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.





September... my favourite month!

Welcome to September!
 My favourite month of the year.

As a passionate Melbournian there are many reasons why September is exciting.

Firstly it marks the beginning of Spring! Hooray! Even though I enjoy knitting all those winter woollies, I do love the sunshine. Spring brings blue skies, blossoms and of course lambs. Gorgeous sweet baby lambs... (see it really is about the wool).

Also Fathers Day, the first Sunday in September is Fathers Day for Australia. I trust you all celebrated as appropriate to your family a Dad or Father figure. I didn't actually see my Dad this year, but chatted on the phone. We are catching up next weekend.

Combining the above two elements, I actually found this photo yesterday. So young! The image is super grainy - it's a photo of a photocopy, but lets just pretend it's arty, ok!

My Dad and me with a baby lamb... circa 1980s?

My Dad and me with a baby lamb... circa 1980s?


Other things I love about September are the AFL Grand Final... although they've mucked it up this year by making it in October. I really do love football, but as a Carlton supporter, this year has not been memorable.

I love the flowers of spring in September... especially Freesias.. anything perfumed really. I'm not allergic to anything and don't suffer hay fever like many, so all the pollen doesn't bother me at all.

Of course the most exciting thing about September for me is MY BIRTHDAY!

This year is really special as I celebrate turning 50 on the 14th of September! Hooray. So that's going to be a memorable day.

September really is a month of new beginnings, new life and celebration for me.

Send me some of your favourite spring photos if you like - I can feature them on the What Jane Knits Instagram page... or just tag #whatjaneknits.