Shopcast 189: Let's Chat about Westmorland with Marie Wallin, plus loads more!

By Caitlin Johnson

On this episode, Corinne is joined again by Maggie (back from being sick with a cold!). It's a week before our Colorwork Accessories KAL starts, so they share some fun ideas and details there, plus Corinne's new Flowers of Fortrose hat pattern. This pattern is free upon KAL sign-up. Also in this episode, Corinne has a lovely chat with Marie Wallin who has just released her new book Westmorland! And the beautiful Harris Tweed totes are in the shop again today so they have a look at those. Caitlin is also a guest, and Rachel sends us an update from Fair ISle, plus we have a segment from Thistle community member Krista B!

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00:00 Intro

1:16 Intro, FOs & Winner #1

15:10 Thistler’s Segment - Krista B

21:25 WIPs

29:56 Caitlin

42:48 Flowers of Fortrose & KAL info

47:27 Oysters & Purls, Harris Tweed Totes

53:47 Fair Isle Postcard

1:10:19 Restocked Yarns & Books

1:19:51Marie Wallin, Designer

1:48:19 Westmorland Designs

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Maggie’s FO:

Hirne Cardigan by Kate Davies, from Sark, in Rauma Strikkegarn colorway 103 



Colorwork KAL starts February 17th!! Next Friday 🙂

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Flowers of Fortrose Hat kit

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Thistler Krista B

Mariechen by Isabell Kraemer in Rauma Strikkegarn (103) and Tukuwool (H21)



Corinne’s WIP

Agatha Sock in TWT Rambler 


Maggie’s WIP

Tapestry Cowl in Jamieson & Smith

Maggie's Project 


Caitlin’s Segment

Grærup Sweater by Camilla Vad in handspun and stash yarn

Fuss Free Baby Cardigan by Louise Tilbrook in Jagger Spun Moussam Falls

Maja Sweater from Contrasts: Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P. Swatch in Álafosslopi & Lettlopi


Lopi Yarns

In the Shop:

1st Colorwork Project Ideas blog  

Pressed Flowers Cowl by Amy Christoffers

Oysters & Purls  

Harris Tweed Tote Bags 

Rachel’s Fair Isle Postcard

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More in the Shop:

Daughter of Shepherd  

Drover Sock yarn & Ram Jam 4-ply sport weight

Ullcentrum restock with new colors in Sport Weight and Worsted Weight! 

Neons & Neutrals by Aimée Gille   

Coming soon-

52 Weeks of Socks Vol. 2

Moorit Magazine #4

Uradale 4-ply with yarn sets for the Bonnie Isle Hat & Da Crofter’s Kep  

Interview with Marie Wallin

Westmorland new collection

British Breeds yarn

Find Marie at:

Instagram- @mariewallinknits

Ravelry- mariewallin

We’d love to see any of your FO’s from our yarn or patterns as well!  Use #thewoollythistle to have your FO included in a future shopcast!

Thank you for watching! If you go out, take your knitting!

Video editing: Intelligent Octopus


  • Rachel, I so love your contributions to the Woolly Thistle Shopcasts. Like Maggie and Corinne I am ready to sign up now. I would be very happy to just have more of what you currently share. I particularly enjoy “meeting” your sheep and other animals and seeing the sky over your land. I live in a huge city in the US and my life could hardly be more different from your’s. Somehow you always make me feel more connected; I thank you for that.

    Kathleen O'Meara
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, thank you. I especially appreciated seeing how well the Rauma Strikkegarn worked for Meg’s lovely cardigan and your interview with Marie Wallin.

    Anne Cotellessa
  • Dear Rachel, following are some of my suggestions for your Patreon account:
    1. More about knitting: what are you knitting, how do you design, all about your yarn, your machine knitting, your favorite hand knitting tools
    2. History: history of Fair Isle, history of sheep on FI, history of knitting on FI
    3. Food: do you grow any of your own food, recipes and food of FI
    4. Could you produce some video tutorials of specific techniques?
    5. What books are you reading? Book Club based on everything FI and everything Scotland

    Lindy Barnes
  • I am not allowed to have livestock where I live. I would sponsor Rachel’s animals and it would make me feel like I had sheep, chickens and others❤ Not sure how this would work but…

    Susan Hack

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