In my last post I talked about hat knitting; about how the combination of portability, simplicity but with a bit of interest, worked to make hats the perfect travel companions. In the screenshot of 36 completed hats projects there was however a hat that, whilst it racked up a fair few miles on the clock during its knitting, had a little more to it and stretched the idea of simplicity with a bit of interest, compared … More The Twageos in the Room
As I return to the blog after yet another hiatus, I’ve been thinking more generally about blogging, for instance: Why do it? When I do Why feel guilty about it? When I don’t Why do it at all? … More Taking a little time to catch up..
Wow, I can hardly believe it’s now 8 weeks since Edinburgh Yarn Festival and I’ve just got round to thinking back on the experience, or perhaps emerging from the thinking and trying to articulate a response. Initially it was just so overwhelming that it took a while to decompress and begin to organise my thoughts. Immediately after the event there was a deluge of reflections from some of my favourite podcasters that enabled those of … More Decompressing: Edinburgh Yarn Festival and Beyond…
Back in May Susan Crawford posted an image on Instagram of a Shetland shawl recipe from the mid 1880s. It has a two row repeat for the central section to be knitted until ‘enough is done’ at which point you cast off and then you do the edging for which ‘any fancy stitch will do’. At the time I cast on in an undyed yarn and tried it out. It soon dawned on me that a … More Christmas knitting in June? Gift Knitting Pt 2
Common’s Drape is my new shawl launched to mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hardy at Higher Bockhampton, Dorset. The name comes from the poem, ‘On a Heath’, I could hear a gown-skirt rustling Before I could see her shape, Rustling through the heather That wove the common’s drape, On that evening of dark weather When I hearkened, lips agape. And the town-shine in the distance Did … More Common’s Drape: A new shawl design