Later on, I kept myself in clothes through school by knitting arans for friends, and when ill health forced me to stop teaching when I was 40, I did what my forebears would have done - I turned to knitting again. Now, from my house on the island of Flotta in the middle of Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland, I design and knit, write and research, specialising in designs bringing the patterns of the Northern Isles to a new audience.
Almost all the time, I will have three projects on the go - one gansey, one piece of lace and one Fair Isle - and other ideas sketched out in my head and on paper.
For relaxation I stay with fibre, spinning and dyeing, and there is always a camera in my pocket. There is usually an audio book on the player while I knit, and my rescue Scottie will be at my feet waiting for the next walk.