Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      And January's guest poster ... Bee at The Linen Cloud What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.
There is a parallel world at work in Britain which most people, even those who live close to it, hardly ever notice - and even when they do, know little or nothing about. It's a world that has existed time out of mind, and so it continues, keeping faith with the passing seasons, obeying its own imperatives, and adapting to survive. This is the world of sheep husbandry.Okay, the last bit sounds less poetic, but Walling's book is not all fly-strike and foggage* ... there's a woolly wedding dress, a blood sacrifice, a collie called Carlo ... read it, every knitter should! Dorset's sheep share a chapter with the Welsh Llanwenog, my first choice breed, were I ever to farm sheep. Poll Dorsets would be my second choice. (Philip Walling has coupled them, I believe, because both breeds are particularly fecund. I just like their characters). Poll Dorset yarn is white, bouncy, reluctant to felt - making it perfect for dyeing - and I came by over a kilogram of it recently. The skein above has been dipped in weld and woad and is on it's way to becoming a (grand)baby vest. Happy days!