For the Love of George

Those of you who belong to the Knitting Goddesses (and Gods) ravelry group will know that one of our group members lost her husband very suddenly and completely out of the blue.

It seems like no time at all since we saw Tracey and George at Andyfest – and he looked so well. So ready for another 30 or 40 years or being dragged round yarn shows and being forced to pose for pictures with a small stuffed monkey.

However that’s not how things are, and we started talking to Tracey about dyeing up some yarns which would reflect some of the things that George loved, with £5 from each ball going to the thing which Tracey described to me as ‘the other woman in their marriage’ – Vulcan to the Sky.

Here are Tracey’s colour ideas

I’ve been trying to think of the colours that reflect George and his favourite things.I suppose some of them are typical bloke colours,greys,blacks etc.
He loved the English countryside so green fields and forests.
He loved motorbikes,so Ducati red,Laverda orange,Suzuki blue,Kawasaki green etc.
He loved the North Yorkshire coast,Whitby,Scarborough.
He loved Scotland.
He loved owls and cats and…animals…he loved animals.

How many things make one person? We are such complex individuals when we sit and try to think about favourite places,colours etc. aren’t we?

So for now there are 4 For The Love of George yarns


Ada and May, inspired by two very lovely seal point birmans


Whitby – jet black, smoke, the silver of fish scales, a touch of sand and the blue of the sea.


Scotland – inspired by a few of the common misconceptions about what the pace is really like – so the copper of rusty nail cocktails, irn bru, golden chips and grey skies and rain


Green and Pleasant Land – some colours from nature.

You’ll find these yarns in the colour block yarns section of the shop at 1900 on Monday 22nd October, and £5 from each ball sold will go to Vulcan to the Sky in memory of George.

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who shopped over the weekend. Your generosity in acquiring yarn means that £1042.25 has been donated to Macmillan cancer support in memory of Lynne.

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