I have had a really busy summer and autumn travelling all over UK to guilds and wool events. One of the most enjoyable workshops was for a guild at Alston Hall in Lancashire running over a weekend. The theme was a summer garden in art yarns we could walk round the beautiful gardens for inspiration. The Pop Up Wool Show in the Wirral gave me a chance to visit Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. I enjoyed a visit to the museum but loved the Rossetti exhibition. In the evening I walked along the coastal path through a nature reserve gathering sloes to flavour gin for presents at Christmas.
It has been great to show everyone my wonderful new range of products from Strauch. Their drum carders are in a league of their own; robust, most driven by a chain making them very easy to turn with no slippage, a bladed licker in roller makes short work of separating fibres. A variety of models are available from single, double and motorised models. Their ball winder has been a huge success with its 500g capacity and a very stable clamped base. Their swifts are beautiful pieces of furniture and are available in mini table, full size table, floor and combinations. Choose your wood from maple, oak, cherry and walnut.
- include soft British lambs wool spun to chunky weight in lovely blended colours ideal for winter knitting and will also felt
- flexible blocking wires for circular knitting or crochet have had rave reviews from customers
- a jumbo flyer from Ashford for the Kiwi spinning wheel, a great little Samplet loom great for sampling or weaving small items, a range of pickup sticks to create new sheds in your weaving
- PLY magazine from the USA continues to be a huge success with new subscriptions coming in daily
- new wool tops have included blends of Wensleydale, Merino, Blue Faced Leicester, Shetland with silk, bamboo, tribal nylon etc. all hand dyed with my Gaywool dyes, I cannot keep up with demand, even sells whilst hanging up drying.
I treated myself to a new Olympus camera and a two day photography workshop with Mark Gilligan from www.wastwaterphotography.co.uk. We spent time on photographing my products and went out into the local area to learn how to capture the landscape in different light conditions. I’m so lucky to live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Cumbria. I enjoy recording my explorations up on the Fells, round the lakes and up on the limestone pavements. To see what I’m up to join my Ravelry group and follow me on twitter. I have joined the Dales Tourism Group with a theme of Wool Tourism so look forward to meeting other new members.
My workshop unit is open to the public but please make sure I’m here by phoning before you visit. I have a small retail area and a selection of spinning wheels, small looms and equipment for you to try.