local wool - Most of the woollen
things I make are from local wool. So local that I
can look out of the window and wave hello and thankyou
to Joyce’s sheep grazing in our field. Joyce
keeps Blue Faced Leicesters, Poll Dorsets and my favourite
from a wool processing point of view, Blue Faced Leicester
Poll Dorset cross (let’s call it BFLPDX).
This being Cumbria there are many other sheep breeds
and fleeces to choose from as well as an increasing
number of alpacas. The arrival of a drum carder has
helped in the creative experimenting department and
I sometimes blend in other fibres such as soy silk,
banana fibre, bamboo and silk as well as recycled
fibres from old clothes.
yarn - I like to spin. I like to
knit and I like to felt too but mostly I like to spin.
I enjoy dyeing with Kool Aid (delightfully simple
because it needs no mordant and leaves no residue)
and experimenting with other unusual ingredients.
At the moment I’m spinning old clothes. Hanks
of yarn may be one of a kind sold by weight. Some
hanks are repeated – I’ll give a total
weight and number of hanks if this is the case.
knitted things – hats, socks,
scarves, shawls, bags (knitted and felted).
felted things – birds, bird
brooches, bird hairclips and hairslides, bird mobiles,
bird fridge magnets, hearts and heart brooches, hairclips
carded batts – interesting
blends of whatever is available.
visit the shop.