Crafting, Knitting

My First Knitting Lesson

I’ve been continuing to enjoy making things with thread and yarn lately, rather than (or as well as) pen and paper. Particularly I’ve rediscovered the joys of knitting, and that inspired me to make this little comic about my first knitting lesson with my fabulous Grandma when I was about seven years old.

knitting with grandma

My skills have progressed a little since then…

 

Zines

A New Green Bean

Green Bean 4-4

It’s always a happy moment when a new Green Bean is ready to send out into the world. Even after twenty four (twenty four!!) issues, I haven’t tired of the feeling I get cropping those corners and colouring those beans.

This newest issue is all about my recent relocation from Bristol to Devon, adjusting to new surroundings and a different pace of life. There are comics, book reviews, a recipe for delicious pistachio and white chocolate macarons, deer, Dartmoor ponies, maps and lots more, all rendered in fine micron pen and delivered to you on lovely recycled paper. You can find the new Green Bean here, or subscribe to forthcoming issues here.

Work In Progress, Zines

Zine Chaos

Green Bean pages

I love the feeling of finishing a new zine for print. My desk is left strewn with papers: not blank ones, or pages of barely decipherable notes as usual, but of finished drawings. It’s very satisfying, especially if it’s been more than six months since I last finished one! Sometimes the theme of a Green Bean is all set before I make the first mark. Sometimes I just have a vague idea and the rest unfolds as I draw. This issue was definitely one of the latter.

Almost six months ago I moved from Bristol, my home for the preceding eleven years, to Devon. I knew I wanted to make a zine about that transition, and one of the reasons the zine took so long is because I don’t feel that transition happened fully until the last month or so. I was so caught up with travelling and promoting Lighter Than My Shadow and The Crystal Mirror, there was hardly any time for drawing, and even less for settling in to my new home.

But as I started to settle, drawings started to happen. Drawings of what I love about my new place, of what I miss about the old one. This new Green Bean has maps, comics and stories, as well as books reviews, a craft project and a recipe for macarons (oh yes). It’s at the printers now, and should be ready in the next week or so…