Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Sunday 7 November 2010

Knitting woes and wonders

I started this post a few days back, full of woe as I really could not make it work...

I started yesterday with some really really lovely multi-coloured Freedom wool and have had to unravel it several times as the wool is so hard to knit with. I have not had this problem with other multi ply wool but this is dreadful. I can k a row and p a row but can't seem to k1 p1 with this wool...it won't "slide" freely and just sort of felts together.

I know it is pure wool but the felting bit is meant to be done with hot water etc, after the making up!

Am a bit despondant tbh as the dishcloths and scarf and small hat in other wool /acrylic blend went really well, but this arrggghhhh!

It is lovely wool and I bought enough to make a hat, scarf and fingerless gloves ( gulp) as a present for Compostgirl (no pressure there, then) and it cost a bit so must try again I guess.

Am now remembering just why I don't knit, am basically not much good I think!

BUT, I unravelled and started again and I think I have finally got the hang of this wool....

Because I managed to knit a hat! By following a pattern!

 Feel very pleased with myself now.


  1. Looks so cool! I can't wait to learn how to knit now, and that's a lot coming from me. ;)

  2. That's great! I must dig mine out again and have another bash at making something... anything.

  3. I love that wool - so soft and such great blends of colours. I found it easier to crochet than knit - and with a bigger hook than suggest on the band. I've got a cowls in that pink/purple/orange colour - perhaps I should make a hat like yours to match :)

  4. way to stick with it! Hat looks great! Nice job.


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