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Apart from the oft heard 'What's for supper?' and 'Have you seen my keys/wallet/glasses/iPod/
assignment?' - in no particular order, these are the questions I'm most commonly asked, via comments - here and elsewhere - and by email.

If I subscribe to your blog via email will I be spammed/get lots of emails from you?

No. Never. You will get email notifications of new posts shortly after they go up, and very occasional notifications of anything else that might be happening on the blog. And that's it.

Who designed your blog?


This has come up quite a few times and I guess people are hoping I can recommend a designer. But all I can suggest, if you're looking for affordable custom blog graphics, is that you try Etsy. And for tech help maybe fiverr.

You get a lot of blog comments, any relevant tips for a newbie blogger?

I dread this question. I never cease to be amazed by the numbers of people who visit this little blog of mine - hundreds and hundreds every day - and that some make time to comment is a constant thrill. I turn up here and write, and you turn up here and read, and contribute to the conversation, and that honestly feels more like a mini miracle than any kind of achievement. I guess it helps that I've made commenting easy - no word verification - and that I understand SEO and such, and that I enjoy reading and commenting on a fair few blogs myself.

The only tip I have that's really worth sharing is keep blogging!

Do you mind if I 'pin' your images?

Well ... it's kinda' okay ... but it kinda' isn't, because Pinterest strips all the EXIF data from image files, including any copyright management and/or contact information the photographer may have added, and I do mind about that. There are a lot of orphan images on Pinterest that simply can't be traced back to source, and I'd rather mine weren't among them. I guess my love/hate relationship with Pinterest will continue until this issue is resolved.

What camera do you use?

I have a few. A Canon EOS 100D, a Nikon D80 (with a Nikkor 18-70mm f/1.35-4.5 zoom lens, with 2x and 4x magnification lens), and a Canon EOS 400D (used most often with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens - so no zoom, for the less photographically minded - and sometimes with a Sigma 55-200mm f/1.4-5.6 zoom lens). Oh, and a pocket sized Sony RX100. But lately I'm just as likely to use the camera on my iPhone 5.

I also have a bunch of vintage Polaroid cameras including a 680 SLR, an SX70, and a 350, but film for these babies is beyond exorbitant now so they rarely see the light of day.

My dream camera is currently a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Anyone out there who'd like me to test drive one for review purposes, you can be my very best friend, forever!

Can I buy prints of your images anywhere?

Not at the moment, but they may be available in the future. Watch this space!

Please tell me more about the whippets.

Their names are Finn, Tadhg (pronounced Tyg, an Irish Gaelic name, one meaning of which is badger), Taran (an essentially onomatopoeic Welsh name meaning thunder), Jim, and Griff (short for Griffin). No two look alike. The fleetest, Finn is coloured a dove like blue-grey; the clowns of the pack, half-brothers Tadhg and Taran, are both black, but Tadhg has four white paws, a white chest, and a white stripe that runs the length of his face; stripy boy Jim I've posted about before; and wild child Griff is the colour of set honey, with a black muzzle and smudgy black 'eyeliner'. They are my joy!

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And for the knitters ...

Why does the Demne baby jacket pattern include so many provisional cast-ons?

Because, as a cuff to cuff knit, it works best that way.

You can of course omit them and substitute your preferred cast-on method and stitched seams and such, but your garment will not have the drape you see in the model, or the matching edgings.

has been said that there is more technique in this little jacket than in many an adult sweater. I consider that a compliment.

Can I sell the accessories/babywear I knit from your patterns?

At the moment the only patterns I have published are available free of charge. I've done this to benefit charities such as MSF via p/hop so I'd really rather you didn't profit personally from my altruism. But knitting a Demne or a Downton etc. to benefit a charity you support is absolutely fine.

It's worth noting here, given the often heated debates about issues of copyright that take place on Ravelry, that although copyright applies to the written pattern only, in the UK designers also have internationally enforceable design rights.
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