February can seem like a very long month. The sparkles of Christmas are but a distant memory and even though spring is tantalisingly close, it can still feel far away. With that in mind, this issue we have some beautiful patterns to help you while away the days till spring. With a distinctly architectural theme, the projects are warm and cosy enough to see you through the coldest frost, the first thaw of spring and onto the April showers. The perfect example is Simone Francisâ€™ Northern Angel scarf, which cleverly incorporates her statuesque inspiration into the textural stitch of the project, while also providing a snug hood to combat any harsh weather.
If you fancy whiling away the remainder of the dark evenings by learning a new craft, you could take Andreaâ€™s lead and pick up a drop spindle. Her fascinating article on hand spinning is enough to make me want to go out and buy a wheel and rekindle my love affair with the craft. There is such immense satisfaction (not to mention hours) involved, knowing that your finished project came to you as a raw fleece, and you took it every step of the way to a completed piece.
Finally, we cannot forget that this month contains possibly the most infamous Saintâ€™s day â€“ Valentineâ€™s. We wonâ€™t ask how many cards you received, but we will instead warm your hearts with the stories of how creative couples manage to work, rest and play together. Lindsey Harrad talks to those who have made it work.
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