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How did we get into all this?

Where do the inspirations come from?

Why do we work this way?

Why are there no coloured pictures in our first books?


You will find the answers to all these and much more besides.

What you don't get:

Patterns. There are no patterns (except for two specially written toilet roll covers)  


The CD does not replace Woolly Thoughts or Second Thoughts. It should be thought of as an add-on although it will also be of interest to many who have not read either of those books.

What you do get:  


Things to Study

Lots and lots of photographs of garments under construction. Most of these relate to the descriptions and drawings in Woolly Thoughts and Second Thoughts. (Some of these photographs date back several years and were not taken with the intention of ever being public. The quality is not always of the highest but the methods are clear.)

Things to Read

A Blanket Canvas (60 pages/pdf version)

The story of our afghans from 1996 to 2001. There is a photo of each afghan we made during that period together with its story.  


Picking Up Threads (152 pages/pdf version)

A personal story from childhood to New Year's Day 2007.


A Sheep Off The Old Flock (pdf version)

An autobaaography and study of lambguage. Silly cartoon and story book about Woolhelmina and her friends.

Things to Do

Let It Go To Your Head (pdf version)

Instruction booklet for making hats the Woolly Thoughts way. We have sold the original booklet, for many years. This pdf version has some extras which were made for our hat-making trip to Italy in 2004.

Mathemagical Mittens (pdf version) Instruction booklet for making mittens the Woolly Thoughts way.


5 Afghan design cards. Ideas for using simple half-and-half, or striped, squares to create stunning afghans.


Square to Eternity toilet roll cover pattern.


Tilting at Windmills toilet roll cover pattern.

Things to See

12 PowerPoint presentations with photos and information. There are no patterns or instructions. These presentation were up-to-date when the CD was first published in 2007. More recent creations are not included.


Woolly Thoughts

Second Thoughts  



Games and Mazes

Optical Illusions

Space-filling Curves

Number Pattern Afghans

Crochet Afghans

All Afghans

Cheshire Women's Institute photos

Schools' Afghans


Some slides appear in more than one presentation. There are many 'hidden' slides where you can read information about the Mathematics behind the designs.



At Home

Almost 100 photos of our home and local area

Necessary programs PowerPoint Viewer and Adobe Reader are included on the CD for you to install if you don't have them already.


Total price, including postage - £22