It's time for the Snowflake Crochet-along wrap up for September, and the announcement for October.Read More
This month the book club has read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". I am really interested to know what you thought of this book, not least because it is about Guernsey and gives an insight into island life during the Occupation. Hopefully it goes without saying that if you didn't like the book you will feel totally comfortably saying so (constructively, of course!)Read More
I am having so much fun knitting this project ("My Favourite Things Knitalong") that I could not resist a quick progress report. It's become something of an obsession. Unfortunately, last night, I managed to stab myself in the finger with my Chiaogoo (come to think of it "Chiaogoo" would have been a far more appropriate and effective swearword than the one I used at the time!) So I may just have to stop knitting this for a few days while it heals... we'll see how that works out!Read More
I have 2 really exciting books to review on the blog today - The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook by Mike Rohde.
First things first, what is sketchnoting? It's a visual note taking method. Sketchnotes are rich, visual notes, created from a mix of handwriting, drawing, hand-drawn typography, shapes and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines. The video below shows some lovely examples.Read More
I'm delighted to announce the iMake Book Club's October choice. This time I have opted for something completely different as I think it might generate discussion. The book is "14" by Peter Clines.Read More
A QR code (or "quick response" code) is a 2 dimensional barcode that can be scanned using a smartphone to reveal information. The information could be plain text or perhaps a link to a website. QR codes are made up of black and white squares and this makes them perfect for cross stitching!Read More
I have my eye on these lovely things this month...Read More
I'm delighted to introduce Sue, the founder of a wonderful UK company called The Mercerie (they are the nice folks that make the Happy Crochet Blanket kit - a current work in progress for me). The Mercerie sells wonderful knitting and crochet kits and supplies (100% British wool). They also run workshops and provide a making service. Sue has written the blog post below for iMake, all about the city of Norwich and its rich textile history. If you hop over to The Mercerie blog, you'll find one that I have, in turn, written a guest blog post there about Guernsey's textile history.
So without further ado, let Sue tell you about Shawls, Strangers and Other Norwich Stuff...Read More
I thought it was time for a little update on the My Favourite Things Knitalong ("MFTKAL"). As you can see, I am making pretty good progress. It's such a fun project. My approach is to use small, simple bands of traditional Fair Isle patterns with larger bands of more quirky motifs (such as squirrels!) in between. This is helping me keep reasonable tension.Read More
This quick and easy soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken. The recipe is just a guideline really - you can play around with the quantities.Read More