Monday, 17 March 2014

This week I have been a busy spring bee.  Not only have I been working hard getting things ready for wonderwool, but I've been doing it sporting a beehive hairstyle (my current hairstyle obsession) so I think that counts doubly towards me being a busy spring bee!

So, I've been making some lovely spindles whorls for the show, concentrating on using up some pressed flowers that I gathered last summer from my garden.


They are looking really pretty! I've also been experimenting with embedding pictures in my resin- I can't wait to show you the results. I've made spindles with maps in, illustrations and vintage fabric... 

I've also been spinning and dyeing yarn for my shop. Since I've got my new addition to my fleet (Maple the Lendrum) you cant stop me! 
The weather has been wonderful for drying yarn outside too.


I've also been really enjoying reading a retro favourite - "a country diary of an Edwardian lady" recently. I love comparing the way spring unfolds in 1902 compared with today, and learning wildflower names at the same time. Spring is about a month ahead right now! 



Saturday, 8 March 2014

I am so excited to announce that I will be at Wonderwool in Wales this April! I will be in stand W7 in hall three with my gorgeous fibre blends, roving, locks yarns and if course my brand new range of resin spindles. Eeeeeep I'm so excited! 

This is the first time I will be showing at wonderwool, so if you are going come and say hello to help ease my nerves! 

Here's what's been on my carder this week:


A Caribbean Ocean of fibre


And Watery Mermaid batts... Perhaps I'm dreaming of holidays by the sea!

Id also like to introduce you to my new wheel! This is Maple, my preloved Lendrum. Isn't she a beauty? 

I'd been struggling spinning lace weight on a single treadle on my Ashford Joy for a year or so and lusting over new wheels, then up pops a bargain on Ravelry that I couldn't say no too! So, Maple has joined my fleet of spinning wheels! 
I think I will have to sell my lovely Joy, even though she was my first wheel, but for now I have them both safely tucked away in my cottage! 

 I've lots planned for the show season ahead, lots of dyeing, carding and spinning, as well as thinking about making a series of learn to spin vids for YouTube! 


Monday, 24 February 2014

Ok I admit it! I love spinning lumpy bumpy thick and thin, squishible, fluff balls of yummy yarn. Or any yarn for that matter, as long as I can feel the fibres through my finger tips. 


I've been thinking alot recently about WHY I love spinning. 

I think it comes down to a love of knitting, which gripped me when I was a teenager and gave me my obsession for textiles and design.  I picked up my first ball of rainbow acrylic 4ply when I was 14, and instantly I was struck with this lust for yarn- It wasn't necessarily about the knitting in the beginning, but the overwhelming sense of possibility and free creativity that this yarn represented to me.  I never made anything with it, but kept it to look at and to knit a few lines of knotted, holey garter stitch- I was totally in love and thrilled to the core.  I think spinning holds this same excitement for me- the idea that I can create anything, any colour, texture or amount- but I also love the free organic nature of spinning- where you can let the fibres tell you what to do and how it want's to be spun.



I love the satisfaction of making something from nothing- from a sheep in a field, to the dye pot, to the carder to the wheel or spindle.

It is calming and addictive at the same time. I always have a spindle or two on the go next to the kettle or in my handbag to whip out when there is a few minutes to play!

When I'm spinning a yarn, i'm constantly trying to better myself with every twist of fibre, constantly enjoying the colours interplay and surprise me.


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