Sunny Autumn Garden-based-knitting

Its Mid-October in a usually chilly Warwickshire and I’m sitting in the garden, happily knitting away…the only cardigan in sight is the one I’m currently working on!  It’s a glorious 19 degrees and the sun is out to say hello! I thought I’d quickly put down my work to share my progress on my “Stripes […]

A blanket, a scarf, a cardigan and several episodes of “Tin Star”….

Hey Guys, I’ve not been away deliberately, I’ve just been VERY BUSY actually doing some knitting and crochet!  So much that I’ve been too busy to blog! eek sorry!  I’m happy to be able to share my progress today though. Starting with….”a blanket” You’ll remember in these posts here, I confessed my WIP shame for […]

Chicken Arabiatta Soup Recipe

Introducing my Chicken Arabiatta Soup Recipe. “Another soup recipe!?”…what can I say, I love making up new soups.  I particularly love the “meal-soup” type recipes.  They are great for taking to work for lunch, or as a quick meal in the evening!  I enjoyed this Chicken Arabiatta Soup so much that I had to share […]

My WIP Graveyard – the crochet edit!

Last week I shared my knitting WIP shame.  As promised here it my Crochet WIP list.  This list is MUCH shorter (yay!) but I still feel a little shame-faced! Exhibit 1 (m’lud) What is it?:  This a blanket that I use every day, even though its not finished.  It still has the ends that need […]

Scheepjes Whirl Pattern – Rough Diamonds Shawl now released

You’ll have seen in this sneak preview that I’ve been creating a new Scheepjes Whirl Pattern.  For a few months now I’ve been busy designing and testing a new shawl using Scheepjes Whirl.  I LOVE a Scheepjes Whirl pattern! It’s such a lovely yarn to work with! Rough Diamonds – a Scheepjes Whirl Pattern So […]

How to knit a simple cable. Its not wizzardry!

Hello, here is a quick “knit-bit” lesson for you! This post is to describe how to knit a simple cable.  It’s REALLY simple, not wizzardry and once you learn how simple I’m sure you’ll be off cabling everything…because other people think you are magic!!! 🙂 For this tutorial you will need a pair of knitting […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Lesson 4, “tinking”

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners course.  I’m sure by now you are getting into your knitting and may have been making some easy knitting mistakes. If you’ve missed them, you can find the Introduction to this Learn to Knit course here.  In Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 We’ve been learning how […]

knitted hat pattern

Super-quick (and free!) Hat Knitting Pattern

With the weather turning slightly cooler, my mind has turned to winter and Christmas.  I love making something to give to friends and family.  I really don’t have a lot of time though so I want them to be “quick-knit” type gifts.  This knitted hat pattern is super-quick, you can easily make one in an […]

Scheepjes Whirl Shawl – New Pattern (sneak peek!)

I’m sorry…I can’t wait any longer to show you this new Scheepjes Whirl shawl pattern that I have been working on. It’s been a looong time in the making and after several failed attempts, I finally have something that I’m REALLY happy with. Anyone who has been following or reading my blog for a while […]

Minestrone and Bacon Soup Recipe

Minestrone and Bacon Soup

I hate to say it…but winter is coming.  Not in a scary “Game of Thrones” kind of way.  A more real, “its a bit chilly in the mornings and the evenings are drawing in” kind of way!  To get you through the autumn / winter months, try this yummy minestrone and bacon soup recipe. This […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Free Scarf Pattern

Hello.  I’m hoping you’re here to find the details on the free scarf pattern that I’ve been promising in the Introduction, Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 of my Learn to Knit for Beginners course. If you’ve stumbled in here by mistake then welcome anyway.  Fancy a free scarf pattern?  You’re welcome to join in with […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners how to knit

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Lesson 1, How to Knit and Purl

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series.  This lesson we are going to start to learn how to knit! If you missed it, I put an introductory post here describing the course and the equipment you will need to learn to knit. If you didn’t already, please check it out! For this […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners how to knit

Learn to Knit for Beginners Lesson 1 – How to Knit and Purl

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series.  In this Lesson we’ll be learning how to knit! If you missed it, I put an introductory post here describing the course and the equipment you will need to learn how to knit. If you didn’t already, please check it out! For this lesson you […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Introduction to Knitting

Hello! Welcome to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series of posts. In the next few posts I’ll be exploring the basics of knitting. I’ll also provide some hints tips and tutorials to help you learn to knit. What’s this all about? In this introduction to the Learn to Knit for Beginners course I’ll describe […]

Free Knitting Pattern - Freddie the Field Mouse

Freddie the Field Mouse (my Free Knitting Pattern) got some Friends!

I’m very very excited to announce that Freddie the Field Mouse (my free knitting pattern – available here!) has got some friends! Thanks to my test-knitters Hennie and AnneDoug (on Ravelry!) First there was Mulberry.  She came with an AMAZING poem written by the brilliant Hennie who made her.  See the Ravelry post here.  Isn’t […]

Dyeing Yarn – How I created this beautiful yarn

I decided I wanted to learn about dyeing yarn using the immersion dyeing method.  I’d seen a technique for adding different colours to get semi-solid shades. Tying up mini-hanks for practice dyeing yarn Because I was experimenting with dyeing yarn and thought it might go wrong!  I decided to wind one hank into three smaller […]

Exploring Ravelry..which Groups are the best?

Strange title for a post I know, I don’t really have anything to say but I’m interested in your responses. I’ve used Ravelry for a while and LOVE it.  I’ve not explored the groups / forums side of it though and to be honest I’m not sure where to start.  There seem to be so […]

Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn

Find out what I’ve been up to this week in my WIP Update

Soooooooo….this week I have mainly been knitting to be honest (sorry Crochet!) I’ve been making some solid progress on my new shawl design (Need to think of a name, any ideas welcome!) I was even doing my bit for “knitting in public” earlier and I knitted on the train down to a customer meeting in […]

Knitted Toy - Gerty the Giraffe

A Giraffe is born – meet Gerty…

Some time ago, one of the members of one of the many Facebook groups that I’m in was doing a “WIP-dive” project.  I thought it was a great idea so I went into the box of WIP that I have and found a half-finished giraffe.  I decided to finish her off…and today I have! 🙂 […]

Knitting Espionage -reblogging

Fascinating article about knitting as a code during the war….blogged about on “Chris and Shana Craft shack”. I’ve often thought that knitting patterns are a kind of code! Here the knitting itself might have been! check it out here! “I’ve mentioned to Chris on a few occasions about my design notes for patterns looking like […]

Take a peek at my weekly Instagram round-up

Here is a quick look at some of the pictures I’ve put on Instagram this week. This week I’ve been stalked by penguins…All over the place….they are even watching me now….sinister! I also have a lovely smooshy delivery of yarn… from All Wool that Ends Wool! Look at those lovely colours, can’t WAIT to start […]