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Episode 115 – my heart’s wrapped up in wool

(image: copyright Uist Wool (…and while wool is in the title of the podcast, this shawl is made from a delicious blend!)

Welcome to this episode of the podcast, which comes to you after a very woolly time indeed for me! This episode is just a long chat about my visit to West Yorkshire Spinners and Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

There is very little in the way of show notes  – Just some pictures and links (when I get around to uploading them) – there is also very little editing here, so plenty of uhms and ahhs. This episode is just a general wittering about how much my heart is wrapped up in woolness this month.

There is mention of Buggers, Arses, Shit, Piss, Tits and BOOBS in this episode, so you’ve had your warning, if you needed it.

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(I’ve had a few probs with the embedded player since wordpress changed a few things, so this opens in a new link)

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West Yorkshire Spinners

A visit to the mill in Keighey, West Yorkshire. This was my prize for being in the online innovator category in the KnitNow Awards. Thanks to everyone involved in this day – it was such amazing fun and it was somewhere I have been really keen to visit. Special thanks again to all those who voted for me!

Pics to follow

Felix Pullover

I started AND finished a project this month!

© Amy Christoffers on Ravelry

This is the Felix by Amy Christoffers / Savory Knitting and it was a magic project for me. I made this in Iona Wool Aran and I’ve already cast on another for my sister! 

Edinburgh Yarn Festival & Make::Wool  2019

At last, EYF has come along / My hearts wrapped up in wool  / and life is like a song! 

Listen in as I go through my EYF , from working with Uist Wool each day; having some fieldworkMAL meet ups; hugging, squishing, chatting and knitting with you guys who were there and doing some modest and meaningful buying.

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my #edinyarnfest2019 haul. Impressed with myself. As @caithnesscraft says, the smaller the haul, the more realistic the project production! (i hope) Also some @jarbontextiles that I can’t show for gifting purposes! . . . I think a lot of people misunderstand what goes into EYF. Maybe forget, when they are there, that it’s the full time, year round, job of 2 very dedicated people. There are quite a few entitled folks (and IMHO a few vendors) who expect everything handed to them & made available to them at the drop of a hat. They don’t consider the amount of work that goes into an event like this. Thankfully, there are those that do. To Jo & Mica, thank you for everything that you do and for this year’s festival in particular. I see what you do. . and to those aforementioned entitled folks, I see you an’ all, but looking at you in a less favourable light.

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Thanks so much to everyone I saw there for making it such a great and memorable event.

More pics to follow.

Uist Wool – New Yarn

Uist Wool have given a prize for the FieldworkMAL and I wanted to share this with you (more on the prizes and winners next time)

Images below (C) Uist Wool

The prize is the Trek kit, to make the Deepdale Hap, by Gudrun Johnston, It contains 6 x 50g skeins of their new blend of wool and alpaca, using alpaca from Claddach Farm, Fife. Four of the yarns are cheviot wool, blended with different coloured alpaca fibre and two contain Shetland wool with alpaca. The natural shades of alpaca and wool have been blended together to get an extraordinary natural palette – from silvery fawns and greys, to apricotty caramel to dark, deep earthy tones. There is also the very special laceweight gradient skein (which is only available as part of this kit) and it contains all of the wool and fibre that is represented in the collection.

The yarn feels amazing, a velvety hand that you wouldn’t quite believes contains alpaca – I think you will be very surprised and delighted.

This gorgeous kit, like all of Uist Wool yarns, has a real story to tell about place, landscape and heritage. Astair (not pronounced like Fred’s surname) is Gaelic for journey and the yarns are all named after the landscape, hills and mountains.

Each of the 6 yarns is in a fingering weight, 50g skeins and there is around 175 metres in each. They cost £16 per skein and the kit is worth £145.00. This is an extraordinary prize and it will go to one lucky Fieldwork winner.

I have lost my heart to this yarn – particularly the Bealach yarn, which is Moorit Shetland, dark alpaca and Scottish merino!

This range was launched at Edinburgh Yarn Fest, so LOOK OUT for the whole Astair range going on sale very soon.

BACK SOON – With a more regular shaped show! Take care til then!

Important Information

Music this episode is David Mumford – Singin in The Rain This are available via freemusicarchive and shared via CC-BY. Images are ciopyright to those in the caption or accompanying info, otherwise they belong to me. 

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