Podcast Episode 3 – Island At The Edge, Part 1
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https://tjfrog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-3-Island-At-The-Edge-Part-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSA podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands. Welcome to the 3rd episode of my podcast – Island … Read More

Podcast Episode 2 – Great . . . Expectations
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https://tjfrog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Episode2-Great-Expectations-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSA podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.   Welcome to the 2nd episode of my podcast … Read More

EYF 2017
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EYF 2017, my third time as a vendor & the most elated exhaustion I’ve experienced post show!  The run up to EYF 2017, alongside my usual preps for my Dorset Button stand & running Dorset Button … Read More

Podcast Episode 1 – A Giant Leap into the Unknown
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https://tjfrog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Episode1-A-Giant-Leap-into-the-Unknown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSA podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.  Update 2 March 2017 – The iTunes Link is … Read More

My Crofthoose Hat
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Last October I went to Shetland, my third visit for Shetland Wool Week and three years since I last took in this amazing event. Many of you may know the Crofthoose Hat pattern designed by Ella Gordon, the elected patron … Read More

Exciting Times Ahead!
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TJFrog is now over 2 years old & so much has happened in that time both for the business & on a personal level.  During this time a couple of TJFrog projects got put on the … Read More

The last months of 2016
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December arrived with the weather officially warmer on Skye than where I use to live in the South of England and here at the end of December that is still the case! With only a couple … Read More

Autumn 2016
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There is no denying when I wake up & see a sunrise like this it adds an additional sense of wellbeing to me & injects some energy to my day. Having said that the grey, misty, cloudy, … Read More

WIPs – Finish It or Frog It?!
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Last weekend saw Louise of KnitBritish and Leona-Jayne of Fluph shop, Dundee collaborate & hold a #bigwiprip session – Rip up your works in progress (WIPs), frog your project, and release the yarn for a new … Read More

April Weather
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Saturday morning started off like this . . . . . . and by the afternoon it looked like this. Snow settling on the ground is a rare sight for us with being so close to … Read More

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016
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Whether a vendor or a visitor at EYF you will all have had your own experience of this unique & innovative yarn festival created by Jo & Mica.  Or maybe you were unable to attend & have … Read More

Sun, Snow, Sheep – Skye
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Plentiful sunshine today, blue skies & snow topping the very peaks of the mountains to showcase the Skye landscape. After the winter storms we’ve had calmer weather in recent days, with the weather reaching a peak … Read More

A Leap Year in more Ways than One
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With the transition from one year to the next it is with great interest I’ve read many online 2015 reflections and 2016 business plans and goals from people across the creative community. 2016, a leap year, … Read More

Pies & Pom Poms
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Over the past few months Skye Pie Cafe has appeared in my social media feeds a few times and left me wanting to share in the experience.  Opening for 4 days in December we fixed the date in … Read More

On The Turn . . .
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One of the things I’ve found living on Skye is how distinct the seasons are, whether they be accentuated by the vast and plentiful array of flora or the varying weather conditions.  Today was one of those … Read More

Finishing Cushions
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I’ve been finishing cushions of late, and if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you will have had a ‘sneak peek’ at a couple of Dorset Buttons I made for one of them. These were for a … Read More

Holiday Project – Crochet!
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I am currently working on a crochet project for myself!  It’s not often I swap the knitting needles for the crochet hook.  I had selected this particular project to take on holiday for its portability and as it’s cotton … Read More

My Inspiration
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A week ago today my Nana sadly passed away.  Even though she reached the grand old age of 95 it was still very sudden and unexpected.  My Nan taught me to knit as a very young … Read More

It’s been a while . . .
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Last time I blogged I was feeling elated and exhausted post Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and about to embark on a Norwegian cruise to take in the fjords alongside some knitting and crochet workshops.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015
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Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015 – my first big show as an exhibitor!  Huge thanks to Mica & Jo, the organisers, for giving me the opportunity as a newbie vendor.  I had an incredible weekend – exhilarating, exhausting … Read More

Winter Walk – Armadale Hill
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Since the New Year, 100+mph winds, horizontal hail coming off the sea, thunder & lightning storms, snow and various weather elements all in one day have continued to batter us.  In one of the few breaks we … Read More

TJFrog Leaps into 2015
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I am not one for making New Year Resolutions although as one year passes into another I tend to have a ‘To Do’ list for the forthcoming months.  Top of the list for 2015 is to focus on … Read More

The Makery, Bath
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Last Sunday I had the privilege of running a Dorset Button Christmas Decoration workshop at The Makery, Bath.  As part of their Open Day, The Makery ran a series of 1-hour taster craft workshops.  If you are not already … Read More

Singleton Button Challenge
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Earlier this year, Anna McDowell of Henry’s Buttons set a challenge to bring the Singleton Dorset Button into the 21st Century.  This involved making a Singleton button using traditional methods on a 25mm ring with a … Read More

5KCBWDAY7 – Looking Back, Looking Forward
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  The final challenge is: “Look back over the last 7 days & look forward to one year for the 6th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week.” The last 7 days: I have found it quite a challenge to … Read More

5KCBWDAY6 – Views of Others, Views of Yourself
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  The challenge today is to: “Write about another knitter or crocheter that you admire.  Write about what you have been told about your knitting.” A particularly different one for me today as there are just … Read More

5KCBWDAY5 – Something a Bit Different
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The challenge today is to: “Blog different to how you normally blog.” Today I’ve invited my hubby to be my guest blogger.  I gave him the brief and a very tight timescale and this is what he … Read More

5KCBW4 – Conversations Between Workers
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The challenge today (oops yesterday) is (was) to: “Write a descriptive introduction about a tool you use for your craft, then write a dialogue between yourself & this item.” The tool I am lost without in knitting … Read More

5KCBW3 – Experimental Photography
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  The challenge today is to: “Refresh skills at creating attention grabbing pictures.” My photography skills are pretty basic. I usually focus on trying to get everything I want in the picture, ensure colours reflect the … Read More

5KCBWDAY2 – A Dating Profile
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The challenge for Day 2 is to: “Write a dating profile for one of your finished projects.”   I’m known as Colour Craving and my design is a creation of Stephen West. I first arrived on the … Read More

5KCBWDAY1 – A Day in the Life
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  Day 1 of the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week has arrived – the challenge today is to: “Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process … Read More

Loch Lomond to Skye
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A round-up from our recent trip, one that we regularly take up the West Coast of Scotland.  Beautiful views whatever the weather. Morning light over Loch Lomond:

Blogging Challenge
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As a relative newcomer to blogging, I am still finding my way with the whole concept. So when I saw a post by Eskimimi Makes about the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Week, 2014 I decided to … Read More

Yarn Shop Day – Saturday 3 May 2014
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As part of a nationwide campaign to promote independent yarn shops, today has seen a large number of shops taking part in Let’s Knit Magazine “Yarn Shop Day” with many holding special events, workshops, promotions and discounts. … Read More

Willow Basket
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This week my Mum and I went back to Spin A Yarn in Devon to do another Willow Workshop – this time a basket! It went from this . . . to this . . . and … Read More

Knitting Group Entertainment!
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An unexpected enjoyment I have had since I took up knitting again is being part of a knitting group.  Our group came together in 2009 when we were all doing Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket, Arabian Nights.  Although no … Read More

Getting Festive!
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With an early December birthday, the Christmas decorations and cards in our house usually go up once the birthday cards have come down.  For Christmas 2013 I’ve broken this rule after doing a fantastic Willow Christmas … Read More

The Last Colours of Autumn
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I’ve been visiting the Highlands of Scotland for over 30 years now, yet I never tire of the landscape and the moods created by the seasons and the ever-changing weather. Last week following a few days … Read More

Shetland Wool Week – Memories
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Today I landed in Shetland all ready for Shetland Wool Week 2013 starting on Monday! This time last year I had my first experience of Shetland Wool Week, managing to pack an amazing amount into four … Read More

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