Apparently I cannot count

I had planned a to complete a full month of blog posts for November in honour of not only NaBloPoMo but also Wovember!

However, some things have got in my way. Primarily my inability to schedule posts successfully. It is not 2015, nor is it January, February or March of 2015. When I’m scheduling posts, I really need to make sure I’m correcting the day not the month… Oops!

Rather than publish a glut of posts in one go, I’ll restart the month and act as though November started on the 3rd (so today is post #1) and continue through until December 3rd with the daily posts.


NaBloPoMo returns, which is always a good incentive for me to start blogging again!

So in terms of what is coming up over the next month, expect photoblogs, socks, event recaps, socks, new pattern launches, socks, future design projects, socks, the abomination known as moths, socks, darning (see the moths again)… And did I mention socks?

Also in shopping news, has everyone spotted the Indie Gift-a-long on Ravelry? I’ll be taking part this year, so a number of my patterns will be on sale later this month and I’ll also be contributing some pattern prizes too!

Friday Round-Up #6

Missed a few of these over the last few weeks!


There have been some interesting blog posts on a few topics which are worth a mention:

  • Woolly Wormhead posted on ‘The true cost of a pattern‘, a post which lays out the process and the costs involved in self-publishing. A follow up post continues the discussion.
  • Over at Fourth Edition, Karie posts on one of the difficulties faced by knitting professionals when off-duty.

And in other news:

  • The Yarn Cake has posted the list of classes available at this year’s GlasgowSchool of Yarn (and also was the runner up in the Best Yarn Shop in Scotland and Best Yarn Shop Day Experience in this year’s British Knitting Awards)
  • And Edinburgh Yarn Festival has released their class list for next March’s event.

And I have released a new pattern on pre-order – Tesserae is a half-circle or full-circle shawl – the price is discounted to £3.50 GBP until midnight (GMT) October 14th, 2014. The pattern will then revert to full price (at £4.50) and be fully-released on October 15th, 2014.

Creative Blog Hop

I was nominated by Jess over at GingerTwist Studio, so four questions, then I get to nominate two other people!

What am I working on?

Currently I appear to be inundated with WIPs (no change there then). Of my own designs, there are two shawls on the needles (one is a circular version of Tesserae – using Ginger’s Handdyed of the aforementioned Jess at GTS, the other is a secret thing which will be revealed in October) and a pair of socks – the fate of which is currently undecided (I may finish them just for me, or the pattern will become available).

I also have a half-dozen or so ideas rattling around my head for other designs, which I need to start considering in more detail and work out if they are feasible or not!


How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm, tricky. A quick glance at all my currently released designs clearly shows my slight obsession with colourwork. I’d like to think that while I’m not designing ‘traditional’ (and I use that word reluctantly) colourwork, I am picking up on the heritage of the technique whilst bringing a modern (and sometimes quirky) twist on it.

I came to knitwear design through a slightly odd path, my roots lie in art and graphic design but I escaped when I went to University and ended up in archaeology and ancient history, which I done for the last ten-twelve years. Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone back to the creative stuff (whilst still doing some freelance archaeology bits and pieces) and have been working with a Edinburgh-based designer who works exclusively in Lego. Yup, for the last two years I’ve played with Lego. Seriously.

While I can safely say at this point that the Lego has not had an impact on my design aesthetic, I can also emphatically say that the archaeology has. My first design, the Kentigern blanket, is directly derived from not only my interests in history and historic buildings, but also from the art movements I particularly appreciate (Art Deco I’m looking at you).


Why do I create what I do?

Because I can? Honestly though, I create what I do because I enjoy it. And secondly, because I get the idea in my head and I have to push it through to its conclusion. It is hard work, and there are times when I will spend more time muttering at the knitting (or more likely the computer) but it is worth it.


How does my creative process work?

Most of it tends to happen in my head, rather than on paper. When I am out and about, I tend to keep an eye out for motifs or textures or even just views that I find interesting. I will take a picture, but these tend to stay tucked away until I need them. I don’t really sketch, or plan out ideas on paper until they’ve rattled around my head for a while. For instance, I was on holiday earlier this year, one of the museums I went to had a great number of pieces with motifs or ideas that could be adapted for knitting patterns. At present, nothing has been done with these pictures. However, I can remember two or three stand out images that I took which will be the ones I take further. So I’ll go back and have another look at the pictures, then consider them for a while. Next up will be charting, swatching and notes. Then I’ll either draft the pattern first and knit it, or knit it and write the pattern as I go.

Now I get to nominate people!

First up, Lauren Smith, over at Lauren Smith Knits – a Yorkshire based designer whose most recent pattern is out in the Knitty Deep Fall 2014 issue.

And secondly, C.C. Almon, at JavaPurl Designs – designer and podcaster!



Friday Round-Up #5

Note to self… a draft post is not the same as a scheduled one… oops!


Another Friday! Here is what has caught my eye this week


  • Fringe season is upon us in Edinburgh, and even includes a knitting show – The Sweater Curse, tickets are still available.
  • The Yarn Cake over in Glasgow has started stocking the wonderful Titus yarn by baa ram ewe. If you haven’t seen it, it is a fabulous blend of BFL, Wensleydale and Alpaca.
  • The Yarn Cake was also featured in the newspaper article on why crafting is becoming popular again, online version can be found here.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

So, no Friday Round-Up today as I’ve been working away this week. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have seen a slightly strange assortment of bits of ferries, random bits of Belfast, knitting and beer. This is due to the fact that in the last few days I was over in Belfast uninstalling an exhibition, then taking it over to Cumbria and installing it there. Tiring work, but very nice when everything is in place.

It isn’t conducive, however, to writing blog posts, hence the absence of the usual Friday post. It was however, useful for knitting. You can get a lot of sock done on the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and back again.

The BF now has one sock, with the other one just started… Thankfully sock number one fits perfectly, despite the fact that one of our nightly phone calls included me asking if he could measure his foot, then me checking the dimensions of my wee box bag I use for sock knitting on the website of the store I bought it from since I had managed to forget a tape measure. Improvisation at its finest!

Friday Round-Up #3

So I missed last week’s round-up due to being down in Newcastle (and exhausted – but that is another story), so here is #3.


Kaffe Fassett has a solo exhibition on at the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum from 12 July to 27 September 2014.


There is the Nordic Knitathon with a number of talks and events at the National Museum of Scotland here in Edinburgh on 19-20 July 2014. (Some of the events need booking).


And the Tour de Fleece has begun! I’m not joining in this year as I’m away at various points (so far I’ve missed the start and I’ll loose 5-6 days next week too) but I will do some spinning during the event.

Friday Round-Up #2

Things which have caught my eye this week…

  • British Airways is apparently joining the ‘slow TV’ phenomenon – bringing selected programmes into their in-flight entertainment, with knitting being one of the proposed topics.
  • Knitted bunting in Masham for the starting stage of this year’s Tour de France had to be removed due to safety fears… apparently the concern was down to the fact that officials worried that the yarn may cause the lamp-posts to fall over. No I don’t get this either… if the lamp-posts are incapable of supporting knitting what on earth are they made out of? However, you will be delighted to know that Cambridge lamp-posts are capable of supporting knitted bunting, even if they do get wet.

Friday Round-Up #1

So, the last couple of months have been a bit manic to say the least which meant the wee blog has been a bit neglected. But I’m back now, so things should start getting back on an even keel (I say should, I know what I’m like in these situations).

So today I’m introducing a new segment, which is basically ‘things which got my attention this week’, except with a slightly more memorable title.  Continue reading “Friday Round-Up #1”