Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

It seems that it’s that time of year when some peoples crafting goes down a rather spooky road, and while halloween themed crafting doesn’t really grab me, all seasonal baking does. Here in Siena, the lead up to All Souls or the Festa dei Morti (2nd November)┬áis marked as so many Italian festivals both local … More Pan Co’Santi: A Favourite local recipe for this time of year

New Knitting Pattern Release: The Valdes Houndstooth Cowl

Today, as we head into the chillier months here in the northern hemisphere, I want to share with you a new knitting pattern for a classic cowl that will see you through these colder months. The Valdes Houndstooth Cowl is a wonderfully relaxed and easy knit that will quickly become a wardrobe staple. Once a … More New Knitting Pattern Release: The Valdes Houndstooth Cowl

How time slips away when you’re in the garden

Today I’m writing to the soundtrack of a summer thunderstorm. There are sporadic deep grumbles among the more insistent rain and it’s probably only a matter of time before they are joined by crackling flashes of lightning. Why share our inclement weather with you? Well partly because it’s a cause of much excitement here as … More How time slips away when you’re in the garden

The Fishbone Shrug: A little swatching, maths and a great pattern

Today, while I sit here in the heat I want to share with you my penultimate finished object, The Fishbone Cardigan by Neringa Ruke of Ruke knits. Oh my, how I love this, and so it seems do others who’ve complimented it when I’ve worn it. When I saw this cardigan I was drawn in … More The Fishbone Shrug: A little swatching, maths and a great pattern

A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

It’s been a while since I posted regarding my natural dyeing experiments so I thought I’d do a round up of the various colours and shades that I’ve been cooking up over the winter months, in anticipation of, and to clear the decks for, the opportunities that spring will bring. Today I will stick to … More A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

Knitting for the Bodies we have: International Women’s Day 2021

When so many of us returned to knitting as part of the sustainable DIY activist movement that empowered makers, how has it been co-opted to perpetuate normative beauty myths and conspicuous consumption? In this post to mark the 26th anniversary of International Women’s Day I want to focus on one of the 12 critical areas of … More Knitting for the Bodies we have: International Women’s Day 2021

Afterthought Booties Revisited: Origami fun for Knitters

It’s been a while since this free pattern was available to knitters so I’m really pleased to be able to rectify that. Pleased in no short measure because it’s reminded me what fun these booties were to knit and make up, and to recall the serendipitous route they took from failed swatch to successful project. … More Afterthought Booties Revisited: Origami fun for Knitters