The Story of the Monstrous Robe

I’d had the idea for a while: make a personalised version of a DryRobe, that I could use for swimming outdoors, uniquely suited to my needs. My dream: the basic idea of a DryRobe, but with an absorbent inside (the official has poly fleece inner) that I can use to dry myself with, and making…

Zircon of Gold

You know that feeling: you’ve been out for a cold and wintery walk, staying in a bothy or working out of doors. You come home and you shower or wash, put on your comfiest leggings and reach for the biggest, cuddliest jumper you own. Then, hand-knitted socks are pulled onto your tired feet, and you…

Top Five Highlights, Misses and Moments 2020

I write this while sat in our island home. But it’s no longer home. The walls are bare and the floor is too, apart from stray boxes and as-yet unpacked items lingering in my peripheral vision. Home has been packed up and is currently residing somewhere between a storage container and my memories, waiting for…

High Flying

Some of you may remember my elephant Pleiades… well, I made the dress that that was the toile for, and have posted it on Minerva for everyone to see. As I received the fabric for free, it is there that the blog post about the fabric belongs, and if you pop over there you’ll see…

Memories and Dreams

It was, dare I say it, time for another experiment. I love stretching my skills, trying out new things and working towards a particular vision. And this is something that had been in my head for a long, long time: a casual (but smart), indoor waistcoat for wearing over dresses and light jumpers for a…

Carolyn: The Review

As a member of the wider Minerva Maker team, I receive emails every month or so with fabrics that they’d like showcased for their website. I’ve never seen anything that was perfect, until in October 2019 I saw The One. Read more about the story here, for this post will not be about the making…

The Elephant Pleiades

As mentioned before, I am on the wider Minerva Crafts blogger team, which means I get offered free fabric now and again, in return for a blog post. September’s lot was a good ‘un and I found a dream fabric for a wedding Joey and I were going to in November. I’d always know I…

First Fairfield Shirt

Although making a shirt for Joey had been mentioned casually before, it wasn’t at the top of my list until I found the most gorgeous checked brushed flannel in the Fabric Counter in Dublin during my annual city break with my sister. I knew there and then that the fabric was coming home with me,…

Grain Sweater

I feel like I start almost every blog post with this phrase: This has to be one of my favourite makes, ever! As in, did I actually just make that? Also known as true love. This jumper has been a delight to knit, has expanded my knitting skills, and I just utterly love the finished…

Morella Pants

Slowly but surely, I am getting my wardrobe to a place I am happy with. There are still a few items that I am lacking, and definitely some items that are in dire need of replacement (ripping my work trousers right across the bum, while wearing them, hasn’t helped this situation, but that’s a topic…