March already!

And what a month it’s turning out to be.

Working on the next textiles assignment, more on that on up-coming blog.

New involvement with a gang of local troubadours.

Developing own textiles project in the locale.

Things aren’t easy right now, there’s much on my mind.

But there is also a spark of enthusiasm, going with the flow, trusting in the universe.

I learned about people who worked on stilts this week – shepherds in the region of Landes, France, hop pickers in the South West of England, Ghillies in the Highlands of Scotland.

Yes, we humans have our dark side which we must acknowledge, but we are also inventive creatures and we can embrace the world with love, care and positive creativity,  if we so wish.

The rain comes  down, the wind blows and blows. March reminds us there is still winter before true spring arrives. Good. More time for my tattie seedlings!

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/08/the-stilt-walking-shepherds-of-landes.html?fbclid=IwAR3OOJ-IEzg0ZwGRhEA4MNsadz55QZTSARMO_ciDyoQV9dq9ze-2C6ipj34

Yorkshire Yarns of Instagram

Instagram is the best place for all things visual and the yarn world is on it!

Here are a few yarn spinners, makers, providers, from West Yorkshire and The Dales still going strong! They have a wonderful history behind them and many focus on British products and/or healthy collaborations around the world.

Enter as below via Instagram, then peruse at your leisure.

westyorkshirespinners  (Keighley)

rowanyarns   (Holmfirth)

airedaleyarns   (Keighley)

baarameweknits  (Leeds)

purlandjane   (Skipton)

wensleydalelongwool   (Leyburn)

yorkshiredaleyarn  (Sheffield)

coldspringmill  (nr Haworth)

https://threshingbarn.com/links/  <— not on Instagram but you must go! (Reeth)

martonmills (Otley)

I’m on too as gabrielsvision (EliGab)

Enjoy browsing on this chilly, dreich, dark weekend! Next, yarn fests of Yorkshire.

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Autumn Projects

Mine are piling up. I have the need to make, travel, capture images. I yearn to visit cities and their galleries, to go to the coast. But heat and humidity have me in their grasp and I must wait for cooler days.

I am completing a small cowl made from Dales hand dyed and spun mohair from well-looked after goats. The yarn is curly and I have to proceed with great care so as not to add extra loops on the needles. It’s dyed in soft oranges, browns and blues, occasionally bursting in to jewel hues. I’ve not worked with this type of mohair before, it’s corse and wiry. I am not sure how comfortable it will be to wear but it will be nice and warm.

Looked-after goats and sheep is a vital aspect of making with yarn for me now. I try where I can to care about the wool I use. We have a good number of healthy yarn providers in the UK, many work from stock raised here or sustainable Fair Trade areas around the world. The history of wool and the industrial revolution of Yorkshire makes me feel that we should be considerate of the past, although I appreciate that the true cost of healthy yarn isn’t always possible every time or for everyone, but we can work towards this. I certainly don’t want people to stop making.

Along with knitting, there is sewing to do. I may tackle recovering the sofa.  I have done this over the years, having been taught by experienced people working in upholstery. You have to be both generous and brave when going for something big. Don’t be miserly with fabric! I am looking for a soft green velvet-look like this:

sofa

Aside from knitting, this weekend’s for meditation and yoga for cronkies! The autumn calendar locally is looking good, but everything seems to be happening all on one evening – tai chi, zen meditation, singing. Programming…

Looking forward to September and the goodies I hope it will bring. Time for the heatwave to go away.