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In this month’s bumper episode I talk sock knitting, my wool pantry, dyeing and kitchen gardening but the thread that ties these topics together is a desire to make with as many local materials, breeds and varieties as possible.


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As always, I can be found on Instagram and Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet podcast.

This podcast kicks off with an update on my sock experiment. I am working with 100% Poll Dorset Lambswool from Northern Yarn but it tooks some trial and error to find the right pattern.

Patterns and books referenced in this section:

Future possible yarns for this experiment include:

I then introduce one aspect of my wool pantry: its bioregional nature.

A selection of my locally sourced Wool Pantry

While I choose to source as much of my wool from the British Isles, I am curious about local breeds in other countries, farmers elsewhere working to preserve heritage breeds and independent mills.

The following are good sources of information on local fibre champions in the US and Canada:

I also introduce a Norwegian micro-mill called Telespinn introduced by Lynne (aka YarnDream on Ravelry and @Bryggergus_Fiber_Stua on Instagram)

And for more ideas about natural and local resources, do check out Handmade and Woolen’s NaturalWardrobeMAL: Materials thread.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the dye pots in recent weeks. I talk at length about my reasons for dyeing cotton and mention the following resources:

I didn’t mention this in the podcast but if you decide to try dyeing, make sure you use gloves as well as a mask if you handle dyes or chemicals in powder form.

Finally, I welcome you into my kitchen garden, i.e. abundant patio veg plot, and introduce you to some herititage vegetable varieties, traditional herbs and edible wildflowers you’ll not find in the supermarket.

  • Legend Bush Tomato;
  • Lipstick Early Sweet Pepper;
  • Champion of England Peas;
  • Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor);
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis); and
  • Bladder Campion or Maidenstears (Silene Vulgaris).

I source most of my vegetable seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue.

Salad burnet

Hyssop

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Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.

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