Notes for new knitters, part 2: The all-important second project

After making my first pink jumper in my late teens I stuck with the chunky yarns, but after graduating from university I had more time for knitting and, having got my first job, decided to (was able to!) make more of an investment in my then-hobby.  This involved buying Rowan Big Wool – then something…

Selfish Knitting: The Pisces pullover and the not-so-Bleak cardigan

Over the last couple of weeks I have been blessed with the luxury of free time!  Wow!  Part of this involved a long weekend in Edinburgh, and part of this involved getting things done for myself, and no-one else.  It’s a bit like the shoemaker’s son going barefoot, or the builder’s house falling down: I’ve…

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…

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…