Fundraising for Rape Crisis

As a result of my personal experience, I've come to realise how atrociously underfunded services for rape and sexual assault survivors are in the UK.

Over the last year, prosecutions and convictions for rape numbered only 11.8% and 11.2%, respectively, and other sexual offences (12.5% and 14.7%). Yet 1 in 3 women will experience some form of sexual violence in her lifetime. For many, the social consequences of reporting sexual assault or rape lead to their isolation from friends and family. Rape Crisis provide badly needed support services for those living in aftermath of these horrific crimes.

I was attacked in April 2016, I was ostracised by many I used to call friends and it became very clear to those around me that I would need some form of counselling or therapy. I have yet to receive anything, because of oversubscription in the services provided by both Rape Crisis and the NHS. Survivors both deserve and need more support than this.

To try and help, I am selling my handknitted Christmas Baubles for £5 each (roughly the cost of two coffees ☕️) plus p&p. All proceeds will go to Rape Crisis England & Wales.

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You can purchase these in my shop:

Please let me know your colour/design preferences at the time of ordering, you can see the ones I have made over on my Instagram account. Otherwise I will select a bauble at random.

If you have a custom bauble request, please email  

Alternatively, please consider making a donation to Rape Crisis via my JustGiving page.

Any donation or bauble purchase can help others to survive and overcome the barbarism of rape/sexual assault. 

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Pattern: Phone Sock

Confession time!

I am one of those people, who still cannot get on board with the idea of using my iPhone to listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts. Unfortunately, since I got my first iPhone back in 2008, the battery life still hasn't improved enough for me to be able to use it for these things unless I'm sat at my desk (i.e. next to a charger) all day.

Most of the time, if I want to listen to music on the go, I still reach for my trusty iPod Classic. Why wouldn't I? it has my entire music and audiobook library on it, I can listen to it without using data up (or needing a signal) and the battery life is awesome. Whilst listening to the Missing Richard Simmons podcast this weekend, I noticed that my iPod cover was pretty shabby.

So, after raiding my sock yarn scrap box, this is what I came up with....

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Ta Dah! Summer Stripes

Something strange has happened over the past few months: my sock knitting has taken an unexpected back seat. By this time last year, I'd made eight pairs. And this year? Until a couple of weeks ago, when my mojo came back with a frustrated vengeance, I was stuck on three. The two pairs below, as you have probably come to expect from me by now, are as stripy and as colourful as they come....

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Knit Happens #2

~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~


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Top (Left to Right): Pixel Rise socks | Mum's Birthday Socks

Bottom (Left to Right): Building Blocks Shawl | Brioche Cowl

Happy Friday everyone! 

Goodness, this week has just flown by! It feels like I've barely had a moment to myself as work has been utterly manic. When I have found time to sit down and relax over the last few days, I mostly spent it trying to figure out Brioche knitting and ended up starting a Brioche Cowl as part of that (see above). It took me faaaaaaar longer than I thought it would. I've heard it said many times that it is harder than it looks at first and, boy, did that turn out to be true. I've cracked it now - as you can see in one of the pictures above - and it's much easier now I've got going but still requires a fair old bit of concentration.  I have Nancy Marchant's Knitting Brioche book to thank for helping me to eventually figure it out. I really recommend it for anyone thinking of trying brioche - trust me when I say it's better than anything you'll find online and worth the investment for the frustration it will save you! 

Whilst I was figuring out brioche, it would periodically annoy me to the point I'd put it down for a few hours and work on other more straightforward things. In the above picture, from top left: there's some Pixel Rise socks I started last week, my Mum's Birthday Socks that I should  have finished before her birthday back in February (huge fail there, but she's used to my second sock syndrome kicking in and late socks...), and the Building Blocks Shawl which was responsible for inspiring me go to off on a tangent and teach myself brioche in the first place. I'm hoping to focus on the shawl over the weekend and finish Part 2 of the pattern.

What have you been working on this week?

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Knit Happens #1

In light of my last post, I thought it would be a good idea to create a weekly project share opportunity. The aim is to bring a little bit of cheer, inspiration and something to look forward to each week when the world around us may not be as easy to deal with as we'd like. So, from this point on, each Friday I will be hosting a link up for crafters to share their current or recently finished projects with others. All you need to do, is add a link to the post through the widget below. 


~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~

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I've just started my first Westknits project, a Building Blocks shawl, using four wonderfully vibrant skeins of yarn I treated myself to from Easyknits. I'm really enjoying the variety of techniques and the unique construction. If you're interested in the yarn shades etc, my Ravelry project page is here :-)

This new project has also given me the chance to use my new yarn bowl for the first time, but - as you can see from the picture - this hasn't really helped in curing my 4 month old kitten's fascination with moving yarn. Don't even get me started on how difficult it was to wind those four yarn cakes with Oscar around! 

What have you been making this week?

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Ta Dah! Christmas Eve Socks of 2016

In the world of Knitters on Instagram, casting on a new pair of socks on Christmas Eve has become a bit of tradition thanks to Dani over at Little Bobbins. I admit I was quite behind the times, as 2016 was my first time participating and was precipitated by my sister feeling left out of my annual 'Christmas Socks' for Mum and I.

Appropriately enough, I managed to finish them on New Years Eve so this is my very last pair of 2016, in my very first post of 2017!

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2016: A Year in Projects

As the New Year approaches, I am sat in my favourite chair in the Living Room with a glass of prosecco and some nibbles. Next to me, are the pair of socks I cast on for my sister on Christmas Eve and which I am just about to finish. Whilst I won't be able to include this final item in time for midnight, I thought that I would post a round up of some of the projects I completed in 2016....

(If you would like to find out more about any of them, clicking on the links below the collages - working a row at a time, from left to right - will take you to the Ravelry project page.)

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New Beginnings for New Year

Each knitter, I believe,  has a favourite project type - whether it be hats, shawls or something else. It should be pretty clear (understatement much?) by now, that I've got a slight obsession with knitting socks. At any one time, I've got at least two pairs in progress and to be quite honest, it's usually more than that. With a sock knitting addiction, there comes a desire to stash sock yarn in stockpile type fashion. Basically, I have a lot of sock yarn; scraps from completed pairs, mini skeins to make squares for my Mitred Sock Yarn Blanket and full skeins to knit fresh pairs with. I am never going to run out: weak as I am, I also buy more yarn all the time so my supply is quite endless.


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