Hello, and welcome. I’m Phil. Let me move up a bit so that you can sit down. Have a cushion. Would you like some green tea? Home-made chocolate cake? Wine? Here is my blog, all about knitting and crocheting colour into my home in the Oxfordshire countryside (a converted old brewery with a wonky tower). When I’m not busy with yarn, I’mΒ a clinical psychologist and mother of small twins. I also write a quarterly column for Simply Knitting magazine.Β These days I also go running a lot, but please don’t expect to find any sporty wisdom here.

Here I am with my family, aka the stoic spouse and the toddlerΒ twinnage.

knitted family dolls

knitted family dolls


57 Responses to About

  1. Thank you for following mine and Millie’s blog, I hope you will enjoy our ‘yarns’ as much as we enjoy yours πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely to find you on here! Happy knitting!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I must say, anyone who offers green tea and chocolate cake in addition to the lures of knitting and crochet certainly gets my vote! I’m enjoying a browse through your posts. Love that cathedral window crochet project. It’s going to be huge so I’m curious to know where it will eventually end up? cheers. Felicity

  4. I’ll take wine please, it goes well with crocheting! Awesome blog you have here and crochet is therapy -:)

    • OK, large glass of wine coming up. It’s Rioja tonight, hope that’s OK? I hope the Tunisian crochet you mentioned on your blog went well? I’ve always assumed it’d be far too hard to learn.

      • Awesome, thank you! And yes Rioja works for me. The Tunisian stitch is a fun one and I’m moving right along with it. Once I finish the scarf, I will share on my blog.
        I thought it would be hard too, but once I got the drift, it goes rather quickly.

      • Yes, please please please do show us on the blog. I can’t be the only person who is intrigued but nervous of Tunisian crochet. Meanwhile, have fun with it.

      • I will do that! I was intrigued too and was nervous at first but now it’s fun!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post.

  6. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post! Love your blog!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now following yours.
    I hope you enjoy my upcoming posts in the next few months.
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady

  8. Great about – short and funny – I like that!

  9. Hello Twisted Yarn, thanks for the like on my blog. I came over to find out about you, and I think I’ll stay awhile!

  10. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I love your yarnbombing of the house, and your work really inspires me to try to work my knitting into my surroundings as well – and my mind is still blown over the cathedral window afghan.


  11. Many thanks for liking my post!

    Love your works too.

  12. Many thanks for liking my post!

  13. your family is so cute πŸ™‚ I love your blog too πŸ™‚

  14. Good morning – or Good Evening – whichever applies πŸ™‚ I have a question for you. I am taking part in a ‘blog hop around the world’ and need to pass it on to three more bloggers. Would you like to take part? I would like you to be one of my three.

    You would make a post on your own blog, answer some really interesting questions and make links to the bloggers you are including. You would post a week after I make mine – mine is due next Monday [14th] so you would be due 21st. lots of time to prepare πŸ™‚ Here is the link that I’m coming off so you can see the questions and links – but how you do it is entirely up to you. http://boomdeeadda.com/2014/07/07/blog-hop-around-the-world/

    Fingers crossed πŸ™‚ Pauline

  15. Thank you for so sweet invitation πŸ™‚

  16. Val

    Your work is impressive and awe inspiring. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can see the details here http://ramblingsofababymama.com/2014/07/19/thank-you-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  17. I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog! You can check it out and learn more in my most recent post. Just sharing the love! πŸ™‚

  18. ourworldheritagebe

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that we have received a blogger award and decided to nominate you as well… More on http://ourworldheritagebe.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/our-very-first-blog-award/ πŸ˜‰ Greets – Annick (http://catstitches.wordpress.com)

  19. Amy

    Hi there, thanks for stopping by my new blog and liking my Teddy. It means a lot. I’m loving your yarn gallery. Those plant pots are really cute and your twin jumpers are just adorable!

    Amy, Twenty Feet of Freedom

  20. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your blog. Keep writing πŸ™‚

  21. Thank you for liking my blog. Your work is beautiful, and I love the family portrait.

  22. Thanks so much for stopping over and liking my post on crochet dish scrubbies! I’m so glad you did there is so much inspiration here for someone who is just starting to make their own patterns!

  23. Thank you for liking my post. I have just started using wordpress, so I’m new to this community, but I am sure I’ll be back here for inspiration.

  24. Thanks for commenting on my drop spindle adventures post. A converted brewery sounds like a very cool place to live! Your blog is great, I’ll be sure to keep reading now that I know you’re out there.

  25. Alison Mayne

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog
    … it’s exciting to put those ideas out into the ether and see what happens.

  26. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the β€œOne Lovely Blog Award.” You’ve been doing an awesome job! I truly enjoy your thoughtful and fun posts! Love the family pic. πŸ˜‰

    • Awwww thank you! You’re very kind. I love your blog too. I’d been meaning to learn how to do a foundation single crochet chain for ages, and your tutorial finally made me get round to doing it. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your own OLBA award – you deserve it.

  27. Beautiful! What a wonderful, colorful blog!

  28. Hi and thank you for following me. I feel very honoured ‘cos your blog is brilliantly funny and inspiring. Cheers me dear. Moke xx

  29. I just wanted to tell you that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please feel free to accept or ignore it. In any case, it is really a pleasure to read your blog and I wanted to share this with others.
    Here is my post about it, if you accept it, you will have to reply to the questions at the end of the post: http://atelieroursonne.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/liebster-award-thank-you/

  30. Joy

    I’m nominating you for the Lovely Blog Award, because I think your blog is awesome. Check out the post: http://leaveittojoy.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/one-lovely-blog-award

  31. Hello! Obviously I’m not the first, but I’ve also nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I so look forward to your posts! πŸ™‚ If you’ve got the time and inclination, you can see my post here: http://bonnyknits.com/2014/11/23/one-lovely-blog-award/

  32. Deb

    Thank you for stopping to read a few of my latest posts. As you may have guessed from reading those posts I don’t typically focus on knitting, and my little ‘project’ is a challenge to say the least. If my arthritic hands allow me to continue beyond this tea cosy, I believe your blog will provide great inspiration. Your work is wonderful πŸ™‚

  33. Hello, another nomination for One Lovely Blog award from me! πŸ™‚ http://knittingburg.com/2014/12/06/one-lovely-blog/

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  35. I just found out about your blog from Moke who has the It’ll Be Reet blog. It’s fab. I love all your Fair Isle work – I am still not that great at it, but I wish I was better as you can make such pretty stuff. I am also a Clinical Psychologist up in Glasgow but enjoying knitting and crocheting and doing this blog in my spare time (which isn’t much – I too have a young child with another on the way). Looking forward to seeing your posts. Aileen x

    • Hello! Lovely to ‘meet’ you, especially as a fellow clin psych. Apologies for slightly slow reply but we’re battling chicken pox here. Your blog looks lovely and I’m a little envious of the big community of fibre artists that you’ve got up there. I wonder whether we can persuade the BPS to create the DKC (Division of Knitters and Crocheters)? Meanwhile, thank you very much for wandering over here, and to introducing me to your blog. I hope the pregnancy is going well. πŸ™‚ Best wishes, Phil

      • Ha ha we could try – it would certainly make for interesting CPD opportunities!! Hope that your wee ones are on the mend. We haven’t had chicken pox yet, but I’m sure we’ll get it soon enough. Thanks for following me – I hope to get a few posts out before the baby comes and crafting and all related-activities are put firmly on the back-burner! Aileen x

  36. Hi. I just nominated you for the Encouraging Thunder Award. I really like your blog and you have certainly inspired/encouraged me on occasion. You don’t have to accept but I hope you will. The details and my post are at http://yarnbooksroses.com/2015/10/12/bolt-from-the-blue-the-encouraging-thunder-award/

  37. Thanks for following Mythreeangles and mentioning as a blog you follow. LahLee doesn’t do handicrafts but I do, and your work is lovely.

  38. Hi, I’ve nominated you for a blog award. https://craftandothercrazyplansdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/another-award/ Hope you can take part! πŸ™‚

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