Knit a Beard for Comic Relief

Knit a Beard for Comic Relief

Three patterns for my Comic Relief Woolly Whiskers for the Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine, a very special edition of the lovely Mollie Makes, released on January 29th 2015.

Handmade Melody: Cultural Hijack takes over the city

Handmade Melody: Cultural Hijack takes over the city

Yarnstorms tend to be quite quiet things. Lurking there all woolly and colourful but not really saying much to the ears. Why are the ears not included in the woolly love, I ask you? It’s a tragedy that must be fixed!

How to be a Handmade Hero Part 2: No sleep till Beneh Meriah

How to be a Handmade Hero Part 2: No sleep till Beneh Meriah

The second thrilling instalment of my Indonesia trip with Save the Children and three Craft Stars for the Craftivist Jigsaw Project. We travel to deepest Bener Meriah, come hell or rather too high water.

Also features more stuff on a bike than you can possibly imagine, more people in a pick-up truck then is healthy, and Hilary ‘Craftblog UK’ Pullen eating weird roadside fruit.

Going Guerrilla Gardening: the discovery of Amelia Bearheart

Going Guerrilla Gardening: the discovery of Amelia Bearheart

In the heart of London grows a lovely field of guerrilla gardening lavender. After wondering about the green and leafy guerrilla gardening world for so long it was high time I joined the guerrilla gardening crew and got my hands dirty.

Meet the Knits: London Steampunk meets Stitch London

Meet the Knits: London Steampunk meets Stitch London

Join me, steampunk scribbler extraordinaire Gail Carriger, Plarchie the squid, Cooey the Pigeon (armed with her very own tiny and lethal parasol) for an evening of steampunky book signing and giant squid.

VIVA LA FREE KNITTERS REVOLUTION!

VIVA LA FREE KNITTERS REVOLUTION!

When I cast on a scarf in eye-gouging neon yarn at 6.10 on live BBC Breakfast TV I had absolutely no idea that those few garish stitches would be the start of a knitting revolution. But it seems the Scarf of Doom has become a symbol for Knitters’ Freedom.

Free pattern: BBC Scarfgate or Knitting the Scarf of Doom

Free pattern: BBC Scarfgate or Knitting the Scarf of Doom

Once upon a time there was a blue-haired knitter who was asked to go on BBC News to talk about knitting. EEK! A story of bright yarn, snarky beasts and happiness.

Learn graffiti knitting at Yarnstorm Bootcamp

Learn graffiti knitting at Yarnstorm Bootcamp

The UK’s first ever graffiti Yarnstorm Bootcamp is announced! Yay! Spend the weekend learning the art of the sneaky stitch with me, The Fastener and Plarchie the Squid.

Free pattern: Stitched Slake Moth + Plarchie meets China Mieville

Free pattern: Stitched Slake Moth + Plarchie meets China Mieville

Slake Moths, from China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, feed on people’s dreams, they excrete nightmare-making invisible poo, and they leave their victims behind as drooling hunks of human vegetable.

So what would make a more perfect tribute to Mr Mieville’s monsters than to immortalise them in lovely squishy yarn, I ask you?