Paper Dolls anew

When I first published this design a few years ago, I used a lovely British yarn that is sadly no longer available — Bowmont Braf 4ply. Many knitters prefer to make their sweaters in the same yarn as the pattern sample, and I often receive queries from folk enquiring about the yarn I used for… Read More

testing

Many apologies for the fuzzy-wuzzy macro, but I am so excited by this sort-of-secret-ish project I had to show you just a little a bit of it. This thing is one of the satisfying fruits of a collaboration with my favourite Scottish dyer, and my favourite Welsh yarn producer. Working on it has lifted my… Read More

paper dolls

I’m glad the early mornings are becoming lighter, otherwise I (or rather, Tom) wouldn’t have been able to take these speedily snapped shots of my new sweater. Spring is definitely on its way . . . Did I mention that, undoubted tweeness notwithstanding, I heart this sweater? I love the velvety braf yarn (particularly the… Read More

twee

twee, a. Now only in depreciatory use: affectedly dainty or quaint. (Oxford English Dictionary) I’ve just knitted something that is undoubtedly, incredibly twee. But I am really hoping it falls on twee’s acceptable side. Because however “affectedly quaint” it is, I love it! I have had a serious thing about patterns that feature repeating figures… Read More

no stash guilt here!

(warning: long post!) Guess where I’ve been this weekend? (Bruno, the North Ronaldsay ram). . . . to marvel at some wonderful beasties . . . (these two lovely ladies belong to Robin and Caroline Sandys-Clarke of Why not Alpacas) . . .and the stuff that comes off their backs . . . . .… Read More