I worked in IT until I was made redundant in October 2014, and I was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement. I learned to knit as a child, although I hadn’t done any serious knitting for over 10 years. I started to crochet in the summer of 2014 and was hooked!

A school friend taught me treble stitch when I was about 12 and got me started on a granny square. All through my teens, that square got bigger and bigger. I scrounged every scrap of wool left over from my mum’s knitting, 4-ply baby wool, variegated chunky acrylic, it didn’t matter – it all went into the blanket! It was the ugliest blanket you ever saw and I loved it dearly. By the time I ‘finished’ it, in my early 20s, it was about 6’x6′. I had it on my bed for many years until it fell apart.

I always wanted to make more, but had no idea how to start a granny square and when I bought books, I just ended up more confused (I thought you made those first stitches into the tiny starting chain – no wonder I struggled so much.) In the summer of 2014, I discovered there are hundreds of videos on YouTube showing you how to do it and I was off! Then I discovered Lucy’s blog,  Attic24, and didn’t put my crochet hook down for about a year.

More recently, I’ve been flexing my knitting muscles again. I love making shawls and scarves. Although I love making shawls, I don’t particularly like wearing them so I tend to sell the shawls I make.

I also knit a lot of socks. Socks had always seemed like some horribly complicated thing to knit, and the patterns made no sense to me at all, using arcane terms like gussets and heel turns. Then I found Winwick Mum’s Sockalong Turorials. My first pair weren’t very good, mostly because I used the wrong sized needle (because I was too impatient to wait for the right size to arrive!), and I didn’t adjust my stitch count enough. But I did end up with sock-shaped socks and, although they’re a little baggy, I love to wear them around the house. I haven’t stopped knitting socks since; I always have a pair on the go.

I’m a compulsive reader, an addiction the advent of the Kindle has made easier to indulge. I’m nearly always plugged into some music and find it difficult to do anything without something playing in the background. I occasionally dabble in photography and have been researching my family history off and on since 2001. I have a love/hate relationship with World of Warcraft and have played since it it was released. I managed to wean myself off it with the release of the Dragon Age franchise and discovered the joys of reading and writing fan-fiction.

I’m married to David, who’s a district nurse, and I have 2 sons. Jamie is almost 23 and spends most of his time playing Dragon Age, drawing and writing. Ewan is 17 and spends most of his energy being a bored, grumpy teenager; he takes being a teenager very seriously. He spends most of his time in his room and I don’t think I want to know what he’s doing in there!

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