TNNA part two – book review of Playful Woolly Toppers

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Woolly Wormhead in Columbus this June. I always look forward to seeing her, not only is she a lovely person to be around, interesting, funny and charming, she is also an accomplished designer. Known for her stunning hats, Woolly takes shape and form and transforms them into gorgeous, wearable art. She …

The Tapgurl Podcast

Today sees me chatting with the delightful Carmen from the Tapgurl podcast. We talked about the book, TNNA, Queen Street and more. Thanks for a great interview, Carmen! If you’re a listener, you can post your comments below for a chance to win a copy of Big Foot Knits! This was the first podcast I’d ever done, and to say …

My TNNA round up

The absolute highlight of my yarn year is always TNNA – the National Needle Arts trade show.  This summer, it was held in Columbus, which is always a blast! I had three goals in mind as I travelled down. Firstly, to reconnect with friends – much like going to a giant knitting group, I always feel inspired and rejuvenated after …

W(e)WMDfK?

A little while ago, I was asked if I’d like to design something for the second installment of What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Of course, I jumped at the chance. I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s a great concept, I got to choose a delightful literary character and I got to work with some ridiculously beautiful yarn. Well, that book is …

Knitting’s essential tool

With a title like knitting’s essential tool, you may think that I’m talking about needles, yarn, gauge guides, stitch markers or any of the myriad of tools that we knitters and crocheters just can’t live without. Instead, I’m going to wax lyrical about the lowly sheet  of grid paper. I’ve found over the years that I can’t knit, much less …

New Pattern Lillianthe Hat and Bide Cardigan

Finally catching up on pattern releases – 2 went to press today and 7 more waiting in the wings. The first is Lillianthe, a stunning pleated hat knitted in Artyarns Supermerino and Beaded Silk! The second is Bide a cardigan I originally knitted for Rhinebeck last year. Done in AlishaGoesAround Panoply of Peacocks worsted, this topdown raglan has a deep …

Dragon Scales

This sample I crocheted uses the same principles of the crocodile stitch, but has a more pronounced point. I’m kinda in love with the way all the groups cluster together and how the color definition is highlighted with this kettle-dyed colorway. Once I’d mastered the crocodile stitch and understood the basics of it’s construction, I challenged myself to come up …

Back in the Saddle again…..

It seems every few months, I’m able to really buckle down and get a lot of knitting done, I blog, I tweet, I facebook and I love it. Then, life rears it’s ugly head and I have to disappear for a while. I think this time, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just part of my natural cycle. …