From the Archive: Story of a Shepherdess

It always seems such a shame to me that blog posts are written, read by a few people and then “lost” in the archive. One of my favourite archived posts told the story of Alison O’Neill.Way back in 2013, I first wrote about Alison, who is the neighbour of very good friends of ours. Her story fascinated me, and anyone who has spent time with … Continue reading From the Archive: Story of a Shepherdess

Wovember: Small Batch Yarn

This week I wanted to write about the popularity of small batch wools. Like Gin, the profile¬† of small scale wool producers, who process and market their own product is on the increase. I’ve been really surprised this year by how many yarn bloggers and podcasters are featuring this “new phenomenon”. Small scale single breed production is not new, but discovering and accessing these yarns … Continue reading Wovember: Small Batch Yarn

Welcome to Wovember

Well, it seems a long time since I first wrote about Wovember way back in 2012 and it’s great to see how it has grown and become a feature of the knitters calendar. Over on Instagram I keep spotting photos tagged and shared which celebrate Wool (and for this month only, I’m talking about wool from sheep, not animal fibres in general). Back then, readers … Continue reading Welcome to Wovember

New Pattern: Ramblers Scarf

Here’s my latest accessory. Knitted in fabulous Ramsdale from Wendy. I fell in love with this wool for several reasons, first of all the colours are beautiful, it has a soft haze that you lose with superwash wools and it’s incredibly soft. The yarn is British – “born, bred and made in Yorkshire” – so it appeals to my preference for British wool. Finally, the … Continue reading New Pattern: Ramblers Scarf

The state we’re in

It’s Wool Week again, a time when my instagram, twitter and facebook feeds are full of woolly themed posts, photos of famous people wearing wool, invites to come and see wool and a general “celebrate British wool” vibe permeating through social media. Isn’t that great? British wool is a fabulous thing. I don’t want to romanticise the farmers life (it’s bloody hard work) but the … Continue reading The state we’re in

Pattern: Crochet Hedgehogs

The hedgehogs are back! These cute little hedgehogs are out of “hibernation”. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry¬† Or, why not hop over to Love Crochet where you’ll find I’m posting all my updated patterns. I did enjoy designing these little cuties, and only realised today the pattern is over two years old. They are quick to make and use tiny scraps of yarn. … Continue reading Pattern: Crochet Hedgehogs