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The Diagonal Stripey Sewn Thing

The Diagonal Stripey Sewn Thing

One of most exciting things in learning a new craft is discovering how human ingenuity — and how often it is female ingenuity! — has come up innovative shortcuts. In knitting, think of the first time you saw cables. How do they do that??!! you think, and...
The Quilt Back

The Quilt Back

Have you ever experienced the feeling, after preparing yourself for a vast ordeal and then finding the process quite simple, of disappointment? Yes, you think, this is so much easier and quicker; but where’s the glory? Will people really lean over their...
Little Fishie-Wishies

Little Fishie-Wishies

After reading my previous post on this quilt, you know I’m overflowing with amateur information to share — so be warned! The first question with a gift is, of course, to find out what the recipient wants. The mother wanted soft blues for a little girl,...
New Obsession: Quilting!

New Obsession: Quilting!

Over the last few days, I finished this: I’m a little stunned, frankly. I keep looking at it, thinking “did I really make that?!” It’s a very simple quilt, the equivalent of a … garter stitch hat, say, rather than a garter scarf. I mean,...
On My Needles: Sleeveless

On My Needles: Sleeveless

I had half a sleeve: And then I didn’t: Of course, ripping out the too-wide sleeve wasn’t necessary. I could have cut it apart down the shoulder line, after stabilising the edges, and seamed up the cut edges for a narrower width. But then the second sleeve...