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Those little moments of calm in our day are precious.

BEHINDTHEIVY was born out of a desire to tease them out and savour them.

This is a space to slow down and live with intention. Where we can share a passion and joy for seasonal and mindful living. It’s a space to celebrate our creativity.

For me, that means knitting. It means pottering around the kitchen, pots bubbling on the stove and a fresh loaf of bread in the oven. It’s a few stolen minutes, curled up in a chair with a cup of tea and a book while rain patters at the window. It’s walking on the beach while the wind whips the waves to froth. It’s taking a moment to watch the seasons turn.

HI! I’M CHERYL, AND I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE!

So what can you expect from behindtheivy?

You’ll find inspiration to pepper your days with small moments of calm and creativity.

Because creativity grounds us. It nourishes your heart and soul, and we all deserve more of that.

I’m so happy that you’ve joined me here. It’s a place that’s close to my heart, and I hope it will help to encourage and inspire you.

So pull up a chair, grab a slice of cake, and let’s get comfy…


My work is featured in Making Stories Magazine, Interweave (coming soon!) and on LoveCrafts.com.

About me

I’m mixed British and Chinese. I live by the beautiful coast in North East England with half of my heart in Singapore, and half in the countryside.   

I’m a knitter, designer, and creator. I have too many houseplants, but I can always find room for one more. I love coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and rum on the weekends.

Where you can find me:


Feel free to drop me a line or join in on the discussions in the comments – I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

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  • Who loves a giant pompom? 🐑
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I seriously cannot get enough of this enormous pompom. And I'm also pretty excited to share the hat and cowl that it's attached to...
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I've been working with @theyarncollective and @lovecraftsknitting on their latest Lost in Translation collection, which launched today. Visit the link in my profile to see more ☝️
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The Spirits and Sprites set uses The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK, which I'm now pretty obsessed with.
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The hat would be a great intro to stranded knitting if you fancy giving it a go!
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I'm so thrilled to have a design in this collection. Go check it out - there are some absolutely stunning designs by @sachikobee @thepetiteknitter and @francescahughesknitwear
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Let me know what your favourite is! It might help me jump start my knitting mojo, which is still conspicuously absent...
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  • What are your tips for kick starting your knitting mojo?
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Lay them on me, because mine has taken a hike!
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I was rummaging around in one of my baskets the other day and found the swatches I made for my Tidal socks. The sample size is too small for my huge feet so I think I might make another pair just for me. Hopefully it'll help to kick start my knitting again! Anyone interested in a KAL?
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  • I'm all about lazy weekends at the moment. Pottering about, watering the plants, endless cups of tea while I knit and watch black and white films. Today I made it to lunchtime before I even thought about getting out of my PJs 🙈
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In knitting news, the colourwork project is off the needles and blocking cozily in front of the fire, and I'm back onto my lovely, mossy Tender jumper 💚
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  • Thursday night on the sofa - strawberry ice cream, breaking into a new skein of yarn, and a little bit of colourwork ✨💕
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How's your Thursday looking?
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  • I'm so excited to share that I have a sock design in the brand new @_makingstories magazine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've been sitting on this news for so long, so it feels amazing to be able to finally share it with you! My contributor copy arrived this week, and it's even more beautiful than I thought it would be. There's a quick little flick through in my stories if you want to take a look 👀
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Preorders have opened today, so pop over to the link in my profile if you're interested in checking it out ☝️
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I've been an admirer of the Making Stories team for such a long time, so I'm thrilled to be a part of this 💖
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  • Happy Friday folks! These weeks are flying by, but each one is bringing a little more sunshine and a little more spring 🌞🌷
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My Tender Jumper is still bimbling along, but I spent a few moments at lunchtime, sitting in a sunny corner and playing with some beautiful new yarn. As I looked up I noticed that the yarn matches my plant pots - it's always good to have a colour scheme 😂
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  • Lemon and sugar 🍋 or Nutella 🍫 on your pancakes? It's a close call, but I think lemon and sugar might be my fave!
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I've been trying to ease off the knitting lately after I started to get some RSI in my hand and wrists. After a week without my needles (it was HARD! 🙈) I couldn't resist casting on something new with this beautiful, soft sage green. It's the Tender jumper by @bmandarines and those little chevrons are so addictive! I keep wanting to work just one more row...
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  • An #accidentallywesanderson moment after the sun melted away the fog.
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When I was small I wanted to live in a lighthouse and sleep in bunk beds like they did in the Portland Bill stories. Where did you dream of living when you were a kid?
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  • I won yarn chicken. Just.
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