As 2017 transforms into 2018, I’m scanning the horizon with all my needles by my side: machine; interchangeables; and tapestry!
2017 brought: the Edinburgh Yarn Festival; the Indieburgh Craft Crawl in Edinburgh; the Perth Festival of Yarn; Yarndale in Skipton, Yorkshire; Meet the Maker at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh; and the EYF Wool Tribe’s Christmas Knitters’ Party. There were visits to Glen Affric in the Highlands, the Serra da Estrela National Park in central Portugal, Lisbon, London, Iceland, the Faroes and Catalonia. I also further developed my tapestry skills with visits to the Wemyss School of Needlework in Fife and Lorna at Stitchbirdie in West Kilbride.
2018 is going to be just as busy if not more so. The Edinburgh Yarn Festival will kick off proceedings in March. The prospect of this now three-day event is both exciting and yet terrifying! Travels planned so far involve Shetland next week and a hiking & knitting tour to Iceland in June. Not sure which is going to need more woollies!
Thank you very much for following Woolly Originals over the last twelve months. Your support and your encouragement are very much appreciated.
Here’s to 2018, and whatever it may bring!
A Merry Christmas to all of Woolly Originals’ friends and followers! To celebrate the end of an amazing year for Woolly Originals, we decided to donate to a local charity in Edinburgh called Fresh Start on your behalf.
This is what Fresh Start does:
FRESH START – Helping People Make a Home for Themselves
Fresh Start is an Edinburgh based charity helping people who have been homeless get established in their new home. Working in partnership with volunteers and organisations from a broad section of the community, we deliver a range of services that provide the practical and social support that help people resettle successfully.
Each year Fresh Start helps thousands of new tenants settle into their homes. This can only be achieved by the hard work of our volunteers and generosity of the donations we receive.
Services we offer: Starter Packs; Training Initiatives; Cooking Classes; Cookers; Food Station; Helping Hands
We are a charity helping to end homelessness.
(Donation number – D188233846)
There will be a Woolly Originals’ Eshop restock on Wednesday 6th December at 10pm (Edinburgh time). A variety of bags will be available for purchase.
Over the winter of 2011/12, my friend Fu of Bearford Yarns and East Coast Organics planted an organic orchard on her farm in East Lothian consisting of both heritage and modern varieties of apples, pears and plums. The heritage trees were included so that she could help preserve a number of lesser known British fruit varieties. When I visited the orchard in the summer of 2014 to admire her hard work planting over 1000 trees, I was amazed at the number of species I had never heard about! Supermarkets sell a very limited range of British fruit.
Recently when I was thinking of a new botanical design, her beautiful trees came instantly to mind. After a number of pattern revisions and swatches, I came to the conclusion that the Shetland weaving yarn from Jamieson’s of Shetland wasn’t suitable for this design. However, their 2-ply jumper weight Spindrift Shetland yarn was!
Next, when selecting Spindrift colours, I decided to choose only those that reminded me of her fruit, especially the apples and pears that are in my veggie-box each week! Therefore, I chose the following three bases in Cardinal, Yellow Ochre and Moss with a complimentary-coloured tree motif. Each bag is lined with a matching linen lining from Scottish Linen in Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Small project bags in this new design will be for sale on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at the Wool Tribe Knitters’ Christmas Party organised by Edinburgh Yarn Festival at Akva in Edinburgh. Then, in the Woolly Originals’ online e-shop in early December 2017.
Thereafter, small, medium and large bags will be for sale at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March 2018.
So excited that Woolly Originals is going to have a pop-up shop at the Wool Tribe’s Christmas Party! This fab event is organised by Jo and Mica of Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and will take place on Saturday 2nd December at 5pm at Akva in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. Tickets are available from Wool Tribe.
Other vendors at the event include Ginger Twist Studio, Woollenflower, Cosmic Strings and The Crochet Project. Woolly Originals will be there with a selection of bags, badges and also launching a new design, Heritage Orchard!
See you there!
This August, whilst I was travelling around the top of Iceland, I visited the wonderful Anna-Fold yarn shop in Akureyri. I wanted to buy some local wool, so purchased enough Isotex Lettlopi to knit a cardigan. I chose a khaki main colour of the Aran weight wool with four complimentary colours for a fair isle yoke.
On returning home, I decided to use this Icelandic wool to knit a Gamaldags cardigan by Helene Magnússon, known as The Icelandic Knitter. I worked out my colour scheme on graph paper and then began.
Being a thicker weight than my last knitted cardigan, namely my Shetland 2-ply Cockatoo Brae, this one quickly progressed. Sleeves first, then the main body. Knit in the round as a jumper, it was relatively easy to steek.
Once I had finished sewing in buttons and steek ribbon on the inside, I soaked and blocked the cardi to size. It took three days to dry as it is rather thick! I’m delighted with the finished result, and grateful for the colder weather so that I can wear it!
Yesterday, a wonderful parcel arrived from Yorkshire! My friends, Martin and Amal who are currently hiking across the Penines, on holiday from Australia, came across Swaledale Woollens. Knowing my obsession with wool, they bought a selection of wools, carried them to the next post office on their route, and packaged them off to me! So grateful for such a fantastic gift, thank you!
Just need to decide what to knit with these DK beauties! Any suggestions gratefully accepted.