A Heritage of Colour by Jenny Dean

November 10, 2021
‘News in the Margins’ has been pretty quiet during the pandemic but I’m thrilled to break the silence to let you know about the re-release of Jenny Dean’s ‘A Heritage of Colour’. This book has been out of print for a few years and the author has taken the plunge of self publishing it. I have spoken rather often about how invaluable Jenny’s ‘Wild Colour’ has been in my own natural dyeing journey and I’m … More A Heritage of Colour by Jenny Dean

UK Yarn Shows 2020, a Handy Guide from Travelknitter

January 20, 2020
There’s such a range of yarn shows across the UK and this handy list by Travelknitter covers most that I’m aware of, and certainly so many more than I’ve been to. Larissa’s list has clickable links to all the festivals listed. My own experience is limited to Woolfest, Yarndale (both previously local to me) and Edinburgh Yarn Festival (a short train ride away but on hiatus in 2020) and the big one that was Shetland … More UK Yarn Shows 2020, a Handy Guide from Travelknitter

Get Garter: Another Classic from Woolly Wormhead

January 17, 2020
If you’re looking for a treat this weekend, maybe you should check out Get Garter, the new ebook from Woolly Wormhead, which I can’t help but feel is going to become something of an instant classic. It combines Woolly’s talent for innovative construction, great fit and styles to suit all, with all the support and tutorials you need to turn you hat knitting on it’s side and your world on it’s head. Now if you’ve … More Get Garter: Another Classic from Woolly Wormhead

Evolution: An exciting new title from Susan Crawford

January 8, 2020
Evolution is the result of ongoing inspiration from Susan’s most recent Tour de force, The Vintage Shetland Project, which I’ve knitted for and from and blogged about at some length previously. Susan, via her newsletter, explains the relationship between the two: As I worked on The Vintage Shetland Project, I naturally found inspiration at every turn, and slowly the concept of a ‘modern’ collection inspired by the period pieces from the Museum began to form, … More Evolution: An exciting new title from Susan Crawford

Worth a listen: Fidget on Four

January 2, 2020
I caught this BBC Radio 4 programme whilst cooking on News Years Eve and really enjoyed the reflections on fiddling, doodling and knitting – it really resonated with me! If a programme that takes knitting seriously appeals, then you too may want to give it a listen. See below for the full programme outline. Programme link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cmyz This is an english language programme lasting 28 minutes. BBC Radio 4 is generally made available via the … More Worth a listen: Fidget on Four