One of my favourite things about the summer is getting out on the road and taking our lovely yarns around the country to the wonderful yarn and craft shows that celebrate all things British wool. (Plus I get to zoom around in a van!)
Every four years, I love this time of year! Why you ask? Well because it’s an Olympic year! I love
the Winter Olympics! I love the Summer Olympics too, but the Winter Olympics has it’s own
special charms for me! It has danger! One of the first things my Father did when we moved to
Canada was to purchase my sister and I skates and the local hockey team’s jersey (the great
Montreal Canadians!). My love with winter sports began. I spent many hours skating on the outside rink on the park opposite my house. Watching the Olympics (well any sport really!) with my Dad was a bit of a tradition. We would sit through all the sports, but our favourites were the skating (racing and figure skating) and of course hockey! Apart from the figure skating, this love of sport was lost on my Mother. She did say that she didn’t need to know what was going on as she always knew things were getting more exciting/tense with my speed of knitting!
Here at baa ram ewe we are passionate about British wool. By using our local wool, we’re supporting our sheep farmers, saving fuel that would be needed to transport wool by air or sea from further afield, and also supporting local industry.
Christmas was busy but I did manage to squeeze in a little knitting here and there (of course). I’m currently working on a wonderful shawl called Reyna by Noora Laivola. This is a free pattern on Ravelry, you can find it here. It can be knitted in any 4ply yarn and would look lovely in our Titus!
With the gift splurge newly behind us I suspect lots of us have reflected on what makes the perfect gift. When you are giving something you have crafted lovingly, you want it to be cherished and appreciated of course, but rarely anyone who isn’t a yarny understands the hours taken and the love in every stitch, so do you make the effort or pop to the petrol station for a box of chocs? I’ve made scarves, socks, mitts and hats with the best of them over the years and I‘m not always sure I’ve hit the mark.
My life as a knitwear model has bought me world wide fame; I am constantly finding pictures of myself in random corners of the internet, or recognised by members of the general knitting public, (usually in the shop while stood next to patterns with my own face on strangely enough.)
My mum owned a wool shop when I was a teenager and she taught me to knit. My first projects were firmly rooted in 1980's fashion. Brightly coloured mohair batwing jumpers and huge chunky cardigans. I used to help out in the shop at weekends so coming to work at baa ram ewe was reassuringly familiar even though 25 years had passed.
I’m your resident geek/nerd Joelle. I’m going to show you the geeky/nerdy side of crafting. Don’t worry, we’re lovely. But before we dive into the many and varied waters of fandom I thought we’d start with a little organization.
So Christmas is lurking around the corner and this is a confusing time where I start to organise and wrap my presents that I have been making through the year and start making plans for 2018! I enjoy making gifts for others and this is a great time to revisit projects. I probably had the most fun making my Festive Fowl (they aren’t a gift, but something I wanted to make for my home). I used the Fancy Hen pattern and the lovely Dovestone DK in Wesley Bob and Yorkstone. I love this pattern!
There's no doubt that I'm a visual person, and I'm lucky enough to live somewhere with natural beauty all around me. When choosing colour combinations for a knitting project, I always think the best starting point is to see what nature does. Very often it comes up with ideas you'd never think of! This week I'd like to share this picture of the wonderful St Aidan's Nature Reserve, where I go birdwatching every week. The crisp blue sky against greens and browns of the earth led me to think of our Kilcarra Tweed range by Knoll and how great these four shades work together, just like they do when I look out at it from the bird hide.
Interested in Birdwatching too? Book on one of Linda Jenkinson's wonderful Start Birding walks.