Denise: Over the past 35+ years of spinning we’ve accumulated quite a collection of books on spinning, weaving, dyeing. We haven’t bought any recently. Truth be told, they do seem so often to be little more than re-formulations of what we’ve all seen so many times in previously published books. But having seen ths new book – Yarnitecture, by Jillian Moreno – reviewed by a WordPress blogger we follow, we were so impressed that we went online immediately and ordered it.
Yarnitecture brings a welcome new perspective to the craft of spinning. Instead of starting with the assumption that the reader has a fleece and a spinning wheel (or at least a drop-spindle) and wants to produce something with them, – anything!, it turns the whole thing on its head and starts with the knitter or crocheter having a project in mind, and wanting to produce a yarn that’s just right for the job. Both of us are excited at the prospect of working with the ideas and techniques of this book … and producing a yarn with an immediate use in mind!
Denise: It’s been a long and dreary day of cloud and light rain, so we’ve made best use of the day by getting on with a new ‘indoors’ project. Encouraged by the surprisingly instant success of our first kits and patterns, we’ve now put together another new design and kit. This is for a ladies’ Cheviot a Horseshoe Lace Cowl, using our Hebridean Woolshed’s own DK 2-ply wool.
I like doing these kits because it’s something Jonathan and I can work on together. I do the design, knitting and writing down the pattern (J insists on calling it ‘coding’ !). With me doing any modelling, J does photography and then puts together the pattern leaflet, website posts and pages. We then work together on doing all the packaging.
Anyway, if you’re interested, you’ll find all the details on our Hebridean Woolshed website.
Denise: The Shetland Lace Scarf made with our hand-spun Uist Landscapes merino wool is always in demand, and has been even been bought by men as a surprise gift for their partners! It’s also the garment for which we’ve most often been asked – by experienced knitters – for the pattern. Until now we’ve always said that we can’t supply a copy of the pattern – because it is just a pattern in my head! However, after a long session yesterday spent with J downloading and converting to a suitable format for publishing, we are now in a position to supply a knitting kit, consisting of a pattern leaflet and two skeins of the Uist Landscapes merino wool of your choice. Here’s pages 1 and 4 from the leaflet. More information ⇒
Ladies Shetland Lace Scarf Leaflet
Denise: Just finished this new ladies cardigan Uist Sea, Uist Sky. Much of the knitting was done driving to and from Benebecula (and elsewhere). Or, more correctly – as Jonathan points out – ‘passengering’. He was driving, not me. I was knitting, not he! There’s more about this on the Hebridean Woolshed website. The cardigan, not the drive-by knitting!