Wovember Words: sounds and lost sounds

As WOVEMBERSISTS know, I am passionate about how sounds can be used to connect us to the landscapes, people and animals that are ultimately the source of WOOL. I was therefore thrilled to discover that Cathy Lane – composer, artist and one of my PhD examiners – has also been exploring these connections. Cathy Lane… Continue Reading Wovember Words: sounds and lost sounds

WAL entries 2014

Thank you for the wondrous entries you have sent in for the WAL (wool-a-long). If anyone else has got special 100% WOOL projects to share with WOVEMBER, you have until our new extended deadline of WEDS DECEMBER 3RD to get them in! In the meantime, here are some of the wondrous 100% WOOL projects produced… Continue Reading WAL entries 2014

Soft Fell sheep and their fleece #3 : logistics and finances

In the last week of WOVEMBER we received some amazing contributions which were just too good not to share which is why WOVEMBER will be continuing until Friday. This is therefore not the last post of WOVEMBER! Though the month has run out of days there was just too much good content for us to… Continue Reading Soft Fell sheep and their fleece #3 : logistics and finances

I love it still

‘One of my first handspun projects made from merino tops and spun on a drop spindle. This is a wrap knitted in a slip stitch pattern to show off the changes in the colours. I was aiming for something which looked like Noro yarn. It took forever to make and I love it still.’ –… Continue Reading I love it still

The Golden Hoof

While writing out the words of my song the other day I went on one of my sporadic quests to locate an image of an actual Berkshire Nott. I am obsessed with this sheep breed because it is the one that was locally important where I now live in Reading, Berkshire. It is now extinct… Continue Reading The Golden Hoof

Valais Blacknose sheep

‘A close up of one of the Valais Blacknose sheep from Tommintoul. That’s my hand with the watch giving the sheep a scratch. They are an incredibly friendly breed.’ – Jeni Reid

Something Blue: My Not So Secret Yarn Crush on Bluefaced Leicester

Victoria Magnus is an independent hand dyer and knitwear designer, and the woman behind Eden Cottage Yarns. Based in Yorkshire, Victoria is inspired by nature and her surroundings, and hand dyes all her yarns in her home kitchen. Stocked worldwide, Eden Cottage Yarns specialise in high quality natural fibres, dyed to a relaxing and understated… Continue Reading Something Blue: My Not So Secret Yarn Crush on Bluefaced Leicester

Wovember Words: Shetland Wool Pinafore Dress

Our finely honed appreciation for wool can bring such joy, especially when we can create something from fleece to finish. Sarah Howard wrote to WOVEMBER to tell us about her own¬†favourite high wool content item. I love spinning Shetland fleece and every year I head for the fleece sales at Woolfest to choose another one,… Continue Reading Wovember Words: Shetland Wool Pinafore Dress

Friday night vi-EWE-ing: Bert & Ernie's blanket

This evening’s Friday night vi-EWE-ing is a recommendation from Wovemberist Joanne Seiff which she has dubbed “wool for the younger set”. This brilliant bit of vi-EWE-ing fun is a wondrous sketch from Sesame Street in which a chorus of sheep serenade Bert about the origins and provenance of his marvelous blanket. Thanks so much for… Continue Reading Friday night vi-EWE-ing: Bert & Ernie's blanket