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Arts and crafts aren't just hobbies. Three London Fashion Week designers show that, with the right vision, they can be used to create genre-defying designs

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

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Hard as nails

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Investment View: Mothercare is being nurtured back to health

Is Simon Calver's TLC going to help Mothercare to grow up into something better than the truculent child it has been for the last few years? I'm beginning to think that there's a chance. I was critical of Mr Calver's appointment: An internet guy for a flailing mother-and-baby chain with a big bricks and mortar estate (he made his name at LoveFilm). Hardly the obvious choice. That's not least because many of the chain's recent failures seemed to stem in part from the company failing to recognise what its customer base wanted and needed from those shops (you'd know if you'd ever tried to push a pram around the tightly packed shelves).

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Who will pick up the pieces when a DIY holiday booking goes wrong?

Q. I booked to go to Budapest for a short break, outbound with Wizz Air, coming back with easyJet. Our flight out was cancelled because of an electrical fault at Budapest airport. Wizz Air offered to refund the flight, and said I could write to them regarding the cost of the hotel, but cannot guarantee I would get the money back; easyJet refuses to do anything. I did not take out travel insurance. Sophia, London

Being modern: Paternity leave

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Save the Children ambassador Myleene Klass models a Christmas jumper

Fashion: 'Twas the knit before Christmas...

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Out of Africa

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Sodastream causes an ad-break fizz with its soft-drinks takedown

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The curious history of kitchen utensils and their changing forms makes for a book to savour

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