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Overcome Your Fear Of Needles…

If you’re having yarn problems, I feel bad for you son. We got 99 problems but a stitch ain’t one… read me!

Right, let’s get down to the knitty gritty. We’ve all been exposed to some pretty tragic knitwear this winter. Whether it was dad’s reindeer number or the absolutely hilarious THIS IS NOT A CHRISTMAS JUMPER jumper, it’s got even the most trypanophobic of us reaching for our knitting needles. We know we can do better, so why settle for a moustached Christmas tree woven onto your chest?

There’s something charming about the balaclava your granny knitted you when you were six, and however unwearable it is you’ll never throw it away because it means more than its practical value. It’s personal and completely unique. And depending on your granny’s skill level, it probably doesn’t have some incredibly ironic typography stitched along the side.
Knitting has definitely had a revival in the past few years. What once was the national pastime of bed-bound Coronation Street lovers is now a popular activity amongst empty-framed hipsters and urban commuters. It can be an antidote to the stresses of the modern world and a great way to avoid buying expensive impersonal gifts. It’s even entered the world of graffiti, with the yarn bombing trend resulting in many wool-covered trees and bicycles.

Become part of the close-knit community of stitchers and pick yourself up a 44-piece knitting kit with all the tools you need to make your own scarf or tree-cosy! Why not get your mum or nan to show you their moves?

Wowcher’s Guide To: Tablet Jargon!

Life routinely presents questions that we mere mortals can’t even begin to comprehend the answer to – what is on the other side of a black hole? What is the meaning of life? And what’s up with Bruce Jenner’s face? Well we’re always up for a challenge here, and in the quest to cast some light upon another grey area, we present you with the handy Wowcher guide to tablet PC jargon:

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Wowcher’s Guide To: Mattresses

Did you know that more than 200,000 hours of our lives are spent in bed? For those of us who aren’t maths bods (don’t worry, us neither), that’s about a third of all the time we have on this earth. Time well spent, right? And that doesn’t even count other, um, activities you might be getting up to in the sack…

With that in mind, we figured it’s a pretty good idea to make sure that big, springy, rectangular thing you snooze on (unless you happen to have a bit of a penchant for camping or sofa-surfing) is perfect for you. After all, there’s nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep.

Now, you might be a little confused as to which kind of mattress is perfect for your needs. If you’re as cool as we are, you’ve probably heard all sorts about memory foam, pocket sprung and latex on your travels, but it’s often difficult to really know which kinds of mattress does what.

But don’t worry because, as ever, Wowcher is here to help. That’s right, we’ve come up with a nifty beginners’ guide to mattresses that should help you through some of those tricky purchases!

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Copywriter Suzie Searches For The ‘Craic’ In Dublin!

While even the Irish struggle to define Gaelic expression craic (pronounced ‘crack’), it seems best described in English as ‘having fun’ or ‘having a laugh’, often accompanied by live music and with a pint to hand. A friend and I set off for a weekend in Dublin in search of the elusive craic and found the Emerald Isle’s vibrant capital city did not disappoint. Stepping off the bus from the airport, we were greeted by the sound of bagpipes and the sight of men in kilts. Had we boarded the wrong plane or simply stumbled across a Scottish commune? Neither. We soon discovered our trip to the land of the shamrock (or if you’re lucky, four-leaf clovers) had coincided with the Six Nations Championship, with Ireland and Scotland battling it out on the pitch. Our timing meant that Dublin was heaving with rugby revellers that evening, and the city’s cultural centre and nightlife hotspot Temple Bar was even more buzzing than usual.

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Copywriter Rose takes on Berlin!

Like many European cities, Berlin is shrouded in history yet buzzing with hipsters, beer halls and all-night raves. So what makes this city different to all the others reachable by EasyJet? Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I headed to Germany’s capital to find out. With a third of the city comprising of parks, forest, gardens and lakes, you certainly feel a sense of openness despite being in Germany’s second-largest city. We had no trouble filling our time – whether you spend a day walking the winding River Spree to Museum Island for your culture-dose, or visiting the vibrant East Side Gallery where the walls and buildings are a montage of history, art and energy, there’s certainly something for everyone. After meeting the friendly residents and experiencing the wonderland that is the nightlife, I’m hardly surprised everyone’s raving about Berlin…

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Astrologist Marjorie Orr Answers Your Questions

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She accurately predicted Prince William’s wedding date and Liz Hurley’s marriage split, and this week renowned astrologist Marjorie Orr joined us on Facebook to answer your questions!

Here’s a roundup of what we can all expect in the coming months, based on her answers from the Q&A:

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Ferocious crooner Tina Turner once sang these famous words, and as the season for increased romance loometh near, we can’t help but agree with her. We may sound bitter, we may sound jaded, but au contraire dear readers, we’re just being practical. Although we have nothing against emotions per se, ask yourself this question: when love fades, the chemistry fizzles and the butterflies cease to flutter, what will you be able to point to?

Through many generations, women have been giving it up merely for a simple dinner and a declaration of eternal love, but in our opinion, empty calories do not a lasting relationship make. A wise man once said, “the best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and the bees – I want money,” and boys, you ought to take heed. If you’re reluctant to dole out lump sums of cash, we’re not fussy; we also accept jewellery in lieu. So if you’ve had the pleasure of being jabbed with Cupid’s arrow but you’re stumped for gift ideas, show her you care with diamonds and pearls – or just Swarovski Elements, because let’s face it, we’re not made of money…

The Sky’s the limit…

With the wintry weather in full swing and New Year’s having a strong hold on your purse strings, we’re forced to look for new ways to keep the family entertained. We’ve replaced bar stools with sofas and blankets and glasses of wine with hot water bottles and tea, but unfortunately some of us are woefully unprepared for all this free time indoors. Dad’s one-man hand puppet show actually makes the bitter outdoors look like an attractive option, Twister seems to result in one too many strained muscles and afternoons with Monopoly tend to end in bloodshed. Luckily, there’s no need to watch elderly relatives mime Free Willy in painfully embarrassing games of Charades because there’s plenty of favourites back on telly this year!

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Pyjama-rama!

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Take our word for it – the cat’s pyjamas aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They’re far too small, incredibly difficult to fit all our limbs into and boast a tuna-odour that makes us feel like we’re sleeping with the fishes. We’d rather leave that to the Sopranos, thanks.

Thermalwear pyjamas on the other hand, well we’re big fans of that here at Wowcher. After all, the bedroom is the last place you want to be battling the elements! Zuzi’s Thermawear PJs are the perfect remedy to a chilly chamber, keeping you warm and cosy thanks to its fancy-pants thermal material. And if Old Man Winter should creep his withered old behind into our boudoir, at the very least he’ll see us wearing something stylish, as opposed to the double duvet look you’ve been sporting for the last couple of months or so…

Fancy a pair of your own? You know where to go

Ask the London Beauty Queen!

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She received the P&G Beauty and Grooming Award for best beauty blog in 2013, and this week Hayley Carr of London Beauty Queen joined us on Facebook to help you with your winter beauty woes!

Here’s what you asked – and how she answered: Read more