Welcome to The Gingerbread Bunny! I'm Sarah, a textile artist specialising in crochet and felt based in Wigan in the North-West of England.

On my blog, you can find my day-to-day craft adventures and tutorials.

You can find details of my work for sale and workshops on my website - www.thegingerbreadbunny.co.uk

Friday, 18 October 2013

Wool Week 2013

I can't believe that there is a whole week devoted to wool!  In my humble opinion, I think it deserves a whole month.  

There have been lots of events going on this week including live knitting and crochet in the window of John Lewis in London, and PicKnits taking place across the country, bringing knitters, crocheters, spinners and lovers of wool together.

The Wool Room on Facebook have been posting a great series of Myth Buster posters about wool which have been both informative and interesting at the same time and are well worth checking out.

Now I am a big fan of wool.  I work with it a lot, both in my crochet and my felting.  I have, over time, come to love certain types of wool more than others.  Here are my top 3:

In third place are the beautiful Jacob sheep.  With their dual coloured fleeces, they produce lovely wool, in a range of natural colours, which is great for felting.

In a very close second place, we have the Shetland sheep.  Beautifully soft, with 11 main colours, it is used to produce the gossamer lace famous for use in Fair Isle sweaters. I adore working with this wool both in crochet and felting.

And in 1st place .....

Blue Faced Leicester

Soft, lustrous and often compared to mohair, Blue Faced Leicester is my favourite of all the British wool breeds.  I love to work with this wool.

What are your favourite British wools to work with?

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