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Fibre wrangling – a story of transformation

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Cat and I are both fascinated by the transformative process of creating fabric from fibre. The transformation begins when the fibre is dyed, and continues through spinning to the creation of a fabric, whether knitted, crocheted, woven or felted.  Colours that stand out boldly in a fibre blend to create a completely different feel in […]

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Meet the Yarn Shop Owner – Sealy MacWheely

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Welcome to the second feature where I celebrate my lovely stockists. This time it’s the turn of Katie from Sealy MacWheely, whose exuberant approach to colour and texture I’ve admired for years.  I’m delighted she’s chosen to stock my hand-dyed yarns in her shop in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow. What made you want to open a […]

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A Viscose Story

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One of the things I really love about working with fibres and textiles is the variety of wonderful materials I am able to get my hands on: wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, milk, pearl, the list goes on.  Natural fibres fascinate me and I’ve always seen viscose and rayon as natural and biodegradable. They are plant-based […]

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Book Review – Handywoman by Kate Davies

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Kate Davies is one of my favourite designers. To be fair, I haven’t knitted all that many sweaters, but Kate’s always fit really well and they’re so well designed.  I’ve got Miss Rachel’s Yoke on my to-do list, and I can’t wait – I’ll be doing that in handspun, so it’ll be quite a fun […]

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Meet the Yarn Shop Owner – Ewe Felty Thing

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Welcome to the first in an occasional series called ‘Meet the Yarn Shop Owner’.  This is where I introduce you to one of my stockists and ask them a few questions so you can get to know their yarn philosophy and general delightfulness. First up is Nikki Small, who runs Ewe Felty Thing in Llandudno.  Nikki stocks […]

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Fibre in Focus – Muga Silk

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Hello and welcome to this episode of Fibre in Focus!  This time, I’ll be talking about Muga silk, one of my favourite fibres to work with, to touch and to look at.  It’s just divine. An Exhalted History Muga silk, or Assam silk, is one of the rarest silks in the world. It is made […]

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Making all the things

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I love seeing what other people are making with yarn and fibre. There are just so many talented people out there, making breathtaking items with delicious yarns. I don’t claim to be making anything breathtaking – in fact, my knitting is a catalogue of errors, featuring tinking, frogging, fudging and occasionally dramatic hand wringing and […]

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Turkish Spindle Tips

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Crikey! I’m on fire this week. I’ve been meaning to make a video for people who’d like a simple guide to getting started on a drop spindle, and specifically on a Turkish spindle. I’ve met loads of you at shows who have said you’d like something like this, but I’ve been afraid to step out […]

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Fibre in Focus – Seacell

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I’ve been meaning to write blog posts about fibres I love to work with for absolutely ages, so I’m planning on this becoming a regular feature.  Hit me in the comments with any fibres you’re interested in that you’d like to know more about. This week’s focus is Seacell, which is a pretty fabulous fibre […]

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The 20-day Sustainable Fashion Challenge

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A Single Step Since beginning my journey from novice knitter through to spinner, dyer and sometime weaver, I’ve started to think differently about the clothes I wear and the materials I use. I never used to be one to think overly about the environment. I knew that I should conserve energy and water where possible, […]

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