Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Finished Projects Yipee!

So last week I talked about my finished crochet projects didn't I. 
 I had to wait so long for a bright enough day to photograph them, but finally here they are!
And actually I'm very pleased with BOTH of them.
First the bag.
Now this was an ill conceived project from start to finish with no planning at all.
Oh boy it gave me so many problems, not with the actual crochet, that was the easy part, but the lining and finishing proved really tricky. I had real trouble finding a suitable lining material eventually settling on a blue stripe cotton.
 Hmmm it's ok.
But I'm not feeling the love yet.
Next problem was finding a ribbon for the handles, I spent ages trying to find something suitable.
Again I compromised and used a satin which wasn't my first choice.
Still not feeling the love.

Finally after a fruitless search of our local shops for a suitable embellishment, I hunted for a LONG time through my button collection.
then something wonderful happened I came across these gorgeous little metal buttons and
 Hey Presto

I've added a hand embroidered label, and yup now I think it's lovely.
If you think it's lovely to you'll be able to find it in my Folksy shop very soon!

My next project was a delight from start to finish, bit of a stash buster and something relaxing to keep my fingers out of trouble!

Made from Stylecraft Acrylic yarn which has a beautiful range of colours.
I like this yarn it crochets up really well, not strandy at all and it has a soft finish with a lovely weight to it making it perfect for snuggly blankets.
I finished it off with a pretty edging and another little label!

It's going to be hard to part with this one but I will be putting it in my shop too.

On the spinning front I've used some of my yarn to make a little felted pouch.
But weren't you going to make some gloves for Heather? 
Ah yes........................not enough yarn.

I dyed one of my earlier skeins a bit unevenly spun........
.........but it is handmade!!!!!

I used my food colouring and dyed the skein in the pot
purple, pink and a bit of green.

And here they are a cosy pair of fingerless gloves for Heather.
I think she'll love them, if she doesn't I'll keep them cos I think they are great!

It's funny isn't it I think I've not been doing much lately but when I write about it I realise that actually I've done quite alot haven't I!
I'm on holiday this week so I have a few projects in my mind to start and I'm going to start spinning up my merino stash Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm so soft.

When I'm not spinning I shall be continuing on my epic Daisy Blanket.
I've been making these granny squares for months now, just as a stress buster, happy little project.
I've made over 200 so I'm halfway through.
I worked out that I will need 468 squares to make a blanket big enough for me and Lovely Man to snuggle under.
The gaps are the rows which are complete.

Anyone volunteering to sew in the ends for me LOL!!!!
Oh that was a long post wasn't it, hope you enjoyed  reading it, it's lovely to be able to share my crafty adventures with like minded folk like you.
Well the sun is shining here today so I'm off out on my bike to do a few jobs and enjoy the fresh air.
See you soon

Monday, 22 October 2012


Well I've been delighted with my blog stats this week (sad I know but I do look) mainly due the the lovely Sheila Dixon who mentioned me in her blogosphere round up. Thanks Sheila!
Thanks also to all of you lovely people who read my ramblings and follow my blog. I'm eternally grateful and delighted that you want to be part of my creative journey.
I love being part of yours!

Now by now you've noticed I've been indulging in some retail therapy myself.
I've spun everything in my basket with various results so felt it was time to restock.
After a browse around Forestfibres I settled on some merino tops and some merino and silk.
Ooooo scrummy soft clouds of goodness ready to play with.

Then on Saturday I sent my Lovely Man off to the Hampshire Spinners Weavers and Dyers Guild. They were having a sale day with Wingham Wool Works, he had a blast chatting drum carders with the lovely ladies and came back with two new bobbins and some Ashford dyes. 
Yipee! You're probably wondering why I sent an envoy, well Heather came to visit just for the day and I don't have anywhere near enough Heather time so we spent Saturday catching up with the rest of the family, eating lardy cake, you know important things like that!

Haven't had time to play yet but soon, very soon more dyeing will be done!
Now the latest yarn to come off my wheel is this.
Dyed with food colouring, this time directly in the pan, this let the colours merge quite alot.
I was very pleased with the result lovely autumn tones.
And look I managed to spin it really evenly.
 Yay making progress.

Once plyed I have a lovely fat skein, enough to make some fingerless gloves for Heather who pounced on it when she came to visit the other day, she loved the muted tones.

So that's all on the spinning front.
On the crochet front I've finished two projects this weekend. 
One I adore and the other I'm a bit meh about.
If daylight ever returns I shall be able to photograph them and you can have a little look, 
see what you think.
Right I'm off, I'm watching Mary Berry make Creme Caramel. Mmmmmm
See you soon.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Spinning singles

I would just like to clarify
 if you have stumbled upon this page from the darker reaches of the world wide web. 
This is a post about 



the coat of a sheep!!!! 
Not a dodgy dating advice help line!

If you have arrived rather sweaty, breathless and wearing lycra from a fitness crazed google marathon, no it's not about spinning, a vigorous form of exercise involving a bike that goes nowhere in a large room smelling vaguely of feet. 

NO this is a post about spinning single yarn a dangerous and highly addictive pastime.

I've been practising and practising and have been managing to spin some quite good yarn, however when I ply it together it's still a little bit, well, chunky for my liking. And although I was delighted with my Summer Rockpool Scarf

It's not quite as delicate as I would like.
So I mooched around the web and read some interesting things particularly here and here
Saw some gorgeous things here got all inspired and had a little go.
Before I started of course I had to dye the roving, I love the dyeing bit love love love it!
Here it is all ready to steam.

And here it is all spun, I have to say I was very pleased with how fine it spun.
I'm going to make, well another scarf probably LOL!
I'm going to have a scarf for every occasion at this rate!

I've washed it now to let it bloom and puff up a bit, can't wait to use it.
So now I've been spinning for nearly two months and am beginning to feel that I'm making some progress. 
I can now spin a bobbin up with mostly even yarn.
I can spin without having to stop every two minutes cos I've snapped the thread.
I'm getting better at plying although I think it's going to take a long time before 
I'm happy with what I ply. 
I'm pretty sure my heart lies with the thinner yarns, chunky's not for me.
I'm totally hooked on dyeing, oh my the possibilities.
I dream about spinning!
I may be a little bit crazy!!!!

Today I'm trying one pot dyeing.
It's good my friends, it's good.

Next week I hope to show you a finished granny blanket and that 
blimin bag struggling to find the love for this project.
See you all soon have a marvellous weekend.

Friday, 12 October 2012

An Award!

Hello! How's your week been. 
Another busy one for me, I'm off to work dressed as
 Grandma Swag

Oh the fun we have!!!!!

Also this week a lovely surprise.
Thanks so much to Tania for this award 
go visit her blog it's got some great things on it!

There are certain rules to follow which are:
Explain 11 things about you. 
Answer the 11 questions about yourself. 
Choose 11 blogs and name in the post.
Follow the blog of the person which awarded ​​you. 
Visit at least three blogs awarded by this blog.
So here goes!

11 things about me!

1. I love being outside on my bicycle
2. I love pottering around in my kitchen
3. I love all things crafty
4. I'm hooked on crochet
5. I like dark chocolate and tea
6. I'm loving my new spinning wheel
7. I take way too many photos, and love them all!
8. I probably spend too much time on Pinterest
9. I have three crazy cats
10. I have four crazy children
11. I'm happy!

11 Questions.

How do you define yourself?  Calm, kind and happy

What is your favorite dish? Roasted vegetable lasagne

Would you rather cook or you not? Cook I really enjoy my own food

What is your favorite dessert? A really delicious ice cream, especially my homemade ginger and honey ice cream!

If you had to stay with an ingredient, what would it be? Ginger I love it

What is the best trip I've done? I love all trips and holidays

What is the best restaurant you've eaten? Hmm tricky it's hard I don't eat out much, but I do like a good Indian meal

Do you prefer meat or fish? Fish

What is your favorite cheese? Brie

Dark or milk chocolate? Dark

What is the worst dish you've tried? Again tricky, probably a really poor pub roast......yuk!

11 Fabulous blogs 

Take a look at these blogs all full of gorgeousness!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Getting There

Well I thought I was feeling better, but no, not really. 
I've struggled through the last couple of weeks feeling mainly blerghhhh.
My ears are all blocked and everyone sounds like they are talking to me from inside a tin bucket!
On top of that I'm exhausted and a very unattractive shade of grey!
Should probably taken some time off work but the it's easier said than done especially when you work with small children, you feel so much like you're letting them down. At least I'm not alone with my affliction it seems we all have germs of one sort or another at the moment.........thanks to the aforementioned small children! The other reason why I couldn't take time off is the teachers were being observed by the Headteacher this week. Very stressful for all of us and all in all a nasty process.
Over now and both my teachers did well.
Anyway I've spent the day snuggled under my lovely ripple blanket and drinking plenty of herbal tea.
My Lovely Man is cooking dinner tonight too!
I am officially resting.
Maybe tomorrow I'll be full of beans again.
 I have been doing a little bit of this and that, in slow time relaxing things, things that make me feel good inside. 
Like spinning, getting better I think.

Working on my latest bag.
Lining in. Oh check out my new phone.
Not a clue how it works!

Pleased with the zip, although it did take about four attempts to get it in perfectly.
Brain mush not good for sewing.

No brainer crochet blanket, added bonus it keeps me warm while I'm crocheting away.

Oh and a delicious bit of dyeing this morning which finished me off, hence the snuggling under the blanket.

Hope you are avoiding any horrible germs. 
Any home remedy tips gratefully received, I've drunk all the whisky!