Forensic Knitting – or, a Christmas yarn story

Forensic (adj): relating to or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime This is a bit of a geeky post, but I hope you enjoy it all the same!  I was inspired to write it because I am one of the many knitters in the world making a Christmas…

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…

Creative Inkwells

I’m back to personal knits again – in fact, making in general.  I have some sewing projects on the go and will share those in a few weeks; the pile is growing and I need to slot in some time at the sewing machine!  Luckily the knitting is under control – relatively speaking – and…

Quiet Knits, Quiet Nights

It’s been a quiet-ish week so far, so a smallish post this week.  I’m finishing up some new designs and a block of teaching has come to an end, including the inaugural Sew Over It knitting club.  The first night went really well and we got very positive feedback, some of which can be taken…

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…

Notes for new knitters, part 1: My first sweater

This is the first of a three-part series of posts dedicated to beginner knitters, inspired by my past and present students, but experienced knitters may also find it interesting to read.  I have been teaching people how to knit for a few years now, and there are inevitably questions about my life as a knitter. …