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 […]

Shetland-themed Sunday Tea in the South

800 miles South of the legendary Tingwall Teas put on by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers, comrades of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and other nearby shires gathered yesterday at Purlescence to partake of homebaked fare, admire one another’s work, knit, and drink tea. It was a very jolly afternoon and Sarah and Jonathan […]

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 […]

On swatching: Frangipani Caterpillars

I have been sharing my own thoughts ON SWATCHING over the past few days but I thought now would be a good time to hear from other comrades who have been swatching using The KNITSONIK System for our group challenge – #knitsonikfrangipanis. The idea here was to collectively explore a small set of photos taken […]

On swatching: have your say!

At Woolfest the weekend before last I found myself feeling profoundly grateful to my swatches. For those of you unsure of what I’m on about, I mean the fringed, knitted rectangles that I produced in the course of writing the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook. Each one is a kind of case-study for The KNITSONIK System […]

KNITSONIK 10 – EDDIE, my beloved digital sound recorder (Part 1)

The latest bumper edition of the KNITSONIK podcast comes in several parts and is – as suggested by the title – rather focused on the SONIK side of things. It is dedicated to my battered old EDIROL R-09, AKA EDDIE. EDDIE is one of the inspiration sources used in the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and […]

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.