Merry Christmas from New in Cambridge!!

Christmas wreath
Christmas wreath on my front door

Well I can hardly believe that 2018 has gone so fast and Christmas is nearly here.  I’ll be taking a break until the New Year but to the people who have been so much part of the blog and its success during its first full year of existence, I just wanted to say thank you …..

….. to everybody who has read, liked, shared, got in touch and commented on posts.  I love writing about what’s new in this city and I love hearing from you too.  Many thousands of people from 73 (yes, 73!!) countries have tuned in to the blog this year and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my words

….. to everybody who’s given me their time as I’ve interviewed them.  This city is full of interesting people doing amazing things.  It’s a privilege to have met you all and to tell your stories

…..  to Alice for inviting me to take New in Cambridge to Velvet Magazine as a monthly column.  It’s a great thing to see my words in print and to reach a whole new audience

….. to Lucy and Jack for your technical support.  Without you, the blog would look very dull indeed!

….. to my family and friends for their support and encouragement and for being my sounding boards

Wishing everybody a very happy Christmas!  See you in the New Year!!

Mistletoe from Cambridge Market
Mistletoe from Cambridge Market

 

 

Christmas shopping in Cambridge

Cambridge is a wonderful city for Christmas shopping with so many beautiful independent shops alongside the big chains.  Here’s the low down on where I’ll be shopping this Christmas ….

cracker kit cutout
Image credit: Cambridge Imprint

….. Cambridge Imprint for beautiful Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, paper chain kits and their brilliant Christmas cracker kit which comes with everything you need to make superb personalised crackers.  Just add in your own little gift and a joke (cue pained groans from my nearest and dearest!).  And you end up with a gorgeous box to keep for yourself.

www.cambridgeimprint.co.uk

Radmore shopfront
Image credit: Radmore Farm Shop

…… Radmore Farm Shop for Christmas meats, game, free range turkeys, cockerels, geese and all the trimmings from hand made sausages to home cooked ham plus Vicky’s scrumptious Christmas cakes and mince pies.  Choose your Christmas tree from the selection of top quality Nordmann Firs (which won’t drop their needles) and, even better, Ben will deliver said tree to your door.

www.radmorefarmshop.co.uk

Cambridge Cheese Company Christmas window
Image credit: Cambridge Cheese Company

…..  Cambridge Cheese Company for classic Stilton, local Cambridge Blue and beautifully kept cheeses from all over Europe.  Seasonal specials that they’ve been quietly maturing in their cellar include Gumburner (an old, very strong cheddar) and Dragon Slayer (a hard, sharp cow’s cheese).  You’ll also find panettone studded with marrons glaces, panforte, stollen, nutty toronne and plenty more Christmas deliciousness here.

www.cambridgecheese.com

Holly wreath
Holly wreath from Cambridge Market

…..  Cambridge Market for armfuls of holly and mistletoe to deck the halls, holly wreaths (lovely just as they are or add some bling with your own decorations), fresh fruit and vegetables.  At award-winning All Saint’s Garden Art and Craft Market, you’ll find a wide variety of local artists and crafts people selling hand made jewellery, ceramics and much more.  Perfect for winkling out original gifts.

www.visitcambridge.org/shopping/markets

Mistletoe from Cambridge Market
Mistletoe from Cambridge Market

This post is part of my “New in Cambridge” column in the December issue of Velvet Magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

Knitting Needle Lane

There’s a new stall in the Market on Sundays.  It’s bright, colourful, sells beautiful yarns from around the world and makes me want to resurrect my long-dormant knitting skills!

KNL logo

 

Camilla at stallCamilla Carter set up Knitting Needle Lane last autumn, a decision sparked by the closure of her favourite local wool supplier and a family holiday in Cyprus, where she browsed happily in Nicosia’s many yarn shops and then had a light bulb moment.  Returning home, Camilla built her website and started selling online.  She now also has a regular Sunday market stall where she is enjoying dealing directly with customers as well as being part of the friendly and welcoming market community.

There’s a great selection of yarns on the stall and it’s always changing as Camilla moves with the trends.  You’ll find established names such as Sirdar and James C Brett alongside Toft, a contemporary brand, Blossom DK for baby knitting and mixed colour skeins of colourwheel yarn.

More yarn

From Manos del Uruguay in South America comes hand dyed yarn produced by this non-profit organisation which was founded in 1968 to give rural women jobs in their home towns.  You can read more about this fabulous enterprise on http://www.roosteryarns.com/about-manos-del-uruguay

Olive Tree yarns

Sourced closer to home, Camilla stocks bespoke hand dyed skeins of yarn from Cambridge resident Jemma Arrowsmith of “Under the Olive Tree”, who also supplies shawl, hat and cowl packs complete with a pattern and yarn in the kit.  Camilla also sells knitting needles, crochet hooks, knitting bags and other supplies.

Yarn

Camilla has been knitting since she was seven years old.  Taught by her grandmother and then her mother-in-law, she’s always enjoyed the soothing creativity of this hobby which counterbalances her busy family life and her professional life as founder of Marketing Magic and as joint owner, with husband Stuart, of the wooden window and door company, Cambridge Classics.  Now Camilla is planning to pass on her skills at knitting classes held in conjunction with Sewing Daze at Witchford, near Ely.  The six week course, open to all from beginner level, will happen on Tuesday evenings starting on 23rd January and costs £30, which includes needles and yarn.  Plus there will be tea and Camilla’s home made cake ….. sounds like a pretty perfect evening to me!!

http://www.knittingneedlelane.co.uk     www.sewingdaze.co.uk

http://www.cambridgeclassics.co.uk    http://www.marketing-magic.co.uk

Market Hill, Cambridge CB1 0SS