my first jumpers

Whizz Pins sweater -

Hello, I’m back and boy does it feel good! I had prepared a post with a run down of the past few weeks comings and goings, but figured it was a bit too lack lustre and thought I’d entertain you with this instead… During ‘The Big Move’ I packed, and subsequently unpacked, an entire filing cabinet of vintage patterns –… 

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dust sheets

Secret knitting || my life in knitwear

I’ve got so much to tell you all about… There’s the amazing Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A featuring the work of the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen: And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then can I recommend you hop across to the Tate Modern to see the Sonia Delaunay artworks and textiles on display:… 

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hats in may

Baa-ble Hat yarn 4 || my life in knitwear

Last week, much to my surprise as well, I ordered yarn for two Christmas gift projects. I know it’s early to be talking about Christmas gift knitting, but I saw the fabulous Baa-ble Hat pattern by Donna Smith, and know it will be perfect for a few people, so why shouldn’t I get started now…at least there’s… 

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Where do you stand on staplers? Highly useful, couldn’t be without tool or irritatingly rubbish waste of metal? Archivist Anna, reminded me of the perils of rusty paperclips earlier in the week and I have the same feelings about rusty staples which have ruined so many beautiful books and booklets, that any good feeling I had for staples seems… 

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sticky notes


The Post-it® Note is a product born out of a series of accidents – the sticky surface was the unexpected outcome of experiments to develop firm adhesives, and the iconic yellow paper was the only colour paper on hand at the time. Originally launched as ‘Press ‘n Peel’, which sounds more like some kind of hygiene… 

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Depending on the clip itself, my ‘relationship’ with paperclips treads the line between love and hate. I love big chunky paperclips, likewise the mini clips are too cute to not be loved, but those in-between sizes just don’t do it for me mainly because paperclips just don’t work very well! It seems to be, regardless of… 

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pencil sharpeners

Pencil sharpenings || my life in knitwear

It goes without saying that if you use pencils a lot, you need something to keep them nice and pointy with, so today’s National Stationery Week post is about the humble pencil sharpener. The three shown here all work with specific pencil brands. So, on the left we have the Blackwing pencil sharpener designed for use… 

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Pencil ends || my life in knitwear

It’s National Stationery Week, which is music to the ears of stationery lovers like me! My job gives me the perfect excuse for stationery ‘investment’ and over the course of the week I will be sharing a few of my favourite pencils, accessories, and other desktop bits and bobs with you – treat it as… 

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stone the crows*

Roger Silvester

I had my blog post all prepared for today but we received some sad news that our old A-level Art tutor has died. Roger Silvester was head of the Art Department at Selby College for many years, and had a reputation as a straight-talking tutor who pushed students to be the best they could, with… 

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blenheim forge

Hebridean ram horns & antler || my life in knitwear

Last year on Twitter I stumbled across Blenheim Forge, a company producing hand-forged knives in a railway arch underneath Peckham Rye station and a short walk from our flat. I noticed a couple of handles were inlaid with sheep horn and we got chatting as I was sure my Dad would have some sheep horns… 

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when a man is tired of london…

Kate Davies at Loop  || my life in knitwear

I had one of those magically, surreal, ‘pinch-me’ days on Wednesday. The temperatures in central London soared to 25°C and we had a rather unexpected summer-like day. From the 43 bus travelling through the City, I watch workers sitting in any available green space as they eat lunch al fresco, people crowding onto pavements outside… 

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recreational hooky

Lily Pond CAL in progress || my life in knitwear

I feel I am saying this all too often these days, but I’m not sure where the time is going. Another week gone in the blink of an eye as I have been catching up after the Easter break. Freelancing suits meet to a tee, but holidays, although very welcome, do cause havoc with schedules!… 

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spring lambs

Sheep 5 || my life in knitwear

I was up and about early on Tuesday to do the morning rounds across the Estate with my Dad. The flock he shepherds are in full lamb at the moment with new arrivals appearing every day, and they will continue through to the end of April. The morning round is so Dad can check there aren’t any… 

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jane crowfoot & stylecraft crochet-along

Finished blanket - Jane Crowfoot & Stylecraft CAL || my life in knitwear

I’m a big fan of Jane Crowfoot, indeed it was her crochet designs that encouraged me to get busy with a hook and learn the craft. Jane has now teamed up with yarn company Stylecraft to launch a blanket crochet-along (CAL) starting on 7th April. I caught up with Jane to find out more… RA: Hi… 

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the year in books: march 2015

Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest || my life in knitwear

I’m not quite sure where March has gone, but in amongst all the comings and goings I have actually read not one, but two books. Having been listening to fellow South London gal, Kate Tempest’s album ‘Everybody Down’, pretty much on repeat, I decided it was time to explore the roots of where she began… 

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spring socks

Ianthe socks || my life in knitwear

There has been a fair amount of Kitchener stitching going on over the past week and I have completed one and a half pairs of socks. I finally finished my Ianthe socks just in time for the arrival of Spring, having started them last July as a holiday knitting project. It has taken slightly longer than… 

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spring bloom mitts

Spring Bloom Mitts || my life in knitwear

You may have noticed, and I may have mentioned (just once or twice), that I am huge fan of knitted bobbles and like to use them whenever possible in my designs… These are the Spring Bloom Mitts designed for Loop. Released just in time for the arrival of Spring, they will keep hands toasty warm… 

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sockupied spring 2015

Sockupied Coopknits Laith socks || my life in knitwear

The second of my CoopKnits posts is all about the new Spring 2015 issue of the wonderful Sockupied eMag from Interweave. Rachel is the featured designer for the ‘Eye on Design’ section, and alongside her new sock pattern, Laith, there is a peek inside the quirky world of CoopKnits written by myself. Laith is something of a new… 

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coopknits socks volume 2

CoopKnits Socks Volume 2 || my life in knitwear

You’ve probably noticed I’m a bit of a CoopKnits fangirl, and more often than not have one of Rachel’s sock patterns on the needles, so it’s always a pleasure to have her pop by and appear on the blog. Indeed, over the next week I have not one, but two CoopKnits post for you! Rachel’s… 

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secrets and socks

Secret project 3 || my life in knitwear

There is a lot of very exciting, secret knitting in my project trolley at the moment. It makes blogging slightly more difficult as I can’t really show you what I’m up to, but I figured a few of teeny tiny peeks wouldn’t hurt too much… And the same but different… Then there’s this one… Hope I… 

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