The Jamieson & Smith Yarn Shades Song

Greetings, comrades! If you’ve ever been to one of my Quotidian Colourwork classes, you may have noticed that several years of swatching with their flagship 2 ply Jumper Weight yarn range has left the shade numbers somewhat, erm, ingrained in my brain. When I’m swatching and charting designs from everyday inspirations, I confess I begin […]

Magnolia Mittsalong – now on YouTube!

Greetings, Comrades! Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post, the video I’ve been working on most recently is now available to view on YouTube. It documents the process and outcomes of the Magnolia-themed #knitsonikmittsalong that took place this spring. In the video you can expect to see my gurning face and wildly gesticulating hands, loads […]

Coming to the end of the second print run of KNITSONIK

Greetings, Comrades. Exactly one year ago, this happened. Now, thanks to all of you who have bought the book, stocked the book and told your friends about the book, stocks are running slightly low. The book has sold steadily since its first print run in October 2014. Happily, people are still citing it as a […]

#knitsonikmittsalong mitts return to Silchester!

Yesterday was the perfect afternoon for a trip to Silchester. At Silchester you can see the beautiful Roman wall and amphitheatre that were the inspiration source for the #knitsonikmittsalong kits that I produced last October. I’m still feeling my way with stuff like producing kits. I’ve been both excited to see other people’s mitts appearing […]

2015 in review

About a year ago, I was cutting up pomegranates in my kitchen and holding them against the Appleton Crewel Wool shade cards, in preparation for #knitsonikpomegranates. The first print run of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook ran out, and I ordered a second print run. In January 2015 we also set about transforming this… …into […]

#knitsonikmittsalong

Following the KNITSONIK blog post series on swatching I have been thinking about the next KNITSONIK swatch-a-long. I’ve made no secret of my love for THE SWATCH! But I also sympathise with comrades wishing to WEAR the results of any time spent knitting. And I am thrilled every time a new project turns up on […]

KNITSONIK at Yarn in the City this Saturday

The KNITSONIK HQ is a hive of industry this week because on Saturday I shall be one of the vendors at the Yarn in the City pop-up Marketplace. I am really looking forward to it! I always enjoy these sorts of things but I am extra excited about the YITC pop-up Marketplace because I loved […]

#fabricofoxford update – tell me your stories!

As some of you may know, I am working on a commission for The Museum of Oxford’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations. The project is called The Fabric of Oxford and it celebrates the history of the city of Oxford through stories and sounds relating to its textiles. Like many of my projects – and my podcasts […]

Yarn costs and swatching

Today concludes my series on swatching with some words about yarn costs. I shall reflect on yarn costs connected with swatching using the KNITSONIK system. You can browse the earlier installments of this series at your leisure; there are some wonderful comments that are really worth reading. I hope you have enjoyed the series! On […]