The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Spring has, I think, definitely sprung. I did think much the same a few weeks ago but it seems that I was a little premature as we then had a week of rain (the first in months) and the temperatures dropped. This time I’m a little more confident that while it’s still a little chilly in the shade, the fierceness of the full sun means it’s here to stay. Other tell are signs include: having … More The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Meaningful Making: International Women’s Day and making as an intervention in the world

When I started thinking about writing a post for International Women’s Day (8th March…) I wasn’t sure how possible it would be to think beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Then ‘just’ 1.5 million people – read women and children – had been displaced. At that point I thought that my International Women’s Day post would focus on how imperial wars led by men impact on women, children, our communities, and our futures. As I … More Meaningful Making: International Women’s Day and making as an intervention in the world

Hot on the heels, no, not a sock but a second sweater of the year!

Yes, indeed. Having discovered the speedy winning formula of short sleeves, a little cropped but with plenty of ease in the body, in my first sweater of the year, I went there again with the second. What’s more I added some motivating stripes into the mix. While it’s tempting to bask in the glory of the sweater that was knit in a week, this would never have happened if I hadn’t succumbed to covid. Within … More Hot on the heels, no, not a sock but a second sweater of the year!

Quick off the blocking mats: My first Sweater of the year from some very deep stash

Do you fancy a chat about knitting? The sort of knitting that flies off the needles and gets the New Year off to a great productive start.The sort of Project that also allows you to dig deep into the stash and use up that lovely yarn that isn’t quite a full sweater quantity.The sort of sweater that thumbs it’s nose in the face of sleeve island. Great, because that’s what I have for you today. … More Quick off the blocking mats: My first Sweater of the year from some very deep stash

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