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…

My May Makes 1: The River sweater (and a little autobiographical note)

Back when I wrote about my March makes, I mentioned (amongst many others), the River sweater by Cecily Glowik McDonald for Quince and Co.  How can I put this? – it’s going really well, and the purple theme continues! I’m enjoying this jumper.  It’s full of plain rows but is progressing far too quickly for…

Easter weekend and other stuff

There’s definitely been a sense of newness, or preparing for things to come in my corner of the world over the last few weeks, and I’m looking forward to stuffing them into future posts wherever possible.  I’ll say now that there’s been a change or two that will affect my output of designs, but don’t…

December Knitting

It has been a busy few weeks!  The weather has made a decisive turn and I thought I’d update you on a couple of projects I’ve been knitting lately.  I have been so busy teaching workshops and planning things for next year – mainly exciting things! – that it has been difficult to find time…

Asymmetric Fairisle Jacket – Knitting Magazine, November 2014

Here it is! My latest work for Knitting Magazine is a fairisle jacket with asymmetric front fastening detail, using Rowan Felted Tweed DK.  As ever with commissions like these, work takes place a good few months before publication: I was creating this during midsummer, which is not the best time of year to be knitting…

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…