Sunday, 22 October 2017

knitting update

 I'm looking back at the blog and I've not mentioned my knitting since August so this is a quick round up of completed projects since then.


Hebridean and possibly Portland


Jacob


Hebridean and unknown mystery white fleece

Ooops this is the back of the band as you can see where the row changes


Black cheviot and Texel

 Ryeland and Texel


Texel and black Cheviot

 Ryeland and white Shetland


Hebridean and Norfolk Horn

a couple of the ear warmers were knitted on the way up to Orkney and from Orkney to Skye. I now use Ravelry to keep notes of the fleece used as soon as I start a project otherwise I would be totally lost!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

memories of Orkney

HI, In September we headed back north of the border to Orkney where we had booked a self catering apartment for a week. We had a couple of overnight stops, one at the Falls of Drochart Inn which we reached via visiting the Kelpies....




and then this installation by Rob Mulholland


 
We reached the falls of Dochart late afternoon and went for a short walk to the nearby charity shop that had once been a mill and still had a working water wheel.





 
The second night we stopped off at Keiss with a view of the castles.



next morning saw us set off for John O'Groats and on to Gills bay to catch the ferry.


This was our third visit to Orkney so we have seen most of the popular attractions, many of them twice. This time the plan was to see what we had missed and things a title more off the beaten track although there are not many roads anyway. Some of the islands are joined up by a causeway but it still feels small and quiet compared with our usual destination of Skye.

More to come later, I also have gossip about knitting, fleece, a new toy and a new form of transport to tell you about over the next few posts.



Sunday, 1 October 2017

musings...

When I first started blogging ,it was to give me a reason to keep sewing, share our motorcycle travels and generally diary what I was up to.

Fast forward 10 years and its 4 years since I've been on a bike due to health issues, our travels have been limited, I don't sew very often and use spinning as a form of Zen.

But, now most family issued have sadly been resolved, we are intending to start to travel again although not by bike. Hopefully attend a few festivals and maybe the odd bike event.

We are both still working full time but that may change as we start to declutter the house and reuse/repurpose our belongings. I have a longing to be .... minimalist  isn't the word, never will be for a spinner but you probably get what I mean.

So, this will become the blog of a 50 something and her wanderings through life with her hubby and spinning wheel in tow.

Are you still here for the journey?

I have a few catch up posts to write as we did escape north of the border again recently :-)

speak soon x





Monday, 14 August 2017

post TDF musings

Hi,

I posted about the start of the TDF so I think I had better post about the outcome !!

I've been a bad blogger, very lax about updates probably because I've been a bit busy with other things.

I did actually spin almost every day and in the end I increased my stash by this.....



Jacob x texel, pictured on its own as it was sold before the end of the TDF.

and this


So this is cheviot, mid and light Manx Loaghtan, Shetland, Ryland and Hebridian. All from fleece purchased in the uk

and for anyone wanting to see fleeces piccies ... This is the Shetland :-)




assorted manx loagtan locks

 castlemilk moorit



and this is my natural colours stash ready for use over winter :-)

It looks like I'm going to be a wee bit busy, I also now have 20 or so pillow cases of fleece to work on, the latest being Norfolk horn and the now washed Rouge de L'ouest cross. So I will leave you with a picture of my latest knitted creations.

back to the spinning wheel, I will try and update more often, honest !!



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tour de Fleece

The reason that I've been a bit quiet is that the Tour de fleece started on 1st July and in the run up I was busy prepping fibre ready to spin.

The tour de fleece is a spinners challenge to spin everyday in line with the Tour de France, there are rest days and challenge days but basically you set your own goals.

I don't follow the cycle race ( no television) but I use it most years as a chance to spin daily. exercise my spinning skills and build up the yarn stash ready for winter. I also belong to a couple of Facebook groups of spinners who are doing the same.

This year the start of the tour coincided with the Wool Experience which is a small friendly festival in a barn at Blaze Farm near Macclesfield and I can highly recommend the ice cream that they make there.




There were several stores selling woolly type wares, dyes, fleece etc and a good selection of fleece to choose from.




I had intended to buy just one fleece, a Castlemilk Moorit as I have never spun one before and they are a sort of mid/light brown which will neatly plug a hole in my palette of natural shades.

So I ended up with a Castlemik Moorit ( small 750gm) a grey Jacob/texel, a beautiful black/grey Shetland and half a white fleece that I need to check the breed name on the label. I also grabbed 4 of the 100gm grab bags of locks, 3 manx laoghtan and I light ryland.





Sunday, 25 June 2017

it's my mess

I'm beginning to feel like I'm living in a tip!! I've not paid any real attention to my work room as I've either been at my day job or away at the weekends. Its beginning to look like I'm going to be eaten alive by the fleece stash!!

So today I'm going to resist the temptation to pick up the needles, instead I'll empty the Shetland from the bobbin on the spinning wheel and have a serious tidy up.

Tour de Fleece spinning challenge is starting next weekend and I need to be ready :-)

I'm going in, wish me luck!!!