Got the T-shirt, now for the walk

As though the last few months haven’t been frantic enough I’ve signed up to take part in my first Moonwalk which takes place in London on May 12th. For those of you who don’t know it’s a fundraising power-walking marathon through the streets of London to raise money for  breast cancer charity Walk The Walk. The basic rules are that you

a) walk don’t run (suits me)

b) raise a minimum of £100 (fingers crossed)

c) walk through the streets of London in a bra (I’m game if you are)

As anyone who knows me will testify 2012 may well be an Olympic year but I am NO athlete so why on earth am I doing this? Here’s why;

I was first diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkin’s disease stage 3) in my early 20’s whilst studying for my HND in textile design. At the time I was unaware how seriously ill I was which was just as well since I had tumours in my neck, chest and stomach which required months of really nasty chemo followed by a month of daily radiotherapy treatment. However thanks to the brilliant oncology department at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London I made a full recovery and managed to complete my HND. In the 15 years that followed I was told that I had an increased chance of developing breast cancer due to the radiotherapy I received (to my chest) in order to rid me of the Hodgkins. Sure enough, I discovered a lump whilst living in Edinburgh and within a week was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again I was very fortunate to be in the ‘right place’ and after undergoing a mastectomy received more chemo and was successfully treated at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital by the staff of another brilliant oncology department.

Whilst I don’t dwell on my cancer ‘journey’ I consider myself very lucky that both treatments have been successful and I’m still here even though the ‘me’  I  see in the mirror now isn’t quite who I expected to become back when I was a daft 1st year student aged 20. I recently saw a good friend who expected me to tell her that I have cancer for a 3rd time because my head is now shaved – nope, no cancer. BUT having worn wigs for the last 2 years I’d just rather  accept that the long term effects of chemo mean that my hair will never be as it once was – so I shaved it off.

With my best friend Margo and my sister Sandra at my side I’ll be donning my bra on May 12th  and hoping to raise as much money as possible for Walk The Walk. They donate to charities that fund research into breast cancer as well as those who provide emotional and physical support for people who have the disease now.

So many of us have been affected or know someone who has been touched by this terrible disease so if you would like to sponsor me you can do so through my fundraising page here. Alternatively if you place an order for yarn or patterns through the website during May I’ll be donating 10% from every sale to Walk The Walk.

Thank you for reading this post, I’m off to decorate my bra

J x

6 New Designs

I can’t believe that it’s been 2 months since I last posted anything on the blog. So much for the New Year’s resolution that I was going to make the effort to post every fortnight but somehow life always gets in the way. On the house front the smell of paint has finally gone and the ever-present masonry dust has been replaced with good old ‘day to day’ house dust ~  I never thought I’d be so glad to see it. The building work on the house has been exhausting and stressful but every morning when I wake up and look around me I feel that whilst I wouldn’t do it again, it was worth it.(There’ll be lots of ‘before and after’ pictures of the house in an upcoming blog post).

Aside from re-building a house I’ve taken part in 2 shows and finally published 6 new designs to support my range of yarns. I’ll talk about in more depth about each design in future individual posts but for now I’d like to introduce you to;




Sealy Hill


and finally Quinton

All are available as PDF downloads from my Ravelry page here or through the website here where you can also drool over the yarns.

I hope you like them