As a recently born-again knitter (and wannabe crocheter) I’ve been revelling in discovering all the latest colourful, beautiful patterns and yarns that are available now, not to mention learning about some of the incredibly talented and inspirational people involved in the contemporary knitting world. It’s all very different compared to when I first learned to knit back in the day, that’s for sure.
One of the most inventive and inspirational companies in the field has to be Wool and the Gang, founded by designers Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood, who met met while studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins in London.
After school they gained experience together at Alexander McQueen and Balmain in Paris, which was when they were discovered by former model, world traveller and yarn lover Elisabeth Sabrier. This trio founded Wool and the Gang, to be joined by Lisa Rodwell (previously at MOO, Yahoo and eBay) as CEO, and together the Gang are committed to changing the way fashion is created and consumed.
I was looking for summer knitting inspiration when I came across Wool and the Gang’s fabulous range of patterns, yarns and kits that has something for everyone, from seasoned crafter to complete novice.
“We created Wool and the Gang out of a passion for incredible design that’s produced in a sustainable way. Want to be in our Gang?”
There are heaps of cool things to knit, crochet and macramé for yourself, friends, family and your home – here are some of my favourites:
Join the 70’s-inspired trend for macramé home accessories with the Off the Wall Hanging above and the light shades below. All are made using Wool and the Gang’s unique ‘Jersey be Good’ t-shirt yarn, which is made from recycled cotton jersey off-cuts from clothing factories – a great way to repurpose fashion industry waste.
Their collection of light shades was designed in collaboration with Plumen (who we wrote about previously here) to fit over the Plumen Drop Cap and Baby 001 Energy Saving Light Bulb. The Ray of Light Lampshade is shown above, and below is the Shine a Light Lampshade.
You can order a complete kit, or just the materials for the shade if you already have your own light fitting. And as with most of Wool and the Gang’s make-your-own projects, there’s a range of yarn colours for you to choose from.
You can customise your Wool and the Gang Kit so that it contains everything you need to complete your project. That way you can dive right in immediately, get making, and get it finished without having to shop around for extra haberdashery bits and pieces. How many beautifully made pieces never see the light of day for lack of the right buttons, buckle or strap to finish them off?
This set of 3 nesting baskets might be a good beginner’s macrame project – *makes note to self*. There’s a whole page of ‘How To’ video tutorials on the website, so I’ve got absolutely no excuse not to have a go.
I’m very tempted to have a go at this last one in the navy colourway above. It looks so versatile; you could wear it on its own or layer a light, long-sleeved tee underneath (for grey, windy ‘summer’ days like today, for instance).
I definitely want to be in the Gang – how about you?
Images: Wool and the Gang