Welcome 2021

Well as we start 2021 I have great things to report. I won Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Jumper competition 2020 and to make the end of the year perfect, Sarah had a little girl, Lyra Ann Hogg arrived on 23rd December 2020 weighing 8lb 6ozs. I have been teaching online and have updated the available ‘Classes‘.  I’ll be delivering them on Sunday afternoon or evenings depending on when people are available to attend. I’ve split them into three difficulty levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, but these are only a rough guide. If you are interested email me for more information or look for Beardychiel on FB, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

A Busy Break

Hi all, I’ve been having a very busy time and have been away from the keyboard and the camera. Knitting has been really busy with a tight deadline on a special sweater. My entry for the Christmas jumper competition on Ch4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas.



Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas copyright Ch4

My episode airs on Monday 7th December at 5pm if you want to watch. Also the knitting for my impending grandchild number 4, as second child for Sarah, has involved heirloom shawl knitting pattern tweaking and matinee jacket and hat designs as well as baby socks. Variations on my own vanilla baby sock pattern have been getting produced. 


Santa coyright Beardychiel

I’ve also launched Santa’s Christmas Calls and help Santa arrange live calls and short recorded videos for little ones to enjoy the Santa magic. So I’m not ignoring my crafting crew, life has just got in the way. See you all soon.

End of June – Tempus fugit

Good heavens but time flies when you are having fun. Since my last check in there have been a few things all of which are recorded for Episode 36 of the podcast. I have a couple of links to record today and then editing time. I’ve finished the pattern write up for the helios wing shawl and it is with test knitters so two weeks until publication I think. it is looking good.

there is also a finished baby cardigan for my nephew Andrew’s daughter Emily. I need to find buttons for it today.

As far as the websire goes, this week saw the Beardychiel merchandise go live and 4 natural colours of Caithness Croft Yarn go live see them in Beardychiel’s Shop.

See you all soon with the next update.

Catching up

It hasbeen a while since I blogged or even podcasted. I’m in themiddle of the Rhodes 2019 video edit and have AberdeenYarnFestival to visit tomorrow. It is a really exciting time and I am feeling as if there are not enough hours in the day. But hey, life is too short and I’m not willing to give in. So watch this space and I’ll keep you up to date soon. This coming week I have tattoo time on Tuesday and my niece’s wedding on Saturday so an exciting time and a really memorable event that I have to make a speech at so check back soon for an update and maybe a photo or two.

Beardychiel’s Knitting Banter Episode 28

Hi folks,

Well Rhodes is over and it was amazing. a super week of classes and visits and knitting galore. A video will follow, but, in order to help with the catching up from May here is Episode 28 – Aberdeen and Inbetween. It is so large I’ve split it into two parts, but, don’t let that put you off.

A Busy Time

Hello all,

it has been a while and as many of you know a trying and busy time here at Beardychiel HQ. The Rhodes Retreat preparations, the Caithness Croft Yarn preparations and finally the sad loss of our daughter – in – law Louise. Consequently many things have been shuffled as priorities changed day by day. The knitting community have, as always, been amazingly supportive through the trying times. There are several good close friends who all know that they have been on the end of a phone or private message to take pressure off as and when required.

We are getting into a new routine and regular podcast viewers will have met Leo my youngest grandson and co -presenter. Eoin is at school most days when I record.

The yarn has arrived. The retreat starts in three days for me. My packing is still ongoing and I’ll just say watch this space, more news soon.

EYF and Podcast Episode 26

Hi there,

Well I have returned from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 and both Janet and I had a super time there. We met and chatted to a lot of old and new friends and of course did some yarn shopping. Most of the information has been included in the Podcast Episode No. 26 EYF EYF EYF! So to save you a hunt here is the link:- Podcast