Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It is about time I updated on here! I've had a great 'knitty' summer and autumn so far - will gradually add posts about all of this this month...because it will be Wovember, a whole month of talking about the wonders of wool! Not just me, it is a whole bunch of folks over at .I look forward to seeing the blog posts over there and will do my best to join in.

Just to whet your appetite I've changed my background to a wonderful array of hand dyed yarn from Countess Ablaze, and a photo of me with my selection from them (in sock yarn) for a Color Affection shawl, which will hopefully be cast on this month. Photo courtesy of Amy Singer of

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Great Uncle Bernard

Going through the huge box of family photos I came across this one of my Uncle Bernard Bailey - he was in the Sherwood Foresters in WW1 and died on the Somme in 1916 - his name is on the Thiepval memorial. I have been researching this branch of the family recently, along with my dad and also Gary, the webmaster of the Huthwaite website (where our family is from) . He came up with a cutting from the local paper about him, published when his death was announced. It makes very moving reading - Bernard seems like a chap I would have loved to have known :(

Thursday, February 09, 2012

England (all covered in snow)

Early morning, there is a certain stillness and perfection in crisp English snow.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dress a girl around the world

dress a girl around the world, originally uploaded by Sajona.

Spent the last 2 afternoons using up fabric stash by making 6 dresses for the charity 'Dress a girl around the world'. They are really simple pillowcase style dresses using cotton fabric. I handmade binding for the spotty dress, but used packet binding for the rest. The 2 on the right are from a recycled dress I bought from a charity shop - they were actually the most expensive as the dress cost £9.99 and was unworn. Must resist those charity shops - especially in Harpenden, which is always way overpriced :( (but often has Boden and designer labels..). The dress on the left is actually Boden fabric, courtesy of Fabrics Galore in London - a really designer fabric treasure trove.
The blog for the UK organiser for DAGATW is: