“I grew up in the Orkney islands, in the far north of Scotland (a beautiful, isolated place, with a remarkable archaeological record stretching back over five thousand years), and I moved to Edinburgh in 2003 to attend university.
I learnt to knit as a child, and then forgot all about it for a very long time. I picked up the needles once more in 2005, and it came back to me surprisingly quickly (with help and guidance from my mother!). I began writing and self-publishing knitting patterns in 2010, and haven't been able to stop since – I dabble in a bit of web design and coding, and I find that the skill-set required to code and that required to write up a clear and concise knitting pattern are really very similar.
I love to design engaging, intricate patterns with unique twists, and I always find myself being drawn to textures; airy lace, intertwining cables, twisted stitches... anything with an interesting tactile nature. My biggest design influence is Pictish and Celtic artwork - I've devoted considerable time to learning how to replicate the interlacing knotwork in knitted cables, and I find it endlessly fascinating and enjoyable. Finding new ways to work re-imaginings of ancient art into modern designs is a big source of creative satisfaction to me.
To date, in addition to my self-published patterns, my work has been featured in Knitty.com, Knit Now magazine, The Knitter magazine, Pom Pom Quarterly magazine and Knit Edge.
I'm the author and publisher of Celtic Cable Shawls, a collection of shawl patterns inspired by Pictish and Celtic art, which was released in March 2015, and Illuminated Knits, a collection inspired by Celtic illuminated manuscripts, released in October 2017.”