Wednesday, 30 March 2016

knitting freedom

Taking a skein of yarn, winding it into a ball, casting on stitches and just seeing what happens is one of my favourite activities. 

It's like having a lovely sentence, phrase or idea, writing it down and continuing to write allowing the characters free rein to do and say what they like until you have a story. 

This Inner Wild Tidal Cowl is my most recent free style knitting adventure.

playing with patchwork

Working with knitted patches, making patchwork cowls with leather thonging and deer antler tips and big buttons.

I made the knitted patchwork throw shown top in neutral shades back in 2012 and have been using up scraps of wool and sewing them together ever since. Knitting little squares and rectangles and at some point in the future sewing them together is very relaxing, slow - knitted patchwork is a wonderful long-term project.

I'm heading into 'ornate patchwork' territory using bigger stitches, sashiko techniques and feeling more adventurous with texture and colour.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Talking about Outlander

I was recently interviewed by What's On about reading from The Wild Folk at XpoNorth in Inverness. Naturally, being a Highland event, we had to talk Outlander:

You can see the full What's On interview here.

Check out "featured in ..." to see a few of the Inner Wild garments featured in Outlander including The Sassenach Capelet and Sassenach Sleeves, The Caledonia Shrug, The Celtic Mitts and The Basketmaker Gauntlets.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Inner Wild knitting patterns now available on amazon

You might remember in this post from June last year I mentioned writing-up my patterns and making them available for other wildish knitters.

I really wanted to do it but have been dreading the tedium of typing 'sts' and 'yo' and 'C8B' for months. However, supported by my knitting kinfolk on Etsy constantly tickling me with little downy feathers of lovely email requests for my patterns {you know who you are, and thank you} I have this week started writing-up the patterns for the first six of my designs.

I am delighted to say it's all going sweetly now I've worked out a template.

Better than that, I'm thrilled to let you know you can buy my Inner Wild patterns on Kindle! {This means you can print them out or just use your iPhone, Android, iPad or whatever as you knit.}

It also allows me to avoid the bonkers new international VAT tax regulations on selling digital items because amazon sorts all that out for me (take note other indie knitwear designers).

The first patterns I'm releasing on pre-order are for Wanderer Warmers, Seafoam Warmers, Unfurled Bodice, Stag Antler Warmers, Hebridean Neck Cuff - and yes, to put Outlander knitting fans out of their unfair torment, {apologies for taking so long to get this, and the others to follow, to you}; Celtic Mitts.

I'll be writing-up and releasing many more patterns now I'm getting into the swing of it!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Uist Wools Hand Knitting Creativity & Design Workshop

Wildly excited to be asked by Uist Wools, Grimsay, North Uist to lead a hand knitting creativity and design one-day workshop on 10 April 2015.

I sense my Uist ancestor's smiling.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Knit two together, friendship

My dear friend and soul alchemist, Jackie Stewart of Flowerspirit, has written a beautiful blog post about my novel The Wild Folk - complete with giveaway. 

Please join in the sweet wildness here: Did you know a good book helps you connect more deeply with other people? Readers are sharing where they feel the wildness in their soul; very precious words. The winner's name will be drawn on the 'Snow Moon'.

I notice kindred spirits knit ourselves together, loosely and comfortably. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Less knitting, more writing

Me calling seals at my local beach

Knitting is more relaxing than writing. And talking to dearhearts by Etsy convo is deeply satisfying; connections with kindred spirits being so captivating for the soul. 

But as Elvis didn't exactly say; A little less knitting, a little more writing baby.

With my new, blooming-lovely website from my publisher, Mountain Thunder, and my indie novel The Wild Folk garnering love and attention from readers I find my heart moving towards spending more time writing.

This is why I've resigned from my beloved treasury teams on Etsy and why there is not the usual abundance of items in my shop, and also why I'm no longer taking custom orders.

Perhaps if you feel a resonance with my Inner Wild, wilderness wear for dearhearts shop you might feel a resonance with my writing too?