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…

Asymmetric Lace Sweater – Knitting Magazine, June 2014

A quick one from me to share my latest design for Knitting Magazine – this vintage-inspired lace sweater! I love working with lace, but upon getting the chance to add interesting details or structural elements I couldn’t help but chop off one side of the jumper ;-).  Many off-the-shoulder sweaters are based on a boat…

Project Update: Sunshine Coat – and a little dressmaking prep

Yesterday was a soggy day in London town.  Deadlines have passed, I found myself overdue with the blog (sorry), and somehow I knew exactly which colour I’d most like to look at – and which project I’d most like to work on.  The past few days have been spent working on the Sunshine coat, and…

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…

1 day until Croftmas: sneak peek at the crochet snood kit!

I am now in the home straight of the Croftmas kit project and as promised, here is a short but sweet preview of the crocheted snood kit.  It is not quite finished but there’s enough done for you to get the idea, so here goes: As with the cabled snood yesterday, this one is also…

Selfish Knitting

In this newly carved out job of mine I have rarely found the time to just knit things for the sake of knitting, let alone make personal projects.  Much of last week and the week to come has been/will be focused on my commission as the deadline isn’t too far away.  I have been a…