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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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It Is Good To Be Back

Dearest readers, I never mean to be away so long…life just happens and the days get away from me. Firstly we had the whirl of school holidays and then there were birthdays. Lots of things were made but escaped being photographed. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will recognise the following pics from […]

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Craft Sessions 2018

Last week there was no post as I was resting up in preparation for teaching at Craft Sessions 2018 and this week, well…now I am needing to rest after the teaching! ME/CFS is a frustrating, inconvenient illness but I delight in the capacity I have now. Such an effort would have been impossible 18 months […]

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The Wholesome Goodness of Woollen Socks

Today’s post is one in a series called Tuff Socks Naturally, an open, collaborative project exploring more sustainable alternatives to superwash and nylon in sock yarn. You can join in on the discussion, share pics and projects on this blog or Local and Bespoke or on instagram using the hashtag #tuffsocksnaturally.   I recently had my first experience […]

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Memento Mori

This post is about a sheep, a very special sheep called HRH or Old Leader. HRH, photo by Nan Bray, used with her permission In 2016, I had the great fortune to encounter a very lovely fleece from White Gum Wool whilst studying for the Spinning Certificate run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of […]

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The Marvel of Japanese Knitting

This is a wonderful, fascinating book. The patterns are extraordinary and require lots of gazing upon and wondering at. But this is the bit that truly amazes me. Have a look at these knitting symbols. Now consider these words from the introduction. Unlike other stitch pattern charts you may have seen, Japanese charts do not […]

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Rest After Effort

Dear Readers, The Artisans Textile Festival, part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show extravaganza was almost two weeks ago now and it was a great success! The Bendigo Bowls Club was packed to the rafters, warm as toast and buzzing with energy. I was there on the Saturday, staffing the My Spin on Things […]

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