Entries by Sue Reed

It’s a Tough Life!

Four years ago last week I would have been looking forward to school breaking up, exhausted, stressed and in desperate need of a holiday. How different life is today. Instead of being a teacher, bogged down with end of year reports, evaluations, school assemblies and no end of stess, I packed the silver van again […]

Wonderful Woolfest

Over on the Woolfest Facebook group page, one lady recently posted: ‘ Not been this excited since I was 4 and waiting for santa to arrive!!!’ There is a real buzz, as folk offer each other lifts, book tickets for Friday night’s spin in, talk about accomodation and most importantly, chat about what they are […]

To Etsy, or not to Etsy, that is the question…

Talk about having all your eggs in one basket! Don’t get me wrong, I love my new website, but internet sales have fallen in number since I moved all my internet shop over here. I don’t think it’s because folk don’t like my work anymore, or that it’s too expensive, I just think that I […]

Upcycling in the Garden

Sometimes I miss the old Bridge Cottage Way. This was the blog that I started writing several years ago about living sustainably, and which eventually led to the birth of The Woolly Pedlar – a long story which I won’t go into now, but can be read in the first post I wrote on this […]

The Katwise Sweatercoat

I first began making the Katwise sweatercoat four years ago. It was more to give me something to do whilst I was off on long term sick from my teaching job. I had already downloaded the tutorial for making the Katwise armwarmers and had made a few pairs for friends and family, and I felt […]

I have a heavy heart

Yesterday I set up my stall in the market place in Hexham under dark skies and heavy rain. It was the Spring Fair, but it felt anything but springlike. The general mood amongst my fellow traders and lots of punters was disbelief at the recent election results and a huge sense of foreboding and of […]

Angela’s Jumper

I made this jumper this week. I’ve nicknamed it Angela’s Jumper, and I’ll tell you why. It started life with a thick, felted green jumper that sat on my shelves waiting for other jumpers to join it. That is how all my creations start out. The bodice is always the starting point, and this needs […]

If it’s good enough for Elvis…

All through my life my younger brother has teased me for being a hippie. As a teenager he would mock my Bob Dylan records, patchouli and joss sticks, and now that I have a business upcycling knitwear into alternative clothing, he now mocks my patchwork ponchos! I asked him, sleek Swiss city dweller that he […]

Finding Jumpers to Upcycle

I often get asked, ‘Where do you get all your jumpers from?’ When I made my first pair of armwarmers (see pic) I got the jumpers for them from one of the charity shops in my local town of Hexham, or maybe even a combination of them. I can’t actually remember. Today I still get […]

Being Filmed for You Tube and the Telly

It’s been quite a week for filming here at Woolly HQ, what with Tyne Tees Television here talking about the economy, and Film Able here making a You Tube documentary. Needless to say, I am one of those creative souls who lives and works in a right muddle, so before any film crews arrived, it […]