Mudeford Sandbank meets Brightlingsea

Greetings from three weeks into the KNITSONIK & Friends Colour to Knit Club! Today I’ve been editing the recording of our second Zoom session and I’m feeling thoroughly inspired. In the enthusiasm of working on the eBook and seeing what everyone else is making, I’ve been happily making my own version of our first club […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Brickwork

closeup of the Think Like An Artist cowl featuring zigzag patterns inspired by Reading's brickwork

There’s a feeling of calm following what has been a busy time completing work on my Knit Stars 6 Masterclass Handout. It ended up pretty much being a book. What can I say? By the time you write introductory text plus short biographies for twelve artists, then add twelve charts in black and white and […]

Limitations

Componium punch-card with the light filtering through the punched-notes (holes) and lots of grid space where there are no holes.

One of many things which makes listening to music so beautiful is space around the notes. The rests, the pauses, the silence, in which pitches and rhythms sound, hang, resonate. On our punch-cards for our componiums, such space shows up as unpunched card, and you get loads of areas where nothing happens. Against the gridded […]