Cool Cowls: A lovely little something for everyone this week

I’ve spoken a few times about how I once had my doubts about Cowls, but have since been through something of a conversion. Like so many converts, I now wonder who on earth my sceptical past self was, and want to convert every one of you to the virtues of cowls. As I sit here typing, swathed in wool socks, sweater and cowl, steaming cup of tea to my right and purring ageing black cat … More Cool Cowls: A lovely little something for everyone this week

Free Pattern Re-release of an old favourite: The Pencil Bookmark

I there, just a quick post today to let you know that one of my most popular free patterns, the Pencil Bookmark is available once more. When I first designed and released this pattern 10 years ago as part of Blackpool’s Festival of Words ‘Wordpool’, I didn’t expect it to be so popular. Indeed the fact that it has been re-released now is because I was prompted by a knitter who got in touch to … More Free Pattern Re-release of an old favourite: The Pencil Bookmark

Boot weather is the perfect reminder of the joy of hand knit socks

It’s that time of year when we, northern hemisphere sock knitters, can smugly and joyously rejoice and luxuriate in our hand knit socks, if we have prepared that is. Hopefully, by the end of this post if you haven’t knit socks before you may be convinced to give them a try. Previously, when living in the north of England, I spent most of the year with my feet booted. There would be a few days (and … More Boot weather is the perfect reminder of the joy of hand knit socks

How deep is your stash? A love song

Todays finished project is a testimony and a vindication of those languishing skeins in the stash, skeins that we all believe will (eventually) find their project, their day and their own song. I really mean to learn‘Cause we’re living in a world of foolsBreaking us down when they all should let us beWe belong to you and me I believe in youYou know the door to my very soulYou’re the light in my deepest, darkest … More How deep is your stash? A love song

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 by the sculptural qualities of the surface pattern in the design and knew wanted a yarn that would emphasise that … More The Fishbone Shrug: A little swatching, maths and a great pattern