Turning Wrinkles into Smiles

Happy new year dear readers!  I hope you all had a lovely festive season.  I did, and spent a lot of time sleeping like a cat.  I’ve known a number of kittens over the years, and wondered why they felt the need to sleep so much.  I’ve found that naps are quite nice!  Sorry if…

Sights for sore eyes: Textile art and Kim Hargreaves’ North

I haven’t had much time for my blog for several weeks, but now that my latest commission is finished (you’ll be hearing more about it, not to mention seeing it, this autumn) I can share a few of the sights and activities that have kept me sane and inspired in the interim.  I have been…

Selfish Knitting: My Pisces pullover

It’s a short, sweet and relatively quiet post from me this week.  I have been busy preparing for a photoshoot tomorrow, but in between that and finishing the Sunshine Coat I have found a moment to cast on for a jumper I’ve been longing to knit for some time.  It’s been one of those situations…

Bank holiday R&R

This weekend I found myself casting on for some selfish knitting and, more unexpectedly, visiting the London Sewing Machine Museum, which was an absolute delight. The museum is one of those hiding in plain sight.  It is attached and adjacent to my local haberdashery store, where I also bought some soft muslin to line my…

Twelfth Night Blues

Happy New Year, happy Twelfth Night (or Day!) – and apologies for not signing off properly before Christmas.  I hope you’ve had a lovely break with your nearest and dearest.  I couldn’t check out quickly enough and tried to make the most of the relief from routine.  Traditionally, Twelfth Night marked the end of Christmas…

Tying Up Loose Ends

So, my teaching for the year is over!  Ever since I was a schoolgirl, I have been baffled by the organisation of the teaching calendar.  Why is it that the longest term and most intensive period of learning is at the end of the year?  The days are shortening, Nature’s colours are fading, the temperature…