Baker Lang: a glorious knitted ode to a well-loved cat

The full Baker Lang swatch in all her 53" glory! the swatch is photographed against a white wall, with the shadows of some railings casting shadows on the gorgeous shapes and patterns Lauren Leigh found through looking at her cat

Yesterday I shared some of the ways in which online teaching opens up possibilities for lovely long learning experiences. Realising the enormous advantages of teaching online has informed my decision to only teach The KNITSONIK System in this format, from now on. Today I thought you might appreciate hearing what this can look like from […]

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 […]

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 […]