I’m Elizabeth. I’m a freelance writer, editor and software tester. You can hire me to do any of those things: just drop me an email at ejbagwell at gmail dot com or visit www.stainless-sabrewing.co.uk for a more complete portfolio. Elizablog is my own personal project where I write about whatever I feel like.

Orangutan resting, using a wide-meshed rope net as a hammock

Most of my adventures take place with my partner, the lovely K. In 2012, we gave away all our furniture and most of our stuff, storing the rest with family (thank you!). We had decided to be location independent. By that I mean not tied to any one place, by a long-term rental agreement, permanent job or mortgage. We spent about 12 months living in our caravan, and drove it 10,000km around Europe, ranging from Yorkshire to Rome to Stockholm.

A white caravan in a green field. Trees and other vans faintly visible in background.

Believe it or not, we were able to save money living this way, and in 2014 we set of on a round the world trip, something we’d been dreaming of doing for years. 2015 has been quieter, and we’ve settled in Oxfordshire for the moment as we’ve got a new adventure coming: parenthood!

How I make money off this blog
I don’t. This site is a purely personal blog and does not make any money. I occasionally use Amazon Affiliate links, which will hopefully eventually defray the cost of hosting, but have yet to get to the cash-out point. I have also received review copies of books, mainly through NetGalley. If you would like to give me something to review, feel free to get in touch, although frankly as this is what I do for fun I’m not looking to monetize it. I do get paid for writing blog posts and other pieces as part of my day job, but none of those appear on this site.

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    • Hi Carly! Thanks for the nomination. I’ve been holding off on replying because, by coincidence, I’ve just been to Copenhagen. So I do have a few tips for that city at least! I’ll probably be in Berlin later in the summer, so do let me know what you uncover!

      All the best,


  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    Happy New year!

    As a knitting enthusiast, I wanted to get in touch to introduce you to Simple Stylish Knitting – the new weekly magazine series released by De Agostini Publishing offering knitting enthusiasts the opportunity to complete the Simple Stylish Knitting course.

    As knitting fast becomes the new ‘it’ hobby for young people, De Agostini Publishing and University of Exeter Medical School have issued a report looking at the hobby’s health benefits to understand why so many youngsters are taking up the new skill. In brief:

    A study of over 3,000 members of an online knitting community found:

    * 82% felt ‘a little’ to ‘very happy’ after knitting

    * Almost half (47%) indicated that it helped them think problems through, while over a third (37%) said it helped forget problems

    * Nearly two-thirds (65%) reported an increase in confidence, while 86% felt an increase in belonging

    A study conducted in an inpatient eating disorder unit found:

    * 74% of participants reported distraction from eating disorder thoughts and feelings

    * Nearly one-fifth (18%) said knitting prevented eating disorder behaviours altogether

    * 74 % found it relaxing

    In celebration of the new series launching next week, we wanted to share a taste of what’s coming up with you, giving you the opportunity to try out the first issue of Simple Stylish Knitting where you can create your first beautiful pattern provided with clear step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas for personalising and embellishing a knitted throw.

    Are you interested in receiving a free copy of the magazine? All we ask in return is that you share your feedback of the new magazine with your online community. We do have £100 that we could offer you for this partnership.

    We’d also be more than happy to share the press release and full report mentioned above should it be of interest.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  2. Hello, we are producer of knitting wool in Italy. We produce pure wool merinos extrafine, mix wool, mix alpaca, cotton and cashmere. If you are interested we can send you free shade cards and samples.
    You can see our collection on our website http://www.rialfilati.it
    Best regards
    Riccardo Barioglio

  3. Hi,

    My name is Emma and I am currently a second year student at the University of St Andrews.
    I just came across an article that you wrote about the innocent Big Knit. For my Social Anthropology course we are asked to write an ethnographic study and I have chosen to write it on the innocent ‘big knit.’ This is something that has fascinated me for a long time as I think it is an incredible campaign and I am beyond amazed by all the work that goes into it. As part of my research I would like to possibly ask you a few questions about your interest in the campaign. It would only be a few short questions and would not take more than fifteen minutes.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information! Thank you so much for taking your time to consider this!

    • Hi Emma,

      Apologies for not replying. I assume you’ve finished your assignment by now! Best of luck with your studies.

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