Furtherance Friday!

Furtherance: a helping forward.

Once a week, Woolly Originals will be posting on social media about a person or an event or something else that deserves recognition or a wee boost. A positive start to the weekend!

Today’s #furtherancefriday post is all about the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal as detailed by Jamieson’s of Shetland. This amazing hat pattern by Harriet Middleton is being sold through Jamieson’s website & shop to help raise funds to buy a much needed scanner for Shetland. Here’s the colours I’ve chosen to knit mine and I can’t wait to cast on! Which six colours would you choose?

EStore News

Saturday’s EStore update didn’t quite go to plan. Stock levels when they hit 0 should have displayed as Out of Stock. They didn’t. They headed into minus figures. Items should have remained in shopping carts until checkout. They didn’t. They disappeared. My sincerest apologies if either of these issues affected you. And a huge Thank You to KalopsiaC who are currently sewing up more bags for me, using fabric I made on Saturday night into Sunday morning!

I have been in discussions with my EStore host provider, ShopWired. Initially they said Oh, this is the third time this has happened. My response: there shouldn’t have been a second. Then they blamed Bugs in the System which is Covered in their Ts&Cs. My response: how can it be a Bug if you know about it? And why haven’t you fixed the Bug?

So, as no resolution has been offered and no path going forwards, I’m currently in talks with a new eshop host provider and hopefully my new eshop will be live in June. Watch this space!

Sarah x

Picture Description: a Lava Landscape bag, labels and pens scattered across a table to assist with packing parcels

EStore Update

UPDATE AT 6:28pm on Saturday 4th May – Please note that my EStore is now sold out. Sorry.


Next EStore update will be on Saturday 4th May 2019 at 5pm (Edinburgh time).

Plant Conservation

Plant conservation is very important at Woolly Originals. Many of my bag designs are based on Scottish plants. The Save the Willow range, first in a series on climate change and plant conservation, was designed with the help of the Herbarium staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and launched in late March 2019. Sales from these bags at Edinburgh Yarn Festival totalled £1355. Thank you so much for all your support.

Woolly Originals has donated ten percent of this today to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to help fund their vital research into plant conservation. This will continue for all future sales of Woolly bags in the climate change series.


Thank you, Edinburgh!

Thank you so much to everyone who visited my stand this week at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. To everyone who bought or admired my bags. To Jo, Angel of the Forth, for helping and supporting me. And finally to Jo, Mica and their fabulous volunteers for another amazing event!

To anyone who missed out or was unable to come along, I had hoped to update my online shop this week but I sold out of bags despite making almost one hundred more than last year! So, Jo and I will be back on our knitting machines and KalopsiaC will be standing ready to receive a batch of Woolly fabric, so that I can fill up my EStore with Woolly bags towards the end of April.

Sarah x

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2019

Me and Jo, @angeloftheforth on Instagram & Facebook, are so looking forward to attending Edinburgh Yarn Festival from 21st to 23rd March. We’ll be bringing a range of Woolly project & notions bags, and Woolly badges made from offcuts. We’ll also be launching the new Save the Willow design, highlighting the effects of climate change on Scottish alpine plants.

If you’re coming along, please pop by, say hello and show us what you’ve bought, wearing, knitting or crocheting. We love chatting about all things woolly!

Finally and most importantly, everyone is welcome at Woolly Originals as long as you welcome everyone.

Thank you. x




Knitters Flocking to Edinburgh

By our Arts correspondent

Today we interviewed Sarah Clarkson of Woolly Originals about her plans for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March 2019.

“It’s so exciting,” Sarah shrieked loudly. “I can’t wait to meet all the amazing knitters and crocheters from all over the world.”

Once our reporter’s ears had recovered, she asked about any specific plans Sarah had for the Festival which takes place in her home city.

“Well, I’ll be bringing a range of project & notions bags in my current Woolly designs, including the Icelandic-inspired Lava Landscape, the recent Scott Monument, and a very exciting new colourway for my Heritage Orchard design. But, most excitingly of all, I’ll be launching a new design that highlights the impact of climate change on Scottish alpine plants.”

Sarah finished the interview by expressing her thanks to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for their help with researching her latest design.

Good luck, Sarah and EYF!