
Neutrals or Bolds? Neutrals
Knit for yourself or others? Projects for others
Summer or Winter? Summer

Want the chance to be featured in our Meet the Maker series? Simply use the hashtag #woolandthegang when you post pics of your WATG knits and we’ll be in touch 

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