How knitting became the new normal between shows on the BBC

I did wonder …now I know

We were very excited when the BBC introduced their new social distancing “idents” for BBC1 – that’s the little videos that pop up before programmes – a group of knitters started appearing regularly on our screens.

We decided to find out more about the knitters involved. We asked Sicgmone Kludje and Vea Koranteng from Black Girl Knit Club to tell us more.

How did you end up in the BBC ident?

The BBC researchers and producers got in contact with us after seeing our online presence such as our social media accounts and website. At the time we were sharing content on how we were staying creative to induce wellness during the lockdown as well as organise online zoom sessions for our attendees. They then updated us about the Oneness ident project and its focus on showing people getting creative during UK lockdown and we were excited to get involved.

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We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Well said Jack


This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.


Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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WIPs & FOs

Forgive me Blogsphere, its been 14 months since my last post…

In that time I have gained a husband, a grandson and a new job.

All those exciting things resulted in my knitting not getting my full attention, I’m happy to report, however, that I have been able to shift my knitting/life/work balance back to a place where the ‘plate spinning’ has some yarn involved.





Bees’ Knees

I have, as I’m sure do you all, a huge collection of patterns in books, magazines, pdfs, Ravelry favs all of which I would love to cast on.

I know I will never have the time, figure, relative or house to match the majority of the patterns but every so often a cast on opportunity arises that you just have to grab.

This happened to me this summer not once, but twice… Kate Davies’ Rams and Yowes and Mary Scott Huff’s Bees’ Knees.

Rams and Yowes for Bert’s knees and the Bees’ Knees for Wee Yvie with the added bonus to use one as practice (of steeking) for the other – happy happy days!

Yarn bought, Instagram (ettedram) told, plans made.

Heartbreakingly Bert passed away earlier this summer and my motivation to knit this lovely piece dimmed.

Disappointingly my choice of colours and yarn for Bees’ Knees wasn’t the best for the project.

I knitted a few wee things to get my motivation back…

… shopped local and went back to my first love – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

I swatched, steeked, crochet reinforced and cut!!!!

Cast on propurr and picot edged

The piece is going to involve a significant amount of knit time as I timed myself this morning and I only managed 2 rows in 30 minutes!

I’m thinking I will bore you all (hahahah who am I kidding… all one of you… hahahaha) with a photo a day.

Oh and neither my mother nor wee Yvie’s parents are ever to know how much the yarn and clasps cost (not to mention my time)!

Kilt sock project 1

Lewis would like some Kilt socks to wear at his and Kat’s wedding in May 2016.

He asked me… I agreed.

I had knitted a pair before – didn’t get a pic so using the Ravelry one


but as Lewis also asked for some specific (and secret) design points I needed to look for a sock with a calf pattern.

Revelry pattern search took me to Anam Cara by Jennifer Leigh.

Aram Cara 2 Aram Cara 3 Aram Cara

Although these are in a heavier yarn than I would normally like to knit socks in, Lewis is very tall and slim – no rugby calves!

Pattern bought, downloaded and printed.

Next  – yarn choice/colour.

At a recent wedding all the kilt wearers had dark socks – not so good for showing off fancy cabling.

Discussion with Lewis and Kat agreed – off white for colour.  Yarn is up to me.

I have a plan… I would like to use local yarn.

I  am planning a visit here


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Kat is from Belford, Lewis from Eyemouth, Whistlebare is in the middle (as the A1 flies).

I’ll keep you all updated…

an aside… Shiv leaves school

IMG_20150417_170437_819 Diddl pencil case shut.

Dr Shivykaiyay announced on instagram earlier that she was clearing her desk at Edinburgh University… I knew this was happening, I’m happy that a decision has been made but it means she is LEAVING SCHOOL. Siobhan!  Nearly 25 years after starting in Mrs Dougal’ s P1 class…

added poignancy with the demolition of the High School 


I’m a bit emotional (sorry Shiv x)

Need to look at this to cheer me up

received_10153185008550499 Wee Yvie and the dolly x

Post EYF: Layla for Yvie

I have been looking at these patterns on Mary Jane’s Tearoom website for a long time, so when I spotted the kits on the Jamieson’s of Shetland stall at Edinburgh Yarn Festival I just had to buy one.

DSCF0561all knitted ready to assemble

DSCF0563 feet first

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DSCF0567 ready for the pinafore

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I chose Layla as those that know her will agree that Yvie’s hair is exactly like that!

My holiday week has been spent completing the doll and I’m sending it off to Yvie for an Easter present.

I also went a bit camera crazy – only to convince myself that Stuart has to give me some lessons!

Day 0+7: wow!

This time last week, 3.15, I was heading home with…


Having had a great time with my sheepish pal at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

IMG_141765047241459obviously smug

But… the batwing was still to finish for class on Sunday…


Just a few more rows of rib.

I succeeded and wore it to Brioche, beyond the basics with Nancy Marchant on Sunday.

The whole weekend was wonderful. I’m happy.

I’m also sad


Read Going Postal for the fourth time to manage 😦