Sibling socks - are they twins?

Muddy Socks!

Do you remember trying to mix paint colours as a child?  And how easy it was to produce mud-like colours?  A few weeks ago I started knitting a pair of socks using Noro Kureyon sock yarn (blogged about in “A Tale of Two Yarns“), which I bought because I loved the purples and greens.  A single […]

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The Custard Factory

Pen Nibs and Custard!

I’ve always had a fascination with how things are made, whether that be by hand or machine.  As I child, I remember watching milk bottles being filled in a factory; it was quite mesmerising! Recently, a group of us went to Birmingham, which is Britain’s second largest city.  For many centuries, the main industry was […]

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Sweet Dreams socks by Nicki Merrall

Sweet Dreams Socks

Sweet Dreams Socks Every year I go to a quilt festival in Malvern. Over the years I have perfected my strategy for seeing all the quilts, taking photographs of those that inspire me and browsing the stalls. So much so, that for the last few years I’ve managed to venture into Malvern early enough to […]

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Santorini by Marie Wallin

Rowan Magazine No 53

I first saw a Rowan Knitting magazine when I lived in Glasgow in the early 90s.  One of my flatmates was a fashion student at the Glasgow School of Art; she was making an outfit comprising knitted shorts and vest top with swan’s wings (not knitted!).  She knew little about knitting, so asked me for […]

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Primula vulgaris - primrose flowers

Spring in January?

As the years have passed, I’ve grown to look forward to the seasonal changes we experience in the UK.  I love the promise of spring, the abundance of summer and the colours of autumn.  Winter is my least favourite season, although Christmas time wouldn’t be the same without short days and cold temperatures, which give […]

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