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Nnnng! OK, I have to do it – I *need* to blog about knitting. I hope to show you things like works in progress, how I create patterns, top knitting tips, top tips on buying knitwear, that kind of thing. I hope you like it. And I really hope you’ll chat back with me on the blog posts. Please go right ahead and share your own tips and expertise, disagree with me, show me and other readers a better way – I’m not the expert!

2016 Knitting and Crochet Classes

Posted by on 13 Jan, 2016 in Work Examples | 0 comments

2016 Knitting and Crochet Classes

I’m very excited about running an extensive programme of knitting and crochet classes, for all levels and abilities, from the wonderful new therapy centre in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire: Your Best Foot Foward. It’s airy, light, comfortable and welcoming, so the perfect venue for my relaxed classes. You’ll see that the schedule of knitting and crochet classes for 2016 covers Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. I’m also available outside of those times to teach one-to-one lessons. Just drop me an email on...

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Free Pattern – Recorder Cover Case

Posted by on 9 May, 2014 in free pattern, Work Examples | 0 comments

Free Pattern – Recorder Cover Case

My eldest daughter is learning how to play the recorder. Even when she remembers to put it away in its case, she’s forever losing it. Or leaving it on windowsills and dropping it on the floor (ouch!) What’s a mother to do?! Get practical, and crochet her a cover for the recorder that protects it, is in her favourite colours and is bright. Job done. You can download the directions (they’re hardly a pattern!) for free right at the bottom of this page. Enjoy! And… do tell me whether you actually did enjoy crocheting...

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Rainbow Sock Pattern

Posted by on 28 Sep, 2013 in free pattern | 0 comments

Rainbow Sock Pattern

My 3 year old is going through a fussy phase – she hates wearing socks. Well, I hate her little legs getting cold in this chilly autumnal weather, so a solution had to be found! Luckily, she asked me to knit her some rainbow socks “with lots of pink”. She stroked my stash of Biggan Design DK First Cross Merino with a purr. Then she started giving me directions: the stripes had to be ‘this’ wide (she showed me with her fingers); they had to have pink toecaps and heels, and pink foldovers; they had to be thick and...

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Is Your Child a Wild Thing? Then This Is For You

Posted by on 14 Mar, 2013 in Work Examples | 0 comments

Is Your Child a Wild Thing? Then This Is For You

In October 2012 I answered an advert seeking a knitter. It was on an online babywearing forum I occasionally go to, and I knew that the woman placing the ad, Claire of Kitten Creations, made stunningly intricate pieces of textile art cunningly disguised as baby carriers. Anyway, Claire replied; we chatted back in forth in more and more detail about her project, and I was hooked immediately. Her vision was so ambitious and sounded so much fun that I’d have begged her on my knees to let me join if she’d turned me down: she wanted to create a...

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Acrylic or Merino? Daddy or Chips?

Posted by on 22 Feb, 2013 in Finishing Techniques | 2 comments

Acrylic or Merino? Daddy or Chips?

I’m flattered that my friends ask my advice about yarn a lot: which is the best one to use for such-and-such a project, which is a suitable but cheaper alternative to Brand X, which weight of yarn would work for this cardigan, which will be hard-wearing enough…?  If I wrote an article on factors to consider when choosing yarn, it would turn into a book!  And a heavy one at that…  Instead, in this blog post I talk about my journey in selecting the yarns that I use for my Rainbow Knits garments and items.  It isn’t...

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Top Design Tips No. 1

Posted by on 10 Nov, 2012 in Finishing Techniques, Work Examples | 0 comments

Top Design Tips No. 1

This week I’ve been beavering away on a super-secret collaboration with some other WAHM crafters.  I can’t and won’t tell you about it until Spring, but I can certainly give you this peep into how I design… Rather than knit an entire garment, I’m doing little test-parts of it at a time.  So there’s been lots of feverish work on the calculator, hours of knitting, almost as many hours ripping out and re-sewing of seams, and plenty of frantic waggling around of tension swatches to check on the fabric...

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Free Knitting Pattern – Rainbow eSock

Posted by on 22 Oct, 2012 in free pattern, Work Examples | 0 comments

Free Knitting Pattern – Rainbow eSock

Last week was National Knitting Week *and* my Facebook page hit 500 likers.  I know a lot of people do random giveaways when their pages hit milestones like that, but I prefer to be a bit more inclusive: to thank all my page fans, I’ve written a free knitting pattern (click on the download below).  Like all my knitting patterns, you’re perfectly free to sell any items you make from it (though of course you can’t copy, reproduce or resell the patterns or photos themselves – that would be breaking the law.  Just point...

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Banking Medium-Left in 3, 2, 1… Turn!

Posted by on 20 Sep, 2012 in Work Examples | 9 comments

Banking Medium-Left in 3, 2, 1… Turn!

You might have noticed that I seem to be concentrating on publishing knitting patterns rather than churning out lots of stock for my website or craft fairs…  Well, you’d be right! As I hinted at earlier in the year on Facebook posts, I need to shift the Rainbow Knits focus a little to better rebalance what I spend my time on during the day.  In 2010 I gave up my full-time job and career to upgrade to looking after my 3 little girls full-time, but slowly the majority of my time has shifted from spending with them to focussing on...

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Free Pattern – Line of Hearts Crochet Edging

Posted by on 27 Aug, 2012 in Finishing Techniques, free pattern, Work Examples | 36 comments

Free Pattern – Line of Hearts Crochet Edging

I’m a knitter through and through, but after seeing the lovely granny stripe blanket that Lucy of Attic24 crocheted, well… I had to have a go. It took me 18 months but I finally completed it (left). I spent days searching for just the right edging that both me and Maxi Minx liked. She had her heart set on hearts, but I couldn’t find any edging patterns. Although I’m a pretty inexperienced crocheter, I decided to make it up myself. So I did! I wrote it up as a photo tutorial and am really happy to share it with you for free...

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