Author Archives: vikkihaffenden

The death of my steamer

My pretty yellow Fridja garment steamer has died. It’s heating element has gone west. I decided not to buy another of this make as there were a few things that niggled me. Yes it looks cute, but that big front … Continue reading

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Blocking knit samples for my latest book

It’s so much easier getting my samples evenly blocked since I made a blocking mat with a grid. I had an ancient foam backed mat that had a brilliant reflective, iron-proof top layer that I couldn’t use any more because … Continue reading

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Brighton Science Festival exhibition ‘Scratch That’, September 9th 2017

Anyone can contract scabies, and my textile research, carried out in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, allows people to experience some of the symptoms and visual disfigurement associated with scabies. My work in the exhibition is a precursor … Continue reading

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Link to a Creative Guide to Machine Knitting

The link above the image will take you to my Blogger page on Creative Machine Knitting, which I will soon be migrating to WordPress. That is once I have mastered WordPress beyond the basics, and finished writing my latest knitting … Continue reading

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Reviews for The Knitting Book – still scoring high

Writing another book always brings on a sense of insecurity, so I spent a little time this morning browsing reviews of The Knitting Book and Knit Step by Step. On Amazon they are still scoring high, and independent reviewers have … Continue reading

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Chapter Seven is now written

I completed the seventh chapter last night. Yippee. Photos all labelled and neatly filed with the captions. Now I have to go back and correct the earlier chapters from the proofreader copies I have received back from my generous and … Continue reading

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Preparing for a forthcoming natural dye workshop. 

This morning I have spent a happy hour picking and scouring some fleece I harvested off bushes whilst walking beautiful around beautiful Cwm Pennant in Snowdonia.  What a delightful experience that was this summer.  The wool is not brilliant, but … Continue reading

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Link to my interview on clothing size. Radio 4, More or Less. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/are-boys-getting-more-top-a-level-grades-than-girls/id267300884?i=1000391465261&mt=2

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Exhibiting at Brighton Science Festival

Brighton Science Festival is in early September. The exhibition ‘Scratch That’, about the prevalence of Scabies in care homes aimed at raising awareness is on Saturday 9th September 12-6pm in the old Police Cells in Brighton, under the Town Hall. … Continue reading

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A perfectly fitting sleevehead is a pleasure to behold, and hard to explain.  

I have spent ages writing how to calculate the perfect set-sleevhead. It’s looking good, and my proofreader has applauded the clarity of my explanation, so those hours were not wasted. 

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