Flora Fibres online shop now open!

I’m very excited to announce the grand opening of my online shop for Flora Fibres yarn!


You too can now get your hands on some lovingly handspun, gorgeously shiny and silky soft yarns! What would you make?

Everything is 100% vegan and free from animal fibres, so it’s also an excellent choice for anyone with an allergy to wool.


This first shop update is all undyed yarn, perfect for using as is, or for you to colour to suit your own project! Choose from different lengths and weights of yarns made from fibres extracted from rose bushes, soybeans, seaweed, trees and bamboo!

And as a little extra I’m offering a special 10% discount to my very first customer, which will be deducted on the invoice. So, what are you waiting for?! 😉


Big news!

So you might have noticed I’ve been pretty quiet here recently, and that’s because I’ve been working away at a new venture that’ll be launching soon! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen the announcement already, that I’ll soon be launching my own range of hand spun vegan yarns!

Let me explain a little about how this came about: I had a partly lovely, but also partly disappointing trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last month. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many talented and creative people, and the beautiful colours everywhere were wonderful, but I was really saddened by the almost total lack of yarn which didn’t come from animal fibres.

Now, I know that I have bought and knitted with animal fibres, because it didn’t really occur to me to do otherwise. Even when I thought of myself as vegan it just wasn’t something that occurred to me. But after some research I decided that I wasn’t going to buy any more wool products as it turns out it’s not always as harmless as “just a haircut”. But we live and learn, and so I was excited to start finding alternatives.

So off I went to EYF sure I would find something lovely to treat myself to. Sadly this turned out to not be the case. I only found 2 sellers who had linen yarn, and a chance conversation with the lovely Louise from Spin City led to me buying some gorgeous “fake cashmere” fibres to spin. One thing I will say is my husband is glad there wasn’t much for me to buy 😉


(I also bought a needle gauge and some lovely buttons.)

So armed with my fibres and a drop spindle I set about making my first yarn:



And it’s fair to say I definitely caught the bug! I started researching spinning wheels and fibres as an idea started brewing in the back of my mind…

If there aren’t really many sources of high end, hand spun, hand dyed yarns which are free from animal fibres, then I should start making them myself!

And this is the inspiration behind my new company: Flora Fibres 🙂


I’m currently in the process of setting up my e-shop, with a view to opening in 2 weeks (14th May) all being well! And in the mean time I’m running a giveaway over on my Instagram page where one lucky crafter can win a gorgeous hank of yarn made 100% from fibres extracted from rose bushes. Yes, really!


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So it would mean a lot if you lovely bunch could pop over there and show me some love! And telling your friends about it would be pretty awesome too. Let’s spread some vegan yarny love!

Pattern testers wanted!

Peekaboo! I’m all done!


The Noughts and Crosses Mittens pattern is all done and I’m ready for testers! Yay!

Would you like to test this pattern? I’m looking for around 3 or 4 testers to knit up a pair of noughts and crosses mittens. You can be an experienced double knitter or a first timer, as long as you are able to read a chart, work on double pointed needles, increase and decrease stitches you should be fine.

You will have until the 15th of May, that’s 5 weeks, to complete your mittens, after which time I will send out a questionnaire about the pattern which you will need to complete. In return for testing my pattern you will receive not only the test copy but a copy of the final pattern too, free of charge. Not to mention a great big virtual hug for being awesome! 🙂

And you won’t need to work on your mittens alone! There will be a ravelry group set up for the testers to discuss the pattern, and troubleshoot any issues that arise. I can also be contacted directly here, on instagram, or on facebook. And there are accompanying tutorial videos on youtube (which you will be sent the link to) which it would be helpful if you could watch too.

Interested, or know someone who might be? Please fill out the form below, before Tuesday (12/4) and I will be in touch with the successful testers soon after.

Fancy pattern testing for me, but not this pattern? Don’t worry! There will be more patterns needing tested soon. Watch this space!

Cheers m’dears! 🙂




American-style aquafaba pancakes

Hands up who enjoyed a delicious plateful of pancakes yesterday?! I must admit that the fact it was Shrove Tuesday had very little impact on this household. We’re more of an ‘any excuse for pancakes’ type family! So we merrily jumped on the pancake bandwagon and enjoyed a lovely stack of vegan pancakes each. Except little brother that is. After desperately trying to get his hands on one while they were cooking, as in tried to climb out of the wrap on my back and over my shoulder desperate, he then cried when he was given one at the table and refused to eat it. Babies are weird!



200g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
200ml soya milk
5 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup

Add everything to a bowl, and mix until combined (don’t over do it, a few lumps are OK). Warm a heavy bottomed, non-stick frying pan on a low-medium heat until the whole thing is evenly heated (I’ve found this is the key to perfect pancakes). Add a ladleful of mixture to the frying pan at a time (it’s quite thick so won’t spread very far). Once little bubbles start to appear on the top side, while it’s still wet, carefully turn it over with a spatula. You will see it rise up as soon as it’s flipped. Cook for another minute or two until the second side is a light brown colour and it’s done!

Repeat with the rest of the mixture, then enjoy your delicious, fluffy pancakes! I had mine with maple syrup and fruit and they were yummy. Yay for pancakes! 😉

Chocolate coated peanut truffles

Otherwise known as little balls of deliciousness. Mmmmmm.


What if I were to tell you that these little beauties are vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and sugar free (without the chocolate coating, which you can substitute for cocoa powder for an equally delicious treat)?!? So good for you it’s definitely acceptable to even have some at breakfast time. *ahem* not that I’d ever do such a thing of course… 😉

Ingredients (makes around 50)

200g peanuts
240g (1 drained can) chick peas
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp aquafaba
1/2c dates
1/4c raisins
1/3c porridge oats

Dark chocolate or cocoa powder to coat the truffles.

Start by boiling the kettle and soaking the 1/2 cup of dates in a mug to make them soft.

If you are using salted peanuts pour them into a sieve and rinse the salt off under the cold tap. Then tip them into a food processor (no need to dry them first).

If you are using a can of chickpeas, then open carefully, drain the aquafaba into a container, and add the chickpeas to the food processor, along with 2tbsp each of coconut oil and aquafaba.

Blitz until the peanuts and chickpeas are well combined but still have some texture. Add the drained dates, raisins and porridge oats and mix until you have a fairly uniform, solid mixture that will hold its shape when rolled. If your mixture is too dry then add a little more aquafaba to reach the right consistency.

Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball, then place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. You will get around 50-60 truffles depending on how many you eat while rolling how big you make them 😉


The 2 rows on the left were rolled by big brother, didn’t he do well?!

If your truffles are a little sticky, chill them in the fridge first before coating in either dark chocolate melted over a bain Marie, or rolling them in cocoa powder.


Try to resist the temptation to scoff the lot, at least before the chocolate has set!

And in case you are wondering, they definitely come with the boys seal of approval!


New patterns in progress!

Who would like a sneaky preview of my next two knitting patterns? If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have seen bits of them but here, today, I’m going to give you a bit more information 🙂

First up is the Naughts and Crosses Mittens:


I’m really excited about this pattern because it’s my first to use double sided knitting, meaning these mittens are fully reversible!

Wait, what?!

That’s right! Reversible mittens, knitted in the round, both layers at the same time. And not only that, but it’s not as difficult as it sounds 🙂 And to prove it, that photo above is the inside of the mittens!

I’m even making YouTube tutorial videos to go along with this pattern, which is a huge first for me as I don’t like being filmed. This is actually what’s slowing down the release of this pattern, as I’m reliant on the (apparently impossible) combination of good natural light and no noise children about. But the first is done and I’m hoping to get the second shot tomorrow *fingers crossed*

And if you really don’t fancy making them double sided, the pattern is just as easy to follow using intarsia. But it’s always good to learn a new technique 😉

My second pattern (which is as yet unnamed) will be a ladies cardigan with a feather pattern on the yoke. I made a swatch last night and I’m really pleased with it, so as soon as the mittens are all done I’ll be ready to cast on.


I love the colours of this one, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a lovely sea green and a stony grey. I’m really looking forward to finishing (and wearing!) this one!

So that’s what I’m up to pattern wise, with more lurking in the background to follow. I’m actually also knitting myself a jumper using one of the free DROPS patterns, but it’s in 4 ply and will take me approximately forever to finish 😉 However it will be gorgeous when it’s done, so worth the effort!

What are you up to? Anything exciting on your needles? 🙂

Updated knitting pattern posts

I’ve been trying to get all technical this weekend (in the most basic way!) and I’ve updated my knitting pattern posts to include buy now buttons! It’ll take you through the payment page after which you can download the pdf pattern straight away.

So you can now buy my knitting patterns without being members of Ravelry, although why you wouldn’t want to be a member I don’t know 😉

Currently I have 4 patterns for sale (number 5 is coming very soon, and is even supported with video tutorials!) and they are:

The falling leaves hat and scarf set:


which you can by clicking here (see I’m getting really good at adding these buttons! haha)

And the three part Cosy Seed Stitch set:


Which you can also buy the parts of by clicking:

Wrist warmers , headband , and buttoned cowl

OK, that’s quite enough practice adding the buttons 😉 I hope this makes it easier for you to get your hands on my patterns and start knitting!