About five years ago I met my now dear friend Emma of The Little Grey Sheep. Bit by bit I got to know her and her beautiful yarns and during these past few years I have learned more and more about Well Manor Farm and Emma’s vision for it: Farming ethically and sustainably!
Well Manor Farm is a small family farm on the Surrey & Hampshire borders, nestled amongst the rolling countryside and dating back to Tudor times. Here the aim is to care for the landscape by farming in a nurturing and non intensive way, and by not over stocking enhancing biodiversity and preserve the environment for generations to come.
Susie, the farms shepherdess, manages the flock and shears them at Christmas time. The fibre is then send off for washing and spinning with care before arriving back at the farm for hand dying by Emma. A British product through and through!
For the past few years Emma and I have worked on a number of design collaborations together. Using her beautiful yarns is a privilege and absolute pleasure as it stands for everything close to my heart: Farming and living ethically and sustainably, producing less waste and doing my bit to help save our beautiful planet. Hand-dyed by Emma on the farm the yarn is available in an array of stunning colours and the only difficulty is choosing which yarn and shades to use.
For Lily of the Valley I choose to work with Hampshire 4Ply, a 100% Pure Wool yarn. A little rustic, available in the most stunning shades and a joy to work with, this yarn becomes super soft after the first wash and envelopes you in a soft hug, keeping you snug and warm throughout all seasons.
The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border, comprising of simple yarn over’s and small bobbles. The crescent shape is achieved by working short rows and the result is a long shallow shawl that is very easy to wear.
Three shades of green work in perfect harmony together and this shawl is set to become a firm favourite in no time.
Launching today, the pattern is available as part of a kit from Emma at The Little Grey Sheep (HERE) or from Monday 29 August 2019 as a single pattern via my Ravelry Store (link in menu on right).
So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.
For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.
As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.
Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…
…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. 🙂
The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.
Day 2 started with joy of finished samples and eagerness to get started on the project of the week, a pair mittens designed by Claudia.
Soon everyone was busy again with needles clicking and after a very hush day yesterday, today the room was filled with chatter and laughter.
A big surprise was waiting for our lovely guests when they returned after lunch, as Emma from The little grey Sheep and Sian from Courtyard Books had arrived with lots of books and yarn.
After the initial squeals of joy had subsided, shopping began in earnest and arms full of yarn will be filling suitcases on return flights home no doubt.
Personal shopping attention was given and then Emma gave the group a fabulous talk on how the farm she and her husband bought and started with just 7 sheep has grown into this business and gorgeous yarn that we know today.
To find out more about The little grey Sheep click here.
first of all I want to apologise to anyone who tried to read posts here last Monday (16 Oct.) and found that all you got was a message saying ‘unavailable’ and ‘not allowed‘ – the people behind the scenes, where all the pictures and words are stored, had lost everything and it took them a while to find it all and put it back. All back to normal now, but a few very unnerving hours for me as you can imagine.
Happier times this week, as yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a crochet workshop at Emma’s farm – The Little Grey Sheep – and what a pleasure it was.
Five lovely ladies joined myself and Emma for a flower power day of crochet happiness!
Everyone was given eight hanks of beautiful Hampshire DK yarn and plenty of other goodies to make the day memorable. Yummy food and lashings of tea and coffee helped sustain us throughout the day and Emma was the best host anyone could wish for.
A lot of hard work and concentration was put into the day by all my students and at times you could hear a needle drop, but there was also a lot of laughter as we shared funny stories the way only women can.
As a little surprise I had prepared a special pattern for them to make with all their leftover yarn…
…it went down a treat 🙂
Days like these are over way too quickly and before we knew it it was time to say farewell and be homeward bound. Just one last photo to show off everyones makes and a lot of happy smiley faces.