My Body Model

A few years ago I excitedly stumbled upon the Kickstarter campaign for MyBodyModel. Erica Schmitz, the project founder, had come up with the brilliant idea to develop software which would turn *actual body measurements* into proportionate fashion drawings, with which to better visualise outfits or prospective sewing/knitting/crochet projects. I have always struggled to accurately perceive […]

Polkamania!

Earlier this year when I launched the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook I had this idea that I could knit everything from the book again, sharing the progress of my work as I went and showing how each of the patterns might be adapted. This idea slowed to a glacial pace when my psoriatic arthritis got […]

Bullet Journaling

Some of you may know from instagram that I keep a bullet journal. I don’t rigidly follow The Official Bullet Journalling System, but I do love finding ways to structure ideas and to keep track of projects in a notebook. When I was much younger, I used to keep amazing, elaborate sketchpads which documented all […]

Walking as Workspace

I’ve been working on a personal challenge to try and walk at least 10,000 steps a day and it is a quest that I am relishing. The best part is the local brickwork. I’m clearly not alone in being appreciative of this aspect of Reading; one of my most commented on blog-posts is this one […]

Preparing for EYF 2017

Greetings, Comrades! I, like many other knitting comrades, am in the throes of preparing for the wonderful Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I am so excited to be teaching classes on Thursday and Friday and if you’re coming to one of those classes, hurrah and welcome: I’m really looking forward to it. I always like to bring […]

Meet Bev and her glorious stranded colourwork

Following on from the recent Q&A with Yumi, today I want to introduce you to another online friend whose beautiful work I felt you all should see! I discovered Bev’s work some time last year through our mutual interest in stranded colourwork, and have wanted to share her work with you for a while. Her […]

Building a Sonic Wardrobe

The biggest KNITSONIK project to date – The Fabric of Oxford – launched just over a week ago in Oxford with a public talk held at the Museum of Oxford. If you missed the talk or the live stream of the talk, fear not; Spires Media recorded the whole thing for posterity so you can […]

Is swatching indulgent?

Following on from yesterday’s post about barriers to swatching today I want to address this idea: It is indulgent to swatch creatively rather than to spend that time making wearable garments Creative practice is often viewed as an indulgence. But why is this? Why are practical skills that artists spend decades acquiring through art college, […]

KNITSONIK Minicast 03 – Tall Yarns’n Tales

Meet my amazing friends Andrea Franklin and Linda de Ruiter of Tall Yarns’n Tales! This minicast also includes one of Brenda Dayne’s beautiful essays from A Knitter’s Manifesto, the CD release on which we worked together several years ago.