I got thinking about my colourwork patterns after some of the thoughts I've shared here, and Tom and I then got talking about my previous books and one thing led to another, and we thought a flash sale for Playful Woolly Toppers might be an idea!

The book explores lots of different ways of working with two colours (but no sideways short row colourwork...) and it's a book that kinda had it's limelight stolen, as the eviction order came and I quickly put together Hatopia to fundraise, and the rest is history. And it's a shame, as there's some fun patterns in there.

So why not let it have it's moment?

No coupon code needed, simply pop it into your cart! Also valid on Ravelry. The promotion ends midnight (GMT) tomorrow (Saturday 23rd September 2017)

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
CategoriesBooks, Hats

Towards the end of last week I started to notice that not only was the anxiety getting out of control, but that I was also getting physically ill with it. It's been many years since it's been this difficult; I'll have periods of consecutive panic attacks, but rarely does it snowball to the point where I get so ill.

Thankfully I'm starting to come out the other side, and realising at the same time how much it's all knocked me out.  


I'm having to be very careful with what I eat; the stress really hit that system badly, so it's time to keep an eye on the nutrients and salts. It only occurred to me yesterday that some re-hydration salts might be needed, and a few sachets later I can already feel the difference. Slowly I'm managing to get some sleep, although my sleep patterns are so easily disrupted so this one is going to be the toughest to straighten out. But I know from the state of my head that I'm coming out the other side of it.

This is in part due to post-book stress and the onset of the woolly Hat seasonal madness. But if life-issues weren't hitting at the same time, I wouldn't be getting this ill, and it's those things that are eating at my brain. It's bad timing, and there are some things that are being parked for a while - work projects, life stuff - and some are being parked until next year to give myself a break. 

I'm at a point now in my work schedule where I can afford to take a day or two off during the busy season without a backlog building straight up again. Whenever I've managed to work ahead and earn myself some time off, stuff - life - steals it. I'm determined not to let that happen again, so it's selfish Woolly for the foreseeable future.

I've been really struggling to work on new designs since releasing Elemental and honestly, that's probably pretty normal. It hasn't helped with the stress levels though (especially as the MKAL is just around the corner!) and breaking through that fog with the knitting above has been such a help. 

The season is on! The MKAL will happen, I'll be travelling around teaching, and we'll get to have our winter holiday. 

And next season, I think I'll skip the teaching tours altogether. 

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
6 CommentsPost a comment

This week hasn't been the easiest week.


Its been a week of frequent anxiety attacks. Sometimes two or three in one day. For the most part I feel them coming and am able to stop them getting out of control. They're still exhausting and draining but no way near as debilitating as they could be. 

Then there's been days where I haven't been able to curtail them. I'll try, but a different trigger will come at you sideways and in no time, you're in full meltdown. The emotional hangover from these goes on for days, and the physical side sees me spacey and wired and unable to sleep for a good 24hrs afterwards.

Unsurprisingly more changes lay ahead, and the one thing I'm properly grateful for is Tom, and the team we make when we have to put our heads together.  Together we're both lateral and logical and with a similar spatial awareness, we can think around corners. We're known for our resourcefulness and practicality and this week has seen that in full force. We have plans. They might not come to fruition, but giving ourselves choices has been the most critical thing.

The tightness in my chest is finally starting to abate and sleep isn't as evasive as it was.

Somehow through all of this I've managed some work, and most of the to-do list is done. I'm mighty relieved that I'd done so much preparation for the coming season ahead... it'll still be daftly busy, but it shouldn't lose me too much sleep. We got this. 

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
CategoriesHead Zone
5 CommentsPost a comment

I've a few exciting workshops lined up this autumn, and one weekend will see me heading up towards the Scottish Highlands!


I've never taught this far north, and I'm pretty excited about it. I'm also not sure if I've a warm enough coat...! (thankfully I should have a Hat or two)

I'll be teaching four workshops: Knitting in the Round, The Art of the Knitted Circle, Turning Sideways and Reversible Cables. These are some of my most popular workshops, especially the sideways knitting, circles and reversible cables (all of them, then?) and it's not often I get the chance to teach these skills - definitely worth booking up. As always, I'll have professionally printed workshop notes for everyone and plenty of samples and swatches to share.

There are still a few places available for classes, so do go ahead and book in advance to be sure of a place! You can find the full list of classes by clicking here.

The marketplace is shaping up pretty nicely, too, with some of my favourite yarnies attending. These last few weeks have seen me working away on a special collaboration with one indie dyer, which we'll be releasing at the show, and I'll reveal more about that very soon. (tease)

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
2 CommentsPost a comment

I've another new design to talk about today! (it's going to be like this for some time... I promise that life is still going on and I'm getting some rest and sleep)

Parallelo is a design using short row colourwork, and was the very first design I did with the Bloomsbury DK that I used for the Elemental collection.


When the idea of working colourwork sideways hit, and wanting to use short rows to achieve those colour changes, the collection was going to be more minimal and graphic in style. I had the photoshoot planned out, a good 3 or 4 designs mapped out. And then I designed Toph and that all changed.


This Hat was already a written pattern and knitted sample when things changed direction, so here it is. It gives an intro to the techniques used in the Elemental collection, and is a great pattern to start with if you're a little unsure about diving in. It's also a different style - Hat shape wise as well as design wise - so if slouchy organic forms are not for you, Parallelo might be just right.


Parallelo is available as a single pattern from me through my usual outlets, but it's also available through the Yarn Collective where you can buy a kit with the Bloomsbury DK.


Like the Elemental Hats, this one is graded through gauge. There is room to make some adjustment within the plain panels - something I'll talk about more on the forum for anyone interested. It also has a bit of a mix and match feel to it - there are two panels charted, and any combination of them will give you a finished Hat - so you can mix up those stripes or have a solo striped panel amongst the plain ones.


Those other graphic designs I'd planned have been parked, but not for long. I have So Many Ideas for this technique that I can't write them down quick enough! In the meantime though, do have a go at Parallelo, and I'll let you know how the other ideas come along.

(so many Hats, so little time)

AuthorWoolly Wormhead