Three bags full.

I confess that I have many more than three bags full of wool.  I am so glad that I’m not allergic to wool.  I love it in all of its variations: on the sheep; as fluffy roving; spun into yarn; and woven into cloth.  I love to knit, crochet, hook, needle felt and sew with it.  I love the feel and smell of it.  Even wet wool!

This past week I made further headway on The Fox and the Grapes, which I will show you next Monday.  It might even be finished by then, but time will tell.  This week was spent working on other wool projects.

I have some wonderful Harris Tweed that was brought back from Scotland by the other two Meyvns (we three “Maggie’s Meyvns” are friends and hooking buddies).  I was fascinated to learn about how this amazing wool cloth is woven on home looms on the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland.  I wrote a blog about it last July, which you can find here.

I made an 18” pillow using four different Harris Tweeds.  The wool on the upper right corner isn’t one brought back from Scotland, but from a Harris Tweed coat found at a local thrift shop.  That was a treasured find!  I added a bit of tufted German embroidery to the lower right area just for fun.  In keeping with the Scottish theme, I backed the pillow with a nice piece of tartan plaid and added an official Harris Tweed label, which came with the wools from Scotland.

To keep my tootsies warm, I finished knitting a pair of socks using some heather-y wool yarn gathered and spun at a local sheep farm.

With these projects finished up, I’ll get back to hooking on The Fox and the Grapes.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the look, smell, and texture of wool.

The rough texture and beauty of Harris Tweed.

The rough texture and beauty of Harris Tweed.

These socks share a rough texture and beauty with the Harris Tweed.

These socks share a rough texture and beauty with the Harris Tweed.

This pillow blends easily with our prim style of decorating.

This pillow blends easily with our prim style of decorating.