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 Knitted heart

‘’Give the gift of a home made heart  this Valentine's Day. Made from just 25gms of wool, it’s an ideal project to use up those odds & ends in your stash’’ Jo x

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The lengths we go to

27/04/2012 08:43

Packing for a 5 day trip to France, with restrictions on weight of my luggage, had me for the ‘first time’ abandon my usual habit of packing my knitting needles and all my knitting paraphernalia; feeling certain I wouldn’t need them. Heck, the weather was sure to be great and there’d be too much to do to sit and knit.


How wrong I was! While the UK was having snow storms (only made stranger by the fact we were all basking in sunshine days earlier), France got rain and lots of it. Day 4, out of pure creative desperation I persuaded my dad to fashion some needles from 2 bamboo, garden canes, (coincidently, a good match for 15mm knitting needles). He set to sharpening the ends while I ripped my PJ bottoms into strips to make yarn with it! The project started as a little bag for pegs but ended up an even smaller bag for soap! Should’ve done a tension swatch and done the maths but I was feeling reckless.


A good friend of mine, and self confessed ‘crafter’, admitted to making a quilted throw out of her children’s old PJs. She couldn’t bear to throw them out, nit with all the happy memories attached to them. This seems a lovely end or beginning for these loved textiles.

And so with a bit of foresight (or a check of the weather forecast, at least) I could have packed my needles and a bunch of T-shirts passed their best. Then my mum would have got her peg bag and I would have had more space in my luggage on the return flight for shopping! There’s a moral in there somewhere..........

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Needs must

11/12/2011 13:06

Morgan snoodConsidering I am a knitwear designer you would think my loved ones would have an abundance of hats and scarves and sumptuous sweaters, well you would be wrong.


My prototypes are much too precious to be worn out in public (well it’s different when I wear them, that’s research!) and they’re much too loyal to parade themselves in front of me in someone else’s creations and so this is the dilemma.  My family are knit-less


Take the ‘Morgan snood’, designed this time last year for its namesake, my niece.  It’s an oversized cowl in a chunky lace and cable pattern, designed to keep her warm and fashionable, however I’ve still got it! Perhaps I’ll make an early (or late depends on your perspective) Christmas present of it, and learn to part with my creations rather than burdening my family with cupboards and cupboards of samples.


My husband is freezing, as I’ve no time to indulge him and knit a sweater let alone a scarf or a hat for that matter, but I keep telling him that I’d heard an old wives tale that if you knit for your man you’ll soon lose him. It’s been 20 years and I can honestly say I’ve held that old wives tale in high regard and have knitted him nothing (for the sake of our relationship – really!) And what about my son, well he’s 7 now and he just keeps growing, how do I predict what height he’ll be by the time I’m finished the project it’s enough to stop you starting!


But it’s freezing here in Scotland and ‘needs must’ so needles at the ready a hat for each of them for Christmas (I didn’t say which Christmas!?)

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Feeling nostalgic

10/10/2011 19:36

Jonah with milk bottleMy son is nearly seven and already picks out his own clothes, which sadly marks the end of my days as his personal stylist. Although he still lovingly wears his mummy's hats and scarves (I’m channelling the boy band look) I have never attempted to work a sweater for him since the ‘milk bottle’ one (that my family affectionately call it).


It was my first sweater for my first child and it took until he was a toddler to finish it, with much adjusting as he kept growing! It’s still one I’m very proud of as he looks so happy in it. Recently my husband suggested I make another one (considerably sized up of course!) as he also has fond memories when our son wore it. When our son said he’d be happy to wear it I knew I was on to a winner. So with his birthday on the horizon I’d better get the calculator out and my needles and get on with it.


Now if he wore it with skinny denims, a slouchy beanie hat and timberland boots....................... (wishful thinking!)

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15/09/2011 20:17

I’m an absolute nut for anything handmade and can’t stop myself buying books or magazines on the subject. My latest obsession is knitted toys. I’ve been making entire families of sock toys, thanks to ‘Stray Sock Sewing’ by Daniel and have also just discovered ‘knitted wild animals’ by Sarah Keen.


I’ve just finished knitting an elephant for my new niece, Lauren. I don’t think an old sock is quite good enough. Hopefully she’ll love this and will carry it around with her for many years to come. I’ve stamped my name on its backside lest she forgets where it came from!

Lauren and Ellie

Lauren and Ellie

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