Read more about the article Rowan Magazine No 53
Santorini by Marie Wallin

Rowan Magazine No 53

Santorini by Marie Wallin I first saw a Rowan Knitting magazine when I lived in Glasgow in the early 90s. One of my flatmates was a fashion student at the Glasgow School of Art; she was making an outfit comprising knitted shorts and a vest top with swan's wings (not…



Sometimes magic really does happen, especially when it snows. This story is about Snowtwig, a small snowman, and his Fair Isle knitted hats.

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Read more about the article Stitching, not knitting!
Pear needlepoint by Kaffe Fassett

Stitching, not knitting!

I learnt to sew years before I learnt to knit, and I still enjoy hand-stitching. It's meditative and I love how the feel of the fabric changes as you stitch. Over the years I've done many different types of hand-stitching from free-style embroidery to cross stitch to needlepoint to blackwork…

Read more about the article Spring in January?
Primula vulgaris - primrose flowers

Spring in January?

As the years have passed, I've grown to look forward to the seasonal changes we experience in the UK. I love the promise of spring, the abundance of summer and the colours of autumn. Winter is my least favourite season. Although Christmas time wouldn't be the same without short days…

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Read more about the article Beginnings and endings – garter stitch throw
Garter stitch throw - detail

Beginnings and endings – garter stitch throw

Happy New Year! Endings I've just finished a throw that I started almost exactly a year ago. The colours (green, yellow-green, terracotta and brown) were chosen to coordinate with the sofa. The throw is 225 stitches wide and was knitted in rows on circular needles with a long cable. This…


Church Gate – a plethora of craft shops

Loughborough is a large town in the East Midlands. It has an excellent university (HQ for Team GB during London 2012), several fantastic markets, lots of Victorian terraces, many Art Deco buildings in the town centre, a small medieval area, one of the few working bell foundries in the UK…


A tale of two yarns

With some yarns it is love at first sight, while others take longer to appreciate. As you might imagine, loving colour, I find it hard to resist Noro Yarns yarns, although, I’m trying, since when I buy one, I usually just look at it for weeks (even months) because I cannot decide what…


Patchwork plants

Hydrangea macrophylla - mophead hydrangea I've been inspired by nature from an early age. In particular, I love plants and have fond memories of helping my father with his allotments. He taught me to identify common plants and to grow vegetables from seed. Knautia arvensis - field scabious The success…


Fair Isle Yarn

As a knitter I love yarn and my favourite yarn is wool. I also love colour and the Fair Isle technique, so it was inevitable that eventually, I should buy yarn from Shetland. Shetland Spindrift, from Jamieson's of Shetland, is spun from wool produced by Shetland sheep, and every process…

Read more about the article Introduction
Machine knit sea creature


Hi! My name's Nicki and "Being Knitterly" is my blog about knitting and stitching, creating and making. My love of working with fabric and yarn goes back to my childhood. Although I learnt to crochet, as well as many styles of embroidery and dressmaking, the ability to hand-knit eluded me, despite…