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Pure wool, local sheep breeds, wool qualities

Craftivism, Activism

I’m interrupting my plan for my next blog post which was meant to follow on from the last, BUT as significant events in the world in recent days have, I’m sure, swayed many people’s attention and sparked the most remarkable… Continue Reading →

And the Bride Wears Wool

Last month I got married. And, what did the bride wear? Why, wool of course – a homemade outfit made in Scottish and Welsh wool. Those who know me well would not be the least bit surprised. Why wool? The… Continue Reading →

No Nylon Socks

Socks aren’t an article of clothing that I would most associate with nylon. Sportswear, yes, but socks?   However, sometime ago, I saw a link to a No Nylon Sock KAL Project (a KAL, or Knit-a-Long, run by Joeli Creates)… Continue Reading →

Herdwick wool socks

The Herdwick wool #swatchalong has rapidly resulted in a pair of socks, and not only that, two pairs of socks. The grey Herdwick wool knitted up nicely, and I now have a very warm pair for padding round the house… Continue Reading →

Fleece and Fibre Fun at the Small Breeds Farm

My obsession with fleece and fibre is growing. Not only do I now have a basket of some new types of wool top to spin (new to me) to add to a mountain of Ryeland fleece that I already possess, it… Continue Reading →

Wovember: Remember Remember the 5th of Wovember

The 5th of November….. that’s when I should have started Wovember. If you haven’t been Wovemberised, it is a month to wear as much pure wool as possible to show your appreciation of the wonderful stuff; to come out in… Continue Reading →

Ashford Traveller spinning wheel: Big ‘0’ birthday present

I am now the happy owner of an Ashford Traveller spinning wheel. Recently, on the run up to a big ‘0’ birthday, Mr ‘L’ asked me ‘Could you think of something that you would like my family to buy for… Continue Reading →

How to straighten unravelled wool: Frugal ways with old knitwear

I have several balls of unravelled wool which I would like to use for the crochet afghan I have had on the go for a while now. They are years old, are pure wool, were my grandmother’s (my Nan’s), and… Continue Reading →

Spinning and watching the water levels fall

We’ve had a wet time of it lately. If you’re in the UK you’ll know as it has dominated the news. Here, wind and rain has swept up from the south-west over wet and soaking Somerset (the wettest part of… Continue Reading →

2013 unravelled, 2014 cast on

Looking back over 2013, it’s been a year for hopping about. I’ve delved into some knitting design (Elizabeth Zimmermann inspired), lots of scouring, or washing of my large stock of Ryeland fleece prior to spinning it, attempts at using up… Continue Reading →

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