Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Kim poncho

This design has a special place in my heart.  It was partly inspired by my favourite handknit designer, Kim Hargreaves, because a detail in one of her designs made a huge contribution to the success of this poncho. First, let’s go back to 2009, when I was savouring my brand new copy of Precious (now…

Mission Cardigan: Update

Last time I wrote, I promised to let you know how my cardigans were coming along.  Here’s a round-up of the last few months’ projects.  First, the finished objects (FOs for those in the know) towards the end of 2014: I’m really happy with how the Drew cardigan turned out, but I can safely say…

December Knitting

It has been a busy few weeks!  The weather has made a decisive turn and I thought I’d update you on a couple of projects I’ve been knitting lately.  I have been so busy teaching workshops and planning things for next year – mainly exciting things! – that it has been difficult to find time…

Creative Inkwells

I’m back to personal knits again – in fact, making in general.  I have some sewing projects on the go and will share those in a few weeks; the pile is growing and I need to slot in some time at the sewing machine!  Luckily the knitting is under control – relatively speaking – and…

Quiet Knits, Quiet Nights

It’s been a quiet-ish week so far, so a smallish post this week.  I’m finishing up some new designs and a block of teaching has come to an end, including the inaugural Sew Over It knitting club.  The first night went really well and we got very positive feedback, some of which can be taken…

Mission: Cardigan – and more amazing textile art

The last week or so has been about finishing things up work-wise and getting more time for personal projects.  This winter, I am on Mission: Cardigan.  I am in the home straight of a small collection of accessories – all will be revealed in a few weeks’ time! – but I can happily say that…