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Nori Skirt: My New Design in Interweave Crochet Spring 2015

I have been waiting a long time to be able to say, ‘I have a design in Interweave Crochet magazine’, and now I can!

As you might know, I like to make clothes that are on the wearable, practical side of things, but still have them look good (otherwise we’d all be wearing overalls).  Because of this particular point of view, I’ve been a long-time fan of Claire McCardell, a US designer who worked especially in the 1950s, and was a great influence on making clothes for women that were practical and wearable, with functional details.  I suppose it’s all about form following function when you come down to it.

I designed the Nori skirt with McCardell’s work in mind, and I was thrilled thrilled thrilled to have my design selected for publication by Interweave.

The preview photos are up on the Interweave website: HERE and designs can also be viewed on Ravelry HERE

The design for Nori is based on a panel skirt, with post stitches to define the panels, it is an all-in-one, top-down design with pockets that are actually pockets, meaning you can put things in them!

Photo: Interweave Crochet

Photo: Interweave Crochet

Nori skirt IC photo 2

Photo: Interweave Crochet




All About Me: Willow Yarns Newsletter July 2014

Willow Yarns a US online yarn company, have done a little feature about me in their latest Newsletter.

See it HERE

Willow Yarns are a super yarn company to work for.  I did some designs for them last year:

Image: Willow Yarns

Image: Willow Yarns

Rococo Waistcoat

Image Willow Yarns

Image Willow Yarns

Loveheart Apron

Image Willow Yarns

Image Willow Yarns

Sorrento Top

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting



I was very pleased to be able to work with them again earlier this year.

My new designs with them should be coming out in time for the Autumn season.

Ode to a Tee

A little poem, inspired by the nice comments I have received from people about the Front Pleat Dolman that appears in the latest edition of Knit.Wear (Spring/Summer 2014)


‘Oh dear little tee shirt, you’re cute, and so ‘me’

I like you a lot, and my friends all agree

That tee shirts like you aren’t easily found –

I’ve looked quite a bit, but there’s none around.


‘How are you made, can you tell me? I dream

That  you’re made all-in-one, with nary a seam.

But no matter the way, I’ll take it as read

That I’ll start you tonight, and not see my bed

’til you’re finished and blocked and put over my head.


Image copyright: Interweave


And what, I hear you ask, would this Front Pleat Dolman Tee reply?

I’ll leave that for another day, unless y’all fancy having a go?


5KCBWDAY3 Mayflower Lace

Mayflower Lace with words


My Latest Crochet Design

Available in Inside Crochet Issue 53

Original Image Copyright Inside Crochet



Rugged, Outdoors type would like to meet same: 5KCBWDAY2

I’m Hector:

Hector 1

Confident and warm, I’m quick to knit in Super-Bulky yarn, but there’s more to me than meets the eye – I’ve got hidden assets.  Do you want to see my cables?  OK, seeing as its you, you can have a peek:

Hector 2

I’m interested in meeting similar sweater for woodland walks, hill climbing and spending autumnal evenings sitting outside the pub.  Style optional, but must be 100% wool and cable work preferred.  I’m not interested in midriff-exposing sweaters,  it’s just not my thing.

I can offer all-in-one construction, raglan sleeves and V-neck shaping.  I’m a confident sort of sweater, and don’t have a problem in bearing all my assets in the right environment:

Hector 3

I offer a lifetime’s devotion and loyalty.  I’m dependable, hardworking and hard wearing.  I do have a tendency to pill, because of my  loose-twist, one-ply construction, but an alternative yarn choice would solve that issue.  My yarn is dye-fast and I don’t require any notions.  Interested sweaters should contact PO Box 5KCBWDAY2.




What I did today: 5KCBWDAY1



I’m Mishka, and this is Natalie.  She’s smaller than me, and sleeps inside her egg when she’s tired. I’m bigger, and older by around 7 minutes (I definitely remember seeing her hatch, so don’t listen to anything she might like to tell you about her being the oldest).


I got woken up by the boy we live with.  I was quite relieved, really, as I was squashed between the side of the bed and the wall. My shell was a bit dinted, and my head was out of shape too.  I think I heard Natalie snicker when she saw me – she had spent the night under the pillow, and was in pretty good shape.

As we don’t eat, or need to use the bathroom, we were transferred to the bedroom windowsill for the rest of the day.


It’s pretty boring, I can tell you. Hello Postman… goodbye Postman.  As it’s Monday, we got the Binmen too, as an extra bit of excitement.  There was a parcel delivery van too, around 2 o’ clock, and the man actually came here, but no one was in the house so he had to go next door with the parcel.  Natalie and I spent an hour or so playing ‘guess what’s in the parcel’, to fill in the time.  By the time we got on to , ‘It might be a necklace made out of walrus teeth,’ I knew we had exhausted that subject, and started counting the leaves on the tree outside; 52,783, I think.   I’ll count them again tomorrow, just to make sure.




Hall of Famer for May 2014

Here’s one for all Vikings out there: a great interpretation of the Colum Sweater by Seroflorus:


Copyright: Seroflorus

Copyright: Seroflorus


Here’s another, showing good detail of the shoulder cast off (three-needle bind off) and a good job done of inserting the sleeve into the garment.


Copyright Seroflorus

Copyright Seroflorus


I like how she’s altered the back to make it a mirror image of the front too.


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