A little bit about me….

As a child I was always drawing, stitching or making something and my Mum taught me to hand knit at the age of 7. My fascination with yarn, texture and colour led me to study for a degree in textile design where I specialised in hand & machine knitting learning to crochet, bead and embroider along the way. I’ve worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching  machine knitting at Bucks New University in Buckinghamshire and hand knitting at The Royal College of Art in London. As an accessories obsessive I have produced collections under my own label ‘duppdupp’, written 3 books ‘Easy Knitted Accessories’, ‘Easy Beaded Knits’ & ‘Easy Knitted Socks’, produced two collections of designs  for Artesano Alpaca as well as  Collection One a book of 10 designs using Knitglobal’s plain and variegated sock yarn.

Colour is very important to me and my design process often begins with that search for an intriguing stitch that will attract your creative juices or a decorative or constructive detail that will give the project a stylish, contemporary edge. My designs have featured in ‘Simply Knitting’,’ The Knitter’ and ‘Knitting Magazine’ where for the last 5 years I have also hosted the ‘Ask  Jeanette’ letters page, Yarn Reviews and A-Z of Techniques.

In May 2016 I was diagnosed with a couple of ‘unwelcome guests’ – two brain tumours which thankfully have proved to be benign. Having undergone surgery for a bilateral craniotomy 7 months ago I am having to take life at a much, much slower pace and seriously re-evaluate my work / life balance. So now I’m at the mercy of a newly operated-on brain which has more breathing space but for which, just getting dressed is a challenge. You should expect spelling and grammatical mistakes and blog posts could be about anything; from knit to crochet, art to design, interiors to food.

Recovery should be interesting……….