Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

My first visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London was to see the exhibition 'Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour'. Do I need to tell you Kaffe's life story? Just in case you are not familiar here is a summary. Kaffe Fassett was born in California and became…


Inspired by Kaffe Fassett

I can't remember when I first heard of Kaffe Fassett or saw his designs, but it was many years ago, certainly before I could knit. I think I read about Kaffe and saw one of his designs in my mother's magazine. Then I was given 'Glorious Needlepoint' as a present;…


Charnwood knitting group

I've been going to a couple of knitting groups for many years - actually both are into their second decades! The Charnwood knitting group has met in various venues over the years (homes, then Blackberry Yarns in Mountsorrel, then homes again, then the Toby Carvery in Loughborough). Recently, we have…


Fair Isle knitting is fantastic!

Last weekend I went to Abergavenny to teach some workshops at The Wool Croft. The Fantastic Fair Isle workshop took place on Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday we worked in the exhibition space above The Art Shop; a beautiful 16th century building with original wood and limestone floors, and Victorian shop…

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Stripy sock knitted in Noro Kuryon Sock yarn

Muddy socks!

Do you remember trying to mix paint colours as a child? And how easy it was to produce mud-like colours? A few weeks ago I started knitting a pair of socks using Noro Kureyon sock yarn (blogged about in "A Tale of Two Yarns"), which I bought because I loved the…



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 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…


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…