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(in)visible mending

I profess to loving the ideas behind visible mending much more than the actual look. Whilst I have been known to sew a colourful patch on a child’s worn out trouser knees, I certainly don’t want my own clothes to look patched, even creatively, even to draw attention to the political act of mending. Particularly […]

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Raiment of the Tortoise

Some projects seem to take forever. This one I began in January 2018 as a summer make. Two summers past before it was finished and a third is on its way as I am just sharing it with you now. This linen and wool blend top is knit from Yoko Johnston’s Ginga Top design in […]

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Spring Garden

One of my favourite places in the whole world is my back garden. It is a place to be curious, gently industrious and still. Small amounts of effort, reap bountiful rewards over time. Seeds are sown, seedlings planted out, plants are watered, tended and observed, produce is harvested and seeds let to set for saving. […]

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Small things

Woosh…and school holidays ate two weeks in a flash. I did get a small thing finished in the holidays. A small thing made of smaller things. This is a toilet bag for Our Dear Girl made from paper-pieced hexies cut from vintage sheets. I bought a packet of these from a tiny wee shop in […]

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Climate Strike

Follow my blog with Bloglovin What do you write on a day of global climate action? In the Australian Guardian today, Australian academics published an open letter which I am excerpting below. It says everything I want to say. The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible. We are in the midst of the sixth mass […]

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Spindle time

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A couple of months ago, a friend at knitting group brought me a bag of local alpaca fibre. Alpacas make very large fleeces and even after sharing it with other spinners, I still had a generous amount of fibre. It was a fine, black fleece that wanted to become lace […]

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A little more than a cardigan

One of the most useful cardigans I ever knitted was this one here. Knit from yarn I found at an op (charity) shop it served me well for six years, so well, I wore it down. I darned and redarned the elbows but eventually there was little left to work with and so I decided […]

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Well, hello there!

It feels good to be back here in this space. It has been sometime between posts. In my last post, I told you about the Spinal Twist Cowl that knitty.com published in their 2018 Winter edition. That pattern has now been translated into Danish by Marianne Holmen and can be accessed either on the Danish […]

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Knitty Christmas

In the midst of the maelstrom of seasonal madness, I would like to share some wonderful news with you all. Knitty.com has just published an original design of mine in its Winter 2018 edition. In fact, to my great surprise and joy, it made the Knitty Spin cover. The design is called Spinal Twist, a […]

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Tuff Socks Naturally: Ply Magazine

Dearest sock adventurers, As many of you will know Mary Heath from Local and Bespoke and I have been jointly working on the Tuff Socks Naturally project for just over a year now. Tuff Socks Naturally, is an open, collaborative project exploring more sustainable alternatives to superwash and nylon in sock yarn. In November last year, we wrote […]

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