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The sheep is called Woolhelmina and is known as Woolly, for short. She featured on the cover of the original Woolly Thoughts book. We often hide behind the name of Woolhelmina though we are really

Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer

We are a husband-and-wife team of mathematicians and designers. We have recently retired from teaching Maths in UK High Schools.

Steve is also trained in Art. Pat is a self-taught fibre artist.

Ben Ashforth is a third member of the team who has been involved in some designs and often attends events. Ben is a scientist with a passion for cycling. You can read about his cycling exploits at Benguin.co.uk

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Ravelry is a phenomenal knitting and crochet site with over eight million members from all round the world. This Wikipedia page explains what it is all about, or go to Ravelry.com. There is a Woolly Thoughts group with a large following. You do not have to be a member to but patterns but do have to join to access more information. It is free to join.

Click here to read a magazine article about mathematical knitting and crochet.