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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

In the studio

14 April 2009

It’s been three years since I last had a desk at home, but look at our amazing new studio! It’s hard to believe my sewing machine, laptop and design materials now have a proper home.… Read more

Spinning: what happened next

13 April 2009

A lot can happen in a few days in the business of spinning. I’ve been playing with the bits and bobs I bought following my spinning beginnings at The Handweavers Studio. The fibre is a… Read more

Spinning beginnings

7 April 2009

I’ve wanted to try my hand at spinning for some time – knitting a garment from scratch is pretty cool but knitting something from your own hand-spun yarn is a whole other level. There are… Read more

Design tools

25 March 2009

  I’ve started sketching out a few new garments with the help of Fashion Templates’ free technical templates. The female torso template is proportioned like an Olympic swimmer but it’s fine for sketching out ideas. They do paid ones… Read more

Design bytes

25 March 2009

Things I’ve been looking at on the web… Inspiration There’s just about time to catch the Tsars exhibition at V&A before it closes this weekend, worth a look for the fantastic military jackets. I’ve long been interested… Read more

Crazy lace

7 March 2009

So far, the resolutions are going pretty well. I have reduced the stash by 14%, from 22,500 m to 19,300 m. Addmittedly this is because I sold lots after the mohair incident, rather than having… Read more

Mohair, mo' problems

14 February 2009

If you’ve seen my patterns you’ll know that I’m quite fond of mohair. However, I’m banishing it from my stash, maybe forever! Over the last few weeks I’ve knitted a lot of mohair, which has… Read more

February is for finishing

11 February 2009

Well that’s the theory. The first of my new year’s knit resolutions – stop buying yarn – is going very well! I have in fact managed not to buy any yarn at all in 2009.… Read more

New year's knit resolutions

3 January 2009

I’ve only been knitting since December 2006, but already I’ve developed a few bad habits. I have a number of WIPs that have been hanging round for months, my stash is out of control and… Read more

It's a wind up

23 November 2008

I have often looked longingly at pictures of neatly wound yarn on Ravelry after spending hours standing over an upturned table, fending off two cats while hand-winding metre after metre. The thought of hand-winding 900m… Read more

Snuggle-up in soft pastels for A\W

27 October 2008

Delicate mohair, lightweight cashmere, and pastel hues take a soft spin this autumn… That’s according to British Vogue, and who are we to argue. The November 2008 issue features the photo-story ‘Postcards from the edge‘, presenting pale,… Read more