Throughout history, powerful figures have established dynasties, enabling their influence in a pre-Instagram world to continue beyond their own mortal years. The Nehru-Gandhis in India, the Ming dynasty in China, plus my personal faves, the Plantagenets.* But more ambitious and proud than any of these is the dynasty in our own back garden, right here at Twisted Towers. Many of you will remember Robyn-the-robin, the four-inch-high adorable tyrant who stole hearts and mealworms around here Continue Reading
For better or worse, it's fair to say that I am very British. I queue like a pro, I'm sometimes jolly in the face of adversity, I would rather gnaw my own arm off than discuss money, and if I murmur that I'm 'slightly dismayed' by something then what I really mean is that 'THE SHEER AWFULNESS OF THIS THING FILLS ME WITH BURNING RAGE!' In the hope of uncovering some more interesting heritage, I did one of those ethnicity DNA tests recently, wondering whether I'd uncover roots in Senegal, or Continue Reading
Free Hat Pattern!
Hello, you fine, fibrous folk. Would you like a free pattern, for the hat that I designed for Mother Twisted? The pattern is only one-size, I'm afraid, but it's a fairly forgiving beast, and if you're a medium-to-large-headed adult, then this thing will fit you. Have fun, and do let me know if there are any problems with the pattern. It's knitted in the round with a bit of stranded work, and it knits up surprisingly quickly. (Well, it surprised me anyway, but then, I absolutely jumped out of Continue Reading
Some time ago, Mother Twisted (my mum) asked me to knit her a hat for Christmas. If you type the word 'hat' into the knit part of the Ravelry pattern database, you'll get 68 624 alternatives. Yes, that is the real number. You might think that's a lot, but we Twisteds are fussy blighters, and I wasn't very optimistic that we'd find the right pattern amongst such a small collection. My pessimism was justified, and all 68 624 were rejected, lovely though most of them were. So I realized that I'd Continue Reading
Oops. No really, oops. I could tell you about my latest idiocy, or I could show you my shiny new hat. Err..... let's go with the hat. OK it's not shiny but it is a new hat and I've finished knitting it. Here's a side view:- A very easy knit, by the way, although I won't miss the endless rounds of k1p2. Pattern: Yvette. Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky, a gift from a friend. Oh all right, I'll tell you about what a dork I've been. Once again, it involved running. This emerging Continue Reading