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It was lovely to get some spinning time in after Christmas. But this time I wanted to try something different. I knew I wanted to have more control of colour order, but have never quite mastered Navajo plying. So the creation of fauxlags (fake rolags) seemed to be a good option to try. Using commercially [...]

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Shop update preview

Running late this week due to rainy weather – the Desire and Wisp weren’t dry until this very morning The update is tonight at 8pm BST as usual. There will be no update next week as I’ll be dyeing up club yarn. Without further delay, just a few highlights: Mansionhouse – Little Desire Heathcliff – [...]

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Plum Gold spinning

I finished spinning this plum and gold merino/silk bought from Jeni at Fyberspates at Rav Day and lovely it was to spin too. Another sample to add to my handspun Zig and Zag blanket which is coming along slowly.

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Last spinning lesson

Saturday was the last of my spinning course lessons sadly. I learnt so much from Linda and Albert – advocates of starting with the fleece and preparing it using traditional techniques, then dyeing it (they use natural dyes), hand carding the fibre and finally spinning it. Linda is a seasoned knitter and crocheter and Albert [...]

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Meet Squiggles

Isn’t he (pos. she) cute? We’re keeping this little one. Two and a half weeks old. I can’t get over how big the kittens have grown in such a short time. They’re trying to escape from the box and Honey’s not too happy about that. The all black kitten is going to a good friend [...]

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Socktopus Trunk Show – a heavenly haven

Twas a whirlwind of a weekend. On Saturday morning, I had my second spinning lesson and learnt lots of interesting techniques including spinning a thick and thin slubby yarn, spinning from silk caps, adding silk noils and throwsters to fibre, spinning a boucle yarn and (this made me laugh) – how to spin a fun [...]

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A bit of spinning, Socktopus trunk show and a Rainy Day Coraline

I’m quite proud of this. It’s the first bit of spinning I’ve done with my wheel fixed and working properly and I finally feel comfortable with spinning and really enjoying it, so much so, I’ve signed up for a course with the local guild to learn more. The fibre was from limegreenjelly – 100% merino [...]

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Fiddly fingers and Who do you think you are?

First of all, thanks so much to everyone on Ravelry and Facebook for all your get well wishes. I’m sure all the good vibes must be reaching me as I’m feeling a bit better this afternoon – at least my fatigue not quite so extreme and my achy joints not quite so achy – now [...]

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I’m going to crack this spinning lark if it kills me!

That sounds like I’m not enjoying it – I am, especially when it clicks into place and goes smoothly – those rare instances are becoming more frequent, which must surely be a good sign? Another effort – take some merino acquired from Wingham Wool: And turn it into this: Still not perfect – practice, practice, [...]

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Now we’re getting places…

…as my mum says when progress is being made – usually related to tidying! Last night I managed to turn some of this Mixed Shetland from Wingham Wool day: Into this: which is the first time I’ve felt a bit of pride in my spinning. I can see an improvement – still not perfect, but [...]

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