Beyond the Basic Visit and Pageview Reports of Web Analytics

A number of website owners already use some form of Web Analytics tool to track and monitor the performance of their website. However for...

Bank Holiday Baking – Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Hello! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend! In all my time working I’ve never really had a week off as...

Urban gardening

I love the hustle and bustle of the city, I love walking to work in a morning and seeing all the professionals darting to...

Wedding Dress Exhibition at the V&A

Reels of silky white fabric, intricately arranged pearls, glittering white beads, buttons and lavish embroidery everywhere you look – the V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition was just...

“There beneath the blue suburban skies…”

…sang The Beatles about Penny Lane, Liverpool – the city I’ve just arrived home from after a visit to see my cousin who is...

A traditional English crumpet

One thing I’ve never really ventured into is bread making. I’ve baked bread rolls, loaves and pizza dough but never dared to tread outside...

Brussels

It is a foodie’s paradise. Sat with my friend L, inside one of Brussels’ most understated restaurants, Bonsoir Clara, eating ‘deer country style’ (essenitally venison stew)...

Be a crafty commuter

An exciting new job in London has meant that I have joined the long standing commuters of East Anglia once again. While ecstatic about...

Afternoon Tease? Yes please!

Today was a sunny autumn day spent perusing the streets of Cambridge with my good friend E. We worked up an appetite on our...

For the love of pom-poms

As an incentive to finish knitting my blanket, I have been on the look out for some nice pom-poms to embellish the end once...

Green Smoothie Recipe with Blueberries

This past week I’ve been feeling really under the weather, I’m still feeling it to be honest but the dizzy spells seem to have...

A day and a night in Frankfurt

Travelling just an hour out of Stansted by plane, I arrived in Frankfurt Hahn airport, on my way to visit a friend who’s living in...

Make your own lovely lampshade

There are some perks of spending a rainy Good Friday indoors. It meant that I could dedicate time to the little creative projects I’ve got...

Setting up shop

A couple of months ago, I left my 9-to-5 job at a magazine in London to set myself up as a freelancer writer. While leaving...

Counting down to Christmas

With the all-famous Christmas advert being released last week and other retailers fast behind them, it is official – Christmas is on its way....

Say it with a sausage roll

While for some, Valentine’s weekend was spent fancifully, I spent mine very practically – baking sausage rolls for the week ahead. Determined to embrace...

Wild Frost Cafe and Flower Shop

Saturday mornings are the busiest time of the week for the small market town of Ramsey in the heart of the Cambridgeshire fens. The...

#2 Weekend Cooking – Loobia Polo Recipe

This weekend i thought i would cook for my family, this rarely happens because truth be told i can’t cook. Well i say that...

A lesson in poultry petting

On Saturday I, quite literally, returned to school to attend a chicken-keeping course – held at my old secondary school and taught by my...

Fox and the city

I’ve landed in London once again to begin a two-week internship in the city. I’ll be bed-hopping and sofa surfing; making the most of my...

Button Candy Dotted Yoke Dress

Just in time for the last days of summer, I have a new pattern. Button Candy:  a little wool dress that’s as sweet when worn...

Introducing: Belle Isle Sleeveless Summer Top

Almost as soon as I dove into designing garment patterns back in April, I decided I needed to be disciplined in my approach if...

Design Diary: an ode to spreadsheets (and my first patterns!)

One thing I never expected was that I’d come to love spreadsheets, specifically, Excel spreadsheets.  But here I am, admitting my fondness. It didn’t...

Design Diary: Learning Knitwear Design with Craftsy

When I began Make Ready I thought it would be the place where I documented my attempts at  knitwear design. And for a short...

Design Diary: The Case of the Runaway Gauge Swatch

A few weeks ago I lamented winter’s departure and the impending end of this year’s sweater weather. Since then I’ve survived a nasty cold,...

Design Diary: DIY Knitting Graph Paper

For two weeks now I’ve actually managed to find knitting time every day. It’s pretty much a Christmas miracle a couple of months too...

American Wool: Brooklyn Tweed Giveaway

For most of my life yarn didn’t matter.  It’s not that I didn’t have some passing familiarity with it – I knew my flower...

Our Un-Valentine’s Day (and a mini garter stitch heart bunting)

For most of my adult life I’ve never thought much of Valentine’s Day. I don’t pine for a dozen red roses, Z and I...

Sweater Weather and Selfish Knitting

I’m in the midst of ribbing purgatory. The good news is I’m nearly through (three rows left to go). The bad news is it...

Knitted Twine Baskets, or, Knitting will Organize My Life

One of my greatest domestic failures is my inability to organize. I’ve probably mentioned this shortcoming elsewhere on the blog, but given the current...

Cranberry Skillet Cake: Comfort Baking

We’re in the middle of a cold snap here. Not as severe as the polar vortex that gripped most of the states earlier this...

A Coffee Addict Knits: Icord-Wrapped Roving Mug Rugs

On weekdays I can usually keep my coffee intake to a reasonable level. One cup, maybe two, and I’m ready to begin my day....

(Almost) Effortless Baba Ganoush

My senior year of college I was elected to head the campus writers’ union. Essentially, this put me in charge of planning, or assigning...

Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

My love affair with peanut butter probably began when I was a toddler and it has not waned. I love it so much I...

Black Bean Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dip

I didn’t acquire a taste for legumes until relatively recently. When I was a kid I refused to touch garbanzo beans, and whenever my...

Sweet Potato Mini Muffins with Apple and Dried Cranberry

I finally caved and added a mini muffin pan to my bakeware collection. I held out for a long time because I never understood...

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Hearts

The inside of my oven has seen a few too many batches of cupcakes this month, so I decided to let it rest this...