Waternish and a Yarn Pilgrimage

At the very north-western end of the Isle of Skye, on the Waternish peninsula, there's a yarn shop. I have been known to travel a long way for yarn and this is one of the furthest flung pilgrimage sites. It wa sa beautiful day for a road trip, and we set off in sunshine which… Continue reading Waternish and a Yarn Pilgrimage

A Fast Boat to Soay

We had a really mixed bag of weather on our trip, from drenching freezing rain to bright spring sunshine. Somehow the day we decided to go out on a boat turned out to be one of the bright and sunny ones. As we have a nine year old boy who's a bit of a speed… Continue reading A Fast Boat to Soay

Haps Again – Montbretia Hap

I knitted Montbretia at top speed, so that's why I am blogging about it about as slowly as I possibly can (any excuse). This was the first Hap I made from the Book of Haps. I was drawn to Montbretia mainly because of the unusual construction and shape; lots of short rows and bobbles, interchanging… Continue reading Haps Again – Montbretia Hap

Haps Are Happening – Nut Hap

I like deadlines, not in the way Douglas Adams did, with the 'whooshing sound they make as they fly by' but because I really am so liable to go bimbling off on a tangent, doing something I shouldn't really be doing,  that a deadline is a good point to concentrate on. I very rarely miss… Continue reading Haps Are Happening – Nut Hap

Over the Sea…

I went to Skye a little more than a decade ago, it is an enchanting,  magical place (I think probably more magical than Tahiti, S.H.I.E.L.D. fans!).  It's so magical in fact that one of my very best friends (the Quilter) and her family decided to up sticks and go and live there permanently. We said 'Cheerio' last… Continue reading Over the Sea…

Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part III

The swatch is finished. But first a bit of background to the parts of the design not yet seen (until now...fanfare?). Stonehenge stands in a landscape - often referred to as a sacred landscape -  of monuments. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering Avebury, the Stonehenge Cursus, Silbury Hill and barrows… Continue reading Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part III

Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part II

This seems to have turned into a series, let's call it 'exploring the process'. The big surprise to me - after that flash of post Playful Day Knitsonik podcast inspiration - is how my brain has been going overtime with ideas ever since. Not just for this one, but for other colourwork pieces as well.… Continue reading Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part II

Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part 1

I've been thinking about designing a lap blanket for ages, ever since I finished Kate Davies' 'Rams and Yowes' which I made in a multi-coloured stash busting mood back in 2012 . I had an idea that I'd like to do some thing based on a landscape I know well, I also had a vague… Continue reading Stonehenge Lap Blanket – Part 1

Rams and yowes (multi-coloured)

This is a Kate Davies pattern, if that means nothing to you find out about her at http://katedaviesdesigns.com/ - she designs the most beautiful knitted items. They are, apart from the fantastic designs, a joy to knit as they are so well laid out and easy to follow. When I saw rams and yowes I knew I had to make… Continue reading Rams and yowes (multi-coloured)