A cosy red kerchief 

I spent a considerable amount of time this week chasing spiders off two antique farm carts. Some of the webs they left behind might well have been antiques themselves and at times I was concerned that once their structural support was removed the woodworm might win, but the talented craftsmen that made them knew their…

Pretty in pink

Apart from an ill advised adventure with a faux fur-lined knitted trapper hat (which will get blogged once I’ve made it work and finished hoovering up all the loose fur) I’ve been working on this sweet pram blanket for the past week or so.  My lovely friend Tracey asked me to make something to keep…

Sweet dreams….

I have a cold. My universe has temporarily narrowed to my nose and forehead, with time measured as the gap between sneezes. I’ve spent the day on the sofa, curled under one of my crochet blankets, drinking as much water as possible.  I’m very bad at being idle, so I did pick up something to…

A knight in shining armour

With a whole 15 hours to go before the little prince’s birthday party, every end has been woven in, there’s a nifty bit of embroidery gone on and the chainmail is boxed and wrapped with a big red ribbon.  It is far from perfect, but it is most definitely cute and will keep my favourite…

If Medusa wore socks…

Socks, handknitted, cables, sock knitting, chunky yarn, adapting patterns, circular knitting, magic loop, snaky cables, Medusa socks.

Fit for a prince

It is one of my favourite little people’s birthday at the end of the month. He is the beloved offspring of one of my favourite slightly larger people and getting to know my old friend as a mother, whilst watching her gorgeous son grow has been one of the joys of the last four years. …

Just in time for snow!

The rather daunting weather forecast had made me speed up on my new socks. I’ve just grafted my second toe, woven in my ends and these foot duvets are ready to wear! My first finished project of the year.  Er… yes. I clearly ran out of yarn and had to make my second foot from…

A happy distraction

So I clearly got distracted about five minutes after my last post. A few pages after my spiral heelless socks in Easy Knitted Socks is a great chunky pattern for a pair of mock-cable lovelies. Watching me from my shelf-stash was a ball of yarn that was shouting “Warm feet! Warm feet!” at me, and…

Cold feet

After years of trying and failing, I have only recently finally got the hang of knitting socks. My first finished pair are a complete joy, for all that they are very basic. As so often, this has turned out to be the right skill at the right time. On Friday, a very important boiler for…

Oh dear dungarees

I spend a lot of time at work polishing floors in unheated, ancient rooms. I need something warm and practical and hard-wearing for the winter.  Way back in the summer, I bought 3 metres of a beige corduroy in John Lewis for a bargain  ¬£4 a metre. The plan then, such as it was, was…

A little bit of patchwork

Among my many WIPs are not just one, but two patchwork quilts. I really hate throwing away the leftovers from any dressmaking and so have amassed quite a bit of rag and cut offs. In my head, this is an organised and productive process. Larger bits are made into smalls (there’s some great knicker patterns…

New Year’s resolutions

The 3rd January might be a little late to start on a resolution, but at least I’VE spared myself three days of failing! After very cultured and philosophical resolutions in years gone by (go to the theatre every month, read more Dickens, learn to dance) this year I’m aiming for something more prosaic. I’m rather…