June 15, 2017

This post is just a quick note on how I cast on separate blocks of colour to work in the intarsia technique. It is a technique I have used a lot in Animal hats to knit, and I am so sorry, I didn't include it in the techniques section.

My preferred method of casting on s...

March 3, 2015

You know the problem. You are at a party; you put down your bottle of beer and, when you turn around to retrieve it, you cannot find it again. A small group of bottles have gathered, and there is no way of telling which bottle is yours. What can you do? Answer: knit it...

November 16, 2014

One of my new favourite go-to places on the Internet is the Amazon Author Central. For the first time, I can see quickly and easily how my books are ranking on Amazon but Animal hats to knit is falling in the rankings. The competitive part of me cares – why? I don't be...

November 14, 2014

I wonder if I had pushed for a better deal for Animal hats to knit, we would all have thought harder about the investment of time and money. Would I have worked harder at creating designs that both the publisher and I like? I thought hard about the hat shapes and techn...

November 14, 2014

Oops, I missed this. It appeared in the October issue of Knitting magazine. The back of this hat is black which means that when the hat is worn as shown, the side view is impressive too. Personally, I think this hat looks best worn slightly to one side. This hat is one...

October 14, 2014

The publishers of Animal hats to knit have returned the hats. I was told the projects wouldn't be returned until six months after the publication date because the publishers had their own promotion plans. But here are the hats, in a box, on my floor, a week after publi...

September 7, 2014

The time has arrived [drum roll], Animal hats to knit is to be published on the 7th October 2014. I wish I had more to show you, but I only have the prototypes. I wonder if you will be interested? The photograph above is my daughter wearing an adult hat. I have adjuste...

April 16, 2014

Today I delivered the last piece of copy for Animal hats to knit. I wrote the introductions to each pattern in a flurry of inspiration, silliness and energy. As I wrote, I remembered the book I proposed and looked for a sign that what I had produced was a worthy replac...

October 21, 2013

More mistakes will follow, but these three hats helped to fine-tune the brief. Nothing too decorative or fanciful – do not try and anticipate a ghoulish trend. Symmetry and minimal crochet would be preferred. I wasn't asked to knit the penguin a third time, but the pre...

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