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WoolWork is the new name for KnitBritish

Join me on my journey of woolly discovery celebrating the unique characteristics of local wool, from sheep to skein, to finished object.

You can visit woolwork.net and follow me on twitter and IG @_woolwork

WoolWork Louise Scollay

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    • 4.8 • 68 Ratings

WoolWork is the new name for KnitBritish

Join me on my journey of woolly discovery celebrating the unique characteristics of local wool, from sheep to skein, to finished object.

You can visit woolwork.net and follow me on twitter and IG @_woolwork

    Episode 130 : WoolWork was there

    Episode 130 : WoolWork was there

    Full notes at www.woolwork.net/ep130
     
    Not a "usual" episode - if such a thing exists. 
     

    • 17 min
    episode 129 - Spring, Smocks, Sewing, Popcorn & Crocodiles!

    episode 129 - Spring, Smocks, Sewing, Popcorn & Crocodiles!

    Full shownotes can be found at http://www.woolwork.net/ep129
     
    I have finished my test knit of the #CroftersSmock by Gudrun Johnston and I love it! 
    Pattern here: https://payhip.com/TheShetlandTrader
    Yarn was Jacob from here: https://www.bluebellyarns.co.uk/
    I have been sewing and I am crushing hard on all the designs from Muna and Broad - all designs from 40-64" bust!
    https://www.munaandbroad.com/
     
    I also have a look at the new organiser binders from Popcorn and Crocodiles and Emily has given us one to giveaway! Listen in for that ! 
    https://www.popcornandcrocodiles.co.uk/
    Marked as Explicit for one Fu(£ mentioned about 24 mins in
     
    Thanks for listening!
    #LoveLocalWool
    #WoolWork
     
     

    • 30 min
    Episode 128 - walk it back a bit

    Episode 128 - walk it back a bit

    Full shownotes are at www.woolwork.net/ep128
     
    A short stay with the WoolWork Podcast for the first ep of 2021. 
     
    Amongst other things, today I am talking about my recent WIPS, incuding a new test knit sweater from Gudrun Johnston. 
     
    Full notes / links / photos at the website. 
     
    (Marked Explicit as there is one mention of fuc& in the first ten mins or so. This is in relation to introvery energy levels, can I get a whup whup?)

    • 29 min
    Episode... what is it now? One hundred and twenty-burble-burble-burble (127)

    Episode... what is it now? One hundred and twenty-burble-burble-burble (127)

    Full shownotes are at www.woolwork.net/ep127
     
    Welcome to episode— what is it now?  I think it’s episode one hundred and twenty-burble-burble-burble (checked later – its 127!)
    I knew when I sat down that this would be a long one!
    Today I’m talking about all the ‘I haven’t done that for a while’ things I did in November, which caused me some anxieties and some soul-searching.  I tell you about the awesome new book Perspectives, from Julie Rutter and Emily K Williams. I’m discussing all the things I want to cast on this festive break (or the endless days  as we reach the end of the year, depending on how you look at it!)  and we, EVENTUALLY, have Wool Exploration with Zwartbles! Come on in, the water’s fine!
     
    #LoveLocalWool #WoolWork #WoolExploration

    • 1 hr 16 min
    episode 126 On Drafts & Draughts

    episode 126 On Drafts & Draughts

    Full shownotes at the wwbsite https://wp.me/s303nu-ep126
     

    • 41 min
    Episode 125 much to say

    Episode 125 much to say

    Dear listeners, an episode. Recorded amid flat-packing and edited lightly, but lots to say. I will add to the shownotes later, for now you’ll forgive content list and links.
    There are a few swears in the episode!
    Black Lives, Trans Lives and Black Trans Lives MATTER. 
    (Just a few UK based charity) Links and the books I mentioned:
    Stop Hate UK – www.stophateuk.org
    UK Black Pride – www.ukblackpride.co.uk
    Black Minds Matter – www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
    Black Lives Matter UK Fund – https://blacklivesmatteruk.com/ https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
    Small Trans Library – Glasgow and Dublin charities
    Biased By Jennifer Eberhardt and her TedTalk
    Diversify by June Sarpong
    Don’t Touch my Hair by Emma Dabiri
     
    For the love of Ravelry – WTAF?!
     
    On the topic of Financial accessibility and yarn substitution
     
     
    Some thoughts on crafting in the time of corona. 
    links  (not Ravelry)
    Treasures from the Forest Path – Patricia Fortune
    Lush  – Tin Can Knits
    Ursa – Jacqueline Cieslak
    Scout Tee Pattern – Grainline Studio

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Suze219 ,

Converted me to British wool.

Thanks so much for your podcast, which gave me so much fantastic information about British breeds and the wonderful farmers, spinners, dyers and vendors. I am a total convert and will only buy British yarn now. I also love the historical, social and economic context that Louise gives. Truly eye-opening, thank you!

Sazmac ,

Excellent

Always entertaining and thought provoking. Been listening for a couple of years now and I can’t imagine how much effort this takes to put together- to research and deliver such excellent content with such consistency. Always look forwards to the next episode and am never disappointed. Louise has really challenged my thinking about Wool and its provenance.

Cecily Neville ,

Warm, woolly, and wonderful

Louise has the most wonderful voice, and it has an innate warmth and cheer that welcomes you into the world of Knit British. The aim of the podcast is to inform - and involve - the podcast listener about British sheep breeds (rare and otherwise) and their wool characteristics through a wool exploration undertaken by listeners, and feedback provided to Louise.

There is something very reassuring to listening to others' experiences of the hand-squish-grab test and the multiple wash and block accounts. Not (yet) quite up there with the Shipping Forecast, but perhaps a minor woolly version.

The podcast has a Ravelry community associated with it, where extended conversations about natural shades, 'woolly wool', and swatches carry on with good humour and good cheer. We need more podcasts like this. Thought-provoking, intelligent, and never patronising, KnitBritish will change the way you think about provenance, yarn, and the what it is to knit local.

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