Glass & the Environment

I’ve just signed up for my next session of glass fusing classes and was having a look at supplementing my stash for all the forthcoming projects. Glass Studio Supplies (who sell Bullseye glass) are now discontinuing the production of glass with cadmium and arsenic, for environmental reasons. The Bullseye company say: “We just learned of… Continue reading Glass & the Environment

How to make a Twiddlemuff

Last time, I suggested a list of sites for information and instructions on how to make a Twiddlemuff. When I started, these were invaluable, but I quickly developed my own style. For example, in the instructions here and here it suggests knitting an ‘inside’ as well as an outside. I knit only one thickness. In… Continue reading How to make a Twiddlemuff


Twiddlemuffs? What now? Until recently, I had never heard of such a thing. They are being knitted for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People find them calming because they often suffer from restless fingers. Now hospitals across the country are asking knitters to make and donate them. A twiddelmuff is a reinvention of the muff… Continue reading Twiddlemuffs

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Today, I spent the day at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. Magical! As well as all the stands selling everything from sewing machines and material, to yarns and accessories, I always love the exhibitions. A favorite this year was Material World, an exhibition of yarn art by Jessica Dance. Not just perfectly executed… Continue reading The Knitting & Stitching Show

Halloween Gingerbread Persons

Inspired by the Great British Bake-off, and needing a break from writing, I tried my hand at baking gingerbread persons for Halloween. The recipe came from the BBC website. Next time I make these I will knead the dough a little bit more and use a bit more flour when rolling out because I found… Continue reading Halloween Gingerbread Persons

Reduced Carbon Cooking: The B’goven

The b’goven (big oven) is my version of the hay box. It is filled with polystyrene beads and cooks a pot of food slowly over several hours without any heat source. The instructions below are for a huge b’goven. This is because my husband, Bruce wants to buy a larger cast iron pot so I… Continue reading Reduced Carbon Cooking: The B’goven

The World Eco Fibre & Textile (WEFT) Art Exhibition

I visited the Brunei Gallery attached to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which is part of the University of London recently. They are right next to the Senate House Library where I am often found reading and wandering the halls admiring the architecture. But, shame on me, this was my first visit… Continue reading The World Eco Fibre & Textile (WEFT) Art Exhibition