Well good morning, and welcome to April. How much do you know about acrylic yarn? Personally, I know lots about wool, alpaca, cotton, and even qiviut, but other than a vague awareness that acrylic fibre has some connection to plastic, I’m a bit clueless… or at least, I was. So for this blog post – and I warn you, it’s a long'un – I set out to learn more about the production of acrylic, to interview those involved, and to photograph the experience along the way. Want to come along for the ride? Continue Reading
It’s a rum ol’ game, this blogging. Putting yourself out there, (selected) warts and all, but also holding back a little. Every blogger has their own limits regarding what they’re prepared to share and what they keep private, and unless I missed the memo (entirely possible – I miss a lot of memos, including the one that says your sentences shouldn’t be nine clauses long), nobody has yet figured out the definitive answer about exactly how open a blogger should be. (Disclaimer: the photos in Continue Reading
Good News, Earthlings!
People, I bring you good news. The sort of news that could result in you receiving an enormous and colourful parcel of yarn on your doorstep some day soonish, no matter where in the world you live. Seriously, if you live on Planet Earth, you're in. A few days ago I posted about a competition by Stylecraft yarns to find a scrumptious new shade for their Special DK range. (As I'm co-judging this competition, I'm even more excited about it than I would be anyway.) At the time, the terms and Continue Reading
Inspiration: Dan Bennett
It'd be tricky to be creative in a vacuum, don't you think? Inspiration is essential. T'would be an awfully large leap from the blank page to a work of beauty if you'd not laid your eyes on beauty elsewhere. So I'm always happy to discuss inspiration with friends such as your marvellously good selves. Where - if you don't mind me asking - do you find your inspiration? For me, nature is an unsurpassable source of ideas for colour, form, and texture. And artists/crafters who capture the Continue Reading