Rest in Wool

Recently whilst searching for some unrelated product, the internet led me to a very interesting topic of Woolen Coffins. Apologies if this seems mournful to you.

I don't know if I am way behind the crowd on this, but it was certainly new to me!

It seems that about 8 years ago a company by the name of Hainsworth, in Yorkshire UK created lovely tactile coffins made from felted wool. These attractive coffins have a softness that wood and brass don't have.

The adult sizes use the fleece of 3 sheep and obviously less for the smaller pet versions they create.

They have been very popular and promoted in New Zealand as well through Natural Living and are available in Australia through  Serendipity

You can see images here:

I've also come across these other wool and knitting inspired coffins.

A company called Expression Coffins can turn your regular coffin into a tribute to your passions with  an image skin, of yarn and knitting. It seems you can have any number of worldly passions printed on your coffin.. Cappuccino coffee, surfing,  even camouflage.

 The ultimate UFO...

The ultimate UFO...

Another wool themed resting place I found was this Woven Cloud. Made from wool and willow. There was a successful Kickstarter campaign for a UK product named Rest In Fleece , but the link to the website is no longer working. The cloud does look very tribal and quite ethereal.

 Woven cloud made from Wool and Willow

Woven cloud made from Wool and Willow

Then I came across this absolutely beautiful coffin, known as a Leaf Cocoon. Stunningly handcrafted by Yuli Somme. You can watch the You Tube video here of her carving wood and sewing the cocoon then finally felting beautiful leaves on the outer blanket.

What gorgeous craft work. I can imagine how comforting this would be to someone looking for a final resting place for their loved one.

 

Anyway apologies again to anyone this may have upset, once I saw the woolen coffins I became intrigued. Certainly something to think about for both individuals and businesses involved in wool.

 

 

 

 

The Feel Good Project

Winter has well and truly set in now in Melbourne.

I’m wearing a scarf and beanie most days.

 Alpaca Slouch Beanie, with Alpaca Super loop scarf

Alpaca Slouch Beanie, with Alpaca Super loop scarf

I guess I am pretty lucky that I have a few to choose from, as I am constantly knitting up samples or looking for simple knit styles.

I know the stores are full of acrylic knitwear made in China, but there is something extremely comforting about wearing a hand knitted winter accessory.

It’s hard to explain – there is an element of care and genuine love that seems to be embedded in the fibres of hand knitting.

Also if you have knitted the accessory yourself there is a huge an element of pride and self sustenance involved. Extra points if someone compliments your knit wear – but not even necessary to make you feel good.

So if you’d like to share to feel the love of hand knit winter warmers have a look at the knitting kits I have put together. Something for yourself or maybe the perfect knitted gift.

 Alpaca Chunky Short Loop cowl

Alpaca Chunky Short Loop cowl

The patterns are super simple and I have made video tutorials if you need help.

The yarns are beautiful quality and I have selected a small but charming colour palette.

The projects are deliberately small so you can knit and complete and enjoy your efforts. (Instead of being left in a bag as something you’ll finish one day… )

Enjoy your southern hemisphere winter and give yourself a big woolly knitted hug!

So many pictures of me, I do apologise! I need to find an in-house model to do justice to the garments!

 Alpaca Baby Beanies

Alpaca Baby Beanies