This morning I did a two-hour stint at the heritage centre as a volunteer attendant. I took my knitting and also spent some time familiarising myself with the displays. My back seems to be slowly getting better, so after lunch I took Tan for a short walk down to the sea and back. Not being […]
About five years after being asked to give the Afternoon Club (the local over 50’s club) a talk about handspinning, Beth and I were approached and asked to give another talk. This time we decided on weaving. So yesterday, we took our knitters looms, an Inkle loom and a Peg loom along to the community […]
My Wee Peggy is still full of the Shetland fleece from my little Shetland ewe that I am using for my Shetland shawl (do you detect a theme here?). The Traveller has some blended World of Wool tops in progress that I blended using both our hackle and drumcarder – to see how different both […]
I have just received an email from Texere with news of another Flash Sale. This one looks really good – Cashmere, Angora and Wool sliver at £2.50 for 50g. It’s undyed and the exact fibre composition – type of “wool” or percentages is not given. http://www.texere-yarns.co.uk/texereshop/Angora_Fibres.html The offer is on for 2 days (or I […]
Something like busy.
Well, the sheep were successfully sheared on Thursday and we ended up with a decent pile of fleeces. Oh, and one of the gimmers turned out to be a wether – ah, well.
Gather your sheep. With the help of two friends I got the sheep in this morning, ready to be sheared this evening. No photos of the gathering I’m afraid, but here are a few of the sheep inside. I won’t be able to take any photos of Ian shearing the sheep, as I’ll be […]
It’s that time of year again. The sheep are due to be sheared tomorrow. They’re starting to look tatty, especially the Shetlands, with bits of fleece coming off ’round the edges’ – necks and bums. They’ll be relieved to rid themselves of the heavy wool I should think. I’ve been clearing out the byre in […]
It’s been far too long since I wrote anything here. I’ve been meaning to write something about the Shetland shawl that I’m knitting, but hadn’t taken a photo of it. Well, now I have. It shows off the Knit Pro Symfonie needles nicely, doesn’t it. 🙂 I’m knitting this shawl from handspun from my white […]
We now have the Silk/Merino (20/80) blend Ashford Sliver in the shop. Selling at £6.50 for 100g. We have the four latest shades and will bring in more if these sell well. Postage for fibre starts at £2.50, which is a little less than the actual cost of mailing. Buying larger quantities will get you […]
Yes, I know, I know. I’ve always been an advocate of spinning in the grease – and I still am. But we have several Land Rovers full of bags of fleece and some radical action is needed to use up some of it fast. So, I’ve been washing the fleece for another project. Many years […]
It was plying day today. I made use of the E-spinner’s jumbo bobbins and whipped my way through my singles in virtually no time at all. It’s a wonderful tool. I took time out to bake bread and to make curry and came back to the studio after lunch intending to do some colour […]
In the studio today:
The Ashford Blending Board arrives flat-packed. Included in the box are illustrated instructions, two dowel rods and a blending brush. Self-assembly is a very simple matter of attaching the Keel to the board with the screw-fitting keel bolt provided. The keel has two table-saving protective feet attached. The board is of unspecified composition but […]
Spurred on, I decided to have a go with the hackle that we’d bought from Wingham Wool Works a little while ago. Before dinner I did a little – tentatively, but after dinner I decided to have another go. As I’m just doing this for practice at the moment, I chose some reasonably uninspiring colours […]