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Yesterday I went to the Passport Office to renew my passport. It was a bit of an undertaking as dealings with civil service institutions often are. Frustrating, time consuming, at times Kafkaesque but ultimately a success. It feels good to have a valid passport again. Due to circumstances, laziness and a dash of vanity, I [...]


This Thing of Paper

As a philologist* and knitter, I was honoured when Karie Westermann invited me to participate in a blog tour to introduce This Thing of Paper. Karie is a knitting designer whose work I’ve admired for numerous years, not just because of the beauty in her patterns but because her designs inspire me to revisit the familiar with new eyes, like [...]


Mend It May

We’re well into May. While many knitters and sewers in the UK and beyond are celebrating handmade clothes as part of Me Made May, another complimentary grassroots movement has emerged thanks to Jen Gale’s Mend It May project. This movement not only encourages us to fix things, from damaged clothes and torn watches to broken appliances and cracked crockery, [...]


My mum always reckoned accidents and bad luck came in threes. That’s certainly what it feels like of late. In the last six weeks I have fallen from a ladder injuring my hip; my arthritis has flared up; and now I have suspected tendonitis in my Achilles heel. These niggles and pains mean I have [...]


Apparently it’s National Stationery Week. I’ve never been very good at keeping track of such things. Truth be told, I’m probably not the target audience as I’m a bit too set in my stationery ways: my trusty fountain pens, J. Herbin ink (bottled, of course), 5B pencils (yes, super soft) and a Staedtler eraser. Despite [...]


On making a garden

If gardening magazines and shows are to be believed, gardens come in two forms: vast acres consisting of different rooms designed around various themes or beautifully clipped designs that go from blank canvas to splendour in the space of five months. The truth is somewhat different as any gardener knows. Gardens evolve with the years, the elements, [...]


I am back from a few whirlwind days in Edinburgh squishing wool and talking knitting with other “woollenistas”. The knitter in me loves a good yarn festival as I can check out beautiful wools from indie producers and dyers that are often only available online. The sustainable consumption researcher in me is a little conflicted [...]


Making and me

Sometimes simple questions can set us off on mental excavations and prompt us to unpick what we consider second nature. So it was this week when Kate from A Playful Day asked her listeners “What does making mean to YOU?” I know why I make as much as I do, but this question is subtly different and made [...]


Colour III: A touch contrary

Browse the Internet, social media or a magazine stand and you will quickly stumble across images of beautifully styled interiors or ‘curated’ wardrobes. Some are various shades of white and grey or a melange of chalk, beige and brown. Rest-inducing to look at with just enough depth of colour to avoid a stark clinical look. [...]


Everyday making

I recently got swept up in a conversation about making and finding time to create, and have been pondering the topic ever since. In a world of glossy magazines, lifestyle blogs and styled Instagram photos, making seems to be a leisure time activity. It is something we indulge in after work, household and family commitments have [...]