1. I have an announcement. Lost in the Woods is an upcoming eBook of 12 patterns – both garments and accessories – from three designers in three countries, inspired by the forests we love. This isn't one of those themes that seem a bit random; the concept is what drew us all together, and as you… Continue reading Lost in the Woods: 5 things about collaborating, 24.10.2016
1. It is my entirely unresearched belief that "inspiration" and "ideas" are the most misunderstood aspects of creative work. Whether painters, writers, musicians or yes, even needlecrafters… going by the ubiquity of questions such as "Where do you get your inspiration?", our business is "ideas", but how many of us* would agree with that? Ideas… Continue reading Inspiration vs perspiration: 5 things about creative work, 5.9.2016
1. I finished a big lace project this week that's been in progress for a whole year. I'm pretty angry with myself for letting it take so long (because children, and sickness/other disruptions, but mostly children – it just wasn't something I could do easily in the knitting time that's usually available to me, because… Continue reading Making and doing: 5 things 6.6.2016
1. Took the kids skating last Sunday. Yay! Somehow strained my lower back, probably through having to pull Elfling up on her feet again (while attempting to keep my own balance) every minute or so. Boo! No big deal until I had to carry a sleeping Dude upstairs on Monday and suddenly couldn't really move… Continue reading Ow and also ooh: 5 things 13.2.16
"So what do you do all day?"There are a lot of reasons to hate this question (which, actually, I hardly ever get in so many words – but which I often feel in the air, from people who are not stay-at-home parents). My biggest problem with it, though, is that it gives me a choice between… Continue reading Being boring
May is clearly a good month for crafting. If Me Made May weren't enough (and honestly, I can only dream of taking on that particular challenge), those good folk at Loveknitting* have declared it Indie Designer month. Besides highlighting all the reasons to love independent designers (the hard work, the talent, the inspiration...) and getting to know… Continue reading Love knitting? Why yes. Yes we do.
Did you have a lovely chocolatey weekend? Us too! Do you feel at least four times better after a four-day break? Me too! Was it lovely and springtimey? HERE NEITHER. In fact, it snowed. Admittedly it snowed while the sun was shining... but it snowed.I have faith, though. Spring will happen. And when it does, your… Continue reading Feeling flowery?
All the cool kids are doing it, so should I... I've started my very own Ravelry group. It's a place for all the usual stuff (pattern testing, KALs, news) but I hope also a place for chatter. It occurred to me that I might very much enjoy chattering there instead of (or as well as) over… Continue reading Groupthink
Following that lengthy monologue with a bit of housekeeping: I should let you know that a few Ravellers have noted that the Elfbaby hat comes up big, usually when working the Pumuckl or Pippi borders.I'm pretty confident in my sizing overall – I compared various sources to get the best, most definitive measurements and I made… Continue reading Elfbaby alert
Don't know about you, but I'm about ready for spring to come. As a snow fan I feel we got excellent value from this winter, but its time has passed. (Even if Little Dude is still asking for snow every single day.) Spring, however, seems to be having a bit of a diva moment and after just… Continue reading On spring, chilly children, and the joy of colour