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.