If you enjoyed hearing from Jules of Woollenflower in the last podcast, I have a feeling that you will be as excited as I am by these new cowls she has created , inspired by our conversation.
After Jules explained how she handcrafts each cowl, working up patterns on her vintage knitting machine, we got chatting about the different botanicals that you could capture on this knitted canvas. We soon agreed that a collaboration would be fun. Here's Jules to explain a little more:
"Kate and I share a great love for hunting out wild places and the plants that inhabit them and so it was a joy to collaborate on a pattern for a cowl celebrating one of our favourite wildflowers... Cow parsley was an obvious choice, with its umbel flowers that are strong and sturdy and yet form such delicate and distinctive silhouettes against the summer skies. That circular form proved an interesting challenge to translate into colourwork as curves are one of the hardest thinad to capture but the end result should be instantly recognizable as the flower that so many of us have a soft spot for.
Worked in sturdy but soft lambswool in subtle, earthy colours, these cowls are double-layer to keep out the wind and cold with just the right balance between drape and structure to allow them to be worn loose and low around the neck or to pulled up when the weather sets in. All pieces are made in my home in Glasgow on a vintage, hand-operated knitting machine."
There will be a limited number of cowls available in the Woollenflower shop from 8pm Glasgow time but you can see a preview in the store now. I can't wait for mine to arrive in time for some Autumnal rambles this year.