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  • Julia writes a feature for Knitting Magazine | Cornish Organic Wool
    get eaten in a warehouse somewhere That s quite a cocktail Many people who think they re allergic to wool may in fact be allergic to the chemicals in the wool And then there s mulesing As the aim of this article is to give you the consumer an informed decision the subject of mulesing cannot really be avoided Sheep are prone to fly strike basically the flies will land on the smelly dirty part of the sheep usually their bottoms and lay their eggs When the larvae hatch they burrow into the sheep s warm flesh They will then literally eat the sheep alive Sheep dips were developed in order to prevent the flies landing but as history has revealed the environmental damage caused by these dips and the reported nerve damage to human operators was appalling and although Synthetic Pyrethroid Sheep Dip is currently banned in the UK organophosphate dips are still in use Mulesing is an alternative method of avoiding fly strike which was developed in Australia in the 1930 s Basically it is the surgical removal of strips of wool bearing wrinkle skin around the tail of the sheep The Australian wool trade describes this practice as a vital part of sheep husbandry and that it would be exceptionally cruel not to mules sheep Animal rights campaigners say it is barbaric and increased resources into alternative anti flystrike methods would result in equivalent or better welfare than today It is worth noting that large retailers notably Marks Spencer have called for mulesing to be abolished and their new range of organic knits come from non mulesed flocks Mulesing has already been phased out in New Zealand It is at the moment impossible to know if the merino wool you buy for hand knitting comes from mulesed flocks or not If the wool comes from Australia there is an 80 chance that it does Moving onto different fibres the three others most readily available in the UK are alpaca silk and cashmere There are currently no organic standards for camelids but The Soil Association has recently taken the decision to write up their standards so organically certified alpaca should be available in the UK within a couple of years or so In the meantime there are some excellent sources of local and international alpaca A quick search on the internet will bring up any number of dedicated alpaca owners who are spinning their own yarn and selling it On a slightly bigger scale UK Alpaca buys fibre from British alpacas and has it all processed and spun in Britain and it s available both on line and from a selection of good wool shops in both natural shades and a handful of dyed colours Many companies including Designer Yarns Mirasol collection have alpaca ethically produced in Peru and other South American countries but you then have the air miles to take into account Silk is an interesting fibre as it is generally compared with cotton or equivalents

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/julia-writes-feature-knitting-magazine (2016-04-27)
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  • Cornish Organic Wool Launches Certified Colour Range | Cornish Organic Wool
    we have at last been certified and are ready to introduce our first certified range of colours Initially we have introduced the colour range in standard DK weight as this is the most popular yarn We are currently hand dyeing wool from Bosigran Farm in Zennor All this process takes place in Cornwall so we continue to keep our eco foot print down to a minimum Our range of colours

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/cornish-organic-wool-launches-certified-colour-range (2016-04-27)
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  • Julia on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour | Cornish Organic Wool
    Radio 4 Women s Hour Listen to Julia on BBC Radio 4 Women s Hour Reporter Sarah Swadling meets Julia Hopson from the Cornish Organic Wool Company and the women who complete the chain from field to yarn Miriam also speaks to Lee Holdstock from the Soil Association and Lucy Siegle columnist for the Observer magazine and author of Green Living in the Urban Jungle To listen please click below

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/julia-bbc-radio-4-womens-hour (2016-04-27)
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  • Julia's Loopy Sheep Tea Cosy a Hit with 'People's Friend' readers | Cornish Organic Wool
    People s Friend readers Loopy Sheep Tea Cosy Julia recently designed a Loopy Sheep Tea Cosy for Peoples Friend Magazine I Matt was convinced that this was rather pointless as who uses tea pots any more I ve had to

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/julias-loopy-sheep-tea-cosy-hit-peoples-friend-readers (2016-04-27)
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  • Knitters from Canada and USA come to see Cornish Organic Wool | Cornish Organic Wool
    site of the original woollen cloth industry in the 1600s and also visited Lanhydrock and St Michael s Mount knitting on the coach between visits Having found Cornish organic wool through their website they were given a talk about the company by owners Julia and Matt Hopson Julia said We told them about the revival of the Cornish wool industry after a 300 year lapse It was a great opportunity to spread the word about the concept of organic textiles And to explain the full traceability which our yarn has every ball is labelled with the name of the farm it came from and this is unique to Cornish organic wool In addition to the talk from the Hopsons the trans Atlantic holiday makers with Joyce James Tours were not aware that Julia Hopson has the Guinness World Record for knitting with the largest needles in the world as previously featured in The Cornishman The needles were taken out and the visitors were able to have a go at knitting with them outside Julia s shop in Causewayhead Knit Wits They re quite large 3 5m long so we caused a bit of a stir but our guests entered into

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/knitters-canada-and-usa-come-see-cornish-organic-wool (2016-04-27)
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  • Cornish Organic Wool launch into retail sector | Cornish Organic Wool
    launch into retail sector launch into retail sector Matt and Julia Hopson have just launched Cornish Organic Wool into the retail sector at the Craft Hobby and Stitch International at NEC in Birmingham The response was overwhelming and over the

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/cornish-organic-wool-launch-retail-sector (2016-04-27)
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  • Julia Gains Guinness World Record | Cornish Organic Wool
    Record for knitting with the largest knitting needles in the world As part of National Knitting Week in October 2006 Julia Hopson of Cornish Organic Wool was awarded The Guinness World Record for Knitting with the Largest Knitting Needles Julia knitted a tension square of ten stitches and ten rows in stocking stitch using knitting needles that were 6 5cm in diameter and 3 5 meters long These were ten

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/julia-gains-guinness-world-record (2016-04-27)
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  • National Knitting Week 2006 Tregenna Castle | Cornish Organic Wool
    12mm in diameter The event was officially witnessed by Claire Crompton author of The Knitters Bible and Maurice Stevens from The Cornishman newspaper All the evidence has been submitted to The Guinness Book of Records and we await official verification from them Celtic Challenge Cornish V Scots Fleece to garment competition This was the second time this challenge had been attempted turning a fleece into a garment or in this case a throw in the quickest time Both teams consisted of 8 spinners and 8 knitters working at any time plus 2 carders and 1 person to sew up The Cornish team used Romney fleeces supplied by Cornish Organic Wool from The National Trust s farm Bosigran just down the coast at Zennor The Scottish team used Scottish Cheviot fleeces Both teams had previously dyed one fleece with tea so the throw which consisted of 63 squares of various patterns was a chequerboard design For the second successive year the Scots won the challenge clearly the Cornish knitters need to speed up Cocheting with boat hooks RNLI first ever attempt at crocheting Julia Hopson and Dave Nichol from the RNLI successfully managed to crochet a flower design much to the amusement of onlookers Julia and Dave Nicholl RNLI Behind her is the Landrover with the satellite sending the pictures live to Alexandra Palace and Highlands of Scotland Speed Knitting Witnessed via satellite at Alexandra Palace in London Frances Jago managed to knit 250 stitches in three minutes which we understand makes her the fastest in the UK this year She said that due to all the attention nerves got to her and she feels she can do over 260 stitches in three minutes pics pr Frances Jago and Johnny Rutherford from the BBC Rowan Heather Esswood from Rowan inspecting Julia

    Original URL path: http://www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk/news/national-knitting-week-2006-tregenna-castle (2016-04-27)
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