A winter garland, made from off-cuts from wool jumpers now hangs from the mantelpiece in our kitchen. The idea is that it will act as a reminder that winter really has arrived, though the freezing temperatures outside last night should be enough to notice. The off-cuts result from an obsession I developed for buying charity shop woollens. There are a lot of huge men's sweaters out there let me tell you - and in my stash. I was actually thinking about a necklace when I sat down one evening with my little scissors, needle and yarn, then I started to use bigger scraps and I thought it might end up as a scarf. Of course, it got completely out of control.
Here endeth the first lesson.