Travelling on

Tales of woolly trips and travels


Back to it

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…

Exciting news!

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…

News for May

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

Working up the adderbacks

Working the gloves’ intricate patterns makes me wonder about the women who earned their livelihoods by making them.

Casting on

Casting on Mary Allen’s Dent gloves

The Sewing Machine

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…