Blog & features

Andy Holden exhibition at Tate Briatin

14 January 2010

This month knitting takes its rightful place in the gallery, alongside the great masters at the mighty Tate Britain. Demonstrating the versatility of knitting, contemporary British artist Andy Holden has created a giant knitted boulder!… Read more

2009: How did I do?

2 January 2010

Happy 2010! 2009 was an eventful year. I got a new job, I re-launched my old music website, I knitted 36 things, I got two new bikes and rode them lots and of course, knitted… Read more

Knitting with Kelley Deal at ATP

17 December 2009

I’m not ashamed to admit that when I heard Kelley Deal of The Breeders was leading a knitting session at All Tomorrow’s Parties I was more excited about that than I was about any of… Read more

Gift knitting ideas

29 November 2009

It’s that time of year when even the most selfish of selfish knitters think about wrapping others in woolly goodness. It was what inspired me to pick up the sticks in the first place –… Read more

Google Wave knitting

18 November 2009

In the interests of subverting new technology for the good of knitting, fellow knit blogger Mooncalf has set up a knit-a-long on Google Wave for Ysolda’s Damson pattern. Read more

_that_ Pringle sweater

22 October 2009

I’ve been in love with Pringle of Scotland‘s chunky cashmere handknits ever since the A/W 06 collection, before I even learnt to knit. The cabled swing jumper pictured was a particular object of desire, and… Read more

One year on...

7 October 2009

It’s exactly a year since I published my first pattern, the Stash-buster Cushion, and It’s a Stitch Up was born. Over the past year it’s been amazing to see follow on Ravelry the many finished… Read more

New yarn for old

3 October 2009

It seems like many of my favourite yarns are now discontinued; Jaeger Extra Fine Merino, Rowan 4 Ply Soft and Noro Cash Iroha to name a few, not to mention the RYC line being shelved.… Read more

To dye for

4 September 2009

Broadcasts from Stitch Up land have been thin on the ground in recent months, not least because I’ve acquired not one, but two new bikes, and I’ve been out out enjoying the Great British summer… Read more

Seasonal inspiration

28 May 2009

I love the way everything bursts into life in late spring. The garden is full of inspiring colours, textures and shapes. Read more

Kool Aid experiments

10 May 2009

I’ve always been put off dyeing yarn because my experience of dyeing fabric is that it’s either expensive (with machine dyes) or messy (with immersion dyes). However, the temptation to dye my new silk tops… Read more

Progress report Jan-Apr 2009

6 May 2009

Inspired by Smashing Puffin’s Quarterly report, I decided that knowledge is power, and in order to keep the stash and UFOs under control, I need stats. Stash Back at the beginning of January when I… Read more