Bringing the wet weather back down South...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Thursday, July 15, 2010
I appear to have bypassed the lovely sunshine and hot weather and brought a rainy, dull sky to London again (just my luck!) - but it does make it easier for me to do work when i'm not being distracted by the heat! 

In the last couple of days i've been travelling quite a bit - I went to visit the British Wool Marketing Board in Bradford again, which was a lovely catch up, and also shed some precious light on hard data and academic studies I can use to back up my project ideas (all I have to do now is get my brain into gear!)

From there I headed even more north to Newcastle for a lovely visit to the other-half's home, with lots of lovely food!

We then travelled back down to Bolton together, with a few country stops in the form of the lovely village of Richmond, and Wensleydale. Where we stopped at The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop - a beautiful countryside haven filled with the most beautiful yarns and patterns, along with a really lovely range of lanolin products - from soap to lip balm, we had a really nice chat with the lady in the shop about natural dyes and different wool properties - before braving the country roads to find the motorway home!

So from Bolton back to London for a really great catch up with some of my lovely MA friends (who's projects are looking really amazing!), it was great to chat, bounce ideas off each other and get an outside perspective on our progress! Looking forward to next weeks one already!

 So today i'm being half domesticated (washing is about to be put in the washer!) and half book worm and list writer as i've decided the only way for me to work effectively (only three weeks until I leave for Sri Lanka...aaargh!) and get everything I want to be done finished is to break it all down into tick boxes and work through them! We'll see if thats easier said than done later!

Here's a quick photo of my pattern experiments with french knitting...


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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