Friday, 16 October 2009


I have just found my new favourite sweater. This is Thermal, from the online knitting magazine Knitty.

It took me two long months to knit, in between other things, and I can safely say that it will be a long time before I undertake another adult-sized sweater in 4ply yarn. However, I think the hard work involved is going to be worth it, because I LOVE this thing!

Look at the cute little ladybird buttons!

Sunday, 11 October 2009


This is so cool! I was asked to test knit this hat for Kate of Tot Toppers, and I jumped at the chance. It's a stegosaurus inspired dinosaur hat, and I knew F would love it. Five hours later, I had a finished hat. It was so easy to make, with the spines being the only slightly fiddly bit. He's been wearing it ever since - here's his dinosaur face!

Friday, 2 October 2009

10 Things About Me

I've been tagged by Vonnie with this - here goes!

1) I'm a professional actor, and fit in acting work around being a mum. This Christmas I'm touring as Smee in "Peter Pan" - can't wait to be a pirate!

2) I have an enormous stash of crafty things, and a notebook full of ideas, but never get enough time to do them all. Once the kids are in bed, I'm so tired that I generally just veg in front of the telly with a bit of knitting. I'm determined that one day I will try felting and beading though.

3) I used to work as a juggling teddy bear at Blair Drummond Safari Park. I hoped that sweating inside a fur fabric suit for eight hours a day would help me lose weight - no such luck! It was quite good fun though.

4) I've never been to school in my life, apart from to sit exams. I was home-educated from the start, and did all my GCSEs/A Levels through distance learning. Definitely the best thing my parents ever did for me.

5) I'm probably the biggest wimp in the world. I can't stand horror films, heights, dogs, wasps and rollercoasters - I do like spiders and snakes though.

6) When I was a kid I wanted to go to university and study Japanese. As it turned out, I trained as a nursery nurse and then went into acting - don't know what happened there!

7) I have a big family. My parents have ten siblings between them, and I'm the oldest of six. It makes family gatherings very big, noisy and fun.

8) I can raise one eyebrow, curl my tongue and make a noise like an owl hooting. Can't whistle in tune to save my life though.

9) I went to Milan on a college "research trip" (ie holiday) and did street theatre outside the cathedral in the middle of the night, then nearly got arrested and had to make a quick escape on the subway.

10) My favourite ever meal is lasagne followed by chocolate fudge cake. Very unhealthy but amazing!