Posted on 02/08/2016 13:35 by Louise.

Stanley the amazing knitting cat by Emily MacKenzie With school holidays now underway on both sides of the border, mums everywhere may well be wondering what to do to entertain the kids.  My first steps into the land of wool were during school holidays as a very young child.  I had a “dolly bobbin” on which I’d use scraps of yarn to spool knit and make the longest cord I could.  Later I tried proper knitting.  I still have an old teddy wearing an irregular scarf full of dropped stitches which was one of my brother’s first attempts. Even if kids are too young to try crafting for themselves, there are loads of books about which feature knitting.  A favourite of my daughter is 1. “Stanley the amazing knitting cat” by Emily McKenzie.  And knitting isn’t just confined to books. You may have seen the character of “scarf lady” in cBeebies series “Sarah and duck” who has a whole room of yarn.  Click to see my list of wool related books for kids:

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Posted on 26/03/2013 15:23 by Louise Hepworth.

New Lanark Mill Many of the items we sell are made using wool spun at New Lanark Mill which is situated in a South Lanarkshire Valley in southern Scotland.  The mill opened in 1786 as a cotton mill and by the turn of the 19th century was one of the largest groups of mills in the world.  It was powered using water from the River Clyde.  What made the mills so special was their link with social reform.  The owner created a model village in which to house the workers and opened the first infant school in the UK. For its time it was unusual as a clean and healthy industrial environment with a content and prosperous workforce. Today New Lanark Mill has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is open to visitors. Look out in our product pages for items made from wool spun at the mills today.

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