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. …

An (un)creative environment…

It has been quite messy and chaotic these past few weeks; lot of building work and decorating at home, and there hasn’t been time to post anything nice.  I could’ve shown you an image of a massive hole in the wall waiting for a window, but that’s not interesting!  But it is almost over, my…

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…

Sniffles, Sums and Stitches

It’s going to be a shortish post this week as the mental fugginess (yes, I meant ‘fugginess’ – fug, fuggy and fugginess are some of my choicest onomatopoeic words to describe colds and their symptoms.  I promise it’s not a typo!) accompanying my current head cold is threatening to take me over.  The chill in…

Update #1: Crochet

So…it’s been much longer than a week!  For anyone reading this new blog, I apologise, it’s been an eventful time with lots of birthdays, weddings and, lest I forget, work.  So now there will be a series of posts arriving like London buses; you wait ages, and then three turn up at once! The first…