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.
This 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.
All pattern errata for First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting is now available to download from First Frost Errata.
If you have any further queries or concerns regarding the patterns in this book please don’t hesitate to contact Interweave directly.
Have a warm and festive
and a very merry Christmas!