365 days ago I started on a quest to knit my way round Britain in a year. I’d quit my full-time, permanent, relatively well-paid job, and had a whole year of knitting, writing and potential poverty stretching ahead of me. Starting in Dentdale on the cusp of Cumbria, I planned to make a garment a…
Time for Wovember
Tales of woolly trips and travels
Wild weather and plenty of wool.
Curd tart, trifle and knitting
Revolutions past and present in the Midlands
In which I win an award
Since signing to Granta in May I’ve had a whirlwhind six weeks of furiously churning out funding applications, plotting possible research trips and renovating the new house. Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat, but I’m happy to say that I’m now back on the horse. Here’s some updates from the last few…
I’m now very pleased to be able to share the following with you: THIS GOLDEN FLEECE IS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED – AS A BOOK! As readers of this blog may know, in January I pitched the idea behind This Golden Fleece as a book proposal to Edinburgh literary agent Jenny Brown. This wasn’t a…
Alpacas, Hawick and one dead horse
Abbeys, towers and lots of sheep.
Apologies for the hiatus in blogging – April has been a whirlwind of news and activity, including moving into the new house. Whilst the new pad allows me to participate fully in the twentieth century in that it has mobile signal (hurrah), it isn’t quite yet allowing me to engage with the twenty-first, as we…
To Hawick and Galashields in search of knitting machines
My first football match
Knitting a football scarf
Finding out about football scarves
Considering shepherds and their sheep
Getting back to my spinning roots
My haul from EYF 2017
What I’m up to in March…
Celebrating International Women’s Day
I take a trip to the Scottish Fisheries Museum
Woolsacks and pussy hats
I meet gansey guru Deb Gillanders
I get to grips with gansey design
The gloves are done!
Who will wear my fine gansey?
Getting stuck into ganseys for February
I discover an unexpected knitter in Virginia Woolf
On the trail of knitters in Leeds and Edinburgh
Knitting as protest – why I love the #pussyhat project
Working the gloves’ intricate patterns makes me wonder about the women who earned their livelihoods by making them.
How far does Britain’s love affair with wool go back?
Casting on Mary Allen’s Dent gloves
The first challenge of my year in wool
I’m stepping sideways from knitting to stitching for today’s blog post: a review of Natalie Fergie’s The Sewing Machine. Although we are members of the same online writers’ group, I’d never met Natalie in person before bumping into her quite by chance at The Yarn Cake (pictured left) in Glasgow. Natalie’s first novel The Sewing…