Red Box Jumper 5: Poncho Mamma

I carried all of my babies. I loved it. It felt right to have them so close and so cosy; reassuringly safe yet out of the way both at the same time. Having a carrying sling gave me back the use of my hands and arms without the sacrifice of putting my baby down. It’sContinue reading “Red Box Jumper 5: Poncho Mamma”

Red Box Jumper 4: Guernsey Girl

Ellie hadn’t know the beach could be so exciting in winter.The waves were very fast and sneaky, and much higher than her wellies. Ellie and Daddy had to find a warm cafe very quickly, and now Ellie is trying hard not to spill hot chocolate on Daddy’s jumper.Or his socks. Daddy says they have enoughContinue reading “Red Box Jumper 4: Guernsey Girl”

Red Box Jumper 3: Moss Stitch Dog Jumper

Time for a walk, yes, a walk. Door open. Smell the air.Sniff. Sniff. Cold, crisp. She’s got the shoes on. Coat on. Keys. Ball, yes, ball. Ready to go! Wait, what’s this? Tangled and tight and dark. Help! Stop! Light again, I’m out. Phew. Breathe. “New jumper, Monty.” Jumper? Hmm. Jumper.Itchy.Warm though. We’re off! Out,Continue reading “Red Box Jumper 3: Moss Stitch Dog Jumper”

Red Box Jumper 2: Hoody

Little Red Riding Hood, late for school, but knows he should be taking breakfast to his Gran, so goes the fastest way he can. Careful to avoid the street, the swerving cars and running feet. The rooftops are the place to be: clear and empty, fast and free. But Little Red should take more careContinue reading “Red Box Jumper 2: Hoody”

Red Box Jumper 1: Cable Pattern

Cable. Strong and stable. A sign of the times. Who even wears cable-knit jumpers now anyway? Oh yes, the tourists buy them from those fancy-looking shops. But even those are machine made more often than not. Poor workmanship too. Strong and stable my foot. Well, I made this one, and it’s the warmest jumper I’veContinue reading “Red Box Jumper 1: Cable Pattern”

Red Box Jumper Project

A new project is beginning! This one combines many elements that are important to me: knitting, community, story and coffee. Our local cafe, Red Box Coffee, decided that it wanted some new table-number signs to give to customers when they ordered at the counter. I have been meeting with friends to knit together over coffeeContinue reading “Red Box Jumper Project”

Winning the 2018 Margaret Carey Illustration Scholarship

 I am a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); an fantastic international organisation which started in the USA in 1971 and now has branches in many parts of the world. SCBWI supports both emerging and established children’s writers and illustrators, and I joined the SCBWI British Isles branch two yearsContinue reading “Winning the 2018 Margaret Carey Illustration Scholarship”