Needles, thread and yarn have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mum, grandma and aunties were all keen knitters, crocheters, dressmakers and embroiderers and introduced me to the wonders of haberdashery from a tender age. My very first sewing box and pink Tomy knitting machine are still in the attic!
My other interests, and initial career path, focused on literature and research. After completing my BA (English Literature) and MA (Medieval Studies) at Royal Holloway, University of London, I worked in a number of research-focused roles at the University of London for six years before realising that I ought to be doing something far more creative with my life. In 2009 I began the process of rediscovering my first loves – arts, crafts and music – and my happiness has a lot to do with their increasing importance in my life. Music is something I keep for myself to enjoy, but I love sharing my fascination with needlecraft and have met many wonderful people as a result.
Finally, I decided that I should write something about the little things that I make and do for a living and started this blog. I am thrilled to be creating lovely handmade items, teaching others how to do the same – and calling it ‘work’! I achieved a teaching qualification (PG Certificate in Academic Practice, University of West London) and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. I am now a lecturer in the Fashion department of Morley College, teaching garment construction and pattern cutting. In my previous role at the University of West London I taught hand and machine knitting, and knitwear design and development.
I also design knitwear on a freelance basis to fit in with my teaching commitments. My first self-published accessories collection, Frosted Flowers, was released in October 2013 and in January 2014 my first commissioned design, the Leaf and Moss Stitch sweater, was published in the February issue of Knitting magazine. You can view a gallery of images and more details on my dedicated designs page.
You can contact me using the form below, find me on Ravelry – my user ID there is berylliantknits – and have a look at some of my current projects. Or you can follow me on social media – see the bottom left area of this page for links to Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – particularly Instagram where I post regularly. Otherwise, you are very welcome to get in touch.