Brightlingsea is Born!

closeup of James wearing the Brightlingsea scarf over jeans and t-shirt

The KNITSONIK & Friends Colour to Knit Club officially opened up today – shout out to the members! – I’m really excited to share the first project with everyone who has signed up. Brightlingsea by Patricia Kimmitt (JudithJayne Design) is a lovely bold design in which the special memories of a place are celebrated with […]

Shirley Anstis at Vogue Knitting Live

pen and knitting and crochet tools, also yarn, pictured on a hand-written page of text

I’m really excited that, as part of their virtual May event, Vogue Knitting Live are debuting a new kind of creative class – one intended to support mental health through therapeutic writing. The new class is called “Using Therapeutic Writing to Tell Your Crafting Stories” and is led by counsellor and writer Shirley Anstis, who […]

Postcards from the Bristol Channel

massive beady-eyed hen peering from bright yellow wall, above takeaway shop and behind a bright red cafe

Last weekend to escape our domestic disorder, we bunked off to the Bristol Channel. Our travels began in Weston-super-Mare where we found wide open beaches, mud flats, and a glorious sense of space. We admired the Grand Pier… …and its alluring cousin, Birnbeck Pier. We also found much beautiful art in Weston-super-Mare. For example these […]

Covid-19 Diaries Again

very vivid red/orange trees against the turbo bright blue sky

We got COVID again. For me it was worse this time than before, but this week I am feeling a bit better than last. Happily my sense of smell seems to be gradually returning – I was surprised by how deeply lonely and sad I felt to be temporarily without it. Hello again, smells. All […]

Ultimate #TarmacTuesdays

closeup of freshly-laid tarmac and bitumen, drying slickly in the evening light

Today our street and several nearby are being resurfaced! Long-term readers who remember #TarmacTuesdays may appreciate my excitement over this process. It’s been amazing to watch and very strange to experience the street with no cars on it and this completely untouched, brand-new surface. The company doing this work posted fliers through all our doors […]

Postcards from 2021

Alma Thomas inspired watercolours - red brushmarks on a blue ground, painted during an online art class with Scarlett

Happy New Year! I’ve been enjoying the quiet days between Christmas Day and New Year, and using this slowed-down in-between time to think about the year that’s been, and the one to come. I thought it would be fun to turn one photo from each month into a postcard. Dear January – we have made […]