a busy week

It has been one of those weeks. Our van was involved in an accident and had to be repaired; our roof guttering collapsed under the unusual weight of four feet of snow and had to be replaced, and some long-awaited deliveries have still not turned up due to weather-related delays. But it has been a…

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planning ahead

Did you see that the Edinburgh Yarn Fest programme of classes and talks has been announced? As usual, Mica and Jo have put together an amazing programme, in which I’m really pleased to be included. I’ll be talking about my new book, Handywoman, on both the Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning. Handywoman covers a…

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Rainbow shades

It’s the final week of the Inspired by Islay club, and we’ve released the final group of patterns. This grouping is is inspired by the beautiful Rhinns of Islay, where the fast-moving skies are never the same from one moment to the next, and are frequently lit up by rainbows. Each of the patterns in…

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EYF snapshots

A fantastic time was most definitely had by all at Edinburgh Yarn Fest. Here are a few pictures. If I seem to be somewhat maniacal and frazzled in these photographs, well, that’s because I was. . . The stand in quieter moments. A customer tries on Mel’s Deco cardigan. Meeting lovely folk from my Ravelry…

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if you are in Edinburgh this weekend . . .

. . . do come and say hello. We’ll be in the Corn Exchange on stand E5, with a shed load of Buachaille, books, patterns and kits. Things you might like to know: * All print patterns or books come with a download code for your Ravelry library. * We will have kits for Funyin,…

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Funyin!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was designing something inspired by my collection of John Clappison Hornsea pottery designs. This is the final pattern that I’ve prepared to launch at Edinburgh Yarn Fest. This is my favourite Hornsea piece. It is a cruet called “blue onion.” Clappison created it in 1963, and like…

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hello again!

Hello again! I really didn’t mean to disappear there . . . I’ve been rather unwell, and these days if I get any sort of infection I always seem to end up with the dreaded tonsillitis, which can really take the wind out of my sails. Happily, I am now rattling with penicillin and have…

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