Joy McMillan, The Knitting Goddess joins me for a chat today and we talk about her life before dyeing, the dye process and the incredible British wool bases that she loves to create with and exciting tidbits about new yarns!!
I could get soap-boxy again, but lets cheer on local yarn shop day instead! Yay!
When I received my first delivery from Foula Wool – neat little, springy, soft 25g cakes – they were just begging to be played with in a fun way
As a local and a knitter I felt I should have kicked myself for not knowing about Foula Wool – Seven lovely natural Shetland sheepy shades, springy, soft and flecked with the natural variations in colour.
Magnus and Justyna from Foula Wool kindly agreed to an interview to tell us more….
Last week I highlighted a few yarns of 100% UK wool which hopefully wouldn’t dent even the tightest yarn purse strings. If you have a few extra pennies to spend on your stash this month (does anyone else *try* to budget for stash?) then you might be interested in reading on.
Here is Etterscabs. The last item I will make in non-British wool for the next year. The design is Aftur, by Védís Jónsdóttir and I knit it out of two necessities. 1) I wanted a lopapeysa style yoke jumper and 2) I had a lot of Drops Alaska in my stash that, while a wonderful wool, it was taking up too much space in the stash. Stash space that is needed for British wool for 2013! I am so delighted with this jumper, as you can see! I haven’t done a lot of colour-work, and I did struggle a little bit with working with only 2 colours (ye gods! should I knit a pattern that requires more!) but I am so pleased with how it turned out. I altered the yoke pattern from the original and I made the sleeves a little longer and added just a little waist shaping (as I always look boxy in jumpers) my only slight regret is that I didn’t allow for more…ahem…movement…in the bustular area. But one needs to feel snug in this …