With parents from opposite ends of Great Britain, I was born in North London – where Mum and Dad met and fell in love. I arrived 2 weeks early on my Grandma Clare’s birthday!  She was a knitter, fantastic baker and home-maker from Bolton and I was named after her. She taught me to knit when I was 5 or 6 and I remember making garter stitch rows with her on one of my visits. Back in London, without her guidance, even my garter stitch strips got holes and knots in them, and I gave up.

I was in awe of the adults in my life who created things with their hands. I was lucky to know some wonderful seamstresses, yarn crafters, cooks and collectors. I look back fondly on them and all the things that they taught me.

I didn’t start knitting again until much later on, when I was living in a flat share with a knitter named Tryste who got me started again and was always available for encouragement and guidance in the early, frustrating stages. I became hooked very soon and wrote a knitted card to my Grandma, who was by then unable to knit, but was thrilled I was following in her footsteps.

I am now living in Berlin, Germany with my little family and my crafting is ever evolving. Connecting with others who craft is important to me, and that’s what led me here, to this diary and videocast. How wonderful to be able to connect with people all over the world who share my passion!