Off the grid


So here goes - I'm finally launching my website and feeling very excited about sharing ideas, yarns and designs with you - and like many a F1 racing driver, not entirely sure what lies around the next bend. Knitting and crochet are often worked from a grid(charts) and the resulting fabrics are grid like in structure. However, far from being rigid, this grid enables and allows us to be endlessly creative. One might associate the word 'grid' with squares, but the grid itself can be any shape. Similarly the uniformity of the squares can be manipulated, whi ch is what happens when we twist stitches or work a cable. The squares, (or stitches, can be made to rise and fall in the case of chevrons, or disappear when working a yarn forward in a lace pattern. Clever use of colour and patterning can create optical illusions as well as representative images. As a designer I get to decide how to fill all those little squares with colour, texture and pattern! Returning to the grid will be a recurrent theme of the website - an opportunity to provide good, clean designs with relevant stitch, yarn and colour choices.

The website will provide you with access to exclusive designs and kits. It will also showcase yarns from a range of sources, including small independent spinners and dyers as well as some high street favourites. As a freelance author and designer I am not tied into any particular brand and look forward to discussing my yarn choices with you as well as offering alternatives where appropriate.My collections will be small and will often feature a web exclusive, small projects for pop-up trends as well as patterns from my archive that you may have missed! I will blog about the design process and share any tips and techniques that I think you will find useful. I will also be using the blog to let you know about knitting related events and daily inspiration. From time to time, I will be able to offer kits to support my designs -the first of these will appear in August, but more on that a little nearer the time. You might like to follow me on Twitter or Instagram for quick updates.

Knitting, crochet and all things yarn are my passion. I am fascinated by its colours textures and possibilities. I am intrigued by its social history and health benefits. Nothing compares to a beautiful yarn passing rhythmically through your fingers accompanied by the gentle click of your needles.

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