Autumn Projects

Mine are piling up. I have the need to make, travel, capture images. I yearn to visit cities and their galleries, to go to the coast. But heat and humidity have me in their grasp and I must wait for cooler days.

I am completing a small cowl made from Dales hand dyed and spun mohair from well-looked after goats. The yarn is curly and I have to proceed with great care so as not to add extra loops on the needles. It’s dyed in soft oranges, browns and blues, occasionally bursting in to jewel hues. I’ve not worked with this type of mohair before, it’s corse and wiry. I am not sure how comfortable it will be to wear but it will be nice and warm.

Looked-after goats and sheep is a vital aspect of making with yarn for me now. I try where I can to care about the wool I use. We have a good number of healthy yarn providers in the UK, many work from stock raised here or sustainable Fair Trade areas around the world. The history of wool and the industrial revolution of Yorkshire makes me feel that we should be considerate of the past, although I appreciate that the true cost of healthy yarn isn’t always possible every time or for everyone, but we can work towards this. I certainly don’t want people to stop making.

Along with knitting, there is sewing to do. I may tackle recovering the sofa.  I have done this over the years, having been taught by experienced people working in upholstery. You have to be both generous and brave when going for something big. Don’t be miserly with fabric! I am looking for a soft green velvet-look like this:


Aside from knitting, this weekend’s for meditation and yoga for cronkies! The autumn calendar locally is looking good, but everything seems to be happening all on one evening – tai chi, zen meditation, singing. Programming…

Looking forward to September and the goodies I hope it will bring. Time for the heatwave to go away.

The Knitting Sutra

I finished reading it the other day and a fair bit of the book resonated with me, particularly the journey of knitting, being involved with all kinds of people through creating and making, being welcomed by many in to their ways of doing things.The Knitting Sutra

All this has made my life a rich experience without having to travel far, all these people have been on my doorstep and in groups I have been a part of or got involved with. It dawned on me that I have travelled without travelling. It’s a fundamental need of mine and a part of my heritage – to travel.

What also resonated is just how far I am from my own knitting heritage. Even though I was taught by my mother – all kinds of things to make and the geometric patterns and roses of Bosnia – there’s a part of me deep inside that wants to indulge in the patterns of Serbian tribes and regions. I have avoided them – partly because of complexity and partly because, well – that’s for another time to share.

Rowan Knitting Magazine 44

What I am working on now – from Rowan Magazine 44

But like when I picked up the fiddle to play Scottish tunes, the ‘click’ happens with knitting. I was told that I knew instinctively, the tunes, the patterns were in me. I got patterning. The rhythm is in everything because it is in us constantly.

Intricacy, sitting and doing is also mentioned in the book. The process –  and I know this – is often more important than the end result. I am spending my time knitting things ‘because I can’ make them. Who knows, maybe I’ll move on to the more tricky, inner soul stuff at some point. But a journey calls me – I will have to go and do a perusing of the scene soon, to connect again, with the root. The root of me.

What I aim to achieve in the future. Can be found on