I learned to knit when I was eight years old, so that I could make little jackets for  my troll dolls.  When I lived in England, before I trained as an architect, I ran a textiles workshop, where we did all our own dying, weaving and knitting. I belong to two knitting groups and of course I’m a member of  I’ve been knitting for 52 years… which explains why my sleeves are so long!

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I finally finished the small blanket I’ve been working on for six weeks.  The center was done on the knitting machine, and the grey segments were machine knitted with hand-knitted mitred corners and then sewn together.  The outer burgundy+black border was entirely hand-knitted in garter stitch, and then sewn to the blanket.  Lots of work, and I’m happy with how it turned out!


Just made this scarf/shawl for a dear friend’s birthday .  Click here to download the pattern:  Wingspan Shawl.

Other recent projects include a shawl based on a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl).  It’s mostly machine-knitted, although the teal textured stripes were knitted by hand.  To make the shawl lie flat, I crocheted a single-stitch border in silver (on each end) and white in each side of them middle portions.

Below is a baby blanket for a little girl born on 10. April, 2018.  The main yarn is made from soy fibers, and the contrast yarn is a sock-weight acrylic thread in a mixture of orange, purple and lime green.  Of course it’s washable!  To create the lettering, I printed up the correct knitting graph first, then selected a font in Word, and overprinted it on the graph paper.

On the left is a pair of socks made for a friend, and on the right is a similar pair I made to work with my numerous pairs of grey leggings:


Here are some other recent projects:  the top one is a pair of socks for a friend I saw at Christmas in (frigid) Illinois;  this pair is made from Loops and Threads lace-weight Wool-like, doubled up.  On the right is an entrelac coverlet that was completed on 5. February, 2018.  The afghan is made from Loops and Threads Barcelona (the dark squares) and L+T Madrid (the teal shading to fuchsia squares), both in worsted weight.


The socks below completed in December, 2017.  This pair reminds me of my favorite pomegranate and sour cherry truffles! Darkest red is Galileo merino+bamboo, other red is Stroll Glimmer wool, and the offwhite is 50/50 cashmere+silk, all from

And here are more 2017 Midwinter gifts, ready to be sent out:



The summer project for 2017 was a Seashell Shawl that I am keeping for myself;  on the left is the original version made from Shawl in a Ball (two balls of rainbow), whilst the one on the right uses a marvelous yarn by KnitPicks called Diadem.  It’s 50% alpaca, 50% silk, fingering weight, in Pearl with a Platinum edge.  Download the pattern here:  SeaShell Shawl.


Below is the pattern for a beautifully simple feather-and-fan afghan in Mighty Stitch worsted weight from  I seem to remember selected the orange from the Brava worsted range (also from Knitpicks), because they didn’t have a suitable orange in Mighty Stitch.  The gauge is not that important, so long as your yarns are the same weight. I think this took me a week to complete the main piece, and then another few days to pick up the stitches round the edge and knit a moss stitch border.  Download the pattern here:  Rainbow Afghan 2