Lorry Turpin

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I began the art of  Knitting at the tender age of 3years and developed into an avid 'knitter', so much so my mother regretted she showed me how to cast 'off' before teaching me how to cast 'on'! I was also taught how to dress make but that was how my Mother, classed as an Older, Post War Mother brought up  my sister and myself .... My own family was not such an enthusiastic recipient of home made items .. except Cakes. Luckily 'help arrived ' in the form of two Bearded Collies; and as a result of collecting their groomings, to donated to the Beardie Rescue Charity Caravan, fate was sealed when I became a Hand Spinner on a drop spindle. I still get the short straw at Shows being the chief demonstrator of the Drop Spindle, but the family encouraged me and a 'spinning wheel' swiftly followed.

Below are examples of some of the resulting kitted accessories:


Clockwise from Top Left:

Contrast Edged Pill Hat;  Sparkle Green Hooded Scarf;  Large Brimmed Hat, Lace Picot;   Knotted Lace Head Scarf;   Red tasseled Beanie;  (a) Crescent Shaped Lace Shawl, using my 'signature Lace pattern (b) Shetland Style Lace Muffler (c) Matching Lace Tam;   Prairie Style  Bonnet;   Basic Triangle Shoulder Shawl;  Drop Stitch Scarf;   Purple Cable brimmed Pull-on;  Key-Hole, Pull-Thro Lace Muffler.

Centre: Grey-blue Baggy Tam and matching Mitts; Blue Fingerless Mitts and matching Drop Stitch Scarf.

Back Wall:   Wide, Old Shale lace, Shetland Comforter; Examples of Zig-Zag, space-dyed Commercial Yarns.


Hand Spinning.....mainly from the High Quality flocks belonging to my friends.  Other spun, quality fibres include Alpaca, Silk, Mohair and once Angora Rabbit , Linens and some Cotton. As a result of owning  Bearded Collies I was spinning dog fur (it needs to come from a newly shampooed dog and the fur must be long enough to hold the 'twist'.

I have enjoyed designing a variety of Hats and Scarves, and then on to Shawls. on the right, however, is what I called my Christening Bootee collection.




The natural tones and tints of a single fleece produces an array of colour within the fibre, avoiding the flatness chemical dyes can have. I even used hanks of spun different coloured fleece in one dye pot, each hank was a shade apart from the others and of course each hank was full of tones and tints.   Coloured wool enhances the experience of dyeing  and has definite value.