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Life on the Outside

Life on the Outside


These skeins were commissioned as a gift. They are what I call a Companion Set: two different, but harmonious, skeins with one deliberately simple in design, and one towards the art yarn end of the spectrum.

Here the plainer skein is inspired by dew drops on grass. It is spun from a mixture of mallard-green merino fibre blended with rainbow-dyed trilobal nylon. It was spun as a slim single and plied with a green glitter-thread. The companion skein is an art yarn. The blended fibre was spun as a gently-textured thick-and-thin single. I spun the butterfly charms straight into the fibre for stability, and the colourful flower buttons were threaded onto the same green glitter-thread before plying.

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A cosmos in every sphere. Whole worlds, as far as the eye can see. Dew drops cling to every blade, flexing in the breeze, splitting the light that crosses its path, capturing its colour. Looking further afield, there the colours come into view. Less ephemeral there, though hardly permanent. The borders are home to delicate hues, flashes of bold colours. Life in many forms. Garden creatures flash by: circling, darting, diving through air. The fauna visits the flora, life cycles uniting to allow each to continue. Today’s dance promises the future.


1. Title: Dew Drops

Composition: Fibre: 70% merino 30% rainbow trilobal with a synthetic glitter-thread ply.

Weight: 104g / 20 WPI / sockweight

Length: 463m / 506yd

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.


Date:  November 2016

Skein code: 0094a

Fibre: Merino, trilobal nylon

Source: World of Wool


2. Title: Flora and Fauna

Composition: Carded blend of cashmere, tussah silk, merino and trilobal nylon with a synthetic glitter-thread ply, metal charms and plastic buttons.

Weight: 133g /11 WPI / Irregular, worsted weight to DK average.

Length: 320m / 350yd

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


Date: November 2016

Skein code: 0094b

Fibre: Cashmere, Tussah silk, Merino and Trilobal nylon

Source: The Rainbow Fibre Fairy

Status: Sold




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


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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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.


Date: Novembwr 2015

Skein code: 0075

Fibre: 23 micron merino.

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

Darkside Rainbow

Darkside Rainbow


I acquired this fibre at the knitting and stitching show one year. I had such fun spinning this in my garden during springtime, and loved how the colours mixed in the yarn. This is a yarn that can look very dark, or full of bright colours depending on the lighting conditions. It gave me ideas of colours swirling and not quite behaving as you’d expect.

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Rainbow colours: disordered and chaotic.

Not the regular laws-of-physics arc in the sky.

There’s a rebellion of colours falling where they may. Like irridescence on a wet road, or a splash of diesel.

It’s still mathematical – still obeying the laws. But somehow … it’s the badboy of the rainbow world …

Rainbow badboy flaunts the rules.

Doesn’t care what he’s thought of by other fools.

Rainbow badboy does it his way.

Makes a show of not caring what they say.

Reputation’s his only pride.

Is he just as rebellious on the inside?

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Title: Darkside Rainbow

Composition: 100% Pure Wool


Weight: 56g / 11 WPI / heavy DK

Length: 84m / 92yd approx.


Weight: 56g / 10 WPI / heavy DK

Length: 71m / 78yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.


Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0021

Fibre: Unnamed wool

Source: Wooly Knit

Status: Sold