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exciting developments are afoot at madeWILD HQ. I’m amalgamating my website and blog, getting rid of the old ones and starting afresh.  I’ve been a bit on the tardy side in regards to posting and generally keeping in touch, so I’ve decided to put everything in one place to make life a little simpler.

I’d like to thank everyone who has followed this blog over the last wee while and hope you will continue to come read my musings over at http://mhairiwild.wordpress.com/

Once I finish doing all the techy stuff, my domain will be linked and everything will be in one place at http://www.mhairiwild.co.uk.  Hopefully, this will mean more regular posts for you to read and a more streamlined, improved version, for me. Win, win, really.

I will keep this blog live until the changeover, then it’s au revoir…

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Much has happened in the intervening months, since I last posted. Some good things and some not so good. One of the main changes has been that I recently found out I’m allergic to wool!! As you can imagine, this is a bit of a handicap since it’s my principal material. It causes puffy, red, runny eyes, a wheezy chest, and nasty skin rashes. I seem to be ok with long carded fibre for spinning, but cut fibre resulting from the felting processes I use, are the worst. It was only when I stopped working with it recently to work on a house design, that I saw the connection. Anyway, the upshot is that me and my felted lambswool are parting company.

My Mixed Media work has been very well received, and in a way, has led me in a circle right back to where I started out. It has always been an important part of my process, and until recently, I hadn’t realised mine or it’s potential.

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It’s a topic I taught at Dundee College, and was always one of my most popular classes. Happily, I’ve been asked to run a one day workshop at the DCA in October, combining Mark making, mixed media and textiles. It should be a fun day. I will post a link and more details nearer the time.

The other big change has been my son Sean’s health. He’s had a tough few months, but is thankfully on the mend now. Obviously, studio time has been scarce, but when I have managed to have a day or two, I’ve been working on a really exciting house design for good friends of mine. It is a self supporting timber structure, with a planted roof and strawbale infill. More details and photos to follow, once the final design is off the drawing board. I taught on the Interior and Environmental Design Course at Duncan of Jordanstone, my main areas of interest being, Performative Design and Sustainability. So you see…I have pressed the default. I’m very fortunate to have the freedom, materials, space and skills to allow for this switch and hope to further develop these two areas of interest.

None of this would be possible without the help and support from my wonderful Alan. Life has been tough round these parts lately, but he has never wavered, and has kept me smiling, and supplied with a good Malt, when necessary. What more could a girl ask for?

I’m hoping that this new/old direction will allow the flexibility I need at the moment until Sean is fully recovered. It will be interesting to see where it takes me. I love an adventure!

health, wealth and happiness for the coming year.

health, wealth and happiness for the coming year.

Here are some of my highlights of 2012…

rediscovering drawing thanks to 28 drawings later throughout February. Made some great new pals through the FB page.

rediscovering drawing thanks to 28 drawings later throughout February. Made some great new pals through the FB page.

took possession of the keys to a brilliant new studio space at Meadow Mill, in Dundee.

took possession of the keys to a brilliant new studio space at Meadow Mill, in Dundee.

took part in Open Studios and had a fab response from the visitors.

took part in Open Studios and had a fab response from the visitors.

attended Vanilla Ink Opening with the aid of some of my baked goods.

attended Vanilla Ink Opening with the aid of some of my baked goods.

Attended Woolfest with Elena Costella and a bus load of other fibre obsessives.

Attended Woolfest with Elena Costella and a bus load of other fibre obsessives.

found time to knit something for myself from Susan Crawford's fab book, 'A Stitch in Time', part 2

found time to knit something for myself from Susan Crawford’s fab book, ‘A Stitch in Time’, part 2

more baking of the wedding kind.

more baking of the wedding kind.

enjoyed playing about with some naughty stitching ideas.

enjoyed playing about with some naughty stitching ideas.

collaborated with Jan Shaw. Hand dyed and hand spun yarn for a mixed media project.

collaborated with Jan Shaw. Hand dyed and hand spun yarn for a mixed media project.

continued to be inspired by poerty and found objects

continued to be inspired by poerty and found objects

expanded my collection to include hats, collars, hat pins, and button brooches.

expanded my collection to include hats, collars, hat pins, and button brooches.

very special cape commission for a special lady.

very special cape commission for a special lady.

brilliant time with Paola McClure decorating and hosting a Christmas doo, on the 4th floor with our fellow creatives.

brilliant time with Paola McClure decorating and hosting a Christmas doo, on the 4th floor with our fellow creatives.

but most importantly, found time to get a wee break with my Alan, and spend time with my wonderful sons.

but most importantly, found time to get a wee break with my Alan, and spend time with my wonderful sons.

So here’s to 2013…may the best of the old year be the worst of the new.

I know, I know…it’s been ages! It’s been a tough year, but I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say, I’ve found my woolly mojo again and have been holed up in Studio 408, WASPS, Meadow Mill, in Dundee designing some lovely new Lambswool accessories.

Of course, the orange one is my favourite…

This little beauty was the most popular, this weekend…

We had Open Studios last weekend and had a wonderful turnout, with over 1,000 visitors. There was a really fantastic atmosphere. There is such a diverse Arts community in the building, I never pass up a chance to see Artists and Designers in their creative space.

the light in my studio is wonderful at this time of year…warm and soft

I’m working on all sorts of different projects with some exciting things to come soon, so I promise to update more often and let you see what’s happening in my new studio. Pop on over to my Facebook page, Made WILD and see if you likey, too.

As you know…I’m a knitter, amongst other things.  I used to be of the ‘find a pattern, select the yarn and knit the project’ kind of knitter.  I wouldn’t buy yarn on a whim, or hoard patterns.  I would only start one project at a time and keep going until it was finished…..even if I couldn’t stand the sight of it, by the end.  I went through a love/hate relationship with knitting for a while during my teens and early 20’s.  I am flighty and easily bored, so having only one project on the go, unless it was small and quick, became more of a chore than a joy.

However, things change……I am now the proud owner of a comfortably large, but not ridiculous, stash of yarn and have several projects on my needles, so I thought I’d share my Work In Progress.

This is the back of a jumper I’m knitting for my lovely hubby.  I’m using my own hand spun 2ply in gorgeous Oatmeal Bluefaced Leicester.  The yarn has a slight slub to it and is chunky weight.  The finished jumper will have a pouch pocket, hood and 3 buttons at the neck.  I got the idea for the design from ‘The Knitter’ Issue 14. The pocket and hood will have a cable pattern and I may run it up the sleeves, but I haven’t made my mind up yet…..

I’ve been dying up some gorgeous luxury yarns and knitting up samples using different stitches to see how they work.  This is a wee sample using ‘Elderberry’ laceweight Bluefaced Leicester.  Can you tell, it’s my favourite fibre?  There is quite a strong variegation, so a simple stitch pattern works well.  One of the semi-solid yarns would work more successfully with a more intricate pattern….

This one is purely for fun!  I’ve always wanted a traditional knitted cosy, but have never gotten round to making one, until now.  It will have two big pom poms on the top.

Would you believe I’ve never knitted socks!  I have crocheted quite a few pairs, so decided to have a go…..not having the fun I thought I’d have, so these bad boys are destined to be welly tops instead.  I’m using pure wool DK from New Lanark Mill in Cherry, and birch dpn’s.  Birch needles are probably my favourite, but I do use bamboo, steel and plastic, depending on the project and yarn.

My blue/lilac/purple/jade cardigan is almost completed.  I didn’t like the cabled yoke in the pattern so have changed the design.  It has short sleeves and three buttons at the neck.  I bought the yarn from MCA Direct in Stirling, and the finished cardie will be for wearing in the studio.  The short sleeves will be super practical for when I’m dyeing…..I have more dyed cuffs than I care to admit!

….and where does one put ones stash when the footstool is full?  In the fireplace, of course!  Colourful, cosy and full of potential…..a bit like me, really.

There are a whole host of beautifully designed, handmade wares up for grabs in St Andrews, this coming week.  Fife Contemporary Art and Craft are holding a pop-up shop in St Andrews.  I shall be sharing the shelves with the likes of Lovely Pigeon, James Donald, Jane Gowans, Hannah Nunn and Claire Heminsley, to name, but a few.  I feel honoured to be included. Well worth a special trip.

'gather' shore detail

Hello everybody.  As you can see I have moved my blog from www.mhairiwild.co.uk, to this new shiney wordpress place.  I was having problems with my rss feed and after much techno wrangling decided to make the move.  Everything is a bit unfamiliar around these parts, at the moment but I’m sure I will soon get into the swing of things.  In the meantime, here’s a bit of cake to keep you going…..

lush carrot cake with lemon marscaponie topping