WIP Wednesday :: Autumnal Easter Egg Scarf

When I first got my spinning wheel, I grabbed a couple of skeins of fibre from Etsy. I was very deliberate in the order I spun them – one was designated “first”, a pretty skein that I liked, but wouldn’t be devestated if it was less like something knittable and more like art yarn. The second was my favourite of […]

WIP Wednesday :: in the frog pond

When it comes to errors, my motto, generally speaking, is fudge it and keep moving. Sometimes, of course, the errors are too large to ignore, and the choice is made for me. One of the big lessons I’ve learnt is when to let go of perfection, and when to let go of the project. Over the weekend, with a couple […]

wip wednesday :: yarn chicken edition

Once upon a time, I was a crafter who put more effort into collecting craft supplies than actually using said craft supplies. The downside was my craft room was bulging at the seams and begging for mercy. The upside is it made it really easy to start new projects on a whim. Then I became a finisher, and that generous […]

Snow Matter What

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a crafter in possession of a gnome habit, must be in want of a knit along named after an Austen hero…or something to that effect. I was on the fence about the Snow Matter What knit along, and then I saw the gnome was named Mr Gnightley, and how could I resist? I […]

maybe she’s born with it…

…maybe its hyperfixation and an obsession with starting all the projects. It can be very easy to cast a glance at a post, after fifteen years of crafting in this space, and think “oh that’s clever, I could never do that”. The truth is, I’m not talented, I’m not clever, I’ve just spent a whole lot of time practising and […]

blogtober day 18 // WIP Wednesday

Back in the early days of the world shutting down and everything changing, I was at a loose end. We were locked down, in our cabin, so kid activities were non-existent, and housework not far behind it. My evenings were much more my own than they ever were in town. And so, I found myself convinced against my better judgement, […]

blogtober day 13 // if they say jump

“If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” It’s such a classic mum line, isn’t it? We’ve all heard it from our own parents. Those of us in the trenches of teen parenting have likely said it a time or two. I know I have, even as I side-eye enablers one and two, and think to myself, “yeah, probably […]

15 @ 40 // day twelve

Knitting has been a part of my creative life since I was younger than my own children are now. I have fond memories of going on holiday to our usual spot at the coast, and our first stop would always be BigW for some holiday goodies. Back then, we didn’t have a BigW in our town, and it was a […]

15 @ 40 // day two

It’s a spiral sometimes, this crafty business. For my fortieth birthday late last year, my family treated me to a long coveted addition to the gadget shelf – a spinning wheel. While I haven’t yet quite gotten to the “maybe we should get a couple of sheep” part of proceedings, I am rapidly amassing a nice collection of fibres for […]

hiding in plain sight

When the invitation first arrived, declaring the party to be a dress up one, my first thought was one of self-sabotage. Instead of thinking “oh yay! How fun!” it was “oh man, what if my costume is dumb and everything thinks I’m a giant nerd?”. Then I gave myself a strong talking to. “Self,” I said, “you ARE a giant […]