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The time has come


I started this blog on 6 February 2006.  I was in my early (ish) twenties, only engaged to the lovely man who became my H, and I wanted somewhere to keep track of my knitting projects, which at that stage largely consisted of baby clothes for miniature second cousins, and a little something Rowan for me.

Fast forward six years and this blog has recorded not only the knitting but all the other crafty things and a good few slices of family life.  And like a pair of battered old favourite shoes, it’s been starting to creak a little, and let the puddles in.    Knitted Bear isn’t going anywhere, I’ve no plans to take the blog down, or anything like that and it isn’t time for me to give up blogging, far from it, but it might be time to move house.

So, if you’d like to come on a little adventure with me, please step across the way to Space for the Butterflies, where I promise more of the same haphazardly delivered tales of a crafty handmade family life.


Welcome to my new home


Welcome! Come on in, take your shoes off, curl up under a quilt and I’ll make us a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

If you’ve just stumbled across this little corner of the internet, my old ‘home’ was Knitted Bear.  If you’re deeply curious the link will take you to six years of tales of my little family and the handmade in our life.  Six years in which my lovely H and I got married in the little village church in the depths of South Devon where I grew up, started to make our little house a home, and celebrated the (late!) arrival of our beloved daughter Kitty in September 2010.  Plus a lot of photos of crafty things, our corner of the middle of England, and the catastrophes and occasional successes along the way.

I discovered knit blogs in early 2006, trying to work out what on earth the Rowan subscriber’s free gift pattern was supposed to look like.  When the pictures started to load, line by line (I think we only just had broadband at the time, and it was sloooooow) I knew I’d found my people, so I started Knitted Bear just to keep a record of my knitting projects. (And yes, I know if you’ve come across from the old blog you’ll be saying “knitting, what knitting? she knits?!”; I promise some genuine actual knitting soon)

After six years the rabbit hole has turned into a warren, and I find I’m writing about everything crafty under the sun, as well as keeping the memories of our family life. So with a little bit of a now or never leap of faith attitude, it’s time for a new space, and here we are.

So why ‘Space for the Butterflies’?

When I chose my wedding bouquet I asked my lovely florist to leave ‘space for the butterflies’.  Somehow the neat tightly packed posies of roses or lilies in some of her portfolio pictures just weren’t me; too minimalist, too crisp.  When the flowers arrived, ivory roses, white heather and trailing orchids were tucked into a loose teardrop; perfectly me, and perfect for any butterflies that might have braved a rather brisk April day.

My butterflies are the things that make me happy; my little family, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, cooking, baking, exploring and trying to live each day to the very best. Butterflies may be nature’s adornment, but they serve a purpose too, pollinating the flowers that the bees can’t get into, and so it is with my pretties, they may not look essential, but they keep me sane, and frequently keep us all warm.

So as I said at the beginning, welcome, I hope you enjoy your time here.