Utility: Worn and Wearable

Sadly my life is not dressy and glamorous.  T-shirts and jeans are my normal workwear, I only have to put on a skirt for comments to be made on my appearance – not always a good thing!  Occasionally I’ll buy or make something for an event which sits at the back of the wardrobe until the next outing by which time it looks a bit dated.  What I really  should concentrate on are quality, wearable, everyday clothes, interesting to knit and with a detail or two to lift them out of the ordinary.

Utility Cowl


I’ve been obsessing about vintage linens.  Not historic textiles but the sort of linen your Granny had in the kitchen drawer.  The sort that might have a few darns but still has plenty of wear and didn’t smear the glasses.  Miss Marple for instance might have bought her dusters from the counter in Woolworths but she went up to town, to Derry and Toms for her pre-war quality linen glass cloths. 

Ainsworth and Prin Dress Kits – Sewing the Skirt

You’ve knitted the bodice, blocked the pieces and sewn the seams and now it’s languishing in the ‘to do’ pile for want of a skirt.  If you are more au fait with the knitting needles than the sewing machine we thought a photo tutorial would help the process along.  Panic not – Liberty Tana Lawn is bliss to sew and very forgiving if you make a mistake and have to rip out.

I’ll use the same headings as those printed in the pattern so you can jump in at any point you like.  The pattern instructions are shown in blue and the explanations and tips in black.


Erika Knight Studio Linen

Recently Nicola and I went to H+H Cologne on a serious shopping trip for the shop.  Just before she left home Nicola phoned with a list of the clothes that she was taking as we both have similar tastes and we needed to check that we hadn’t packed the same.  At our age identical is not a good look.  The positive side of both liking the same things is when we saw Erika Knight’s Studio Linen we both said yes.

Easter Biscuits

When we were kids, Easter was a hot cross bun on Good Friday and a Quality Street chocolate egg each which was always hidden at the back of Mum’s wardrobe, so the egg hunt was remarkably quick.  We never had Simnel cake and I didn’t have an Easter biscuit until I’d left home, started my first job and I was introduced to them by ‘Elen the head groom’s widow.  She lived in the corner house of the stable yard and each year made Easter biscuits from an old family recipe.

Ainsworth & Prin Kits

I spend hours travelling to my day job. About three and a half hours a day driving in and out of London, sat in traffic contemplating the rear bumper of the car in front and day dreaming. I’ve been on fantasy hikes, bought houses in remote places and started new businesses, I am even Lady of the Manor to a fantasy village for when I win the Lottery, something along Miss Marple lines – it might help if I ever bought a ticket! Mostly I’m creating my next knitting or sewing project and this time it’s well on it’s way to fruition and getting a little scary as the packaging has arrived. Oops, how did that happen?



Well Hello,
Welcome to The Knitting Shed a tiny company run by one family.
Heard of us before?
Well that would be Vicky the original owner of the company who developed a love for crochet and then all things woolly and started The Knitting Shed in 2008.