Where do you get inspiration from.?
As an avid keeper of changing imagery in my world certain colours resonate with me constantly.
Lichen on fences, gates and stones I love that micro world of tones and all in another wee world.
Old farm equipment rusting away with the sun shining produces a myriad of bouncing shades entrancing me to replicate them.
The dark sultry boggy peaty soil calms and lets the others shine in my memory whilst the blue shades in my sky changes at least 20 times a day in all her catalogue of blues through every shade hue and tone.
So a walk just along the river bed watching the black and white Belted Galloway’s walking the land whilst the rest of my journey even in early February provides my book with shades galore .
Then the snow comes and we play hide and seek but I still have my monochromatic world which again thrills me and makes my inner self eager to recreate this too.
When you meet another designer who catches the essence of your yarn and appreciates the journey you have travelled to produce the finest wool you can from what is around you then it is an honour to show you her design. A singing harmonious melody of colour and texture designed by Heikke Gittens using my… Read More
Le fil de la Manche inNormandy at Chateau Miromesnil was my destination this weekend to teach and enjoy the world of wool. The lower window at far left was my teaching room looking over the walled garden! What is not to like . Allof my students were non native English speakers and the classes were… Read More
There is a plethora of new knitting books, magazines, self publishers etc in the knitting world right now all across the world. This is great and a real change from from when I started buying books and magazines. I eagerly awaited the Rowan collections because apart from the knitting designs they were so wonderful to… Read More
Thanks to the gritters the journey over the tops today was beautiful and not dangerous. The immediate countryside and the Eden Valley blanketed in snow.
Nearly the end of 2018 and it has been an exciting year with loads of new places visited new collaborations and a new book finished. Family wise I now have a Grandson joining the 3 girls so my family fun grows and Christmas certainly has been fun. Visits to Santa, Christmas shopping, and it finished… Read More
I am here to teach at the above event and I am staying here at the beautiful Hoveringham Hall with stunning views from our kitchen window. The trees are magnificent and very old – I wonder if the person who planted these dreamt as I did when I have been planting my 80 odd trees… Read More
It seems an age since I posted on my blog and blame Time with its ability to run away leaving me wondering how it is August now. A busy few months with trips to Malta — research, trip to Holland – teaching and various UK journeys seeing family and clients. The summer has been glorious… Read More
A very late post on the stunning landscapes created by this Winter’s second lot ofbad weather in my world. We were not cold as the temperatures did not drop to dramatic minus’s. Ferocious winds and dark skies were mostly the order of the day until the snows came . Then my world becomes magical for… Read More
I know my brother in Canada is most likely laughing at my fuss over the snow here but it is so unusual to have this much this quick and everything has come to a standstill. We are totally cut off we cannot walk up the hill 5′ wall of snow stops us We cannot get… Read More