Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #37, WharfedaleWoolworks
This week our shop of the week is Wharfedalewoolworks , a treasure trove of stunning handpainted yarns, created by Kirsty.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
My working days vary a great deal, but generally I switch the laptop on at around 8am, check e-mails, Twitter, Facebook, Etsy etc for any overnight activity. I would then get any parcels ready to post and head off into town to the post office at around 11am.
Next stop would be my studio at the Otley Courthouse Community Arts Centre. Here I prepare yarn and wool tops for dyeing, the first stage being soaking. While the yarn soaks I usually pop downstairs to the cafe with my knitting or spinning. Once soaked I mix the dyes and apply them to the yarn or tops using a combination of dipping and painting. The yarn or tops are then heated in a steamer or microwave to set the dyes and left to cool until the following day, when they will be rinsed and hung to dry. While they are cooking I often soak yarn or tops ready for dyeing the next day.
I then head home and back to the laptop, usually by around 4pm. The rest of my day is spent knitting and online, promoting my shop on Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry .
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
My main hobbies are spinning and knitting but I also enjoy watching Motorsport, particularly MotoGP and Superbikes. I also like going to see bands play as my husband is a drummer.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with most wools and fibres, and particularly trying new ones. I think my favourite at the moment, both to spin and to knit, is a camel and silk blend.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Although I spend most of my time working with wool I have never tried either wet felting or needle felting! I would love to have a go at these but don’t seem to have the time at the moment 🙂
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I draw inspiration from everything around me, quite literally! My yarn colourways are taken from nature, from buildings and industrial materials and also from foods. Wherever we go I take my camera with me, in case I see an interesting object or view I want to capture to refer to when I am next dyeing.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I am not planning to make too many changes to the shop, though I may soon have some new yarns added to the range, including some natural Jacob Sheep yarns in browns and greys. I am currently writing some of my own patterns which I will be making up kits for. Hopefully these will be in the shop before Christmas.