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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Spinning and Knitting Project Finished


The above four yarns were spun by me during the last year.  Question was: what to do with them when they are finished? Answer: find a pattern that you like and adapt it.  Easier said than done.
Then I saw this pattern in an old 'People's Friend' magazine. I thought it would be just right. It was just right for someone short-waisted, like me, and lots of opportunities for using more than one colourway.
My spun-off merino knits up like Aran so knitting with 5mm (u.k. needles) I began.

...and here is the finished result. I'm pleased with it.  It's not at all itchy and very comfortable to wear.

The colour panel at the back breaks up the vast expanse of lavender yarn and compliments the front panels.
I like the way it sticks out at the front.

Now on to my next project, but first I need to make something with the left-over yarn from this one. Any ideas?


Thursday, 29 May 2014

A New Raw Fleece Cometh

I am currently spinning with this beautiful dark purple roving, which I bought from E-bay. It's a very soft merino. It spins up quite quickly and is a joy to work with.

So far I have several spools of it and some of it is already in use. More of that another day.

However, I am excited about getting a raw fleece to work with, later in the week so I will be back on here to tell you how I'm getting on with that. I'm not sure what I'm getting yet, but it could well be a long staple variety, like the one in the following video. You will see how www.taylormadeyarns.co.uk spins up an art yarn using a Wensleydale fleece. It's quite fascinating. Do take a look:


Monday, 19 May 2014


... and here is the jerkin (vest) (pullover) finished. With handspun wool, you get a variation of colour, which I love. That makes the garment unique. I'm ready to give it to him for his birthday next week, although the weather has now turned warm so he won't be wearing it much for a while. I did make it a bit longer than the pattern said, so it should last a while.

Here is the little fella it's for... my grandson, Sammy.

Have a lovely day and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

What am I knitting today?

I saw the pattern for this lovely jerkin in the window of my local haberdashery shop last week. The baby looks a little like my grandson, Sam, so of course I had to buy the pattern, didn't I!

I had just the right yarn to make up the jerkin - some of my handspun, which has been sitting in a basket for a while now. Do you like the colour? Being handspun, it varies from dark to lighter shades. I like that. I like a bit of variation.

 So now I'm doing the V-neck of the front and it won't be long before I'm on to the borders.
I love knitting. It's very relaxing in the evenings after all the chores are done. 

I like to put my feet up, watch TV or listen to the radio and knit. Bliss!


Sunday, 16 February 2014

A new member of the family.


Please meet' Sausage'. He is the latest member of our family to join the cottage. He is the result of my latest crafty effort and he is a sausage dog (in case you didn't guess).


He likes to hide behind the washing basket...


and sneak up on the cat ...

He has a very stripey body ...


and very short legs.

But we all love him :)


Monday, 30 December 2013

A New Skein of Yarn

A new skein of yarn.

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I’ve been working on some lovely, soft merino topping in a beautiful lavender shade. I had some darker shade left over from the previous spinning so I’ve combined the two into this lovely colourway.
The next spinning will be the lavender on its own with the idea of making something which starts with the two colours and ends with the one.  Should be fun, shouldn’t it! You can see the plain lavender in the next picture.
DSCF1620It’s a lovely way of spending the long, dark November evenings. It’s actually quite soporific and while I’m spinning, I go into a sort of trance, which I find very relaxing. I suppose it is my brain going into beta waves, hard to do without a trigger, but really easy once I start spinning…

Christmas Placemats

I’ve just finished a patchwork project for Christmas – one table centre-piece and four tablemats. Now do I keep them or give them away as presents? After all the work I put in to make them, it’s tempting to keep them.
In April my Patchwork Club is having an exhibition of work we’ve been doing through the year. I’m wondering how many tablemats will have spillages on them after the Christmas holidays? Perhaps we should keep them till next Christmas?
Here are the individuals…
The colours don’t look quite right on here. In reality there is more contrast, but this was the best I could do in the available light.
Shall I keep or give away? Choices, choices….