Close encounters with a camera

Taken in Alex's Bothy On Monday I had the second part of my photography training with my friend Alex who is kindly encouraging me to put a little more effort into this area. For our second session we indulged in studio work. Alex inherited a lovely out-building which she has set up as a place… Continue reading Close encounters with a camera


The sock that was

This is the sock that was, then wasn't, and now is all over again. It's been a journey. Stitch counts defeated me on my first attempt with this yarn, and I ripped it out completely on Thursday. Friday morning brought me my long-desired 2.25mm double-point needles and I was so pleased to be able to… Continue reading The sock that was

Fountain Pens · Stationery

When it’s time to change ink

The week started with a blazing fanfare which revealed to me that I couldn't spend another minute writing with the inks I've been using this past month. Don't get me wrong, there was nothing inherently wrong with the inks, in many ways each was perfect for its task, I had simply hit the point where… Continue reading When it’s time to change ink


Coconut Ice

Remember the post I wrote a while ago about building a garment from a modular pattern? I explained how I was using Amanda Griffith's book "One Thousand Sweaters" to build my Coconut Ice jumper and mentioned this being a great entry into the idea of pattern modification. With this in mind, I was very interested… Continue reading Coconut Ice

Knitting · Norwich

April showers bring forth May flowers

Okay, well our climate didn't get it quite right this year and we had to wait for the May downpours to do their work before we could enjoy a blossoming forth in June. But summer seems to be here and for that we can be grateful, even those of us who prefer the chillier months… Continue reading April showers bring forth May flowers


It will never catch on

Ah, the typewriter. It's one of those things which is having a moment thanks to social media and the jury is out as to whether or not it's just a bit of silliness. The big draw is that you can buy them relatively cheaply and you'll often find them at garage sales or in charity… Continue reading It will never catch on

Fountain Pens · Knitting · Planning

When you’re out of fashion

"Let them have their fad and their fix Confined by fashion and peer I love you for your courage In this frightened atmosphere" Don McLean: You Have Lived It doesn't matter what particular hobbies you indulge in, I'm sure that every single one of them is prone to fads and fashions. I am equally certain… Continue reading When you’re out of fashion