Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Westcott shawl, part 1

Please welcome my latest design for Knitting magazine: the Westcott shawl! This reminder of early summer crept up on me nicely.  I worked on this back in June-July, which is a normal lead time for commissions like this.  However, it also means that you have ample time to move on with life and get stuck…

Knitting and Designing: projects, processes and reflections, part 2

Christmas fairs are over and for me, celebrations begin tonight with the first festive feast of the season, not to mention the weekend!  I’m looking forward to more relaxed get-togethers; as much as I love teaching, it will be nice to leave the house in the evening for more social reasons!  Routine can make one…

Knitting and Designing: projects, processes and reflections

It has been quite a week or so of admin, teaching prep and knitting plans – including a few late-night finishes!  Yesterday I treated myself to a day out with a friend and went over to Peter Jones, Sloane Square, for a coffee morning featuring Kim Hargreaves’ latest book, Smoulder.  I am a huge fan…