Stash time

I've taken advantage of some great Spring prices to plan ahead and stash materials for a few knitting and sewing projects... I have in mind an adult Wiksten Tova tunic for the larger print and a surprise baby project for the little hearts. This is the first time I've tried this Alpaca Cloud and I have in mind to knit two strands at once in gradually changing colours. I haven't decided yet on a simple blanket/shawl or perhaps a sweater. I'm also very excited about this lovely … [Continue reading...]

My first video game!

One reason I've not been posting much about crafts - I've poured my love of romantic Regency England into this solitaire card game, Regency Solitaire. I've worked on it with my husband, an experienced game designer. It has received rave reviews, and I'd love to share it with you! You can buy securely using Steam, shown above, or from us direct at Awards: "Best Card Game of 2015" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun "Unsung games of 2015" - Eurogamer Editor "2015 Staff … [Continue reading...]

Bottled sunshine

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Summer is finally winding down here in the UK, and we have had a lot of sunshine. I’ve been bottling fruit from the hedgerows for various jellies and drinks…I’ve also bottled some colour from a coreopsis plant I bought at […]

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According to knitwear designer Gudrun Johnston, “aestlight” means “east light” in Shetland dialect. It’s also the name of a lovely, garter stitch shawl with a traditional construction: this means knitting a garter triangle first, then picking up stitches along the two shorter triangle sides and working outwards evenly, and finally knitting a lacy edge sideways, […]

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Today I made…

…some amateurishly-labelled but still tasty lemon curd… …about 60 metres of lace weight Corriedale with hints of aurora-coloured Falkland, and a purchase: This Corriedale (yes I love it) is destined for some time in a big, smelly pot of fermenting walnut hulls that my friend Katkin is curating. Some of my woad (still growing in […]

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Wool pulled over our eyes?

I’ve been learning a few techniques from friends and veteran spinners recently – one that has really opened up making more different types of yarn to me is learning to blend and card my own fibres. I started out by buying a set of hand cards – like a pair of very scary hairbrushes fitted […]

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Alchemy with fennel

I must admit that I don’t cook with fennel all that often, although I do love it as a herbal tea. My parents planted some in their vegetable garden this year, and have grown so much it is practically a hedge. And so, predictably, I stewed some up for dyeing purposes. Many, many garden plants […]

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A good day to dye

Almost autumn here in the UK – my carrot dye bath was hanging around from a few days ago so I added onion skins and a few bits of rusty iron and cooked it up. In went the Bluefaced Leicester fibre. Left to right: Second dip in onion/iron/carrot; first dip; pure carrot on alum from […]

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Cheerful carrots

It started with a bunch of carrots – carrot tops to be precise. My brother had some from his garden, and he offered them as ingredients for my dye experiments. I mordanted some Bluefaced Leicester fibre with alum, and at the same time, cooked the carrot tops in hot water for about 45 minutes. I […]

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Wonderful Woad

Today I tackled my woad plants, which the caterpillars had been really enjoying… How I got from that, to lovely blue and lilac-grey colour is for another day. But here’s what I got from less than 100g of woad plants: I’m really impressed with the amount my plants yielded, and also pleased with the result […]

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