I really love wool, it’s such a wonderful material.  Warm, waterproof, light, adaptable.  I love sewing with wool (especially the boiled variety, and of course tweed) and also making it into my lovely wooden pincushions. Doing more wool based events over the last couple of years has also rekindled my interest in knitting – who wouldn’t be tempted by all those amazing yarns and patterns on offer?  And rare breeds are so cute…

But I don’t find knitting easy.  I can read a sewing pattern no problem – it’s pictures and pieces that fit together nicely (hopefully). A knitting pattern is a mysterious code of numbers and strange abbreviations.  I have to really pay attention or I always go wrong.  My grandma taught me to knit and I can purl slowly but I still can’t hold my yarn properly (I’m a thrower apparently, though a steady placer is probably more like it). I don’t really mind – it just takes me a bit longer.  I am gradually adding to my skills with some help from my sister-in-law Karen (a fantastic knitter).  She recently showed me how to do a yarn over and add a very important life-line (which has saved much swearing), resulting in these two hats:

Swirl Beret from Mrs Moon Chic Easy Knits using Backpacker chunky in Fjord from Sylvie at Phileas Yarn.

The Malene Hat by Helga Isager is a pattern from Laine Magazine and I knitted it using 3 different types of Isager Yarn.

I first found Laine Magazine on Instagram and fell for the beautiful images by Jonna and Sinni.  I bought Issue 1 at Christmas and still enjoy dipping into it now.  The patterns are gorgeously wearable and the magazine has a beautiful calm, natural aesthetic that just makes you want to sit down and pick up your needles. I hope to progress to some of the more advanced patterns soon.  I couldn’t resist getting some copies of Issue 2 to sell at The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey and Woolfest – they sold well so I have just a few left that have been added to the website this weekend.

Whilst in Devon, I had the pleasure of meeting the folks behind Twool – a beautiful 100% wool twine that can be used for crafts, gift wrapping, gardening and much more.  It comes in the most beautiful colours (much softer than traditional baker’s twine) and it is quite irresistible.  I came home with a boxful and you can stock up here!

At Bovey I caught up with Richard Gibson of Shaston Boxes.  He had brought me a beautiful selection of nostepinnes and darning mushrooms, so tactile and beautiful.

I recently came across Anna & Juan, a small company from Switzerland who produce ethical and sustainable products.  Their gorgeous wooden crochet hooks caught my eye  – look at those colours! Now I don’t actually crochet but, you guessed it, I couldn’t hold back….so I stocked up on some for Woolfest.  After making some sales, I now have it on good authority that they feel and hook as good as they look!  I still have a good selection of sizes available now.  I do hope to expand this, so please feedback and I can extend the range.

So, that’s my woolly round up for now – you can find all the lovely new things here.   I’ll be catching up on some sewing and knitting now the shows are over until September. You can see where I will be next on on my events page.

Now I wonder if you can crochet with Twool…