The Latticework Cowl

Just finished making this wool cowl designed for Maniototo Wool by Wei Siew Leong – in our new one-off colour, Winter Rose. Such a clever design, and so soft and squishy, yet quite rustic. I wondered how it would look on a man. As it happened, my brother was staying for the weekend and he tried it on. It looked great, and he said it was very comfortable and easy to wear – much better than a scarf – however he wished it was another colour! Pressure, pressure. Now I have to start another one. This one will be available to inspect at Wonders of Wool in Wellington on 2nd August, where the pattern will be available with purchase of wool.
Pink cowl.3

Wool colour for winter

Inspiration for colours comes from anywhere and everywhere. The winter roses (hellebores) are emerging in our garden on this sunny winter day – so here’s my new wool colour for winter – Winter Roses. There’ll be some available at “Wonders of Wool” at the Wellington Underground Market on 2nd August
Winter rosesWinter roses wool

A Woolly Winter

Winter has arrived. There’s snow on Mount Arthur, the mornings are chilly and the sunshine hours are shorter – but sunshine there still is here in Nelson. Keeping up with the dyeing has moved into a new gear – Dark Greywacke and lots of winter brights are in demand, and a few precious hours of sunshine for the hanks to dry outside. There’s a 2 day felting workshop next week so woolly sliver has to be dyed in time. The house is warm with a good woodfire, and hanks spread out to finish drying. It is a cosy woolly winter.
Wool by fire.2

Wool for Children

Oh the delight (and exhaustion) of having a 3 yr old staying while her farming parents are out of the country promoting our grass fed New Zealand beef in the USA. But a great opportunity to knit up some wool garments for her in our Aran style wool (so fast to knit for a small child). First the hat:Heidi Hat.2
Then the dress:Heidi Dress.4
Then a long line cardi with happy face buttons:Heidi cardi.3
Patterns for the dress and cardi can be found on Ravelry
Look for Maniototo Wool under “Yarns”. Then look for “projects”, and find these items

Hand Dyed Wool for Mapua

The Mapua Makers Market is on Sunday 1st June, and we are delighted to be bringing Maniototo Wool to it – the first market we have attended in the Nelson area where our wool is designed and produced. I’ve hand dyed some colourful skeins as a one-off batch specially for the market. One squishy skein is enough to make the soft, colourful hat pictured, and the pattern will be available. Can’t wait to show off our knitting yarns to the knitters of Nelson
Random red hatWool for Mapua