Yarnalong: Waits & The Sword


Knitting: Waits by Bristol Ivy in Cleckheaton Superfine Merino

I am absolutely churning through Waits helped by watching all of The Night Manager over the weekend and through using it as a bribe to keep studying. I have a Google Chrome extension called ‘Strict Workflow’ which cuts off access to all fun websites for 25 minutes and then gives you five minutes has a reward – except I’ve been knitting instead. I swear I’ve been more productive. Continue reading

Body Positivity

Talking about body positivity is difficult. There are internet trolls who’d just love to tell you you’re not healthy and should just [insert generic, uninformed health advice]. There are people who will tell you that you’re doing body positivism wrong – instead you should [insert generic, uninformed health advice]. Mostly, though it’s difficult to talk about because body positivity is just so intensely personal – my body is different from yours, my relationship with that body is different, and how I choose to deal with that is different.

With that in mind, I chose to make my body positivity post personal. Continue reading

Yarnalong: Cabaret & Harriet


Knitting: A Hap for Harriet by Kate Davies in Fyberspates Gleem Lace

This pattern is so darn addictive. One more point, just one more point. After the first couple of pattern repeats, it’s not difficult to follow, although it requires a little more attention than I’d normally give to my knitting. I suspect some less demanding Netflix watching in the future – especially as I’m doing this as a knitalong with the rather speedy Sharon of What I Made.

The yarn is Fyberspates Gleem Lace, which my Mum bought back from London last year (thanks Mum!). The stitch definition is amazing and the drape looks like it’s going to be just as good.

Reading: The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

I’m about to crawl into bed and crack the cover on The Cabaret of Plants. It was a Christmas present from my flatmates, who obviously know me well, because there’s not many things I like more than plant histories.

See what everyone else is knitting and reading over on the original Yarnalong.

New Year | New Theme


Each year, rather than making a New Years Resolution (which will inevitably be broken within two weeks) I set a knitting theme for the year. Themes are flexible and open to re-interpretation and basically just more fun.

Last year’s theme was Cold Sheeping; that is, not buying yarn. With a return to studentville, funds were tight and I had plenty of yarn anyway. Being a theme, rather than a resolution, I did make a few purchases: yarn for my Nut Hap, a baby present for a friend and various Christmas presents. But, by and large, I knitted from my stash and it’s now looking considerably smaller.

This year, my theme is ‘Books’. I have quite a few knitting (and sewing and craft) books and I feel like I really don’t use them enough. At least two I have lugged half way around the world and barely opened. Some are pattern books and others are historical. So this year I’m going to try and make sure I use them, whether for patterns, inspiration or education.

Below are my craft book intermingled with a few other titles. Are there any that catch your eye? Any you’d like to know more about?

Happy New Year!



Kākā Hap

This blog post has been a long time in the making! It started when Kat visited from America and broke my cold-sheeping resolution. I progressed through my hap fairly quickly (helped by by a few sick days) and I’ve already posted about the challenges I encountered here. Kat, however, had to contend with moving cities and sticky hot weather back in America and, understandably, took a while to finish hers. Check out Kat’s beautiful version here – I love her kingfisher colourway!

I also took forever to photograph mine. Fortuntely my family were in town last weekend and my sister took photos for me on a trip to Zealandia – where there were plenty of kākā, the birds that inspired my colourway!


Me and a kākā, the bird who’s colours I used for my Nut Hap © Emma Hill

Having a lag between finishing a project and blogging about it does have a certain advantage. I know what it’s like to wear now and this is not a hap that one wears lightly – and I mean that in both senses of the word.

There’s 700g of yarn in this scarf. I made the hap longer to ensure I got the same look as the original, but even if I hadn’t, it would still be a lot of yarn. That’s a fair amount of weight to be carrying around.

It’s also a weighty visual statement. I’ve had a couple of people comment that it reminds them of religious or academic robes. It doesn’t really go with a lot in my wardrobe and it’s enough of a statement that it needs a fairly simple outfit.

That said, it’s an incredibly comforting scarf to wear. The length means it can be wrapped around three times, keeping out even gale force winds (ask me know I know that one!) And I constantly finding myself tucking my fingertips into the open ends of the tucks, an oddly soothing act.

Anyway, enough jibberjabber, here’s the photos!


The full length in all its clerical glory © Emma Hill


© Emma Hill


© Emma Hill