Mills in our Midst 2: Peter Green, Bradley & Cononley

Today, I want to share another instalment of the Mills in our Midst series. In this series I start with a ball, or in this case a scrap, of vintage ‘mystery’ yarn and use it to dig a little deeper into the industrial and social and economic histories of our craft, and reflect on our lived experience of … More Mills in our Midst 2: Peter Green, Bradley & Cononley

The New Cowl Neckline: A Long-awaited Cast On but a Speedy Finished Object

It’s been a while since I shared any knitting finished objects or ‘FOs’, despite there having been quite a few, so I thought I’d jump back into it with a top that I’ve been knitting in my head for years, but only just got around to actually knitting. Does that happen to you? Sometimes, if … More The New Cowl Neckline: A Long-awaited Cast On but a Speedy Finished Object

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

After a couple dyeing experiments using less conventional dyeplants, I thought it was time to reward myself with something a little more recognised… and to also put a stop to my beheading these wonderfully cheery flowers until I was sure they could deliver a colour that surpassed what I could achieve with garden waste. Dyer’s … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

Vitalbini

In my last post a made reference to Old Man’s Beard/Clematis Vitalba shoots being edible and being eaten here in Tuscany. Not to leave any stone unturned I thought I should at least give it a go and report back… The edible bit of the plant is the new growing shoot, so I picked those … More Vitalbini

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Old Man’s Beard or Travellers Joy

Old Man’s Beard, Traveller’s Joy or Clematis Vitalba was an iconic part of traditional British hedgerows when and where I grew up. As kids we loved those hairy fronds that appeared around about the same time as blackberries. As a gardener however, too much of the old boy in the hedgerow is a pest. I’m … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Old Man’s Beard or Travellers Joy

Embarking on new journeys without leaving home: Natural Dyeing

What could a jar of dried and wizened black walnuts possibly suggest about its owner? A desire to embark on a journey into Natural Dyeing Perhaps? Absolutely ! Natural Dyeing is something I’ve long wanted to try, hence the jar of wizened walnuts, a classic natural dye material. I fed this interest by taking a course with … More Embarking on new journeys without leaving home: Natural Dyeing