Just a wee heads-up that I have a few classes coming up, as well as a shop update!
I’m back teaching at two of my favourite knitting shops again this month:
Sunday April 3: Finishing and Introduction to Lace at Ginger Twist Studio, Edinburgh
Saturday April 23: Portuguese knitting at Queen of Purls, Glasgow
I’m also really excited to start preparing for this year’s natural dye workshops at the Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanics! The first couple of classes on Sunday May 1 and June 19 will be full-day introductions to natural dyeing and will cover the essential practical and theoretical aspects of extracting colour from plants and applying it to fibres. Later in the summer, I hope to hold more advanced classes for those keen to delve deeper into the dyepots… You can find details and book through the shop.
Shetland Pine Cowl
A good handful of pouches and cowls will be up for grabs from 10am Glasgow time on Sunday April 3.
Alongside these regulars will be a small number of craft journals that were a collaborative project between Emily K. Williams of Flutterby Knits; after taking a class in bookbinding at last year’s Shetland Wool Week, my Shetland room-mate Emily approached me with the idea of combining skills and making a knit-covered journal for craft project notes and planning. An exclusive for Edinburgh Yarn Festival, these few are the last left of a lovely joint project!
Also launched at Edinburgh was a small collection of plant-dyed yarns: fine-gauge blends of beautiful, soft-handed fibres including alpaca, silk, linen and cashmere. I was thrilled with the response to them and will be adding yarns to the shop on an ongoing basis. I have a small number of skeins left and will be adding them to the next shop update in a few weeks.
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I hope you are have a lovely spring (or autumn) weekend!
Without us even realising, spring has arrived! After all the preparation for Edinburgh Yarn Festival and then the joy of the actual weekend itself (more on that soon!), it feels like I’ve now stopped to look around and everything has changed… the daylight lasts two hours longer than it did a couple of months ago, we all have a spring in our step, the tiny birds are out collecting for their nests and calling at all hours and there are green shoots everywhere!
Fresh green leaves!
Larix decidua: European Larch
Cercidophyllum magnficum: Katsura
Acer palmatum ‘Sangu-kaku’: Coral-bark Maple
We recently moved and are lucky enough to now overlook the river Kelvin (just a ten-minute walk along the river to the Botanics!) so those shoots are whispering promises of the green cathedral that will be on our doorstep in just a few weeks… and, although we are so excited about the idea of all that green, we can’t quite believe it will actually happen! I’m wondering if that is just because we’ve only had one spring here or if it is another expression of the human capacity to forget all but the physical state we are currently in? Perhaps part of the reason that the ancients performed midwinter rituals to recall the sun back to them was because they didn’t quite believe that it would return of its own accord! We haven’t been ritualising but we certainly have been willing the sun to come… For those who’ve grown up in cold climates, te’ll me, do you begin to remember the seasons as you see years pass?
The early spring flowers are certainly nudging us to remember the colourful beauty of last year’s warmer months…
Salix sp: Willow
Cornus mas: Cornelian Cherry
Narcissus pseudonarcissus: Daffodil
Ribes sanguineum: Flowering Currant
We were lucky enough to head out on Good Friday with one of Scotland’s great foragers, Mark Williams, to learn about recognising and harvesting wild foods which shows that, even this early in the growing season, there is plenty of stuff out and about!
I hope you’re enjoying the swing of the seasons, wherever you live xx
Just a heads-up that I’ll be adding some pouches and cowls to the shop this time tomorrow- that’s at 6pm Saturday, Glasgow time…
Over the past six months, I’ve been blessed to have a steady stream of people hand their much-loved tweed or woollen garments over in the hope that what is no longer wearable may have a second life as a pouch. I’m always intrigued by the stories behind these fabrics and like to bring them to mind as I work with the fabric- evoking the memories held in them feels important to me.
Within this run of pouches are treasured pieces from a lovely friend, Anna (more on her lovely Penguin book next week), including some skirts made and worn by her Oma (so lovely to see the hand-stitching and marks of life) and a commercial Munrospun skirt (lovely to see one of these after writing this post).
Tweed pouch made from Anna’s Munrospun skirt
Tweed pouch from Anna’s Oma’s skirt
There are also pouches made from the seat covers from a Scottish camper van- with the occasional dog hair included!
Tweed pouch made from camper van seat covers
And some from one of my favourite old Harris Tweed jackets…
Tweed pouch made from a 1050’s Harris Tweed jacket
And there are a few new colourways in my favourite cowl patterns too…
Parterre Cowl in Oatmeal and Sage Blue
All are up in the shop already but marked as coming soon if you are interested in having a sneak peek. And I look forward to showing you more of the lovely fabrics I’ve been given recently over the coming weeks…
Hoping you have a lovely weekend!
Just a heads up that I’ll be updating the shop with some cowls and pouches this time tomorrow- that’s 10am Glasgow time on Sunday December 6…
It’s such a dark, rainy day in Glasgow today that I’m still waiting to take photos of some of the new pouch fabrics and new cowl colour/ pattern combinations- but, if you’re keen, do check the shop later today as I’ll have some shots of what’ll be up for grabs as soon as I can get some!
But there’ll definitely be some of these:
Cow Parsley Cowls
Shetland Pine Cowl in Flannel/ Bokhara
Harris Tweed pouch
Harris Tweed pouch
All orders will be processed and sent on Monday so, even if you’re somewhere far afield, they should arrive in plenty of time for Christmas! I send via first-class, standard airmail but, if you’re concerned about your order arriving in time, just drop me a line to have your post upgraded to express or tracked and signed.
And, in case you miss out tomorrow, I’ll be adding any stock I don’t sell at next Saturday’s Tea Green market at the Kibble Palace to the shop at the same time next Sunday- I can’t guarantee that there’ll be any left but will be happy to take custom orders from mid-January so just drop me a line.
After a number of enquiries from people looking for about pouches and cowls for Christmas presents, I thought I better note down a few dates for your diaries…
I’ll be doing two shop updates, one in the first week of December and the second midway through the month before I head home to Australia for Christmas- as always, I’ll announce those 24 hours beforehand both here and on Instagram and Twitter, so, if you don’t follow me already, I’d recommend doing so!
I’m really happy to be part of a fantastic event happening at Glasgow’s Queen of Purls on November 28th- in conjunction with the Big Issue, Zoe is collecting hats, scarves and squares for blankets (either pre made or knitted on the day!) which will then be passed onto vendors of the magazine, keeping them #warmandworking during the coming winter months. There’ll be minced pies and mulled wine available for a donation, plus a raffle, as well as a bunch of my favourite woolly women from this part of Scotland selling their wares: Jess of Ginger Twist, Leona of fluph, Amanda of OwlPrintPanda and me, plus the all-knowing-about-British-yarn Louise of Knit British with her breed swatches! Come along and spend some time with us and the community…
And I’m delighted to be appearing alongside some of Scotland’s most interesting in dependent makers at the Tea Green Christmas Markets in Glasgow in early December- I’ll be at the Lighthouse market on Sunday December 6 and the Kibble Palace on Saturday December 12.
Do come and say hello if you make it along!