Of Polka Dots & Dolls

When I was planning the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook, I knew I wanted to include a project that would enable me to talk about translating printed fabric into stranded colourwork. This type of inspiration source has appeared in nearly all the classes I’ve ever taught… …and I’ve always thought it was a wonderfully practical ideaa. […]

What people made…

…in my KNITSONIK classes during Shetland Wool Week. One of my favourite things is teaching the KNITSONIK System to comrades excited about translating their world into their own unique palettes, patterns and shading schemes. This year I offered three different types of class during Shetland Wool Week, each of which was a variation on this […]

Shetland in pictures

We are back from a short break in Shetland; this was a special trip, as it was Mark’s first time in Shetland and a holiday for my birthday. I thought you might like to see some photos! Puffins at Sumburgh Head. The rocks around St. Ninian’s Isle. Sheep buddies! Seal buddy. Gorgeous ombré sand. A […]

Les Coleurs d’Antibes

Over the past week or so I’ve been on a short wee break to Antibes in the South of France with my favourite person in the world, Mark. We ate fromages, drank bieres, paddled in La Mer, snorkeled, slept and read our livres (me, Hope in the Darkness by Rebecca Solnit; Mark, More Human by […]

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, […]