Stitch Maps

A tweet by Kristen Hanley put me on the scent of this website, where you can see how your knitting will flow given the chart! Most Excellent.


Hobbycraft Watford Noticeboard

Hobbycraft Watford Noticeboard

The lovely Steve from Hobbycraft Watford made a great sign for my demos and knitting classes. Isn’t this great?


What have I signed up for? I’m not good in crowds…


Fireworks display:
Each year the Cassiobury Park fireworks and bonfire night takes place on the Saturday nearest November the fifth.

This years event will take place on Saturday 3rd November 2012.

The free event starts at 6pm, with a children’s Fireworks display at 6:15pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the main Fireworks will commence at 7:30pm.

Limited parking for blue badge holders will be available in the car park off Gade Avenue (this will not be open to non-blue badge holders). Parking restrictions will be in place on local roads to enable emergency vehicle access to the event.

The 2009 event attracted 40,000 people and raised over £5,000 for local charities.


I am going to add blog posts more frequently in November. I tend to feel that only earth-shattering news should Be Published On The Blog, but then it all gets too up itself and stagnates. 

So today’s news is 1) I got a rejection from KnitNow, but it was such a nice rejection that I can hardly call it such. 2) My lovely tech editor has some great ideas too so I’m going to <quickly> draft some proposals for things for her to show to the big bad knitting world. 3) I have made contact with a renowned designer and I’m looking forward to some mentoring sessions. I’d really like to feel like I’m swimming determinedly to shore rather than just doggy-paddling around looking for the next bit of driftwood to hold onto.

So momentum’s starting to build. Slowly does it! :)


Carol Feller’s Short Rows Class on Craftsy

Carol Feller’s class on Short Rows is great. I learned the following new short-row stuff:

  • Japanese Short Rows
  • Set-in sleeves from the top down (picked up)
  • Bust shaping

I want a bunch of Craftsy classes for my birthday, starting with the Sew Retro dress, which I’ve had on my to-do list for about a year, then (in no particular order):

Sigh. Add another thing to the 3-yr plan: have my own course on Craftsy… Have to get good at something so. :))

Arm’s Eye

Etymology always fascinates me.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In sewing, the armscye is the armhole, the fabric edge to which the sleeve is sewn. The length of the armscye is the total length of this edge; the width is the distance across the hole at the widest point.

While the expression “arm’s eye” was used in older sewing texts (e.g. Gynametry by M. V. Coleman, published in 1887 by Byrd & Pattillo) it appears that in poor prints the apostrophe and the crossbar of the lower case “e” were indistinct. The neologism “armscye” was created by readers who concatenated the orphaned fragments “arm” and “s” with the corrupt “cye”.[citation needed]

Until the beginning of the 20th century writers favoured the original term or at least a more logical variation (e.g. “armeye” in The Perfect Dressmaking System by Ella A. Bennett, published in 1914). However, as self-proclaimed experts copied each other, the term “armscye” eventually became widely enough used by home sewers to gain general acceptance.