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shop update: cowls

Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday… Just a heads up that I’ve added a handful of new cowls to my shop, including a couple of colour/ pattern combinations that the men in my life are very happy to wear!

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Shetland Pine Cowl in Flannel/ Bokhara

Shetland Pine Cowl in Flannel/ Bokhara

Shetland Pine in Slate/ Sage Blue

Shetland Pine in Slate/ Sage Blue

Cell Cowl in Slate/ Marlin

Cell Cowl in Slate/ Marlin

You can find them here. I’ll be making more over the next month, including a limited-edition design for a fun collaboration, and am always happy to take custom orders- just drop me a line at jules@woollenflower.com. Enjoy!

open for trade

I’m very, very happy to let you know that my shop is now open! It’s been a very long time coming  but I got there in the end- who knew there was so much more to opening a online shop than just making the things you’re planning to sell?! But it’s been a lovely journey, this learning curve, and the fact that it has spanned Australia and Scotland has a nice bit of poetry to it.

So. In case you haven’t seen what I’ve been making recently, my colourwork cowls are a project I’ve been working on over the last couple of years… they are where I bring together two great loves, plants and yarn, in botanically-inspired patterned colourwork and, for that reason, I’ve been really committed to making them, despite life being pretty busy. But, once I get past the idea of them and why they feel important for me for that reason, they are actually a really useful thing- a double-layer, patterned neckwarmer that is small but very good at keeping the cold and wind out and the warm air in!

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Deco Fern Cowls

Deco Fern Cowls

Deco Fern in Silver/ Jasper

Deco Fern in Silver/ Jasper

The double layer tucks the little colourwork floats of yarn to the inside so they can’t catch on jewellery and doubles the protection from wind and cold. And it makes the colourwork looks lovely, rolling over the edge to the inside of the cowl…

Berry Cowl in Flannel Grey/ Fig

Berry Cowl in Flannel Grey/ Fig

I looked all over for the right yarn to make them with. It needed to be a 3ply, 100% natural wool that would go through my vintage, hand-operated knitting machine and that had enough body to give the cowls structure- a floppy cowl can be a lovely thing but I wanted these to sit up a little when needed. Not so much that you feel like you’re wearing a neck brace but enough to shield the neck. And the colour palette had to be right. I really wanted complex, subtle, heathered shades. And it had to be soft enough to wear on the face. Sadly, I didn’t find any Australian yarns that could do all this for me (someone has to remedy the situation!) and ended up choosing a Danish lambswool yarn, grown and spun in Scotland, that comes is a beautiful range of over 100 colours and has the right balance of strength and softness. For this, my first run, I chose 7 natural base colours and another 12 for patterning and am excited to try some of the other shades… too much choice!

Parterre Cowl in Donkey/ Marlin

Parterre Cowl in Donkey/ Marlin

The cowls that I now have in my shop are my first run, made in part for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last weekend and also to put in the shop. Many of my favourite colourways have already sold but I’m busy setting up to make more so do watch for other colours and patterns that I’ll be adding over the coming weeks.

I’ll also be adding more of the Harris tweed tool pouches that I’ve been making- the original idea for them was as knitting tool pouches but, strong and sturdy with a little padding, they function beautifully to carry any treasures in. They’re made from worn-out jackets or from vintage lengths or fabric collected in both Australia and Scotland and were snapped up by excited knitters at EYF- it’s been lovely to see people using them for both their tools and their small woolcraft projects!

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

So there you go! I hope you enjoy having a poke around the shop. A huge thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me in this undertaking- it was and is greatly appreciated! And, if you are interested in finding out about shop updates (at this stage, I’m aiming for every fortnight), you can subscribe to the blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter- I’ll announce updates in all!

new beginnings in work

As many of you know, for a bunch of reasons, I’ve needed to focus a lot of energy on things happening around me and to people close to me for a good year or more. It’s left me deeply exhausted with no energy to undertake anything really new or challenging, especially anything that relies on my own impetus and momentum… I just haven’t had any! I’ve struggled with that and found it really hard to find the balance between surrendering to the process (which is essential and absolutely what I have wanted and needed to do) and maintaining a sense of myself and my own purpose. I’ve also found that, when something terrible happens to someone you love, it can be hard to feel ok about putting energy into good things, about making new beginnings when they may have only endings. This is only my experience up to this point… I hope that others experience and see it differently and I am sure many of those terminally ill would tell me I am wrong in feeling the way I have. When Michelle wrote beautifully about this recently, she reminded me of the need for hope and beauty in the face of darkness. I think I still have a lot to learn about life.

And so I am making some new beginnings. Today I start at Sunspun, the best little yarn shop in town! My friend Amy recently took over this lovely old girl and, while the the best and most beautiful aspects of the shop will endure, she’s gradually making some great changes. I get to work with very beautiful yarn and great friends and to meet a whole new group of knitters- I couldn’t be more thrilled… Come and say hello to us sometime soon! This new position means that I’ll no longer be on the floor at Morris and Sons (though I’ll still be teaching there most Saturday afternoons) and I’m really quite sad to say goodbye to my community there- it’s been 4 1/2 years and everyone is like family!! However, this knit community of ours is a small one and I think we’ll be seeing each other for sure… and the change will ultimately be a good thing for me.

I’m also working towards putting out there the colourwork cowls (non-knitters: read neckwarmers!) that I’ve been making recently. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I finally have the space and energy to set up and run a little online shop. See the shop tab on my header?! It isn’t connected to my bigcartel shop yet, but it will be very soon!

This cowl design is a simple, double-layer tube made on my hand-operated vintage knitting machine. The rectangle works really well as a canvas for colourwork patterns,  all inspired by botanical shapes, naturally! The shape and size mean that it sits comfortably around the neck and the double layer keeps the warmth in and the wind out.

Red on blue

Deco Fern in jasper: marlin colourway

Jasper on Marlin

Deco Fern in jasper: marlin colourway

Several commissions for a good friend Amanda has given me the kickstart I needed to get moving on these. Anyone who knows Amanda will immediately recognize her colour palette- grey on grey on grey! I’ll be working with a much wider range of colours in lambswool for mine but I really loved working with Amanda’s colours and luxury fibres- cashmere and mink!

Snow cowl

Snow cowl

Snow cowl: detail

Snow cowl: detail

Honeycomb cowl

Deco Fern cowl

Honeycomb cowl

Banksia cowl

Honeycomb cowl: detail

Banksia cowl: detail

So, as well as working on some new classes for the Craft Sessions, that’s a fair bit of new! Wish me luck with it all… I’m feeling super excited but a bit overwhelmed too.