Shine a Light Pink Macrame Lampshade Kit from Wool and the GangAs 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.

Founder members of Wool and the Gang company in black and white photo

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.

“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?”

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.

There are heaps of cool things to knit, crochet and macramé  for yourself, friends, family and your home – here are some of my favourites:

Mustard Yellow Off the Wall Hanging from Wool and the Gang

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.

Ray Of Light DIY Macrame Lamp Shade hanging over wooden table with teapot and plant

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.

Wool and the Gang Shine a Light DIY Macrame Lampshade Kit


Wool and The Gang DIY Lampshade and Plumen Lighting Kit 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.


Bright Pink Hey Now Clutch bag from Wool and the Gang


There are also some fabulous bags, made from the same cotton jersey yarn, that are ideal for the summer.  Above is the Hey Now Clutch and below the Tender Loving Clutch.

Wool and the Gang Tender Loving Clutch bag DIY Knitting Kit

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?

Set of 3 macrame Twiggy Pots in Sorbet YellowWool and the Gang DIY Macrame Twiggy Pot in yellow with green succulent

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.

Knitted grey and orange stripe Bob Top by Wool and the GangThe summer knits are very enticing too, with lots of vest tops and T shirts that would be quick projects for the coming season. Above is the Bob Top, and below the Julio T Shirt.

Orange knitted Julio T-shirt from Wool and the Gang worn with faded denim jeansWool and the Gang Julio T-shirt in navy back view worn by blonde model 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).

Wool and the Gang knitting kit with grey wool

I definitely want to be in the Gang – how about you?

Images:  Wool and the Gang

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