Finding the freedom to create

Sometimes things do not go according to plan. Like creating on command! Like yesterday: the beginning of my "creative week"; a making day; a day of abundant, inspired, creative work. NOT! More like a day of feeling stuck, constrained, dry, hot and bothered

Crochet for your garden?

Towards the end of last year I did a few outdoor experiments with Heath Nash to create some products using a cord manufactured by an Italian company. It was quite fun to take crochet out of it's traditional context and

The doily revisited

Street style

Crochet is cool it seems, or maybe I've just turned on the brain filter that has me spotting it more often. I've also been getting bolder about stopping people on the street and asking for a picture when I see something

In the genes?

I spent a bit of holiday time experimenting with some ideas that I’ve been mulling over for a while, but that needed a bit more of a relaxed environment to allow them to percolate. They also needed a workshop and

Playing with potplants

I’ve been doing a bit of holiday spinning and crocheting and made this potplant holder as my Secret Santa contribution for a Christmas Eve party… it’s kind of an interesting experiment and one I may have to explore a little

Zinzi at the spinning wheel

Learning to spin

Zinzi had her second spinning lesson this week, and her first on the wheel. It's not the easiest thing to learn but she's amazingly dedicated and enthusiastic and I'm very impressed with her results. I don't think I picked it

knitted bears

Sewing school session 3

Noa and India came over for another afternoon of crafty activities. And they brought friends! So our group doubled in size, and I had the joyful experience of entertaining (and being entertained by) FOUR little girls this time. It seems

Blacksmith forge

The art of blacksmithing

Hot on the heels of my shoot with Kay, I went to an Obs open studio at the Bijou and was struck by the incredible work of Conrad Hicks, the artist blacksmith. In the hopes of persuading him to swop

hand knitted, hand spun, baby, children, newborn

Baby Shoes

I'm spending a lot of time at my computer at the moment, and not nearly enough with wool, knitting needles or crochet hook in my hands. It's one of the challenges of trying to turn your hobby or passion into