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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beanies & bobble hats

Beanies & Bobble Hats || my life in knitwear

Beanies & Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is the fabulous follow-up to Scarves & Cowls featured on the blog last year. This new collection contains 36 hats for men, women and kids, all of which are quick and easy makes. As I have found with my From Stash project, hats are perfect for stash-busting and this collection definitely ticks that… 

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strie socks

Four layers of Strie || my life in knitwear

As I managed to acquire one, possibly two, okay several, new skeins of yarn for my stash last week, in the spirit of the From Stash project it was only right that I get a work in progress off the needles. These beauties, knit in Crazy Zauberball, continue the gradient theme from Monday’s blog post. I find it’s impossible… 

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Orange gradient || my life in knitwear

A burst of colour for a Monday morning with a series of beautiful gradient yarns that have recently found their way into my stash. As you can clearly see my plan to work ‘From Stash’ is going well! On a hard-wearing sock yarn base are these beautiful sets of seven 10g mini-skeins from The Knitting Goddess:… 

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tops and toes

Canopy Beret || my life in knitwear

A couple more From Stash projects have made it off the needles over the past week, which is just as well as there have been a couple of exciting yarn deliveries to fill the gaps these projects have left…there is no hope for me! The beautiful beret in Fibre Company Canopy is done, dusted and has… 

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