Growing up I really wanted to be a palaeontologist. Though science turned out not quite to be the right career path for me, I'm still a dino nerd and so when I saw this fabric all sensible, adult and sophisticated handmade wardrobe plans were cancelled. My aesthetic has been described as #grannytoddler anyway, and I'm fine with that.
This is my favourite dress pattern: View P from Formal & Little Black Dress, a book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. I dropped the waistline from empire to my natural waist, and added the waist tie, pockets and peter pan collar (my first try - lots of fun!) Being quilting cotton it's a tad stiff, so I weighted the hem with lead curtain weight tape snakey stuff, and the result is 👌👌👌
Also @francescahughesknitwear please note that some of the dinosaurs are orange.
I have typed and deleted, typed and deleted, typed and deleted this post. Until I can compose my thoughts in my better (but slower!) language, I'll stick with the most important thing this week has taught me: I have been, and I will continue to be listening.
But just in case it's not implicit as I've always hoped it was: You are welcome here. Regardless of race, culture, religion, gender, age, sexuality, (dis)ability or diagnosis, I am committed to learning how best to understand the struggles you face, and to stand with you as your ally and friend, as you have done by me when I've shared my own struggles. I will not turn away when it gets uncomfortable. That's where we grow and learn, and I believe we truly meet each other.
It has turned cold here lately, and so I've turned to finishing these #persephonemittens from #knitsaboutwinter by @violaemily - urgently needed! What are you making this weekend?
If you're wondering about the best pouch in the world, it was a VERY special commission that dear friends @stitchbirdie and @woollenflower took on for me. Jules turned my beloved old tweed skirt into a gorgeous pouch, and Lorna adorned it with the most lifelike embroidery I have ever seen, capturing not just a small black dog, but his royal highness himself. I cried when I received it.
Happy New Year!
I find January full of mixed messages. I love the fresh start feeling, but often find all the resolve to change, improve, be good etc. etc. a challenge. I'm sure anyone who is on a journey of recovery or change feels similar. Instead of making resolutions I’ve been reflecting on my past year, and made this little comic to help me face the January onslaught.
I hope you are able to navigate January kindly, too.
Dear @woollyoriginals has asked us to share photos of our stash, aka the #yarnlarder (for a chance to win one of her beautiful bags, I will add). Thanks Sarah!
Here's mine, complete with #yarnguardian. It all lives in boxes and in bags within boxes, because I have survived a 'mothing' (as @redhandledscissors would call it) and never wish to again. And yes, the numbers on the boxes hint at how many are out of shot, but it's all* rigorously documented on @hi.ravelry if you're nosy. That's how I know what's where and what's what.
Jack and I would like to send you all our festive wishes, warm hugs, and thanks for following our adventures this year ❤
As a little gift, we've uploaded a surprisingly festive new podcast episode, and it's a bit longer than usual. Especially for those who might be feeling a bit lonely or just find this time of year a bit crap, we invite you to hang out with us for a little while (and watch me get carried away making penguins).
xoxo Katie and Jack 🐾