Today on my needles…


My girl and I both woke up with killer sinus headaches, so I spent the morning knitting and sleeping it off…

The stockinette sock for when the head wasn’t feeling great…

And a couple repeats of this lace shawl this afternoon once I was feeling better and after a swim at the pool.

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A Letter of Regret From Your Anxious and Depressed Friend

Excellent. Truthful. Well said, thank you! 💟


Dear Friend,

I was not always this way.

I did not always hide away from the general public for months or weeks at a time. Once I was quite confident. I occasionally felt happy. I had a full time job and I could face customers with no concern. I would chat to people over the phone, make an effort to see friends, be interested in daily life. I could cope with negativity. Overcome it, even. I wouldn’t let anything bring me down because I had something inside me that made me keep going out there, into the world, facing it all.

But sometimes, Friend, things happen. Sometimes just one thing. Sometimes many things. The courage to face these things is strong at first, at least stronger than now. But depending on luck, or coincidence, or fate, or opportunity, eventually the voice of that courage for some people is quieter. Weaker…

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Top Down Round Yoke Cardigan tutorial

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top down round yoke cardigan

Here is the promised  tutorial to make this cardigan in your size, with your yarn choice using knitware software to generate the pattern. A free demo is available to download here. The demo is fully functioning and will allow you to make the cardigan with any yarn, in any size but will not allow the pattern to be saved. The best way to save the pattern is to select all, copy and then paste into Word. I really like this program (no affiliation!) and I have purchased the full version (there are a few extra functions not available on the demo version) – I think it is worth every penny!


I will be using UK terminology in this pattern. If you are used to US terminology you will need to make the following substitutions

Double Crochet (UK) = Single Crochet (US)

Treble Crochet (UK) = Double Crochet (US)

Yarn requirements

I used approximately 300g of…

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Chevron Lace Cardigan

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I started and finished a new cardigan this week. It’s a new design and the pattern is currently being tested. Hopefully I will have the pattern ready to publish here within the next couple of weeks
chevron cardy finished

The photos isn’t great, and I haven’t blocked it or added a button yet, but I am really pleased with it.

It’s a top down seamless pattern which uses DK weight yarn. I used about 225g of New Lanark DK weight Donegal Silk tweed. The stitch pattern is the same as I used for the one row lace cowl.

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A Summer Linden Sweatshirt!

Lovely sweater top , sweatshirt 💟

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Hi, guys! Hope your weeks are going well! I’m back again after my interview with O! Jolly! to show you the sweatshirt I made with her locally-produced sweater knits! Check it out!

Olgalyn asked me if I would like some yardage from her new collection to review, and of course I said yes! I’d already been planning to save up for some, and after sewing with this, I’m saving my pennies for some of the color-grown cotton!

Grainline Studio Linden in O! Jolly! sweater knit | Ginger Makes

I chose the New Hudson knit, a natural white jersey (in other words, it’s unbleached and undyed) in 100% cotton. She also sent me the Magical Unicorn of the sewing world, MATCHING RIBBING! I’ve made so many cut and sew sweaters before (I think this is my 7th raglan in the last year?! They weren’t all for me, though!), but I’ve never had matching ribbing- I’ve always had to cut the…

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Introducing the Lou Lou Dress, and a Giveaway

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I’m very happy to announce that my first pattern, the Lou Lou Dress, is now available in my Etsy shop.

Lou Lou Dress Logo

Lou Lou is a short, sleeveless, A-line dress with a twist. The pattern is designed for light-weight woven fabrics with lots of drape, e.g. silk, rayon, polyester, lace, or light-weight cottons. The pattern comes in eight different sizes.

The PDF pattern includes a version for home printing on A4 or US letter paper, and a copy shop version that can be printed with a large format printer.


The dress is fully lined. Versions A and B feature a decorative band across the hem of the lining, which can be made in a contrast fabric, perfect for a small fragment of a precious fabric from your stash.

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version A by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version A by English Girl at Home

Version B features an inverted box pleat at the front neckline, creating additional fullness.

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Version C features a curved contrast panel on the…

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