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New Certified Organic Wool Range


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Guinness World Record Knitting

Exclusive to Knit Wits

New Yarns from Adriafil!

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NEW Sparkly Sock Yarn from Opal!!

New Yarns from King Cole!

NEW Autumn/Winter Yarns from Adriafil!

Cornish Organic Wool DK now available in 50g balls!

The John O'Groats to Land's End Challenges for Help for Heroes


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NEW! Juliet Summer Tweed from Debbie Bliss

New Yarns from King Cole!

Sierra Andina - Pure Alpaca 4ply From Adriafil!

The End 2 End Sweater Pattern is Now Available!

Rizos Is On The Site!!

Loopy Sheep and Oscar Bear Kits Now on Knit Wits site!

Keep Calm and Carry on Knitting!

Knit Wits Now Selling Noro!!

Sparkly Yarn for Christmas!

NEW Autumn/Winter Yarns from Stylecraft

Extra Special DK from Stylecraft

King Cole Riot - New Colours!

Superba Bamboo Sock Yarn From Rico!

NEW! Moods and Moods Duet from King Cole

Angel by Debbie Bliss!

Monsoon from James Brett

Rizos From Katia Back In Stock!!

Adriafil Cotton New For Summer!

NEW! Summer Yarns from Adriafil

Giada from Adriafil!

Triana Lux from Katia

New Yarns from James Brett!

Superba Tweed Sock Yarn from Rico

Our Guinness World Record Needles on "That Sunday Night Show"!

Stylecraft Alpaca DK In Stock!

NEW Alchimia Cowl

Galaxy from King Cole!

Azzurra from Adriafil

Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK Now In Stock!

Jubilee Knits!!

King Cole Opium Has Arrived!

King Cole Country Tweed Has Arrived!

Cotswold Leaves Shawl and Filigran Laceweight

New Colours in Rico's Reflection

New Winter Yarns From Adriafil!

Milano from Debbie Bliss

TWO New Yarns From Stylecraft!

Summer Sale Yarns!

It Always Happens When You're Away . !

Casting Off




Julia's Blog

Knitting Event at Tregenna Castle

As part of National Knitting Week Julia and Matt Hopson of Knit Wits and Cornish Organic Wool in Penzance organised the largest knitting event to be held in the South West, all in aid of the RNLI.

Knitting Event at Tregenna Castle St Ives Cornwall

As part of National Knitting Week Julia and Matt Hopson of Knit Wits and Cornish Organic Wool in Penzance organised the largest knitting event to be held in the South West, all in aid of the RNLI.
It was the first time that Cornwall was linked by satellite to both the Highlands in Scotland and Alexandra Palace in London (the equipment was donated by Rowan Yarns for the London end).This fantastic satellite technology was provided by Patrick Child of 'actnow', which is promoting broadband in Cornwall.
The event was featured on the BBC Spotlight TV News and broadcast live on Local BBC radio.(See more photos on thier site) BBC website

Guinness World Record Attempt:
'Knitting with the largest Knitting needles'

This was successfully completed by Julia Hopson of Knit Wits Wool Shop (Penzance)/Cornish Organic Wool and Matt Hopson and James Morris-Marsham of Zennor Gig Club, who held the giant needles.
A tension square of ten stitches and ten rows in stocking stitch was produced using knitting needles that were 6.5cm in diameter and 3.5 meters long. These were a ten times scaled up version of a standard 6.5mm and 35cm long knitting needle. The yarn was rope of 12mm in diameter.
The event was officially witnessed by Claire Crompton, author of 'The Knitters Bible', and Maurice Stevens from The Cornishman newspaper.
All the evidence was submitted to The Guinness ook of Records and verification was received in December. Julia is a Guinness World Record Holder!

Celtic Challenge: Cornish V Scots. Fleece to garment competition

This was the second time this challenge had been attempted, turning a fleece into a garment (or, in this case, a throw) in the quickest time.Both teams consisted of 8 spinners and 8 knitters working at any time plus 2 carders and 1 person to sew up.The Cornish team used Romney fleeces supplied by Cornish Organic Wool from The National Trust's farm, Bosigran, just down the coast at Zennor.The Scottish team used Scottish Cheviot fleeces.Both teams had previously dyed one fleece (with tea) so the throw (which consisted of 63 squares of various patterns) was a chequerboard design.For the second successive year the Scots won the challenge clearly, the Cornish knitters need to speed up!

Speed Knitting

Witnessed, via satellite, at Alexandra Palace in London, Frances Jago managed to knit 250 stitches in three minutes which, we understand, makes her the fastest in the UK this year.
She said that, due to all the attention, nerves got to her and she feels she can do over 260 stitches in three minutes.


Heather Esswood from Rowan spent the Friday advising and showing some wonderful yarns to the public. On the Saturday Heather ran a wonderful successful workshop where Rowan kindly donated their fee to the RNLI.

Claire Crompton

Claire had a successful day advising on knitting techniques and signed copies of her book, 'The Knitters Bible' and gave a sneak preview of her two latest books: 'Knitted Accessories' and 'Knitted Bags' which are due to be released in March 2007.

Seed Power

Josh & Nikki Bond and June Rainbow demonstrated the 'Yarn Shifter'- their unique weaving loom.

School workshops

Jo McIntosh from Knitweave, St Ives ran some very well attended School workshops with the aim of bringing the younger generation on.Many children left proudly clutching their first attempts!

Fashion Show

The finale of the day was the fashion show put on by Cornwall College, Camborne featuring local designers as well as Jaeger, Sirdar, Debbie Bliss, Colinette, RYC and Cornish Organic Wool.

Throughout the day a number of local groups demonstrated their unique skills.Never before had so many different, local craft groups gathered under one roof to display their extraordinary talents.All visitors left having been inspired by the huge range of ideas they witnessed.Demonstrations included: Beading with GJ Beads (St Ives), Lace Making with The Penzance Lace Circle, Weaving, Drop Spindle Spinning and Spinning with The Cornwall Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, Embroidery with The West Country Embroiderers from Penzance, and Rug Hooking from Newlyn.

Crocheting with boat hooks: RNLI - first ever attempt at crocheting.

Julia Hopson and Dave Nichol from the RNLI successfully managed to crochet a flower design, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Behind her is the Landrover with the satellite sending the pictures live to Alexandra Palace and Highlands of Scotland.