A Summer in the Making: A new Finished Sweater

Goodness me, sometimes yarns can be as prevaricating and evasive as people. You know the sort, those that lurk in the stash for years, hiding behind the prettier and softer skeins, wary of putting themselves forward as candidates for any particular project. Then, when they do it’s with such a lack of conviction that the combination of yarn and pattern doesn’t work and they enter false start and disqualification territory. Although I have to admit … More A Summer in the Making: A new Finished Sweater

Pie dish dyes: Quick and easy stovetop dyes to make your scrap projects sing

In my previous post about my serial Barn Raising blanket projects, I spoke about dyeing up leftovers of solid coloured yarns to make fun variegates and speckled yarns. Today I want to show how I do this using just kool aid, a pyrex pie dish, a few small glasses and a tea strainer to create fun colour effects. In the past I’ve shared how I used microwave dye methods to create tonal and long colour … More Pie dish dyes: Quick and easy stovetop dyes to make your scrap projects sing

Perennials are not just for garden beds; Knitting Barn-raising blankets for comfort

One of the key elements of planting a garden is, for me, building up the stock of favourite perennials. These are the plants that make your garden home, and as they appear a flourish each year feel like returning friends. While I’m still trying out how various long loved favourite plants will thrive in our new garden and experimenting with how new ones will cope with its harsh heat, in my knitting basket I have … More Perennials are not just for garden beds; Knitting Barn-raising blankets for comfort

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