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Knitting, sleeping (whenever I Can), Living with Coeliac Disease, Teaching and planning a wedding!

About me February 18, 2007

Let me introduce myself.

I’m Claire, I’m in my late 20’s and I’m a teacher. I haven’t always been a teacher, I studied for a degree in fashion and worked at a few London fashion magazines for a couple of years. I then had a change of direction, in my career and personal life, which brought me to the midlands. I enjoy teaching, it takes up a lot of my time, the rest of my time is spent with my boyfriend and with working on my craft and knitting projects. I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in June 2007 and diagnosed with Osteopenia in February 2008; my food intolerance plays a huge part in my life, especially since I’m also a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish) so eating out can be problematic!

 My other main interest is music, I have a large and rapidly expanding music collection and some of my favourite artists are (in no particular order):

Jeff Buckley, Pulp, David Bowie, Blondie, Neil Young, The Doors, Mazzy Star, Ben Folds, Harry Connick jr., The Magic Numbers, Gene, Abraham, Sia, Sigur Ros, Bjork, Merz, Jaguar, James Brown, The Flaming Lips, Lambchop, Lamb, Moloko, Neil Finn, Badly Drawn Boy, Crowded House, Razorlight, D’Angelo, Carol King, The Bluetones, Ugly Duckling, Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, Beck, Elbow, Doves, Kate Rogers, Scissor Sisters, Yo La Tengo, St Thomas, Ed Hardcourt, Richard Hawley, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, PJ Harvey, The Mull Historical Society, Belle and Sebastian, St Etienne, Primal Scream, Beth Orton, Gomez, Ian Brown, The Stone Roses, Franz Ferdinand, Turin Brakes,


7 Responses to “About me”

  1. Kelly Healy Says:

    Hi, Claire! I, too am a teacher in Memphis, TN. I teach 3rd grade at a really diverse and funky Catholic school in Midtown. I’m trying to start a knitting club at school and could really use some help getting it off the ground. I tried once before and it was obvious I needed help! Any suggestions you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated. Oh, yeah. Love your music taste! Peace~ Kelly

  2. Hi Kelly, before I started the school club i sent out a letter asking for any unwanted yarn / needles to be donated to the school – this helped because i only had limited resources. I then decided that I would have 12 children and stick to that number, I have the lady that works in the school office helping me so I knew that we would have 6 children each to teach. I had a look on the internet for suitable simple patterns for the kids to try and I also made sure I had suitable child-size needles for them.
    The first couple of weeks it was hard work teaching the basic knit stitch but by week three most of them had got it and they had been knitting in their spare time at home. I made sure I had some good pictoral instructions photocopied for them to take home with them as a reminder of the technique.

    I now have two girls who I’m going to teach the purl stitch to as they have got the hang of knit. I actually found that the boys were quicker to grasp the technique of knitting than the girls! – hope this helps.

  3. Amanda Says:

    Claire I love your site I’m a new reader but I joined your RSS feed its awesome!

  4. lorraine Says:

    Hi Claire, I have been scouring the web looking for a patten that I have have either given away or mislaid and came across your website featuring the hat pattern I have been looking for. It is the earflap Rowan Ribbon Twist (my yarn is the same colour as well). Would I be able to purchase a photocopy from you of this patten.
    Regards Lorraine

  5. I’m sorry, but I think that copying and selling patterns might be illegal. The pattern is in the Ribbon Twist book which you can still get on ebay and a few websites – I’ve actually sold on my copy of the pattern book so I no longer have it to pass on, sorry.

  6. Lynne Says:

    Hi Claire, my daughter has sent me a link to your blog, she thought we had a lot in common and she’s right – we do. I too suffer with food intolerances – wheat and gluten. I agree, it plays a large part in your life as it’s something you have to consider all the time. I have to take food with me to work and when we go out anywhere for the day. The only thing I can eat in the canteen at work is a jacket potato, which become rather boring after a few days. Also, when I request a wheat and gluten free lunch if I’m at a meeting – I get a plate of salad – mainly lettuce leaves. This leaves me rather hungry!!! So I need to have supplies to hand.

    I cook most of our food from scratch – no fast food for us (much more healthy!!).

    I too love knitting and designing – I qualified in environmental science and tried teaching for a while, but went back to environmental work, which I really enjoy.

    I love your knitting and your taste in music especially Bowie and the Cure.

    My friend at work used to be a tour manager for Primal Scream (many years ago). He has told us some wild stories, as you can imagine.

    I’ll take a look at your links to gluten free food, thanks for posting them.

  7. Savannah02K Says:


    did you manage to find/start a knitting club Acocks Green/Shirley/Solihull area? Would love to come along if you have. Just getting back into knitting and have forgotten how addictive it is …………..

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