bombella

I can vaguely remember first learning to knit on red plastic needles at about 4 or 5 years old.

A knitted candle for the Jackson's birthday cake

Despite learning at such a young age I remained a novice, contentedly knitting scarves and squares. Sometimes I wonder how I managed to be knitting quite so frequently with not much to show for it! I just loved the relaxing process of knitting -it didn’t really occur to me that I could also love the finished object!

Then, in my mid 20s, I started wanting to knit for my anticipated babies. It is traditional in my family to knit for new babies. So I picked up a pattern and pushed myself and was so pleased with the results I was hooked!

In 2006 I moved back to Reading and met the awesome Outcasts who I cherish for their warmth and creativity. Since then my Wednesday evenings are spent surrounded by the most inspiring and generally wonderful people I could hope to meet.

Not long after I met the Outcasts the website Ravelry came into existence and quickly became invaluable. It’s made so many patterns and techniques, new ideas and creative people so easily accessible.

Now I’m learning more about knitting all the time -and crochet too. I’m starting to give pattern design a go. You can read more about my endeavours here. I’ve got so many ideas I can’t wait to get them all out!

Me and Mabel in the park

A little more general info about me:

I’m originally a Londoner. I moved to Reading for university, met a nice man, moved him to London for a few years, then we moved back to Reading. I used to miss bustling Islington but not any more! Next I crave the coast but for now I’m happy here.

I feel very lucky to be a full time mum to my two young daughters.

I have two cats: a big fat black one called Puck and a little skinny ginger one called Pan.

I am a volunteer for the Breastfeeding Network supporting mothers in my community. I used to work in admin and IT for a charity in London. I still don’t really know what I want to ‘do’.

I try to be increasingly political. Climate change and inequality bother me. I think recycling is very important so I try to get most things second hand. I’m practically addicted to my local charity shop.

I love art and reading. I’ve recently done some life drawing and modelling (yikes!) I used to try and write a bit. I’m particularly keen on sequential illustration. I would say ‘comic books’ but then people start asking me about superheroes -not really my thing!