It’s happening …

… the company is now a fact, something I’ve wanted my whole life has finally become a reality. And now the hard work really starts.

Stock is very limited at the moment, with additions being en route and being made. Probably a silly way round to do it, but not entirely as I can still take orders ready to make.

Then there’s the admin, always a joy to do. Company books must be in good order so they can be inspected at any given time – it’s so easy to lose track but I’m not planning on that eventuality.

More to come …

Some things are …

… just too much.

This week has been busy: the company is up and toddling (running may take a bit longer), the first item for sale is being made, the big computer may be resuscitated after severing itself from the monitor, a new embroidery machine has been purchased, beautiful silky machine embroidery threads have arrived … all is set. Except … I forgot to buy the fabric! First employee assessment: inefficiency is not a good idea! Do better.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but how can you call it hard work when it’s so much fun? Things could go quiet for a little while while wrinkles are ironed out.

See you soon.


Welcome to …

… the Company: Creativity Cannon Ltd.

Today I had confirmation that it is now a fully registered company dealing in fashion items, accessories, and things knitting and crochet.

This site is still under construction, but if you wish to ask about having an item made please do complete the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can reach me at:

I really look forward to hearing from you.


The Thick of It

And I don’t mean the Malcolm Tucker version.  We’re really in the thick of a general election campaign … and all I can think of is knitting, crochet, and weaving.  Now I know it’s an obsession, not JUST a hobby.

My new loom arrived, was duly unpacked and I am deliriously happy as it’s such a beautiful piece of kit.  It’s an Ashford Knitter’s Loom 70 cm – it folds up and fits into a bag for easy portability.  It’s begging to be warped up but I’m being very disciplined and finishing my WIPS first.

The shawl in the photo took me 2 weeks 2 days to complete and was a joy to do.  That was done 3 weeks ago on Sunday and since then I’ve knitted myself two lacy scarves and made an afghan with granny squares – it just needs the squares joining up.  Not a problem thanks to YouTube.  Then I can settle down to my new toy.

But back to the election … anyone would think Mrs. DisMay is running for president, when all I hear is “Vote for ME, MY team, I want …”  She is so egocentric.  Then I listen to Labour people:  Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and others, and I hear “WE want, OUR view is …”  The Tory manifesto is uncosted and will hurt even staunch Tory voters – how stupid, or how arrogant, to put forward such policies when you are trying to make people vote for your party.  The Labour manifesto is one of hope for a better future.  Most people are realistic and know that things won’t suddenly be right overnight, but the thought of a brighter future can only be good.  We live in hope.

But back to my love of yarncraft. On Sunday I shall be in Birmingham with the Knitting and Crochet Guild doing some Aran knitting.  All I have to do now is find the machete and hack my way through the jungle that purports to be my back garden, and attempt to get into my shed to rescue my pack of Aran wool.  I may be gone some time …

See you soon … I hope!


Unconventional Convention

Here I am, in Birmingham, at the Knitting & Crochet Guild Convention. 80 people together with a common interest, needles and hooks flashing, yarn unravelling.

So to all knitters and crocheters,  check out:


Do contact me if you’re interested in membership. We have an amazing collection of patterns you can access and we’re a great bunch of people across the world dedicated to passing on the passion for our crafts.

Short but sweet today, guys, lunch beckons.

Now is the time …

to come to the aid of the Party.  The Labour Party, that is.  Now is the time to get out onto the streets, to stop the destruction of our society through the NHS, by draconian benefit sanctions, by homelessness … all ills promoted by the present government whose sole aim seems to be to destroy anything that helps the 99% of society.  Now is the time to meet people face to face rather than sitting at the pc console.  Now is the time to vote for parties not personalities.  Now is the time to demand policies not soundbytes.  So, I will not be here too often as I’ll be rather busy.

Let’s hope we get the government this country deserves on 9th June, and not one intent on destroying the beauties of the country and people who live in it.

Cannon balls are flying …

… in all directions because I always end up setting myself impossible targets. 

Does that sound familiar?

I crocheted a Christening shawl for a friend, but it went pear shaped … almost literally! … when I washed it.  So not happy and decided to make another one, knitted this time, and to get it done in just five days.  Impossible, you might think and you would be right.  It’s going well, but it will take at least another week and a bit, if not more, as I’m designing parts of it as I knit.  So yarn balls are flying as I pull off ever more supplies with which to keep the needles working.

There is a danger in all of this, that you can get so engrossed, so tunnel-visioned, that the world passes you by and you miss other enjoyable things.  Most people say life is too short, but I would argue that life is too long to miss out on things.  You look back and realise that what you saw as vital at the time was, in reality, only slightly important and other things being included can make the whole experience so much busier but give you amazing memories to look back on.  A short life of long memories is far better than a long life of tedious greyness.

I think what I’m trying to say, and doing so badly at saying, is that it’s great to make things for other people, it’s great to do things for other people, but you must not forget yourself in the meantime.  Allow yourself to take a minute to (literally) smell the coffee, smell the roses (like the ones I had for Mother’s Day, along with the other flowers that also smell so sweet), smell the casserole in the slow cooker simmering away for dinner … it was gorgeous, by the way.  Give yourself time to talk to other people instead of keeping your head down in case you become distracted … small distractions feed your brain and allow you to remain alert.

So now it’s time to load the Nespresso and enjoy good coffee, to snack on cheese and biscuits for lunch, and to refocus the mind back to the task in hand, while I’m ticking off the five things on my To Do list for today that I’ve completed.  Just the vet’s to visit to replenish the cat food supplies and my list is finished.  There’s is never more than five items on the list because I can cope with five, rather than the endless list of things I used to have.  Now to start ticking off some of the five things on my Want To Do Today list, starting with Season 4 of Grimm …

Bye for now.