Starting a new Starter and other early year activities

Hello there! I just wanted to pop in before this years blog content continues apace to say Happy New Year. I hope everyone got through the end of the year in good spirits and the new year has started well. I never know quite where the first weeks of the year go and this year is no different. We were in the UK for Christmas and France for New Year, with family in both places. … More Starting a new Starter and other early year activities

Wovember inspiration continues with Gentile di Puglia and La Piantalana

Yes, I know it’s December, but what I don’t know is ‘Where has this year has gone?’ That aside, this 3rd instalment of my ‘Wovember’ inspired series introducing local to me Italian sheep breeds and yarns is spotlighting the Gentile di Puglia sheep. Gentile di Puglia is one of Italy’s ‘merino type’ sheep breeds and is recognised as a wool sheep. It is often argued to have been developed from the 15th century onwards through … More Wovember inspiration continues with Gentile di Puglia and La Piantalana

Wovember wool: Introducing the Tingola Fiemmese of Trentino

Today as part of my Wovember* series on local wool, I want to talk to you about the Tingola Fiemmese. Those who read my previous Wovember post will have had a brief introduction to this breed and may recall that it was at the stall of Lana Tingola Fiemmese di Pecore Stanziali, that I said I realised that I’d found ‘my people’. It was not simply the strikingly beautiful colourful skeins of yarn and animated … More Wovember wool: Introducing the Tingola Fiemmese of Trentino

A Wovember wool spotlight: La Fierucola, Florence, and the sheep of Italy

While it is still Wovember, I want to spend a little time sharing some new to me local sheep and to introduce you to the wonderful wool they produce. The history of Italy and of wool are tightly intertwined and extend across a network of European wool trading that pre-dates the formation of the state of Italy in the 19th century. By the 13th century Florence was already an important wool centre and this is … More A Wovember wool spotlight: La Fierucola, Florence, and the sheep of Italy

Buddha’s Knot Tea Cosy: A free pattern download

One of my plans for this autumn has been to work on what I have begun to call my legacy patterns. Some of these like the Buddha’s Knot tea cosy have been published previously but haven’t been available for a while now, others have never quite made it to the point of publication, despite some being very close. Buddha’s Knot was first published back in 2010 (!) and was withdrawn a while ago now because … More Buddha’s Knot Tea Cosy: A free pattern download