mad as a hatter

you’d probably all agree that this year has been tough. we’ve all been feeling it in one way or another – COVID lockdowns, work & money worries, the looming Brexit deadline, uncertainty, anxiety, illness, exhaustion. it’s been a hard time for most of us, and it doesn’t feel like it will get easier anytime soon. {…Continue Reading}

photo ID: three skeins of yarn in layered shades of red, orange, and yellow.

tomatoes & marigolds

earlier this year, i was contacted by Sarah, who organises the Flower Power Fund to raise money for Marie Curie.  if you aren’t already familiar with Marie Curie, they’re a charity organisation that provides help and support to people with terminal illness.  although their initial focus was associated with cancer care, they now provide help {…Continue Reading}

an image of three skeins of yarn in layered colours of blue, green, yellow and rust

scream inside your heart

2020 has been quite a year so far, hasn’t it.  i don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s been feeling a bit like a rollercoaster to me, and there seem to have been a awful lot of downs and not so many ups.  we’re all just muddling through as best we can, and {…Continue Reading}

a photo of skeins of yarn dyed in purples, greens, & blues.

wild mountain thyme

as most of you will probably already know from instagram, we recently had to say goodbye to our lovely old dog Finn.  he’d been with us for fifteen years so it was pretty heartbreaking, and we’re still adjusting to the huge empty space he left behind.  but we have so many lovely memories of him, {…Continue Reading}

three skeins of yarn dyed in variegated pinks, yellows, greens, and blues

arianna’s garden

i absolutely love a beautiful garden,  i love gardens that look wild but planned, what’s known as a “cottage garden” style (i think!).  i love seeing flowers popping up everywhere, spilling out of flowerbeds & onto paths, hearing happy bees buzz busily about. i am not, alas, a natural gardener. i don’t know when you’re {…Continue Reading}

yarn fade

community yarn fund – an update

at the start of this year, i posted about introducing a Community Yarn Fund with the idea of trialling it for a few months and seeing how it went & what happened.  i was excited about the idea of enabling people to access hand-dyed yarn whose finances wouldn’t normally allow it, but was concerned about {…Continue Reading}

image description: lilith is standing against a wooden wall wearing a blue-green sweater with a cable detail around the hem; her hands are in her pockets & she’s smiling.

abbeyhill sweater

as i’m sure some of you are already aware, i’m not able to use Ravelry in the way that i usually would. it’s a long saga, but essentially since the new-look update my relationship to Ravelry has changed massively. i can’t use the NewRav for any length of time without getting a migraine; so far {…Continue Reading}

Stacks of books

reading list

since i have a limited budget of both money and shelf space, i don’t often buy new books. so when i took a good look at my book collection, it was pretty obvious that there were a lot of voices that weren’t represented.  i’ve got a decent selection of feminist and queer  books (although a {…Continue Reading}

postage price increase

hi folks!  i just wanted to keep you update with news about postage prices (exciting, i know, but sadly necessary!).  as of 1st July 2020, unfortunately postage prices are going to be increased across the board. it’s not great news, which is why i wanted to give you time to place any orders you want {…Continue Reading}


Operation – Social Justice

over the past year or so, there’s been a lot of discussion in the knitting community about racism, diversity, and inclusion.  it’s been pretty challenging and uncomfortable stuff for the white folks in this community (myself included!); most of us had never had to think about this before because of our position of relative privilege, {…Continue Reading}