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60 second Yarn Interview: Border Tart

Lindsay is based in Chesters, in the Scottish Borders, and her craft HQ is a converted Caravan (we are envious!) When did you start spinning?

I learned to spin while living on the Isle of Lewis about 25 years ago (I wish you hadn't made me do the sums...) I was taught, not by a native islander but by a London speech therapist working at the hospital there!


What was your first spinning project?

Best forgotten, although it was so thick and lumpy it probably still hasn't composted down yet


 Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?

Here are some of my skeins of handspun. They are all one-offs, though, so the range is always changing. And then I'll have lots of lovely blended and carded fibres for sale, and some interesting packs of Indian cottons, and lovely mother of pearl buttons and much more

 yarns Jan 1 yarns Jan 3

How many WIPS have you got?

Only one knitting WIP, but countless other ideas bubbling away, and lots of new work to do inspired by India


Do you use Ravelry?

Yes, I'm Bordertart on Ravelry, but not on there nearly often enough 


What's on your wheel right now?

I am working with raw organic Indian cotton, blending it with merino and spinning it. Then it's coming with me to India in February to be dyed and used in my new work there


If you had to pick just one kind of fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?

It would be wool because it's so versatile, takes colour beautifully and is best suited to our rather 'challenging' climate


If you would like to see some of Lindsay's other work, please visit her website:

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