Category: Blog

Brightest blazes kindled by unexpected sparks

The satisfaction of completion is a particularly knitterly sort of pleasure. If it’s a good fit, there’s the added joy of seeing your creation clothing you or someone you love. I think it comes down to the way that your counting, measuring and fingerwork can transform a pile of uniform balls of fibre into something remarkable, warm, soft and loved. The intimate relationship… Read more →

If you can’t stand the heat…

It’s hot. And there’s lots to do. I need to order yarn for the autumn, publicise my new course schedule, I need to respond to email messages. Right now I need to write this blog post. So I’m sitting here, trying to focus on what it is I’m writing about and like a belligerent parrot, all my brain will give… Read more →

Coming out of the knitting closet

“Tell me about the knitting” “The knitting? You mean you want me to tell you what I’m knitting?” “If you like. I’d like to know more about what’s going on with you and the knitting, how it makes you feel, why you do it..” And so began a very odd dialogue with a therapist that I saw through a tricky bit of… Read more →

Reality knits

“Very nice, but remember it’s the sweater you’re knitting and not the model inside it.” Granny’s cautionary mantra sometimes made me wish she was more classically trained in the art of Granny-ness. How about a Granny who said things like  “ooh how lovely dear, won’t you look nice in that”? But she was (of course) right – and I learned to love and… Read more →

I love Lower Clapton Road because..

<img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-341" style="border: 1px solid black;" src="×150.jpg" alt="IMG_20140516_144902" width="150" height="150" srcset="×150.jpg 150w,×170.jpg 170w, agile×320.jpg 320w,×540.jpg 540w,×100.jpg 100w” sizes=”(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px” />Yes, this title is cheesy, and as someone who hails from the lactose intolerant of eastern Europe, I should really avoid cheese altogether. But sometimes a moment creeps up and you just… Read more →

Magic Thursday(s)

Well yes, it is a bit late to be writing about Thursday on Saturday, but frankly I’ve needed the last 48 hours to work out my hypothesis and I’m still not convinced it’s coherent enough to publish. I will try. It’s the end of the third row, when over-eager knitters start looking for the emerging pattern. It’s a bit premature… Read more →

Hello, can I help you?

“Are you feeling a bit confused by all this yarn – the colours, sizes, twists and balls, textures and finishes? Are you wondering how it knits up, what it would cost to make a sweater, how easy it is to work with and what patterns would suit it?” Or would you rather be left alone to rummage, squidge and compare… Read more →

How to open a wool shop: Part II

After all these weeks of wondering if this funny little mis-shapen shop will ever be fit for wool, the thrill of finishing the fitting on Sunday was ecstatic. Now it turns out that ecstasy is not the best head state for considered population of new shop with wool. So when I got in on Monday morning I faced an arrangement… Read more →

A good ache

Copyright Sylvie Joly In spite of the last month’s disorder, mess and apparent randomness, there are emerging patterns. I pull my bike out of the hallway and round the corner up Isabella Road, nod and smile to the school caretaker having a fag outside the gates, squeeze down the side of the cars backed up along Urswick road, and pull… Read more →

Untangling the store room

To begin with the main challenge with the daily deliveries of parcels was just excercising sufficient self control to hold back from tearing off the brown packing tape  and sinking my sore hands into all that soothing wool. I tried to stash them all in the back store room before temptation got the better of me. It didn’t always work…… Read more →