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October 2017 Newsletter

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Hi

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter.

Shops are already full of Xmas items and the weather has a chill in the air, it looks like summer has almost finished in the UK. At this time of year our thoughts always turn to scarves & hats for quick and easy projects, or gifts for friends.

As it happens, we have lots of scarf yarns in our Half Price Yarn Clearance and have just added two Hat Yarns to the list :-)

This newsletter has details about some of the new items on the DKY website, details of the new Customer Survey and the next part of our behinds the scenes series.

We hope you find something of interest in this email - please let us know if you do (or don't).

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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New items

Last newsletter we mentioned there was lots of new items coming this summer - the following are the highlights. New items are usually put on the DKY Forum when they go online.

There are 4 more new patterns from UKHKA - click the picture to go to the pattern.

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We have 8 new books from Sublime in stock - click the picture to go to the book.

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There are six new patterns for James C.Brett Marble Chunky plus four new colours on Pre-order 'by the ball'. Three of the patterns are shown below.

The other pattern below is one of the four new patterns in JCB Harmony DK.

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The following are all new yarns which are available to order in Pre-order Packs - more info on the DKY Forum.

We also have a new pin cushion in stock with reels of cotton underneath on our Other Craft Items page.

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Customer Survey

Since 2003 we have done a Customer Survey every 2 to 3 years, but it has been 5 years since the last one and we think it is well overdue. We have therefore created a new survey and would love you to hear your answers. You can get to the survey by clicking HERE, you can also find the full link on our Forum in the Polls Section.

The questions include the following and should only take about 10 minutes to fill in.

  • What crafts you do, how often, why and how did you learn.
     
  • Which yarns, pattern types and how many garments you made this year.
     
  • Which country are you in, your gender, your age range & your working status.

You can find the conclusions we made from all our previous surveys on our Info Page under the heading "Customer Pages".

If there is anything else you would like us to ask about, perhaps a question you have always wanted to ask other knitters, please let us know and we may well include it in future surveys :-)

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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Half Price Clearance

Our Half Price Clearance Sale continues and, as noted above, we have added a couple more yarns to the list.

Sirdar Head Start yarn is a fantastic hat in a ball package which includes a really trendy pompom in a fabulously bright colour to sew on.

It is now Half Price at £3.72 per ball including pompom.

ball of heads up hat yarn Sirdar Heads Up is a super trendy hat in a ball package.

Each soft mohair blend ball is a softly striped ombré shade with a tweedy nep and a matching pom-pom to sew on.

It is now Half Price at £3.72 per ball including pompom.

We are having this Clearance as we need more room for all the new yarns that our suppliers have brought out. This sale is not an "up to" sale like many sites do, this is a genuine Half Price sale where every yarns is actually Half Price.

We also have a 20% off book sale which you need the following code for - BookSale20 - the list of books included can be found HERE. More books have also been added to this section recently, but you do need to put the code in the basket or the discount will not activate.

Don't forget we also have also hundreds of Pattern Leaflets at £1.50 or less - many are vintage patterns, some are for discontinued yarns and some are slightly scruffy or damaged.

You can get to all the above items via the Special Offers link on our website.

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Behind the Scenes - Part Three

In previous Newsletters we gave you some insight into two of the Partners which make up CPU Enterprises. This time we have finally managed to get Diane to sit down and help write this Newsletter.

Dianne's Knitting Yarns was named after Diane as she was the power behind the business. There is an interesting story about the spelling of the name on our CPU Archive Blog.

Diane has been married to Peter (the final Partner) for over 50 years, has two children (myself - Carole and Dawn) and 3 grandchildren.

Miss Peaches Wool shop was Diane's first job when she left school and she has been involved in the yarn sector ever since in some way or other.

There is much more about Diane and her past on our CPU Archive Blog, including how and why DKY started.

At the moment Diane is semi-retired, spending the summer months with Peter on their wide beamed Narrowboat on the River Nene.

They enjoy mooring in remote places with the wild life all around and, most importantly, peace and quiet.

This is a real contrast to when they come home as the grandchildren spend 3 days a week living with them. This is mainly because Diane & Peter live close to the local College & Uni, but it also gives Dawn and me a break from the kids too :-)

Diane does pop back several times a month just to make sure we are doing well and we often give her a ring with customers questions. Before Dawn joined the Partnership Diane did most of the warehouse work, picking and packing orders. Now, when needed, she is mainly office bound - booking orders, printing labels and sending emails to let you know your order has been posted.

Knitting has always been a passion for Diane and she still loves to knit as well as Cross Stitch & Embroidery. However she is restricted due to arthritis and can only knit a couple of rows at a time now. Apparently Peter sits there laughing because she used to be so fast [NOT NICE !!]. If anyone has some tips on coping with arthritis please let us know and we will pass them on to Diane.

Diane's other hobbies include Codeword and Sudoku to keep her mind active. She also enjoys reading Horror novels on her kindle in bed !! Watch out Peter :-)

Although Diane is not in the office much, she is still an important part of the CPU Enterprises Partnership. She is kept informed of all the decisions we make and often gives us her opinion on new yarns & patterns. We are all proud to be working for a business named in her honour.

If you would like to find out more about CPU Enterprises and DKY you can read the past newsletter stories by Peter in our Blog Archive, plus Part one and Two of this series in our Newsletter Archive.

We hope you are finding our series interesting, if there is anything else you would like to see in our newsletters then please let us know.

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We really value your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Carole
Dianne's Knitting Yarns
CPU Enterprises

02.10.17

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July 2017 Newsletter

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Hi

Welcome to our latest Newsletter.

We know at this time of year, in this heat, a lap full of knitting or crochet is the last thing you want. Of course you could always make small things such as toys to satisfy your crafting cravings. We have lots of Toy Pattern Leaflets on our website, we also have all the Jean Greenhowe booklets, small balls of DK from Crafty Knits and our sister site Craft Bits has lots of Safety Eyes on their website :-)

This newsletter has details about some of the new items on the DKY website, information on discontinued yarns, a Clearance Sale update and part two of our behinds the scenes series.

We hope you find something of interest in this email - please let us know if you do.

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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New items

There have only been a couple of new items since the last newsletter in May, but we know there are quite a few more to come in the next few months. Keep an eye on the DKY Forum for info of all the new items when they go online.

The first items are 6 new patterns from UKHKA - they produce some classic knits for babies and we always love to get them straight in stock.

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We have a few new colours in stock by the ball which were previously on Pre-order. Each have a "new" symbol next to the colour on the following pages.

There is a new yarn from James C.Brett - Harmony Chunky - which is online in Pre-order Packs, plus four pattern leaflets which are fully in stock. We also have 10 other new patterns from JCB which are also in stock. They are for JCB Baby Marble DK, JCB Flutterby Chunky and JCB Supreme DK.

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Discontinued Yarns

We have had a list of 18 yarns from Hayfield, Sirdar and Sublime which have been discontinued.

The following yarns we had online in Pre-order packs and have already been removed from sale. They may well have some left, so if you are interested please let us know and we will contact them for you.

  • Hayfield Baby Sparkle DK
  • Hayfield DK with Wool
  • Sirdar Sylvan
  • Sirdar Boufflé
  • Sirdar Wash 'N' Wear DK (this caught us by surprise as it has been around for years)
  • Sirdar Ophelia
  • Sirdar Cotton Rich Aran
  • Sirdar Caboodle
  • Sirdar Moonstone
  • Sublime Phoebe
  • Sublime Sophia

We still have some of the following discontinued yarns in stock, but we will not be getting any more, so please buy asap if you are interested in them.

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Customer Survey

Since 2003 we have done a Customer Survey every 2 to 3 year, but it has been 5 years since the last one and we think it is well overdue. We will be creating a new survey shortly and would like your input as to what to include.

Traditionally we include the following subjects which helps us to get to know you better and help with the planning of what to keep in stock.

  • What crafts you do, how often, why and how did you learn.
     
  • Which yarns, pattern types and how many garments.
     
  • Which country are you in, your gender, your age range & your working status.

You can find the conclusions we made from all our previous surveys on our Info Page under "Customer Pages".

If there is anything else you would like us to ask about, perhaps a question you have always wanted to ask other knitters, please let us know and we may well include it :-)

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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MASSIVE HALF PRICE CLEARANCE

Our Half Price Clearance Sale continues and quite a few of the yarns are selling fast.

We do realise this time of year is not the best time for a sale, but we really do want to make some room for some of the many new yarns coming out soon.

The best sellers so far have been quite surprising, but probably the best ones for using this time of year. Sirdar Hush Soft Brushed Lace, Stylecraft Senses Lace and Sublime extra fine merino wool lace.

There are 46 yarns in total, all at Half Price, but strictly "while stocks last" - most are now at cost price or lower. The cheapest yarn in the sale is Stylecraft Carousel Double Knit at just £0.77 per ball +pp, but there are not many colours left.

We also have a 20% off book sale which you need the following code for - BookSale20 - the list of books included can be found HERE. Don't forget we also have also hundreds of Pattern Leaflets at £1.50 or less.

You can get to all the above items via the Special Offers link on our website.

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Behind the Scenes - Part Two

In our February Newsletter we started this new series with details of Dawn our Warehouse Manager. This time it is my turn, we did want to talk about Diane but she has taken the summer off :-)

My name is Carole, it will usually be me who answers your emails and the phone during office hours. My official title is Office Manager, but we all muck in everywhere when needed. I do the majority of the website updates, the accounts and ordering - except yarns which Dawn does. I also help to run the Craft Bits part of CPU Enterprises along with Martin.

My background is in Civil Engineering and was lucky enough to be able to use some of the early Computer Aided Design programs. They also taught me a bit about Web Design, which has come in very handy. I took voluntary redundancy and joined the CPU Partnership 13 years ago.

I like to knit but I don't get much time. I have a cardigan I started before my daughter was born, she is now 26 years old! Can anyone beat that? I actually prefer to crochet, especially in thin cotton, and am very pleased that manufactures are now creating more patterns for it. I recently crocheted a glow in the dark hat for my husbands Mickey Mouse aerial topper :-)

I have one grown up daughter, who I am very proud of, and a wonderful husband who keeps me cheerful. Many years ago my daughter got me into dancing, I enjoy Ballroom, Latin and Line Dancing. My one night out a week is to a Line Dancing class with my husband where we help out the teacher. I enjoy playing 8 ball pool and was quite good - but not as good as Dawn. I played for the County and even had a couple of England trials - many, many years ago. I was also a qualified World Rules Pool referee, but I don't get much time for either now.

Running a business is hard work, but it helps that we all work well together and enjoy helping our customers. I am very proud to be part of the CPU Enterprises Partnership.

If you would like to find out more about how CPU Enterprises and DKY started you can read the past newsletter stories by Peter in our Archive Blog.

We hope you are finding our series interesting, if there is anything else you would like to see in our newsletters then please let us know.

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We really value your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Carole
Dianne's Knitting Yarns
CPU Enterprises

10.07.17

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May 2017 Newsletter

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Hi

This is just a quick Newsletter, mainly to confirm the details of the Sale mentioned last month :-)

If there is anything you would like us to cover in future Newsletters please do let us know.

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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New items

The only thing we would like to mention in this section today is Hayfield Blossom Chunky.

This is a pretty self-patterning yarn perfect for babies and toddlers with little "flowers" which appear in stripes as you knit. There are quite a few stripe / fairisle yarns about but most are DK, this one is a Chunky so a garment should be quicker to make.

We have all six colours, and all six pattern leaflets, fully in stock.

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Quick Tip

The Shopping Basket Checkout has a Message Box you can put notes in for the warehouse to see. This is mainly used for dye lot requests, which we will always honour if we can. But you could use it to give an alternative colour just in case one has sold out - this will be especially useful during the Clearance (see below).

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MASSIVE HALF PRICE CLEARANCE

This is our First Ever Clearance Sale and all the items on the Clearance List are are HALF PRICE - while stocks last.

All our previous sales have been time limited and needed a code to activate. We have decided we need to make much more room as there is so many new yarns we want to keep in stock. This is why we are selling all these yarns so cheap - most are now at cost price or lower.

The 20% book sale has also been reactivated but you do need a code for that - BookSale20 - the list of books included can be found HERE.

There are also hundreds of Pattern Leaflets at £1.50 or less.

Please Note - Some of the above items have very limited stocks, so if you like something please buy as soon as you can. You can get to all the above items via the Special Offers link on our website.

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The next Newsletter should be sent in July or August and should be back to normal. We hope to have part 2 of our Behinds the Scenes Series in that Newsletter.

We really value your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Carole
Dianne's Knitting Yarns
CPU Enterprises

16.05.17

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April 2017 Newsletter

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Hi

Welcome to our second email Newsletter of 2017.

This newsletter has details about some of the new items on the DKY website and all the new items on our Craft Kits website. There are so many new items we are holding the second instalment of our behinds the scenes series until the next newsletter. We hope you find something of interest in this email - please let us know if you do :-)

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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New items

Since the last newsletter we visited the Stitches Trade Show at the NEC Birmingham to see all the new items our suppliers have recently brought out. It is always lovely to see everyone again and check out new suppliers too. We did put a bit of info on our DKY Forum about what we had seen at Stitches, including some pictures.

All of the new items shown below, plus a few more we don't have room to tell you about, were detailed on the DKY Forum when they went online.   

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One of the yarns we fell in love with at Stitches was James C.Brett Stonewash DK which we now have fully in stock.

It is a truly random yarn in 6 different shades.

There are also 4 Pattern Leaflets for ladies garments from 71cm to 117cm.

James C Brett have also brought out 2 more new yarns which we have online in Pre-order Packs.

JCB Glisten DK is 97% Cotton with a gentle glisten in 8 colours. There are 4 Pattern Leaflets to go with this yarn.

JCB Harmony DK has Stripes and Fairisle in one ball with 22% cotton. There are quite a few baby yarns like this but this one is designed for adult garments. There are 2 Pattern Leaflets where you can see the effects.

 

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There are also 4 more Pattern Leaflets in stock for JCB Marble Chunky. They show well the 6 new colours which are available to pre-order "by the ball".

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We saw the new Sirdar Colour Wheel DK yarn at Stitches and loved the vibrant colours which create gorgeous stripes as you knit or crochet. The 6 shades are all online available to Pre-order 'by the ball'.

There is a free pattern for a wrap on the ball band.

We now have all the Pre-order colours of the following yarns fully in stock - Sirdar Supersoft Aran, Sirdar Snuggly 4ply, Sirdar Snuggly DK, Hayfield Bonus DK 100g & Hayfield Bonus Buzz DK.

We also have 10 new books online - 5 from Sirdar (508, 509, 510, 511 & 512) and 5 from Sublime (708, 709, 710, 711 & 712). Some are in stock and some are on Pre-order. Only a few shown below - see the DKY Forum for full details on them all.

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Craft Kits Website

Craft Kits & Gifts is one of our Sister websites, along with Craft Bits. We include new items from CK in our Newsletters as we know a lot of our customers also shop with CK.

We have a brand new range of Counted Cross Stitch Kits from Mouseloft in stock. Mouseloft Quicklets Kits are stitched on 11 count Aida with no backstitch, so perfect for beginners. Each kit includes a 3 inch wooden embroidery hoop for framing.

Flamingo Beanie Bunny Blue Owl
Penguin Cupcake Seahorse Fox

We also have some of the Wooden Hoops in stock to fit the Quicklets designs, plus some Flexihoops which fit all the other Mouseloft designs.

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There are also 5 new designs in the Mouseloft Stitchlets range.

Fox Pug Cactus Flamingo Colourful Feathers

Craft Kits do have their own Facebook Page, Twitter account, Google+ page and Pinterest page - there are links to all of them on all of the pages on our new Responsive Website www.craft-kits.co.uk.

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If you have reached this far down in the Newsletter then we think it only fair we give you a some more important info. In the next month we will be putting a lot of discontinued yarns and books on Clearance with up to 50% off. Keep an eye on our Social Media pages and our DKY Forum for more info.

We really value your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Carole
Dianne's Knitting Yarns
CPU Enterprises

04.04.17

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February 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome to our first email Newsletter of the year.

We hope you had a good New Year and look forward to serving you during 2017.

This newsletter has info on some of the new items on the website, the start of our behinds the scenes series and info about the Knit for Peace charity. We hope you find something of interest in it - please let us know if you do :-)

You can contact us via Facebook DKYarns, Twitter @cpu_dky, Google+, the DKY Forum, or e-mail .

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New items

We have spent most of the last few weeks catching up with all the new items our suppliers have brought out recently. In total there were 30 yarns, 131 colours and 16 patterns. We still have a LOT of new patterns and books to add to the website.

There are far too many new items to mention on here so please check out our DKY Forum for a full list. Below are a few of the new yarns, all are available to pre-order 'by the ball' (unless noted), but we hope to get them fully in stock.

Sirdar Sweetie

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Sirdar Sweetie is an incredibly soft yarn covered in the cutest little pom-poms.

There are 5 plain and 5 mixed colours in big 200g balls - just perfect for baby blankets.

Sirdar Gorgeous Super Chunky comes in big 150g balls and is 51% wool.

The ball band has a free pattern for a beautiful super chunky snood on it which would be a fantastic first project for less experienced knitters.

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Hayfield Blossom Chunky

Hayfield Blossom Chunky is a pretty self-patterning yarn perfect for babies and girls as dainty little flowers appear in stripes as you knit. .

It comes in 6 colours in 100g balls and is machine washable.

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk Prints DK is a new version of this very popular baby yarn and has the same luxurious blend of Silk, Merino and Cashmere.

There are 6 pretty printed colours in 50g balls.

There are also lots of new colours in the original Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK yarn.

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Fairground DK

Highlander Chunky

James C Brett have also brought out a few new yarns and we have two of them fully in stock - Fairground DK & Highlander Chunky.

We also have Marble Chunky Glamour available to pre-order 'by the ball' - this is a new version of the very popular Marble Chunky but with a sparkle thread running throughout.

There are pattern leaflets in stock for all the new JCB yarns - below are just a couple - for a full list please see the DKY Forum.

James C.Brett Fairground DK Patterns

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James C.Brett Highlander Chunky Patterns

James C.Brett Twisted Fashion Aran Patterns

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Behind the Scenes

Some of our longer term newsletter readers may remember that Peter did a series of stories about how CPU Enterprises and DKY started. Those stories are still available to read on our Archive Blog.

We know many of our customers enjoyed hearing about Peter and Diane so thought we would start a new series of behind the scenes stories & information. We are going to start with the members who make up the family partnership of CPU Enterprises and this month is the turn of Dawn who is the DKY Warehouse Manager.

Like all of us (except Peter) Dawn enjoys knitting, especially toys and novelties. In fact for Christmas she got the Sue Jobson Bear Book and some JCB Cushion patterns :-)

She has tried crochet but just can't seem to get the hang of it. But she does enjoy Cross Stitch and always has several on the go at once. However one is not going too well, it is a tiger on black Aida which she has been doing for 5 years and has still only done a 2 inch square. [Any tips on working on black Aida would be appreciated - Dawn]

Dawn has 2 teenage kids, a hard working husband and has been doing Karate to keep fit for 9 years - she is just one grading off her black belt.

Not only does Dawn pick & pack orders in the warehouse, but she also has to keep moving things around to find room for new colours and yarns we get in - a difficult job. Last year she took on the added responsibility of Fire Marshall after taking a short course at the local fire station. It has resulted in lots of improvements, including safer cabling in the warehouse & office.

Dawn is an essential part of the CPU Partnership and we could not run without her.

We hope you find our new series interesting, if there is anything else you would like to see in our newsletters then please let us know.

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Knit for Peace Charity

We have been asked by the charity Knit for Peace if we can help raise awareness of what they do. We are therefore sending one of their bookmarks / rulers out in every yarn order. Many of our customers already knit for charity, usually one which is close to their hearts, which we would love to hear about. But if you would like to start knitting for charity, or have no current outlet for your efforts, you may be interested in this one. You can check out their website, and download some free patterns, at www.knitforpeace.org.uk

If you get a bookmark in your parcel and can't use the information, please feel free to pass it on to someone else who may be interested, or just use the bookmark as a bookmark :-)

We have set up a dedicated section in our DKY Forum for Charities where you can post your appeals or show us your work.

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We really value your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Carole
Dianne's Knitting Yarns
CPU Enterprises

06.02.17
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