Faroese Knitting Festival

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This three day festival sounds wonderful!
It’s a celebration of the Faroese knitting and wool culture — there will be 70 workshops held in various venues from cafes to living rooms and all with an emphasis on the social aspect of knitting.
Find out more here

The photos above show two alternative colour ways for the Sirri Socks  — you can buy the pattern from here and get both the pattern and yarn from here

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Spring Greens

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Just the thing for Spring — this simplest of garter stitch shawls is knitted in The Little Grey Sheep’s superb Gotland Lace Weight pure wool yarn.
I used two, 100gm skeins of Zing and followed my Ennid shawl pattern from Northern Knits — increasing stitches until the first skein was used up and then decreasing stitches with the second skein.
Weigh your skeins before you begin though, to make sure there is the same amount of yarn in each!

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Knitsy

KnitsyI was pleased to be asked by Knitsy magazine to do a short Q & A for their latest edition -  which is just out now…

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Designer Collective

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The Designer Collective is an exciting, brand new venture for the Island Wool Company.
Currently consisting of 6 designers (including myself), the collective is championing the joys of knitting with beautiful Faroese pure wool yarn and embraces the slow fashion movement.

Created by Fiona Parker and Daniel Rye the Island Wool Company is the only UK on line shop dedicated to selling Faroese yarn.

As well as being able to buy the patterns for my Sirri Socks and Baltic Star Socks in my shop, you can also buy them from the Island Wool Company website here along with all the Sirri yarn you will need.

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Berber Wool

Berber-Wool-PhotoThis lovely bundle of hand spun Berber yarn from Morocco was a recent lucky find — there are 400 gms of rugged pure wool waiting to be used for a special project.

Traditionally Berber women spun woolen yarn using drop spindles and then either dyed the yarn or used the natural colours (often in combination with linen and brightly dyed cotton or synthetic yarns), to weave distinctive and beautiful carpets and blankets (handiras).

The following photos showing a Berber woman spinning and a detail of a Berber handiras are  taken from a great book called Imazighen: The Vanishing Traditions of Berber Women by Margaret Courtney — Clarke.

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