Baltic Knitting

Baltic-Knit-Socks-RGBJoin me on the 15th — 18th November for a brand new workshop at West Dean College — Folk Knitting Techniques from the Baltics.

With one introductory evening session followed by three whole days, this workshop will allow plenty of time to explore the history and construction of the wonderfully colourful  traditional hand knitted mittens, stockings and socks from the Baltics. With specific emphasis on Estonian knitting techniques you will sample a range of cast-on methods, decorative knot rounds and unique colour and shaping methods as you knit ‘mini’ mittens and socks — all great techniques for winter knits!

I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

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Lamb Chop Puppet

LambChopIMageThis puppet pattern looks like an ideal summer holiday knitting project to me. Lamb Chop was the creation of New York ventriloquist and comedian Shari Lewis in the late 50’s and 60’s and she starred on children’s TV over here in the UK in the 70’s — I loved her!

You can make either a knitted version (by Patons & Baldwins Limited), or a crochet version (by Miss J. A . Cowie).

I just happened to come across this copy (in my collection of old and vintage patterns), but you can buy one. And if you have 5 minutes to spare (skip the ads!), you can watch an old black and white show with Chop in action…

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Folk Knitting



Start planning your Autumn knitting projects with the latest copy of Folk Knitting from Interweave — not only are there patterns for my Maarika Bag (originally designed for (Colorknits), and the Ola Pullover (Northern Knits), there are also patterns for a Marianne Isager knitted vest, a pair of Turkish knitted folk stockings, a pair of medieval middle eastern inspired stockings, Shetland wool wrist warmers, as well as an article on Andean knitting secrets by Mary Jane Mucklestone. And, of course, lots more besides…

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Vat Moss Rule

Just to let you know that due to this controversial EU rule, if you live in any EU country (other than the UK), and would like to buy one of my patterns from my shop, you will no longer be able to buy instantly but will instead have to use the contact page and directly email your request.

An invoice will be sent to you, and once payment has been made your pdf will be emailed directly.

I know — this is a pain, and VAT Moss is a very draconian rule for small, non vat paying businesses.

There is currently a UK lobby which is trying to introduce a minimum so that small suppliers are not caught up in it all…

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Sonia Delaunay


It was a real pleasure to finally get to see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern. Delaunay’s work, and in particular her simultaneous contrast colour work and textile designs for fabric, carpets and bags, have always been hugely influential for me.
It was especially inspiring to see the truly wonderful embroidered coats and jackets.
It runs until the 9th August…


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