The best thing about wool craft is how portable it is and it is wonderful how I can make things easily where ever I am and whenever I have the chance. It started as a hobby and then became an addiction that fitted in brilliantly around the children and now it is my full time job!
My Mum taught me the basics of both knitting and crochet, but largely I taught myself from books and by making lots of mistakes. I think this is why I love teaching other people because I can remember how awkward it felt and how it was mainly practice that helped me improve. “I really became totally hooked … literally!”
All Woolly Chic wool is British. Most is sourced from our family’s Dorset and Ryeland flocks in Pembrokeshire, Wales. You can find out more about these sheep by visiting my cousin David Lewis’s website http://www.davidlewispedigrees.co.uk/home.html
I am extremely proud to have created the brand Woolly Chic that supports British sheep farmers and the wool industry in the UK. I love the fact that I know the wool has come from happy sheep. I am now also stocking fair trade 100% organic cotton that supports small farmers from India and Tanzania.
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Information about Woolly Chic wool
Woolly Chic’s Welsh Wool has been spun from the fleece of four different breeds of happy sheep farmed in Narberth, Pembrokeshire – Poll Dorset, Ryeland, Texel, and Black Welsh Mountain.
My Cousin David Lewis manages the flock and he currently has 500 Poll Dorset, Ryeland and Texel Sheep. The Black Welsh Mountain fleece came from a neighbouring farm.
Wool from Poll Dorset sheep is highly regarded for its exceptional high quality, purity of white colour and its density of growth. Whilst not as soft to the touch as a breed like Bluefaced Leicester, I have found it softens once knitted and is also very durable due to its incredible density.
A placid, docile sheep, the Ryelands not only look very cute, with their teddy bear faces, but their fleece is also sought out by hand-spinners and weavers for its fantastic texture and quality. Like the fleece from Poll Dorset sheep, Ryeland fleece is hard-wearing and does not pill once knitted.
I have added a small percentage of Texel fleece, which has given the Woolly Chic Pembrokeshire yarn additional strength and durability.
Our newest range of DK yarn is a mix of 50% Wensleydale and 50% Pembrokeshire fleece. By adding fleece from Wensleydale sheep this new wool has a slight lustrous sheen and also wonderful stitch definition.
All in all, this combination of sheep breeds has made my wool strong, springy and softens when knitted and blocked. It is ideal for bags, socks, and home accessories like tea cosies, afghans and cushions.