Acting editor!

Hi everyone – apologies for my lack of blogging recently, but I’ve been very busy at work and now have some rather tasty news to report: I’ve just been made acting editor for the newest (and soon to be best) crafts and lifestyle magazine on the market. It’s called Crafty and the first issue will … Continue reading

Christmas at the Black Cat flat!

I love Christmas! Here’s how I’ve made my house look festive – and I really didn’t spend much money at all!

#imapiece comes to Manchester!

The Craftivist Collective finally has a chapter in Manchester and it’s galvanised the crafting community up north, which is now embroiled in making jigsaw pieces as part of the #imapiece campaign to tackle world hunger.

Five minutes with Nicky Epstein

Nicky Epstein is the genius behind knitting books like Knitting On Top Of The World, Knitting Over The Edge and, most recently, Knitting In Circles. Here she chats about her newest book – and I’ve got one copy to give away!

Chaps who craft: Shadow_Stitch

Shadow_Stitch is one of the many covert yarnbombers out there, making the concrete jungle a much more beautiful place to be. Read on to find out more about this enigmatic Edinburgh artist.

The jumper doctor is in

Sometimes clothes get sick, die and go on to a better place – the giant wardrobe in the sky. Other times, they can be nursed back to health with a needle and thread and this is just what self-styled jumper doctor Lou Tonkin has decided is her vocation. Here’s how she’s been giving clothes a second chance at life.

Foodie Penpals

Hunger striking? Then sign up for Foodie Penpals – the great new way for gastronomes to try new food and get to know a different circle of people.

Hunger strikes…

Fighting irons at the ready, people of Manchester. The new way to fill your tummies is to head to a stranger’s house for tea. Read on to find out more about how the city is responding to the supper club trend.

Jam and Jerusalem in Manchester

Ladies, arm yourselves with knitting needles and crochet hooks! The Women’s Institute has FINALLY come to Manchester city centre. For home and country, everyone, for home and country!

Pin-Ups in Pinnies

Take two eggs, a cup of flour, 100g of butter, one teaspoon of vanilla, a dash of old-school femininity and a pinch of 1950s glamour…Wait, what? That’s the strangest recipe ever! What on earth are you making? Pin-Ups in Pinnies, of course – Manchester’s very own catering company that bakes cupcakes and vintage to perfection every time.