Sitting around the tables with the tea, the knitting and the conversation all flowing we often turn to the same topic – Wouldn’t it be great if… This is generally followed by something like “they made all kids learn how to knit again”, or “there was the perfect cafe with the perfect lighting and free cake/tea/champagne on tap” or “it could be gloriously warm and sunny in Edinburgh for more than 2 days” or “we could all afford to quit our day jobs and just tat/crochet/knit”. In the weeks leading up to and following on from any kind of craft show the “wouldn’t it beRead More →

I’ve joined a stashdown group with the wonderful Dublin knitters. First step – get a handle on how much stash you actually have. This is mine. It’s all logged and photographed and it turns out that I have a total of 68km. This is not an excessive stash. I’ve only been at it for 2 years after all. If you do a quick google search you’ll find plenty of stashes that make this one look modest. (The fabric stashes of quilters are amazing!) Just take a look at this woman’s – I’d say that she’s gone way past SABLE – Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy!Read More →

Week 1 of 2013 runs from December 31st, 2012 to January 6th 2013. We’re still in Germany this week. 20121231 – Katja loves playtime with Opa. It’s actually interesting that she totally recognised Oma and Opa even though she last saw them a couple of months ago. All down to Skype. 20130101 – Nomnom bubbles! 20120101 – Cast on new year new project. These will be fingerless mittens in a soft and squidgy llama blend 20130102 – Whole minutes of fun to be had flicking through a German phonebook 20130104 – Tausche ehemann… Will swap husband for yarn! 20130105 – Catching up with Tim inRead More →

Today I met up with a few fellow knitters for a trip to Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Yarn which is run by the Yarn Cake there. As it was an early start, the normally bustling street where I caught my bus was eerily quiet. After a train trip that seemed over in no time and a short cab ride we found ourselves at the Charles Rennie Macintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. A fairly humble looking building… …until you take a closer look at the detailing. Inside the market hall were a number of suppliers, including among others… A Peppermint Penguin selling project bagsRead More →

That went a lot faster than I thought it would – yes, I’ve managed to pick my next project. In fact I think I’ve picked my next two projects. This is a huge achievement, normally it takes me a week to pick a project, not a day. I tend to umm and ahh about which yarn, which colour, what pattern and then go around and around in circles for ages. I’ve been wanting to do cushion covers for months now and finally I’ve settled on a yarn/colourway which I’ll need to order. Haven’t worked out the pattern yet! After going through pretty much every beretRead More →

It is generally understood that if you learn too much about something, so much that you understand how it works, that you become a snob. It is generally thought that this is a Bad Thing. I disagree. Strongly. And I’m going to explain why using a couple of examples. Yarn. My first example is yarn. Less than 2 years ago I didn’t know how to knit. The wonderful knitters of Dublin fixed that failing and now I’m quite happy to count knitting as one of my skills. But before I started to knit I was learning about yarn. Sure, I’d grown up with the AustralianRead More →