When I grow up I want to be a Knitwear Designer.

From the simplicity of a Kim Hargreaves cropped cardigan
Cherish by Kim Hargreaves
to the complexity of Norah Gaughan and her current obsession with polygons (although this one is more of an extreme exercise in cabling),
Cabled bolero by Norah Gaughan
Lizard Ridge blanket by Laura Aylor
together with the unconfined exuberance of the Lizard Ridge blanket and the magic of Kaffe Fassett - all have me putting down my soldering torch and picking up my knitting needles.
Outlined Star by Kaffe Fassett from the 1985 book Glorious Knitting
So you can imagine my delight when Lina Peterson became the tutor of the evening class I was taking at Morley College in London!
Crocheted Brooches by Lina Peterson
She set us a project back in 2008 to incorporate textile into our jewellery which resulted in this 'Nighttime Pirates' brooch which featured words from the book (The Night Pirates by Peter Harris) on the back of the copper brooch plate.
Nighttime Pirates brooch by Cari-Jane Hakes
I took these ideas further when I made the 'Oh that I could take the stars from the sky and place them round your neck' necklace / brooch.
'Oh that I could take the stars from the sky and place them round your neck'
brooch/necklace by Cari-Jane Hakes
'Oh that I could take the stars from the sky and place them round your neck'
brooch/necklace by Cari-Jane Hakes
So, until I grow up, I will just have to be content with weaving the soft stuff in amongst the metal!