woolful, edinyarnfest and the craft sessions

I’d like to send out a massive thank you to everyone who has left a comment here- and on Instagram, Twitter and, of course, in person!- in support and encouragement of our move overseas… It has meant a huge amount to me and I’ll be carrying you all with me when we head off at the end of January. Gee, the world certainly feels like a small place with the whole SM circus, doesn’t it?!

Just a few updates: if you haven’t already twigged to the joys of Ashley Yousling’s Woolful podcast, you need to check it out. This super smart and resourceful young woman is changing the way many of us see the yarn that we knit with and the fibre craft community that we are part of by opening up fascinating conversations with fibre people; from small scale to commercial, she’s talking to those involved in producing fibre (spinners, dyers, shearers, yarn companies…) and to those who use it (designers, craftspeople, artists…). I think these conversations will continue in yarn shops, at kitchen tables, in colleges and at fibre events around the world…  A new episode is released each Tuesday and I was thrilled and very honoured to talk to Ashley as part of this week’s episode, mostly about natural dyeing and dye plants but our conversation meandered through many areas of fibre love! You can find all the eps over at Wooful. Oh, and Ashley and her family is also building a fibre mill in Idaho- I can’t wait to see what comes out of that place!

I mentioned in my last post that I am building up a stock of colourwork cowls to take with me to Scotland-  well, I’ve signed up for a booth at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in mid-March! It’ll be my first time selling my work in this kind of setting and I’m excited and a little anxious at the same time… But, at the very least, I’m looking at it as a great chance to meet and connect with the local knitting community. So, as well as packing up the house and catching up with loved ones, I’m going to have a busy 6 weeks of making!

And, lastly, it was bittersweet teaching my very last Melbourne class at Sunspun this week. It was great to finally run Fibre and Yarn 101, which was inspired by years of questions from customers about how to choose the best yarn for a project and why some yarn substitutions just don’t seem to work. I think my students left with a clearer picture of how different natural fibres behave and why different types of processing result in very different yarns and how to anticipate and work with that. But I’m really not sure whether there’ll be much opportunity for teaching in Scotland- perhaps natural dyeing will be the way to go, as teaching knitting there feels like teaching my grandmother to suck eggs! I’ll just have to wait and see and, in the meantime, will be so happy to take lots of classes to soak up as much of the local knowledge and tradition. But I wanted to let you know that I will be returning in September to teach at the Craft Sessions. It’s such a beautiful event that I don’t want to miss it and it also gives me a chance to bring back and share techniques and skills picked up over there. And, of course, to spend time with my family and friends. So it won’t be that long between cups of tea!

So that’s all my news for now. Have a lovely weekend!

3 thoughts on “woolful, edinyarnfest and the craft sessions

  1. Heather

    I will be watching your transition with a bond of familiarity as my family is making a similar journey from the east coast of the US – New Jersey to Montana just south of the Canadian border. I totally identify with the excitement, terror and fun that is wrapped up in making a move like this.
    I too am pulling out the knitted wonders that didn’t fit life in NJ but will be essentials in Montana. Hooray for alpaca!!!!
    Happy new year. Be well

  2. Jo

    Hi, I’m so behind the times I have only just seen your news on Instagram. What a big move!

    I’m so excited for you, having done this in reverse I know what it is like feeling both thrilled and terrified in equal measure, but I wouldn’t change one bit about our move and I’m sure you won’t either. Scotland is a beautiful place and the great thing about moving between the UK and Australia is that there is enough that is different to be interesting, but enough that is familiar to feel at home.

    I can’t wait to follow your journey and best of luck selling your work, you’re so talented I’m sure you’ll do very well. I”m sure you have plenty of connections on that side of the world already, but if you ever need anything let me know.

  3. Sol Rencoret

    Hi Julia,

    I have been listening to Woolful this week and loved hearing about your natural dyeing and your plans to move to Scotland. I moved here myself a few years ago and I know you will enjoy the great knitting community here. I already have my tickets for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival so I will definitely stop by your stall!

    Best of luck with everything 🙂



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