We are having a very productive time here in Islay, and, with the help of Mel and Gordon, have now photographed two-thirds of the garments and accessories for the new collection. We’ve also been enjoying the island’s wildlife – including witnessing the seasonal arrival of migrating geese; spotting hen harriers, eagles and chough above us… Read More
Hello from Islay where we are having a fantastic (and very productive) time! I am so pleased with the photographs that I (rather than Tom) shot this morning that I just had to share a couple with you. As you know, I’ve got a bit of a thing about wild goats (so much so that… Read More
Helen asked about knitting yesterday . . . well, there’s not much I can show you at the moment as everything is under wraps. However, there are lots of new designs forthcoming: we’ve been hard at work all summer preparing my new collection, and we are now off to photograph it in one of our… Read More
I had a sudden desire the other day to go and find the “lookout” – an intriguing mirrored cabin designed a couple of years ago by architects Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler as part of the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative. We live on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and, on our… Read More
One thing we were really looking forward to on our trip was the opportunity to catch a stage of the Tour de France in person. Like many of you, the Tour has long formed the backdrop to my summer knitting and Tom, who is a keen cyclist, relishes it even more. I love the grand… Read More
Today’s hap is a symphony in intarsia from inventive designer, Bristol Ivy. Bristol is interviewed today over on Jen’s blog, where you can read more about her creative ethos, and why you don’t need to be intimidated by intarsia. Bristol’s Harewood hap is one of the designs in this collection that made me gasp when… Read More
Hello! We’ve been away in Shetland, photographing haps for the new book! It was a week of hard work, but always fun, and made even more so by the fact that we were staying out at Vementry – one of my all-time favourite Shetland spots. More about the trip soon – and in the meantime… Read More
You may remember that, a little over a year ago, I passed my driving test (woohoo!) This has had a big impact on my life, and particularly on my daily walks with Bruce. Instead of just striking out from my front door, I can now drive a few miles, and explore further on foot. One… Read More
A crisp, golden morning on the West Highland Way. Worth getting up at the crack of dawn for.
Well, I sat down a couple of days ago and thought I’d write a quick post about the great new books I’d come across, all of which had been either produced completely independently, or had been commissioned from an independent designer. As I reflected on recent directions in hand-knit design, and digressed into my own… Read More
Hello! Tom and Bruce and I have just returned from a wonderful few days in Islay – one of our very favourite places to be. I’ll tell you more about our trip shortly, but for now, here are some photos of yesterday’s sunset over Machir Bay.
One of my great pleasures at the moment is observing, photographing and finding out more about, the wildflowers where I live. I’m surrounded by lots of different kinds of environments – hedgerow, water, woodland, heath, mountain – and these are full of so many wonderful flora, some of which I had never noticed or knew… Read More