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“In a trench you are sitting, while I am knitting…”

Last night at 11pm marked 100 years since Britain’s entry into the First World War on 4 August 1914.  In the UK, we were encouraged to turn off our lights and see in the anniversary moment by the light of … Continue reading

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Simple gifts

Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best.  I usually work long hours, so escaping the office at 5.30pm and spending this evening in the garden with a glass of wine felt extremely decadent.  Dinner included home-grown salad leaves, radishes and … Continue reading

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Unwinding in Brighton

Yesterday I returned, happy and weary, from attending the first ever Unwind Brighton, a yarn festival held across several stunning venues in Brighton on the south coast of the UK.  A weekend of yarns of both kinds seemed like something I couldn’t … Continue reading

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First harvests from the garden

The garden is starting to yield up its first fruits and vegetables. Here is today’s harvest, which happens to have a strong red colour theme. It was a bit daunting to move into a new home with a rather neglected garden … Continue reading

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Rebozos: Weaving stories at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Yesterday I went to London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s exhibition, “Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion”. For those of you who haven’t visited the Fashion and Textile Museum, it’s well worth a visit if you are in … Continue reading

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Making my own clothes: how a year of not buying clothes changed my views

Making my own clothes (and garments for other people) is really important to me. While my handknitted garments look handmade rather than shop-bought, I still think that making my own clothes brings certain advantages over buying them in the shops.  I can choose the … Continue reading

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Hitofude

I’ve just finished knitting my Hitofude cardigan (by designer Hiroko Fukatsu), so some showing off in the garden was definitely called for.  (Try to ignore the weeds, but look at the beautiful pink-edged leaves on the beech tree!) I really enjoyed knitting this.  The … Continue reading

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Love of Liberty

When I was a teenager, we would have an occasional family trip to London during the summer to enjoy tourist sights, exhibitions, the theatre and the parks. One place my sister and I always wanted to go was Liberty of London, the … Continue reading

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A spot of gardening and some bee-keeping

Spring has definitely sprung in London, and the longer days and better weather have come in handy as I get to grips with a new garden.  This will definitely be a long-term work in progress, but it’s fun discovering what is already growing there and … Continue reading

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A surprise gift

I received a surprise gift this week. Ted, the lovely man who has been decorating my house, noticed my knitting things lying around.  His mum had been a knitter and he gave me a bag of her sadly no-longer-needed knitting … Continue reading

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