My sewing challenge: Making the 1960s coat and bagging out the lining

May I proudly present my very first coat!  I actually finished it three months or so ago, but have been wearing it nonstop ever since.  These full-length photos were taken as soon as I got home yesterday evening – which also explains the natural light. This has long been a dressmaking ambition of mine, and…

New knitting and crochet classes – London, Feb-June 2015

A quick post to let you know about the knitting and crochet classes I’ll be teaching for the first half of 2015.  I am already working on ideas for new classes in the second half of the year and can’t wait to see how people respond, but there’s this on offer in the meantime: Fringe…

Selfish Knitting: The Pisces pullover and the not-so-Bleak cardigan

Over the last couple of weeks I have been blessed with the luxury of free time!  Wow!  Part of this involved a long weekend in Edinburgh, and part of this involved getting things done for myself, and no-one else.  It’s a bit like the shoemaker’s son going barefoot, or the builder’s house falling down: I’ve…

Two New Projects: Pineapple shawl and Sunshine coat

A magazine deadline has been and gone, and this week I have found myself with two days off!  I haven’t been in that situation for a few weeks so I thought I’d spend some of the time relaxing, eating pancakes and devoting a bit of time to personal projects.  The first of these is the…

A Crochet Weekend

I have been slightly quieter than usual because I’ve been in knitwear design mode for an early March deadline.  All is ticking along well and I’m enjoying it, but as ever, when working on creative solo projects, it is lovely to have a bit of an escape.  So just a quick one from me this…