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The latest episode of my podcast is now live.

The podcasts will also be available on iTunesPlayerFM and other podcast catchers within the next 24 hours.

As always, I can be found on Instagram and Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet podcast.

Product and process knitting

Prompted by some online conversations about currently being a single WIP knitter, I mull over whether I am a product or process knitter, what this distinction actually means and how it might fit in with an environmentalist’s approach to making more generally?

When doing so I discuss a couple of recent projects:

Appreciating engineering

A recent sewing project saw me making six metres of bias tape to finish a new garment. It was the Stardust Skirt, a new-to-me pattern by Decades of Style. On the one, I made the binding tape for a very practical reason but it was also a sort of double homage.

(After I recorded the podcast I noticed that Decades of Style currently has a coupon code for 20% off its PDF patterns on its website. As I’ve made several patterns from this company multiple times, I’m happy to recommend their patterns so if you want to try one of them, now might be a good time.)

Inspiring gems

My introduction to this episode was quite a serious one, in which I mentioned that we are living in worrying times. I therefore decided to finish by mentioning some inspiring gems that I have been turning to for encouragement, inspiration and a kind of nurturing allyship in these times.

The online journal The Planthunter (@theplanthunter on Instagram) has been like a tonic and on rough days keeps reminding me I’m not alone in my concerns and frustrations. I have particularly enjoyed the following two articles: “From Control to Chaos – A New Ethos of Care” and “On Politics, Love and Climate Change”.

Since recording the podcast, another article has been published, which I think is worth flagging: “Say May Name: on Speaking the Indigenous Names of Plants”. Regardless of where you live, there are some important insights in how we view and name plants and what that says of the relationship we want to cultivate with them.

The other two gems are Gardens, Weeds and Words, a podcast by Andrew O’Brien (@andrewtimothyob) on why we garden and how we experience gardening, and Building Sustainability by Hartwyn Builds, which “explores sustainability in the built environment” through “conversations with designers, builders, makers, dreamers and doers”.


Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License.


  • Mary June 15, 2019, 9:30 pm

    So pleased to see a new post from you (will read it after writing this comment). I have read your blog (under both its names) for a long time. I rarely comment on anyone’s blog as, for some reason, I don’t find the conversations engendered in comments very satisfying as a form of communication. But I was so glad to see this new post that I thought I should let you know how much pleasure I get from your blogging/podcasting work. Mary

  • Kate Unwin June 22, 2019, 9:54 am

    Hello Meg,

    Thanks for this latest podcast. You articulated a lot of what I’m struggling with at the moment. Mainly wanted to say thank you for recommending the Building Sustainability podcast. My partner and I are going to be applying for a One Planet Development and this has been a really useful source of information and inspiration – just like your podcast! Lovely to have you back.

    Kate x

  • Mary July 2, 2019, 10:36 pm

    Oh good to see you back! I
    Have many unfinished projects and am
    Making a conserted effort to finish things. I’m also using up all the scraps of yarn. I’m trying to not let any more acrylic in apart from from charity shops. I can see that once you move to the I am worth it and the planet is worth it choices change dramatically. I’m finding trying to avoid plastic generally is incredibly hard but revolutionary at the same time.

  • Rhian January 15, 2020, 7:09 pm

    Catching up with your podcast and really interesting to hear your thoughts on process and product. I definitely have a foot in both camps, and try to tell myself that much like a holiday the journey is part of the “getting there” . However my nature dictates that I really want to see the finished product and I do rush and that sometimes detracts from the process itself. So I am slowing myself down. Interesting also to hear your thoughts on finishing a garment (your skirt) I am literally dipping my toe in the garment sewing process as I am mostly a quilter and bag maker although I do knit and crochet. My initial ‘gasp’ at the price of fabric for example making a tunic top in comparison to “off the shelf” has again made me slow down and think about the process and the longevity of the garment and therefore the quality of the making.


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