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Episode 16 of the podcast went live on 7 October 2019 but my blog has kindly decided to lose the show notes, I suspect following a migration of service I never requested. For completeness and ease of reference I’ve therefore reproduced a slightly truncated set of show notes.

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Novelty, inspiration and a limited palette

In this segment I explore how I find interest and enjoyment in my knitting despite what may seem like a very limited palette of styles, shapes and even designers.

I mention the following patterns, designers and wool producers:

Longevity, time efficiency and value for money

In a sewing segment I explore some of the benefits of working with only a handful of patterns and how with a little ingenuity these can be stretched to achieve a varied, long-lasting wardrobe. And how in the process a small palette of designs can challenge my sewing skills and push my own imagination.

Patters and designers mentioned are:

Gardening’s inherent dash of novelty

In a short gardening segment I talk about how even in our tiny garden, I find dashes of novelty in each growing season. Each year I think I’ve exhausted the growing potential of this little space but each year I find ways to introduce a new perspective, add a hint of frivolity or tweak the overall feel of the space through exploiting the windows for change that nature herself hands us.

Inspiring gem

Finally I introduce an unusual-for-me inspiring gem. Fabwork’s Heart of Huddersfield 100% wools are a bespoke range of locally milled wool produced within eight miles of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. They come in beautiful, co-ordinating colours; vary in weight from medium to heavy; are ideal for anything from dressmaking to upholstery; and cost £12.50/half metre.



  • Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth November 11, 2019, 9:27 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of Fabworks – I’ve ordered a few samples of heavy wools for a peacoat I’m planning for Mark.

  • Heather November 20, 2019, 10:14 pm

    Thanks so much for talking about Heart of Huddersfield collection. I live in the United States, but my paternal grandmother’s family had a very long history and association with the woolen mills of Huddersfield before emigrating. Without your chat, I would not have had a new woolen textile to consider for sewing a special garment . I live in a (defunct, but vibrant) mill town in Massachusetts. I wish I could consider buying locally produced commercial scale meterage close to home! There are a few small batch handwovens , but most our mills are repurposed or museums.

    • Mrs M November 21, 2019, 7:34 pm

      Heather, thank you for popping by and sharing familial your link with Huddersfield. I know that in the UK a lot of Victorian era industrial buildings have been turned into expensive inner-city residential properties and others into museums too. But we are also hearing of people keeping milling going, even if it is in more utilitarian modern business parks. I’m also hearing of various small companies buying up older machinery to keep the milling and weaving tradition alive. I really like these stories as not only does that mean investing in the technical milling and weaving skills, it also means investing in the machine maintenance skills.


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