Love Wool

I was really excited last year to see one of my favourite yarn stores supporting Campaign for Wool and this year Fibre and Clay will be making my Wool Week extra special with a visit from Lilith, better known as Old Maiden Aunt, who will be bringing her gorgeous yarns for a Trunk Show at the shop in Knutsford. Riana, who owns the shop wrote on the Fibre and Clay Ravelry group:

She will be here on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September. Please join us any time from 5pm onwards on the Thursday to 3pm on the Friday afternoon. No need to book, just arrive!

I can’t wait to see the yarns and no doubt will come home a bit poorer, but it’s so rare I get the opportunity to buy Old Maiden Aunt except online so I’ll be making the most of it. Luckily, I’m working at the shop on the 8th, so I’ll get a sneaky peak while Lilith sets up!

Many UK  yarn manufacturers are supporting  the campaign during British Wool Week, which runs from the 5th to the 11th September 2011. Including Rowan who have made some of their British Sheep Breed patterns available via their website ( can pick up your free Rowan patterns for Love Wool here). I’m particularly fond of the cushion.

Full details of how you can take part are available on the Love Wool website and you can watch the Campaign for Wool video for more information on why Prince Charles launched the initiative or read the The Campaign for Wool 2011 press release .

I’ll be doing my bit by adding another couple of squares to my “Dales Blanket” which is made entirely from Rowan’s new Fine Tweed. Whatever your favourite yarns are, make time this week to explore what British Wool has to offer, you never know, you might be pleasantly surprised by what’s on offer.

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  1. Thanks for all the links – I love the cushion too, but don’t think I will add it to my already too long to-do list!! Started knitting my socks last night with the Fibrespates ‘Scrumptious’ silk/merino yarn …… it really is scrumptious to knit with! Looking forward to seeing what you buy at the trunk show – have fun!


  2. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 1, 2011

    I’d love to see your socks Anne. I’m a big fan of Fyberspates. I’m half way through a pair in Fyberspates Sparkle Sock, but they’ve been frogged 3 times as I didn’t pay enough attention to the pattern (my own fault)!


  3. Jackie and I will be there on the Friday..can’t wait! As for slippers on my blog, I have a pattern and thinking of making it available on the website. Hope to see you next week Hx


  4. I love it when someone shows passion in what they do…..your passion shines Tracey.
    I have never had an interest in knitting or crochet, a few failed attempts from my Mum’s old readers digest’s when I was young put paid to that, but you make it interesting…your words..your pictures..they fit so very well together… should be in every craft magazine on the high street…..I think I would actually buy them get my needles out and have a go…although crochet was always my favorite failure as it only had one needle…..but I do so miss the sound of two clicking together…it always takes me back to being nine in the sitting room with my Mum or Nana x

    keep it up sweetheart… your infectious x


  5. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 1, 2011

    Thanks Andrea, if only I had your skills with a camera! I’m sure your kids will grow up remembering the sound of clicking – only it will be of a laptop as you create all those beautiful memories. Tx


  6. bless you chicken xxx


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