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Mercury 13

Mercury 13

Mercury 13 was a privately-sponsored programme to assess and train women pilots to become astronauts in the 1960s. Thirteen women passed the tests which their male counterparts in Mercury 7 also underwent. In many cases, the women performed better than the men. Wally Funk was one of those women. Her story has been told in the book, Wally Funk's Race for Space. However, when NASA realised that this programme existed, it was abruptly halted. A government hearing was held.  Evidence was given. The training programme was cancelled and these amazing women never realised their dream for which they had worked...

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Shop Update Delayed

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Shop Update Delayed

Apologies but the next restock of my online shop is delayed until July.

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Taigh-dubh

Taigh-dubh

Taigh-dubh is the Gaelic word for blackhouse, the crofter's traditional stone cottage. The name, blackhouse derived from the soot-lined walls caused by the open peat fire.  On a recent trip to Harris and North Uist in the outer Herbides, we were captivated by the beautiful walls of our cottage, a recently built blackhouse. We also came across a semi-derelict blackhouse on North Uist, after we had visited the Uist Mill. Beautiful rounded slabs of rock created the walls. These are some of the oldest rocks in the world: Precambrian banded Lewisian gneisses; metamorphic gabbros of the Scourie Dykes; and metamorphic sedimentary schists. Having...

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Plant Conservation

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...

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Perth Festival of Yarn 2019

Perth Festival of Yarn 2019

I'm delighted to announce that Woolly Originals will be at Perth Festival of Yarn on 7th and 8th September 2019! I'll be bringing a range of project and notions bags. And, Sylvie of Phileas Yarnshas very kindly agreed to dye up more Fu’s Orchard for me! And, I’ll be launching the second design in my Climate Change series! Tickets go on sale on 27th April. See you there! x

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