whoops I tripped {Advent blog along day six}

…and fell into three balls of yarn and a new project. Because it’s not like I have anything going on this month, is it? Nothing that I’m falling behind on. No to-do list blowing out with extra jobs because I’m a sucker for “just a quick favour, if that’s ok?”. Nothing at all to do with my days besides order […]

shawl be coming’ round the mountain

In our podcast recording today, we were chatting about how it doesn’t feel like Christmas if you are sitting around in your jeans and a jumper. The festive season is all about the smell of fresh air and mangos and sunscreen, of doors thrown open early to catch the cool then closed up against the heat, of cicadas calling in […]

spin cycle

Is there anything quite like the energy of not only a new project, but a whole new hobby, complete with shiny new toys? My mind has been buzzing with that energy, itching for creative play time. The last couple of weeks have been busy, and my lovely new spinning wheel has remained tucked up cozy in it’s little bag, crying […]

one step forward, two steps back

For someone who suffers a terminal case of imposter syndrome, it is, ironically, my hubris that brings me undone out often. Last night, powering through my knitting, I was patting myself on the back at my progress. I was done to 86 stitches a row, from 128. I was on row 83 of 160, and each row was going quicker […]

…spin me a yarn…

When you grow up as a long-term-local in your folks home town, extended family events are as regular an event on the calendar as Brownies and netball and library. As a child, we would pile into the car with mum and nan and head out to one of the outlying villages where my mum grew up. These days it’s maybe […]

…blogtober day 7 :: linarii progress…

Never once have I managed to pack a realistic amount of craft projects for travel. Going for a month? Need a full crate. Going for a weekend full of events? Three projects minimum. A week in the city? Well, let’s try and be realistic – two projects, the iPad to draw with, three podcast episodes to edit, daily blog posts…and […]

…Linarii progress report…

Coming into the Bookish Knitters Society knitalong, I was brimming with optimism. Straight off the back of an eight book month, I’d sewn my bag and knitted a cowl in the same week. How hard could one shawl and one audiobook be? I’d have it done so quickly! Sometimes, I really have to wonder what July Me is thinking. September […]

…shawl be right mate…

It was around the time I failed the FQS Block Of The Month quilt that I swore off craftalongs. The formal, follow a timetable, keep up with everyone, kind. The Saturday night, shoot the breeze, chill on instagram type was such more my speed. I did sign up every now and then – Once Upon A Time (slightly started and […]

…toasty waffles…

The last week or two, there’s definitely been an autumn vibe in the air. I even mentioned to my friends, it feels like fire weather. Not that it’s cold, cool yes, cold no. Certainly not cold enough to justify a fire overnight. But there’s something about those cool evenings and windy days, the hint of the scent of dying leaves, […]

…third time the charm…

During the Great Finishathon Of 2020, I knitted a jumper, that sparked a new love of hand knit garments. Ahead of Me Made May last year, I took a look at my handmade wardrobe, and knitwear still remained a rather large large hole in the collection. For an autumn challenge especially, I wanted to add som mid-season knits that could […]