Just before attending the first ever class with departed legend Barb Carroll I received a letter acknowledging the date of class and to bring only textured wool as she would not use flat wool even if it was mottled. Prior to that I didn't have any experience using plaids, stripes, herringbone or checked wool. Not sure if it was in that same personal handwritten note or another class, but also recall a note saying, 'bring your ugly wool'. To me that was an invitation to all of her classes to find out how to work with some real uglies.
More than 2 decades ago a friend shared some wool with me that a friend of ours bought at a flea market. A photo of it is below and thought it was the ugliest wool I'd ever seen...sorry Scotland.
Barb did use it in color planning of Lion and Trees. If you can't see it immediately, some places it was used are first row of hooking under the lion, the ovals in a couple stylized trees and a questionable image to the far right bottom.
Perhaps not a prominent usage of the ugly wool but at least Barb showed me ugly wool can be used. Fast forward 20 years and I still have that wool, gee, wonder why 😁.
As I'm working on Cottage and Apple Tree I'm wondering how the heck I'm going to pull off a close resemblance to the tree on the left.
You guessed it, the ugly wool...but used the Scottish Huntsman and a few recruit strips from the worm bag. Wanted so much to get more of the tree hooked and background around it but, you know...life gets in the way.
While it may not be exact it is close enough for my liking and happy to use up some of that perfectly ugly wool.
Yesterday was delightful to work outside so trimmed a big flowering bush which took a few hours of my time. Hope I didn't kill it but it had overgrown so badly it needed it. Today was another marvelous day to work outside and did some heavy duty work around that tree stump to remove root systems of several clumps of thorny vines and a twisted up root of a holly tree. Was this a perfect day or what??? Hope it was in your area.