It's been a while since we had a book review, so let's rectify that right this minute. (I suppose it's also been a while - an infinite span of time in fact - since we had a squirrel review, but that might have to wait for another day.) Under the literary magnifying glass this time is Rachel Boulahanis' Farmhouse Socks, a self-published hardback bursting with 15 sock patterns inspired by the author's time on her grandparents' farms. I like to knit something from books when I review them... but Continue Reading
Would You Like A Hefty Discount On Some Hand-Dyed Yarn?
Sitting down to write this post with knitting and wine beside me is the most normal thing that I've done for a while. I hate the word 'normal', along with the word 'should' - as my patients rapidly discover when I ban both abominations from their vocabularies. But whatever on earth normal is, these past few weeks have not been it. (This whole year hasn't been normal, of course, but you've doubtless noticed that. And if you haven't, then I really don't want to be the one to burst your Continue Reading
Bricks. And socks.
And look! Bricks! Whaddayerthink? Moderately bricklike, no? I've been muchly busy with my crochet hook, trying out different stitches in search of the perfect masonry. I think we're getting reasonably bricklike, here. (Trust a lass, ya dinnae want ter see my earlier attempts.) I'm working on a new project. Two new projects, actually, one knitted skirt and one crocheted house-like-thing-I'll-tell-you-about-soonish. It's fun to stretch both of these crafting muscles at once. I do love Continue Reading
Yup, It’s A Sock
It was inevitable, really. Having tried pretty much everything else in my knitting career, I've finally succumbed to sock-knitting. And my fear of developing a sock-knitting addiction? Hmm, probably justified, judging by the fact that I'm tempted to phone HR at work to find out whether they've got a special-leave-for-sock-knitting policy. (Surely they must have? They're reasonable people, yeah?) All right I admit it, sock knitters of the world: you were right. There is something Continue Reading