Slow comfort

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Slow Comfort is the title of a new series of patterns, kits and blog posts designed to enthuse and sustain you through the winter months. My inspiration has been drawn from a variety of sources including promoting the British wool industry, locally sourced yarns, natural dyeing and an increasing interest in slower fashion. The collection will build slowly over the weeks of winter so that there is always something new to inspire us and chase away the gloom!

I love cold, frosty mornings but dislike the shorter days and grey skies of winter. I think it must be a light thing. However, this year I am taking up the challenge offered by @silverpebble2 over on Instagram. I first started following the jeweller Emma Mitchell, (aka silverpebble2) because I was drawn to the beautiful images she posts. There is a lightness of touch and attention to detail in her approach that is very calming. Last week she invited those who enjoy and those who endure winter, to share their seasonal creativity with ideas that in her words might, "cheer a grey day". Already the first week of November has passed by, but I am going to try and post images as often as I can between now and March using the #making_winter hashtag on Instagram. For those of you who would like to find out more about joining and following this theme, then here is the link. http://www.silverpebble-jewellery.blogspot.co.uk/2...


The Prairie Poncho is the first piece in my collection and is a key accessory in this season's 70's revival. This simple design is enhanced with geometric patterning in a classic 70's teal,orange and brown palette, highlighted with navy and a neutral. The borders and neckline are defined with a simple crocheted edging. If you are new to stranded colour work or crochet, I will be adding tutorials via the blog, later in the month. I thought it would make a comforting project to work on over the next few months and so I will be hosting my first KAL over on Ravelry at the end of the month.

Earlier on in the year I worked on a design for the British Sheep Breeds issue of Let's Knit and discovered Wendy Ramsdale. This wonderful yarn is 'born, bred and made in Yorkshire'.It is a 100% wool blend of Masham fleece from the Yorkshire dales, dyed, spun and then balled all in Yorkshire. I love it that each colour is named after a town or village in Yorkshire! It is quite a heavy DK, roving style yarn, that doesn't split and handles really well. It creates soft, but well defined stitches and is great for colour work. So, when I was thinking about a suitable yarn for the project, this was a natural choice.

This kit is now available to order in time for our KAL which will launch via the sarah-hazell.com Ravelry group on Saturday 28th November. The idea is that you have a project to keep you going during all that the next few months bring! The KAL will close at the end of February, ready for prize-giving! The kit includes all the yarn you will need and a printed version of the pattern, with free p&p for the month of Wovember. I hope you can join in the fun with me!

I can hardly believe that we are into the second week of Wovember already! This campaign is very close to my heart as it is all about encouraging people to wear pure wool during the month of November. I was even more excited about the fact that this year the focus of the campaign is on the small producer. I am lucky enough to live a mere half an hour away from my nearest yarn producer. I have been working closely with Emma Price over at In The Woolshed in Kenilworth for a few months now and was delighted when Louise Scollay of the Wovember campaign said that she would like to run a feature that I have written on the significance of the small producer. I will let you know when the full story is published, but in the meantime here are a few images of her glorious yarn and a hint of a limited edition kit to come!