I decided a while ago to let my longstanding subscriptions to Designer Knitting (as Vogue is now known in the UK) and Interweave Knits lapse. Not without pangs; Vogue in particular is very close to my heart, having been my connection to the world of Real Knitters since waaaay back in the day when I… Continue reading Renewal
I'm feeling pretty good this week. There's no big excitement or achievement or anything, I just feel a little bit pleased with myself, like I'm getting a bit more on track with doing the things I want to do. I've started exercising regularly again. Last year I was doing really well, but a long holiday… Continue reading Small victories
I remember at this time last year, seeing a whole lot of "goodbye 2010, don't let the door hit you on the way out" around the blogs, twitter etc. Apparently last year sucked for a lot of people. This year must have been better, since I haven't seen any of that. Rah! For me, 2010… Continue reading Send me a signal, a beacon to bring me home
I am on a roll. I am suffused with smugness and delight. I am embracing the Joy of Finishing – not just finishing any old thing, but finishing a veritable slew of Other People's Knitting. Well, my knitting, but knitting for other people. You know? The unselfish kind, or the obligation kind, depending on perspective… Continue reading Rules and obligations
Oh, Alex. You've gone and gotten the knitters' backs up now. Again. So here we are, looking like a bunch of humourless harridans for taking offence at such a lighthearted piece; and fair enough, joke's a joke. It's a funny article. Really it is. I laughed, especially at your 10 rules. But it also made… Continue reading “Hell of handicrafts”? Really? I mean… really?
So. Knit Nation, eh? (Yes, basically another photo dump, but this one gets its own whole post because... well. Knit Nation!) I didn't take any classes. I really, really wanted to take Franklin's photography class, but I was busy babywrangling when registration opened, and, well... I hear it sold out in about 4 minutes flat.… Continue reading I went, I saw, I stashed
I recently received a lovely compliment on Ravelry from someone who admired my design Twist & Shout, but said she hadn't made it because she couldn't find a suitable, animal-fibre-free yarn. Well, that sounded like a challenge. (Not that I expect her, or anyone who happens to like the pattern, necessarily to make it; I certainly… Continue reading In search of sproing
I've just posted my last ever Purlescence orders, and closed the shop for handover. You'd think it would be bittersweet; but honestly, it's just a happy thing. I decided so long ago that I needed to sell, I've had plenty of time to feel sad... and then terrified, and neurotic, and exposed, and then (surprisingly)… Continue reading Marking the moment
"By entering the words in the box, you are also helping to digitize books from the Internet Archive and preserve literature that was written before the computer age." I somehow doubt that.
You know how there are knitting blogs whose appeal lies largely in their incredible photos? Crisp, textural close-ups, rich colours, general inviting awesomeness that makes you stare and stare at the screen... And you know how this has never been that sort of blog. Much to my disgust, it's been sort of the opposite. I… Continue reading In focus