Monthly Archives: January 2016

Taurus

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Taurus

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A companion mini skein to accompany Milky Way, reflecting the recipient’s star sign.

Story:

Bull. Solid muscle.

Power and raw emotion,

But made of starlight.

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Information:

Title: Taurus

Composition: 70% merino 30% silk

Weight: 11g / 13 WPI / DK

Length: 28m / 31yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: June 2015

Skein code: 0046

Fibre: 70/30 merino/silk blend.

Source: World of Wool – “Taurus” from the Constellation range.

Status: Gifted

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Milky Way

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Milky Way

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I made this skein for a competition winner. I wanted to do something really special for her, and was inspired by the “Constellstion” range of fibres. What Sarah did with this yarn made it even more special, and is one of my very favourite memories from the first year of Story Skeins.

Story:

Trace the constellations telling stories in the sky: the distant, fiery hearts of other worlds. 

Would our stories make sense to them?

Would they recognise the warrior, the queen, the beasts of myth?

Does our sun play a part in their stories?

What do we look like to them; all those thousands of light years between us?

Such are the questions the heavens can inspire.

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Sarah did beatiful things with her yarn, and even continued the story:

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As the atmosphere shifted the stars aligned and the stories as old as time were drawn into the skies.

Pictures were shining out to the eyes wide with wonder.

In those bright eyes history and amazement fought to shine through and she knew then that the night sky was her truth.

She wondered if the stars knew she was there, what they thought as they watched over her.

As her eyes began to close with the sleepiness of a fulfilled 3 year old, the night sky became a wrap that enveloped her in all its warmth and kept the terrors at bay.

The girl could finally sleep, ready to wake when the sun made its appearence the very next day.

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Milky Way as a Road Trip Scarf, expertly modelled.

Information:

Title: Milky Way

Composition: 70% Merino, 30% Silk plus nylon thread and star beads.

Weight: 130g fibre weight. 237g total. 13 WPI / DK

Length: 231m / 253yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat. Hand wind.

Details:

Date: June 2015

Skein code: 0045

Fibre: 70/30 merino/silk blend.

Source: World of Wool – Constellation range.

Status: Gifted/Won

Remembrance

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Remembrance

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I was gifted these beautiful fabric poppies. November came around and it was clear what had to be done.

Story:

They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.

Such haunting words, whose undeniable truth brings forth tears.

We remember a hundred and more years since the ‘great’ war.

Not the first and not the last.

Year in and year out.

Respects paid, tributes laid.

“Lest we forget” written and spoken over and over.

And yet what do we really learn?

‘Lest we forget’ seems so easily forgotten.

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Information:

Title: Remembrance

Composition: 100% Merino with fabric flowers.

Weight: 100g fibre weight / 11WPI / Worsted weight.

Length: 205m / 225yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: Novembwr 2015

Skein code: 0075

Fibre: 23 micron merino.

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

Midnight Clear

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Midnight Clear

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These mini skeins were spun as part of January’s rolag club. January’s rolags were inspired by the seasonal skies, and the “Midnight Clear” minis complemented the theme, inspired by the clear starry night skies that we are treated to on those cold winter nights.

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Story:

Watch the universe:

Star scenes play ancient dramas.

A winter night’s gift.

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Information:

Title: Midnight Clear

Composition: 70% Merino, 30% Trilobal

Weight: 15 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 40m per mini skein

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: January 2016

Skein code: 0084

Fibre: 23 micron merino and rainbow-dyed trilobal nylon

Source: World of Wool – “Glitzy Ocean”

Status: Sold

Jack Frost

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Jack Frost

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These minis were spun to accompany December’s rolag club, and are seen in action here:

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Story:

Wake to frosted land,

A world of washed-out colour.

It cracks under foot.

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Information:

Title: Jack Frost

Composition: Falkland plied with glitter thread.

Weight: Sports weight to heavy laceweight

Length: 40m per mini skein.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: December 2015

Skein code: 0081

Fibre: 100% Organic Falkland

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

January Rolag Club: Plough Monday

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January Rolag Club: Plough Monday

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Welcome to Forgotten Festivals Rolag Club!

I hope you’ve all had a good break over the festive season. Now it’s a new month, a new year and time to get back to work.

This month we are celebrating Plough Monday on January 11th.

Plough Monday falls on the first Monday after Twelfth Night. The traditional Christmas celebration was a full twelve days of feasting, culminating in a huge and rowdy party on twelfth night, the 5th of January. So what better way to mark the return to work, when ploughing would begin for the next crop … than with a feast?

In villages around the country there were a variety of traditions. Leaping dances were held, with the young and fit encouraged to leap as high as possible because it was though the height they achieved marked the height of the forthcoming corn crop. In some places, a “fool plough” was decorated and dragged around the streets to encourage villagers to donate money, sometimes under threat of having their garden ploughed if they were less than generous!

Inspired by the theme of ‘back to work’, this month’s rolags reflect  January skies, and the box contains a mixture of extras to help you get going at the start of the working day, and help you relax at the end of it. I’m particularly thrilled to introduce our guest maker, Leanne from Solocro who has made one of your treats. I hope you enjoy all of it.

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In this box you will find:

  • 30g of gradient rolags in “Shifting Skies” – 42% Corriedale, 19% Falkland, 19% Gotland, 11% Rose fibre, 9% Milk protein fibre, and a hint of sparkle.
  • A mini skein in “Midnight Clear” – 70% Merino, 30% Trilobal.
  • The story of Plough Monday.
  • A set of stitch markers.
  • Tea in ‘Refresh’ and ‘Revitalise’ blends.
  • Bath, or foot bath, salts.
  • Handmade hand cream from Solocro.

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“Shifting skies” gradient rolags, inspired by the January weather.

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“Midnight Clear” mini skeins, inspired by the starry winter sky and spun as my favourite style of gently thick and thin singles.

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Bath salts from the old apothecary in Haworth.

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Handmade handcream from Solocro