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A new venue and a fresh start

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In January 2016, I was determined I would maintain a routine with the virtual world; I’d get a grip on Instagram (check!) keep up with Facebook (ummmm) and write regular blog posts (#fail). What actually happened is that a flood at my studio set off a practical crisis and a subsequent crisis of confidence, all of which dragged on for many months. I didn’t feel like writing, let alone designing, and I buried myself in the production and orders I had, ignoring the looking necessity to move forward.
Briefly, a botched maintenance job  at my old studio  resulted in a fairly serious flood, that damaged a lot of my equipment and materials. Luckily, my finished pieces were higher up and they were unaffected. But the subsequent battle (ongoing) to extract compensation has been draining, and it’s been a lesson in naivety on my part. I was left feeling soured, badly treated and unable to feel happy working in that environment any more. Thankfully, I have friends with their ears to the ground, and someone told me about a little studio that was about to become available in Muswell Hill, right where we live. It’s on a tiny mews street that houses some very cool little vintage shops, and is something of a hidden gem in the area. The studio was housed above one of the vintage shops, and is let by actual lovely human beings, rather than a corporation. I went to see it straight away, and although it’s tiny, it felt absolutely right, like home. I knew other people had viewed it, and were about to view it, so I had to move fast, and also might not be chosen as the new occupant.

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Then, after chatting with the shop proprietor, I discovered I knew the previous tenant a little. So that made it feel even more right. But THEN, when I was lucky enough to be offered the lease, the landlady told me that she’d looked at this blog and realised that many years ago, an old friend of hers (who is an old work colleague of mine!) had bought her one of my little pixie hats for her son. So she had seen that I still made them, and felt it was meant to be. How serendipitous is that?

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Fast forward to now. I spent 4 months extricating myself from my previous studio, but am now happily settled in Avenue Mews. I had a purge of stuff I didn’t need, stuck the excess in the garden shed, and set up my machine knitting kit and my shop stock. Edna has her little spot on her blanket, there’s a cute roof terrace to sit out on and have a cuppa, and jolly bunting waves at me from all along the street. The bakery opposite wafts in tempting smells, I have my favourite radio station on all day, and at some point in the afternoon, Edna and I stroll along to La Dinette for a canele or a financier. Plus, every time I come in, there are new fabulous things in the shop downstairs, inspiring me onwards!


I’m going to pretend it’s January now, and reset my intentions. I’ve got new designs to share with you, events to invite you to, and endless silly dog photos. If you’ve had the patience to read this far, it’s the least I owe you to try and make this worth a visit! A bientot, mes amis!

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Quick Update

It’s come to my attention that I’m listed as being at the next Myddleton Road (N22) market on December 6th – this is not the case, as I’m actually going to be at Burgh House in Hampstead NW3 that day (as my last blog post outlined). The lovely folks at Myddleton Road must have left me in the stalls list after the last market I did with them in September. I’ll be back there in March 2016, but if you want to find me and my knits this weekend, then come to Hornsey Town Hall on Saturday 5th, between 10.00 and 4.00 – and Burgh House on Sunday 6th – between 11.00 and 5.00. Phew! Hope that’s cleared things up!!

Where am I? instalment 2

You might remember in my last post I wrote about a stock purge; now, this post will let you know where I’m going to be with my new pieces, (and at some venues, with a sale box of bargains), over the coming months.

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Firstly, it’s the annual Open Studios event at my studio complex, The Chocolate Factory in Wood Green, north London. This runs from Friday eve 13th November (6-9pm) and Saturday 14th Sunday 15th (12-6pm each day). There are so many artists throwing open their studio doors for this it’s a really great event and you can pick up everything from a thousand-pound masterpiece sculpture to a pretty glass tree bauble. I’m right at the very end of the A200 studios corridor so do keep going around the little bendy bit, if you haven’t been to my gaff before.

Because I’m in my own space, I can show all my pieces; I usually have to pick and choose when I go to other venues as a table limits the amount you can display effectively. But I have lots of room, so there will be some specials for the event that I won’t be taking on to other shows afterwards.

I’ll also be demonstrating machine knitting and hand knitting and crochet throughout the weekend. There will be a special offer for anyone who books classes with me at the show, and I’ll have copies of “Knitting Basics” available to buy at a discounted price.

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Then, on the weekend of November 21st and 22nd I will be at the annual East Finchley Open (EFO) group’s Christmas fair as a guest. I’ve done this one for the last two years and it’s always full of lovely artists and very discerning, kind customers, so it’ll be good to be back there again. This show is at the new campus of The Archer Academy, behind the main street in East Finchley – see link for map.

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After that, I’ve a couple of weeks to catch my breath then it’s on to December fun and games: December 5th will see me inside the magnificent Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall as part of the new Diddy Dots/Crouch End market crew. Find us at Hornsey Town Hall, London N8, 11-4.

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The following day, December 6th, I’ll be at the grand old Burgh House in Hampstead, as part of their Christmas Fair. Again, I’ve done this before and it’s lovely to be in such a venerable, beautiful house.

Lastly, but definitely not least, it’s the most fun of the lot, the fabulous Blink Yule on 12th December at the quirky Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End. I love this one, it’s such a brilliant atmosphere created by Sue and her team, and with the grotto decorations, mulled wine and cool music, you can’t help but have a good time. Then I’m done for the year, and have a birthday the day after so I’ll be having a nice rest then.

Of course, before, between and after these events you can still pick up my pieces from the stockists listed on my stockist page, and from my Etsy shops. Last dates for Christmas orders will be noted on the shop announcement shortly, so do take note of them, though you know I will always try my very best to get things to their destination on time!

That’s it folks – you know exactly where I am now, both metaphorically and physically – hope to see you in one of those realms very soon!