February 20, 2015

My principle desire in life is to enable others. I am an enabler, and I am proud of it. I like to teach workshops. I like to write books on technique. I like to encourage people in their enterprises. I can always find positive things to say about the ideas and work of...

January 12, 2015

A new image is on the Home page for the New Year. These cupcakes were used as inspiration for a workshop designed to introduce beginners of all ages to knitting, crochet and sewing.

September 24, 2014

I will make paper hats if I want to. James, the cactus, may become inspiration for another hat design.

May 14, 2014


I have wanted to experiment with this hat shape for a while – see the post about 30 days of drawing. The day at Fabrications was inspiring. The enthusiasm was infectious and the free goody bag liberating. There is nothing like free yarn for relieving the pressure of...

October 16, 2013

The chart above is one of the first designs for the book Animal hats to knit. I was trying to work to a brief, and this design was based on Blake's tiger. A pink nose and the ears were separate knitted pieces that were stitched to the hat. This design was rejected, but...

September 28, 2013

I am not a fan of Facebook. However, I have discovered the anonymity Facebook can provide.  I have joined a group of people who have agreed to produce, each day, a drawing on a given subject. I love seeing the drawings appear through the day. I relish each line and cre...

May 30, 2013

This photograph was taken at Kew Gardens, London. I am sorry I do not know who created these giant insect sculptures. If you know, please send me a message.

May 26, 2013

These are the very first sketches I did for a series of animal hat patterns, that I planned to sell on Ravelry. They represent a stream of consciousness – the good, the bad and the boring. It is easy to forget that the idea is to inspire people to knit and wear these h...

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