A rainbow of yarn

by lisamargreet on July 7, 2016

Lisa Margreet Payne's photo.

A rainbow of yarn. Each of these remnant balls has a story. I could tell you what I made, who I made it for, if I bought the yarn or if it was gifted. Where I was when I bought it, or was making the item.

So much of my personal history is tied up in these leftover balls of yarn. There are stories of love, birth and death. Illness, wellness and courage. Funny how something that seems so mundane can hold so much meaning.

That’s why I love making things. We, makers, turn time into tangible objects, fused with meaning and memory, using only our hands and, with knitting, sticks and yarn making loops on loops.


Love Sick in “Out of The Shadows”

24 June 2016
Out of the Shadows | A short story anthology by L M Payne and others

Exciting news! My short story, Love Sick, is in “Out of The Shadows,” an anthology of women’s writing, which was published this week.  The anthology features nine stories by women writers, and has been described as “strong writing by strong women”. Perfect for reading in short sittings over the summer and discovering new authors writing about strong […]

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Craftsy Sale Alert!

24 March 2016

Just a quick heads up, Craftsy are having a sale on all classes to end National Craft Month (or at least it has been in the US). From Friday 25 to Monday 28 March 2016 all classes will be $19.99, which is about £14.50 – pretty sweet, if you ask me! I think I’ll pick […]

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Goodreads | Our Shared Shelf | March: “All About Love: New Visions” by bell hooks

23 March 2016
Goodreads - Our Shared Shelf, March: "All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks

Time to get my read on! There’s only a few days left before the discussion starts in the Goodreads group, Our Shared Shelf. There are over 100,000 members of the group, so I wonder how cohesive the discussion will be. But I love the idea of so many people’s focused attention on these feminist ideas, […]

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New Project: Kate Davies Buchanan jumper

10 March 2016

New project alert! The wool for my Kate Davis Buchanan jumper arrived today. My Nubar formaldehyde, phthalate, and toluene free nail varnish also arrived – in the exact same shade as the main colour of the jumper. You can tell that teal is my favourite colour, right? Also, my mobility scooter arrived. (It’s not teal […]

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Health update

7 November 2015

I’m going to be trite for a moment, and you’re going to let me. You know all that “you’ve only got this moment, live for it as you never know when it will change” kinda stuff? Well, it’s true. Over a week and a half ago I was admitted to the Countess of Chester hospital. […]

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STASH (A short story)

20 November 2014

It’s National Short Story week, so here’s a short story for you. Click to download a copy as a .pdf | .epub | .mobi to read on your other devices. Feel free to share but please note the Creative Commons licensing regs around Non-commercial use, Attribution and ShareAlike. There’s me and there’s my Mum and that’s […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Summer 2014

9 July 2014

Originally published in UK Handmade magazine. Summer in the garden is the time of abundance. The reward for the labour of earlier in the year is paid off when the crops are ready to harvest. Peas and beans pop up all over the place with leguminous joy. The vine crops of tomatoes and cucumbers hang […]

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On the cover of a magazine…

6 July 2014

Well, at least a tagline for my organic market garden was. The front page of the July issue of Cheshire Life magazine stated “Growing organically in Malpas” under a large header “Glorious Gardens”. Page 224 featured a lovely three page spread about Oakcroft, entitled “No Payne, no gain” (groan). Interesting fact: my surname, Payne, actually […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Spring 2014

24 April 2014
All pricked out and ready to grow! How I love their tiny little heart-shaped seed leaves. Love, love, love.

Originally published in UK Handmade magazine Spring 2014 issue. Every time I see the tiny heart-shaped leaves of seedlings pushing their way out of the soil to say “Hai”, I smile. Spring is the busiest time of year for a market gardener. It’s also an exciting one. After a long winter of planning for the […]

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