Notes for new knitters, part 2: The all-important second project

After making my first pink jumper in my late teens I stuck with the chunky yarns, but after graduating from university I had more time for knitting and, having got my first job, decided to (was able to!) make more of an investment in my then-hobby.  This involved buying Rowan Big Wool – then something…

Notes for new knitters, part 1: My first sweater

This is the first of a three-part series of posts dedicated to beginner knitters, inspired by my past and present students, but experienced knitters may also find it interesting to read.  I have been teaching people how to knit for a few years now, and there are inevitably questions about my life as a knitter. …

Project Update: Sunshine Coat and Pineapple Shawl

Happily, whilst on my recent break I managed to find time for my personal projects!  For the shawl, that wasn’t too difficult – part of my time away involved a couple of train journeys totalling nearly six hours, so there would’ve been something seriously wrong with me if I hadn’t managed to make a dent…

Grayson Perry, “Artists’ Textiles”, and the ties that bind

I’m sorry to be overdue with the blog this month, mainly because I’ve been away and filling my time with as many rejuvenating, enriching and escapist activities as possible.  You know what they say about buses: you wait for ages, then three turn up all at once.  The same might be said of my forthcoming…

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…