Knitting, as with other crafts, is an adaptable medium that allows for self-expression as well as serving a functional purpose. In an era of mass-produced, poor quality clothing that is often manufactured at the expense of the workers, including children’s, health and well-being, I have found creating my own clothing ethically satisfying as well as mentally and creatively challenging. It can also be a great therapy, helping you to wind-down at the end of a long day and, with the once more increasing number and diversity of knitting groups available to the individual knitter, it can also be a fantastic social activity.
I began to write my own knitting patterns in 2002, to ensure greater satisfaction with the fit and style of the end product. I published my first commercial pattern in 2010, since which time I have written for a number of knitting magazines, indie dyers and larger yarn companies. I favour highly textured chunky knits, elaborate lace effects, fitted torso’s with emphatic curves and strong colours using both bold intarsia motifs and fairisle. You can see examples of my past commissions in my Gallery and Pattern pages. I continue to seek out new techniques in an effort to make every detail of a garment, from the cast-on to the cast-off and every seam or join in-between, have a high quality professional finish. This is aided in a large part by the experience and confidence I gain from knitting with others of all skill levels in my local pub and I am indebted to so many fabulous and inspiring knitter’s met over the years.
My patterns are available to purchase and download in PDF format from Ravelry or if you would like to commission me please use my contacts page. I am also available for teaching in London, either to groups or individuals. I have a series of structured 2h sessions, with materials and handouts provided, that emphasise understanding the process of creating stitches so that students can recognise and correct their own mistakes as they progress. Many of my tutorials are posted to my blog but nothing beats patient and experienced face-to-face tuition to encourage the novice knitter when reading and videos have failed.