A Guernsey girl shares her love of everything creative and handmade. Episodes cover a wide variety of crafts including knitting, food, photography and much more. The show also includes a generous helping of Guernsey culture too. So go on, join in - share the handmade love and celebrate the sheer joy of making stuff. Show notes can be found at

Welcome to episode 80 of the iMake podcast. Today’s episode could be a list, really. My creative mojo has not just returned, I think it has exploded (all over my house!) I have the compulsion to make, make, make!


Hello and welcome to episode 80 of the iMake podcast. It’s a stunning Sunday morning in Guernsey and I am enjoying one of the benefits of being a new puppy parent - getting up early. It is a benefit, honestly. Today’s show is going to be a show of enablement (according to Wikipedia, this is a thing - it’s the provision of opportunity - the act of enabling). So settle down and prepare yourself for some serious enablement…

Creative chatter

Today’s show is all about my recent creative exploits. CAN’T. STOP. CRAFTING.

Knitting wise there has been a bit of work on my Knitted Patchwork and hexipuffs. But for some reason, over the past week, all I have wanted to knit is my Hot Pink Cowl. There is no pattern, it’s basically a plain cowl knitted in the round (cast on 100 stitches and join then knit, knit, knit). It sounds like the most boring knit in the world, however, the yarn is making it joyful. I am knitting with hot pink Rowan Kidsilk Haze (colourway Candy Girl 606). I know this type of yarn won’t sit well next to everyone’s necks, but I’m not too sensitive (literally) so I am loving it.

I do need to get back to my Crochet Happy Blanket - whilst I have not crocheted any more squares, I am in the process of making a blocking station for them.

In other crochet news, it seems that my lovely crochet stones accidentally got red wine spilt on them so rather than be cross, I have opted to rediscover crochet stones and make more. I have decided to have a go at adapting some doily patterns - watch this space…

A few episodes ago, I mentioned using up some scrap leather - I’ve made key rings and some might end up for sale in my Etsy shop.

The sewing machine is out - I will be using it this afternoon to hem some cut off jeans (does this make me an old person?) Also, I plan to use my newly acquired bias binding foot to edge some fleece for puppy blankets.

As if that was not enough, for some reason I’ve been doodling and filling the doodles in with watercolour.

AND I’ve been creating little cross stitch motifs to frame in miniature embroidery hoops - they will make lovely pendants. The hoops are made by Dandelyne.

When I have a spare second there has also been a little mindfulness colouring in. Recommended book:

My Etsy shop definitely needs to re-open…

Techie talk

I’ve not got regular access to a GoPro video camera so, aside from strapping it to the dog, I thought it might be an idea to start making some crafty videos over the summer. What do you think?

iMake Book Club

June has kicked off with a book by Nicci French called The Red Room. There is still time to get involved as the discussion does not open until the end of this month. We’ve also agreed a book for July on the suggestion of one of our members (LoriCrafty) called All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

To join the club please download the app or visit

Shout out

Brit Yarn’s online shop is now open! Visit:


Join in! There’s..

Wrap up

I’m on the look out for a new podcast sponsor. Know anyone? Email me Thanks!

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Welcome to episode 79 of the iMake podcast - it's a mini-episode in which the June 2015 iMake Book Club choice is announced. If book clubs aren't your bag then I honestly won't be offended if you skip this episode... I promise!

The Red Room by Nicci French on

The Red Room by Nicci French on

The Red Room by Nicci French on

The Red Room by Nicci French on

Nicci French website - it looks like this does not exist anymore, so you can check out their Facebook page here.

Join our private book club chat room here:

Download the Interests app here: Interests app.

Contact Martine:

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Hello and welcome to episode 78 of the iMake podcast. You join me on a stunning Sunday in Guernsey - the sun is shining and the birds are singing. There’s not even a hint of breeze. It’s just lovely. I’ve had the song “Monday Monday” by The Mamas and The Pappas going around my head today, but instead of singing “Monday Monday” I’ve changed it to “Sunday Sunday”. Sundays are so much better than Mondays! Now this episode’s title makes a bit more sense!

Today I’ll catch you up with my recent creative exploits and there will be a little chat about my Sunday rituals. We’ll talk knit, crochet and craft-alongs and events and then I’ll wrap things up.

Creative chatter

I can always tell when I have some serious creative mojo going on because my craft room is a mess!

Knitting wise I am focussing on my Knitted Patchwork and hexipuffs. I need to get back to my Crochet Happy Blanket andPebble Rug too.

I am also working on my Emily Peacock “Think Happy Thoughts” cross stitch although I am having to fudge it a little.


The mojo’s definitely back because I am thinking about getting my sewing machine out. I acquired a leather sewing needle, a Speedy Stitcher and some leather scraps… out what to make? Keep an eye out on InstagramFacebook andTwitter.

iMake Book Club - I am aiming to kick this off in the next episode so we have something to read for June. Thank you to those that completed my survey (survey on this page) - there is no clear preference in terms of what the best discussion forum is. I am trying out a private chatroom using a platform called, and what I really like about it is it’s accessible via an app or from your computer. Please test if for me and leave your feedback on the feedback

Sunday rituals

What does Sunday mean to you? For many it will mean church, Sunday lunch and a bit of TV time perhaps. For me, historically, it’s been about getting ready for the week to come. There is still a bit of that, for example I try and carve out time to review my to-do list (Todoist). But these days it’s about getting outside with the dog and just reconnecting with family and friends and getting creative. I write on a Sunday - that’s an important part of my creative time. It’s when I tend to write my column for Let’s Knit magazine. Also, hubby and I tend to share brunch. My approach to Sundays is changing as I get older. As a child I remember hating Sundays as it meant school was the next day.

Sundays in Guernsey are unusual in that most of the shops are closed. I have mixed feelings about this.

What are your Sunday rituals?


Join in! There’s..

PebbleCAL (a crochet-along with knitted options)

A possible Mini-to-Mega-Along (check out a new Facebook group for swaps by Lisa)

Other ‘alongs on the iMake Ravelry group


Highland Wool Festival:

Following the huge success of last year’s Wool Festival, this year’s event takes place at Dingwall Auction Mart on Saturday 23rd May.

Exhibitors are coming from all over Scotland to showcase their amazing materials and products. Over 50 highly talented and varied suppliers will be present at the event, which will also feature demonstrations of various techniques and skills.

As well as the stalls and exhibitors there will be performances by the Badenoch Waulking Group, raffles and a tombola.

Entrance to the Wool Fest is available on the day. The Festival starts at 09:30 and finishes at 16.30. For further details, please see

Also lovely Nic from “Yarns From The Plain” is going out on the road!

She is having a trunk show, selling her hand dyed British yarns and fibres, at Fluph in Dundee, from 2-8pm, Wednesday 27th May.

I wish I could attend both of these!

Wrap up

I’m on the look out for a new podcast sponsor. Know anyone? Email me Thanks!

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Welcome to episode 77 of the iMake Podcast. It’s Saturday 9 May 2015 - an extremely special day as it marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey after 5 long years of occupation by the German forces. Today’s show is not in the traditional format - it will feature extracts from previous episodes all about Guernsey. So why don’t you grab yourself a cup of nettle tea and a slice of potato peel pie and settle down to a special Guernsey episode of the iMake podcast.

Extracts from:

Episode 1 - A Podcast Is Born

Episode 8 - Guernseys Galore

Episode 11 - So This Is Christmas

Episode 40 - Sarnia Cherie

We wrap up with a quick chat to Charles on his thoughts about liberation.

À la perchoine!

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Welcome to episode 76 of the iMake podcast. It’s good to be back. It’s quite a yarny episode today but for non-yarny listeners you’ll also find, and hopefully enjoy, a little bird watching and some dog jewellery. I know it sounds odd, but it isn’t. Honestly.


Hello and welcome to the show. It’s Bank Holiday Monday. Would you like a Penny update? Check out: Also I purchased binoculars…

Creative chatter

So what’s occurring?

Following my hexipuff conundrum in the last episode (aka should I start a Beekeeper’s Quilt?) I took the plunge…

I am knitting one hexipuff then one square of my knitted patchwork - a rediscovered WIP. This pattern has been downloaded nearly 49,000 times! If you fancy getting involved pop in to the Knitted Patchwork (KAL/Chat) thread on the iMake Ravelry Group.

Mini skein madness from The Knitting Goddess. Also:

Five Moons Yarns


Or… swaps!

From tiny acorns…

The Pebble Crochetalong (a CAL with KAL options) is still happening (Pebble Rug by Inga Hamilton). Please tell your friends!

Yarny gifts - Lanitium Ex Machina yarn from Lovely Kate. Lord of the Rings inspired! Colourway - Shire.

Very yarn episode so far… let’s talk jewellery then books.

Check out Nadine Essra and Pico Nose Piercing for handmade nose jewellery.

Also Bauble’s Dog for dog ‘jewellery’.

As for the iMake Book Club, I have had a great response to making it a feature of the podcast so let’s do it! The only thing I am not sure about is how to discuss books. Please let me have some feedback…

Survey here


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Welcome to episode 75 of the iMake podcast. This episode ponders one of life’s big questions - to puff, or not to puff? There’s also chat about books, stationery, cross-stitch, and yarn - yummy, lovely yarn! Let’s chat…


Hello and welcome to the show. Perhaps a weather check and a Penny update might be in order? Find Penny

Creative chatter

There has been some knitting, including a bit of a sock crisis.

I’m working on: Purple Muscari by Wool and Honey.

Despite my WIPs-a-plenty, I am pondering a Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. I don’t need another WIP. But I want one! I’ve been drawn to modular projects for ages now… Will I start ‘puffin’?

I’m also working on the Think Happy Thoughts cross-stitch by Emily Peacock.

I’m rather enjoying The Green Gables Happy Paper Club (£10 a month).

I’m excited about BritYarn, a new UK based online yarn shop specialising in British yarn. It’s uniqueness comes from an unwavering commitment to seek out the provenance of its yarns and sharing the information with customers. They are on Twitter as BritYarn and their website is

iMake Book Club - shall we take it to the podcast?

Currently reading: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’m late to the party…

Guernsey stuff

It’s the 70th anniversary of Guernsey’s Liberation on 9 May 2015 - more information here: Guernsey’s Liberation Day.

That’s all for now - I hope you’ll tune in next time.

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Welcome to episode 74 of the iMake podcast - or should I say the “new and improved” iMake podcast! This show is a bit of a catch up as I have not recorded an episode since February. I have lots of exciting news and creative exploits to share with you.

Introduction (00:33)

Welcome to the show this one is called Revamp! More on that later. Happy Easter Monday. I’m on Easter break. The weather is lovely.

Today’s show has 2 halves this first is my recent creative exploits and the second explains the title “revamp”.

Recent creative exploits (02:11)

After a lot of sleep, I’ve rediscovered my creative mojo and energy!

Hubby and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Penny the Cavachon. Check out her Instagram feed here:pennycavachon.

I’ve been knitting and crafting…

Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary on Ravelry

Rico Essential Soft Merino Aran - £3.24 per ball on Love Knitting

Stitch Block Cowl by Purl Soho on Ravelry

Rowan Kidsilk Haze - colourway Candy Girl


Crochet Happy Blanket by The Mercerie 

Bias Before and After Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Sock Yarn Blanket/Knitted Patchwork by iMake

English Paper Piecing

Revamp (18:00)

iMake is now all about the podcast!

My Listopia - please consider subscribing.

If you are interested in writing for My Listopia email

That’s all for now - please tune in next time.

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Welcome to episode 73 - this show is not in the normal format. It's just me and Jen opening our Christmas presents (a bit late) and chatting about our recent creative activities. I hope you enjoy our random chatter! 

Birch Box

Secret hollow book tutorial on iMake

My Little Box

Snowflake crochet-along 

Rolled beeswax candles tutorial 

Handmade ceramic coasters tutorial

Coasters and boxes on iMake

Dymo Letratag in Pink (available on and

Calva 44 recipe (this was yummy!)


AnnaDore on Etsy

Silverado in Brighton

Subversive Cross Stitch (bad language alert!)

Cross stitch software

Cinnamon Christmas ornaments on Pinterest 

Dehydrated orange ornaments on Pinterest

Link to Let it Go parody on my teaching blog

Issue 1 of iMake Magazine


There is, as far as we are aware, no such thing as Minnesotan Ivy...

Martello tower

My Favourite Things Scarf - finished 

Furry Cowl

Crochet Happy Blanket

Sunburst Granny Square tutorial 

iMake Book Club - February Choice

Currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (on and

Game of Thrones (on and

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It's time for my annual holiday message. You'll hear from the message that I plan to take a short break from the blog and podcast over Christmas (if I can manage it!) but I will be back in 2015 raring to go! I hope all iMake readers and listeners have a wonderful, restful holiday period and I'd like to thank you all for your continued support.

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Welcome to episode 72 - this show is not in the normal format. It's just me and Charles chatting about weaving, pom poms, Christmas and memory boxes, amongst other things. I hope you enjoy our random chatter! 

Show Notes


Memory boxes

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