Odile, Muriel & Nolwenn: three generations, two cowls

Muriel and Nolwenn wearing their respective cowls, standing and smiling in the sun

Following on from my last post, today I’m sharing a Q&A with two dear friends and collaborators, Muriel and Nolwenn Pensivy. If you’ve been here a while you’ll know that Nolwenn is one of the designers in the KNITSONIK & Friends: Colour to Knit eBook and that Muriel (who happens to be Nolwenn’s mum) and […]

Think Like An Artist – My Knit Stars 6 Masterclass

For most of last year I was focused on creating and developing my Knit Stars 6 Masterclass, Think Like An Artist. This class distils my creative practice and experience into one exuberant project that is both a celebration of women artists, and a masterclass in translating patterns, colours and sounds into stranded colourwork design. I […]

KNITSONIK x Cast On, with Brenda Dayne

Screenshot of Brenda Dayne's latest podcast page

Just popping in to let you know that my dear friend Brenda interviewed me for her wonderful Cast On podcast and you can hear us talking about KNITSONIK & Friends: Colour to Knit here. I’ve been listening to Brenda’s podcast for years; her soothing voice, mischievous sense of humour and infinite curiosity have kept my […]

Sore Hands, CDDs and Suet Puddings

Happy unwrapped suet pudding

Several weeks ago I did something I forgot I shouldn’t: I knit many hats all at the same gauge, using the same needles. I always try and vary needles and yarn from project to project to avoid repetitive strain on my wrist and hand joints, but lately I forgot because 1. I was too excited […]

Cheers! the OOAK edition

closeup of the KNITSONIK Bullet Journal spread, in which colours for Cheers! are being determined; the spread shows charts of purl-bump triangles against a ground of white, and different sequences of yarn shades being used for each set of triangle purl-bumps

Remember Cheers? This joyful project by Nolwenn Pensivy offers a wonderful odyssey through the colours of your favourite lone skein of variegated yarn. It’s a mitts pattern that starts by you picking one 100g skein of fingering-weight variegated yarn on which to base your project. You then pair that skein with four complementary solid shades, […]

KNITSONIK & Friends: Colour to Knit eBook – projects and postcards from the club

photo by Britt Arnhilds - colouring pencils and shades for Brightlingsea found in Burano, Venice

It’s been a busy week as I’ve been working to move the club for the KNITSONIK & Friends: Colour to Knit eBook from Slack to Teachable. The reason for this move is that Slack have changed their terms for unpaid plans, so that the last 10k messages will no longer be accessible – rather, it […]

My Most Knit Stars Project to date by J Diane Oliver-Jensen

A closeup of the hood, stripes and knitted texture of the blue cabled hoodie, with stripe details and i-cord edging

Following on from this post in which I reflected on the experience of being a Knit Stars student, I wanted to share a couple of the amazing stories from fellow Knit Stars students. Today I’m sharing this one from J Diane Oliver-Jensen in Ontario, Canada, which tracks the story of a special sweater through multiple […]

Barney’s Second Hat

The Shetland Flag crown - a perfectly symmetrical white cross closes in against a ground of warm blue, light navy and dark navy

Remember this? Sometimes one idea leads to another, you find yourself charting crosses this way and that, and that you are unable to stop playing with your blue and green stash of J&S 2 ply Jumper Weight. Sometimes you find you cannot stop knitting FLAG HATS FOR YOUR NEPHEW. Sometimes this… …based on this… …morphs […]

Barney’s Hat

the glorious glowy crown of Barney's hat

Remember how much my parents liked Shetland? They are going back at the end of August via overnight train from London and overnight ferry from Aberdeen, bringing one of my Niblings – Barney. Luckily Barney is an enormous fan of travel and especially travel by train. On hearing about this wonderful trip, I invoked The […]