Doubts, Control and Acceptance

Its been a long time since I last managed to compose a post for my blog and in essence that’s actually what this post is all about. It isn’t going to be a post about lots of nasty side effects of chemotherapy but because of its impact on The Vintage Shetland Project it does have to be about one that I have experienced, and that is chemo-brain (or chemo fog). Exactly why people experience chemo brain and why it affectsRead more

The Vintage Shetland Project Film

To mark her 24th birthday, my daughter Charlie, joins us on the blog, to tell us more about her creative process behind the making of her film all about The Vintage Shetland Project which is finally available for all to see as from today. And so, over to Charlie. I never wanted to make a straight up and down, behind the scenes, documentary about the Vintage Shetland photo shoot. Yes, I wanted to capture the process, but I also wantedRead more

A Peek Inside The Vintage Shetland Project no 3 – The Printed Page

My, how the last couple of weeks have flown since I updated the blog with progress on the book. Myself, Gavin, two Technical Editors and a second Graphic Artist, are all hard at work perfecting each and every page of the book, so it will look beautiful, be as error free as possible, and be a joy to use, to read and to knit from. I have worked very, very hard to try and ensure that the complexities in theseRead more

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – a peep inside The Vintage Shetland Project No 2

Its possible from the title of this story that some of you may guess which garment from The Vintage Shetland Project I’m going to talk about today. Some of you may very well have helped me find some of the many knitting patterns around in the early 1950s that used the same motif. It is of course the piece that up to now has been simply known as The Rose Cardigan. This gloriously colourful, optimistic, elegant and beautifully knitted itemRead more

A Peek Inside The Vintage Shetland Project – A Treasure Hunt

As I enter the final stages of putting The Vintage Shetland Project together, I’m very excited to now begin to share a little more about what you are going to find in the book.  So today, without hopefully revealing too much and spoiling the anticipation, I would like to tell you about a treasure hunt I embarked on some months ago. Several of the designs included in the book incorporate Shetland Lace patterns in their construction. Three are all-over laceRead more

Where are we with The Vintage Shetland Project?

Those of you who either crowd funded The Vintage Shetland Project or have pre-ordered the book since, should have received a newsletter over the last few days explaining exactly where I am with the book’s production and most importantly of all, when the book is to be published. Unfortunately I have had some issues with not all emails being received so I’m going to share the relevant details from the newsletter below to ensure everyone has access to what theyRead more

Perfectly Flawed

I have to admit I have been impatiently waiting for the moment when I could share this teaser of the film my very talented daughter, Charlie Moon, is making for me about The Vintage Shetland Project. The title relates to a section in the book which explains in more detail why I chose the pieces that are featured in the book. These two words alone say so much and for me, sum up the choices I made. ‘Perfectly Flawed’ offersRead more

Seasons Greetings

The latter part of 2015 has not been the calmest for myself or many others on the North West coast of Britain and with more storms to come I suspect this is not going to be the year for long walks across the fields to work off my Christmas excesses. However I am so very lucky. I am warm, dry, well fed and safe. My thoughts are with everyone for whom life has been less kind and I wish youRead more

Bring Me Some Sunshine Soup!

I thought I would share with you an old favourite recipe of mine which I originally shared on the blog, back in 2012, but if you haven’t yet planned your Christmas menu this is a great starter to consider. Rather fittingly it looks like sunshine in a bowl! It is creamy, well flavoured but not too heavy so great for when there are multiple courses. Served with garlic bread or my favourite, soda bread, it also works as a greatRead more

My Shetland Adventure Continues

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy.  I’ve recently returned from a trip to Shetland and the beautiful island of Vaila, where I was working on further research and photoshoots for the Vintage Shetland Project book. We had originally intended to stay a week, but this turned into just short of two, as gale force winds and high seas whipped up around Vaila preventing our departure. Our wonderful hosts, plentiful food and a huge amount of work to doRead more

A Glimpse Inside The Vintage Shetland Project

As many of you know, I’m currently working hard on bringing together my research, patterns, photography and history for The Vintage Shetland Project.  This very special book is based on garments held in the collection at the Shetland Archives.  I’ve selected a number of items from the collection and have meticulously charted and recorded stitch counts and patterns, to enable me to recreate them and from this information create multi-sized knitting patterns.  My choice of pieces has not only beenRead more

Diamonds Are Forever and It Cannot Fail to Please Released as Single Patterns

I’m really pleased to announce that, due to demand, I have released Diamonds Are Forever and It Cannot Fail to Please as single PDF patterns. Diamonds are Forever is knitted in the round from the bottom up and features a stunning yoke knitted in an extra-special Excelana 4ply wool limited shade of Deepest Charcoal, to work alongside Persian Grey. The yoke also features Saharan Sand and Sweet Chestnut reflecting the amazing range of natural colours found in the fleeces of ourRead more