I set myself the task of finishing two things over the weekend – my grandson’s jumper and the throw on the loom. It was a tall order and I didn’t manage to finish til just now but they are complete, yay 🙌
So, without further ado, here they are…
I’m ace at this stashbusting 😆
The jumper is inspired by Eleonora’s crochet along .
It all started with this little felted bowl…
I loosely crocheted a bowl shape and then felted it. I added a crochet border. It’s not a great colour but as it was an experiment I was fine with it. It holds little notions at the moment…
A few weeks on and I thought I’d be clever and make a larger bowl. I had spun a hundred grams of grayish brown Gotland fibre that I bought from here. I didn’t enjoy spinning it and I didn’t make a very good job of it either so it was my go to choice for a larger bowl. So I crocheted away creating a nice flat base and then went straight up the sides. I thought it would create a cylindrical bowl type shape.
I was wrong. Very wrong. Get ready to laugh out loud 😆…
Yep! It became a hat! A cloche hat at that. This is the photo that LH took for me so I could show my friend G.
Ok, that’s enough, you can stop laughing now!
So here is a close up. I crocheted a simple edge around the brim and added a simple crochet flower and embroidery in handspun teal merino from the same lovely supplier…
So there we are. A happy accident 😊
Here is the yummy scrumptious fibre I purchased yesterday from John Arbon Textiles shop in Lynton…
Top left: Merino/silk called Toot Sweet
Top right: KBN (Knit by numbers)* Burgundy
Middle right: Harvest hues in Bracken
Bottom: each in its packaging.
The natural white is the fibre domination John uses for the Stanbury Walker socks. It’s merino, blue faced Leicester and nylon.
I tried to go for colours that I have less of which meant no ocean colours for once. I adore ocean colours 😃 I want to build up a collection of different colours of handspun for colour work.
* more info here
We have just come back from an outing over the moor. It’s not particularly cold today but it is dull and very windy. I got blown sideways a couple of times.
I’m very tired and a bit overwhelmed and happy to be back home so I haven’t edited the following images in any way so they show the day for what it is. Two or three images are from our last trip to Lyndon and Lynmouth.
Lynmouth nestles down in the river valley whereas Lynton sits on the hill above. There is a cable car that links the two together.
So the following are of Lynmouth…
And these are of Lynton…
The best part of today’s trip was visiting the John Arbon Textiles shop in Lynton. I love this shop! John and Juliet are well known for the quality socks they produce but even more successfully so since the were featured on the BBC Countryfile tv programme two years ago. I’ve mentioned before how I visited their mill a couple of years ago as part of a national open mills weekend. I’m eager to go to the next opening which is to be held over 19 – 20th May this year.
I came away with a bag full of fibre to spin. Yay! I asked if I could take some photos of the shop to share with my blog readers. Again I have not edited the photos but I’m sure it gives a good impression of the treasure to be found there…
I love the red Christmas stockings hanging as part of the Christmas window display. To get a better idea pop on over to here . John and Juliet’s business is a small, ethical and family run.
I’ll post pictures of the fibre I purchased in another post.
I don’t do New Year resolutions. I do have a three goals for the whole of 2018 though…
1. Refrain from buying any 100% acrylic yarn. One exemption is if people give me their unwanted yarn.
2. I have lots of acrylic in my yarn collection and I’d like to use most of it up through this year. I need to get weaving! You haven’t seen the size of my
stash , ahem, collection 🙂
3. I want to make all my gifts for next Christmas yarny items.
This is doable but I don’t want it to cause unnecessary stress or pressure.
My ultimate aim is to have yarn collection made from natural fibres. I won’t exclude man-made fibres all together because they do have their merits, e.g. nylon in a woollen yarn creates a more resilient sock.
I have been thinking this through for some time now. I have to try.
The following has been copied from Wikipedia…
Accessed 24/11/2017 from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_Market,_Dunster
Dunster Castle stands on a site which has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period, signifying the importance of the area. After the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset.
A stone shell keep was built on the motte by the start of the 12th century, and the castle survived a siege during the early years of the Anarchy. At the end of the 14th century the de Mohuns sold the castle to the Luttrell family.
Dunster had become a centre for woollen and clothing production by the 13th century, with the market dating back to at least 1222, and a particular kind of kersey or broadcloth became known as ‘Dunsters’. The prosperity of Dunster was based on the wool trade, with profits helping to pay for the construction of the tower of the Priory Church of St George and provide other amenities. By the 15th century the importance of the town was declining particularly due to the silting up of the harbour. The Luttrell’s wanted to maintain the importance as a market and in 1609 George Luttrell, of the Luttrell family constructed the market to shelter traders and their wares from the rain and provide more security for their wares. The exact date of construction is debated and a variety of dates are given in different sources, however 1609 is considered the most likely.
A second market cross, known as the Butter Cross, which was built in the 15th century used to stand near the Yarn Market but was moved to the outskirts of the village in the 18th or 19th centuries. The Yarn Market is in the guardianship of English Heritage but is managed by the National Trust. In 1951 the Ministry of Works took over various properties including the Yarn Market from the Crown Estate. They carried out restoration works, however this was controversial as the shape of the roof was changed to more closely resemble the appearance of the original building, rather than that produced by subsequent revisions.
View of the supporting structure of the roof
The octagonal building, which is 9.4 metres (31 ft) in diameter, has a central stone pierwhich supports a heavy timber framework for the structure. The slate roof has a central wooden lantern topped by a weather vane. The roof is interrupted by a series of dormerwindows. Around the periphery is a low wall and vertical timber supports. Some of the sills are stone and others timber.
One of the roof beams has a hole in it, a result of cannon fire in the Civil War, when Dunster Castle was a besieged Royalist stronghold for five months under the command of Colonel Wyndham. Following the damage, it was restored in 1647 to its present condition by Francis Luttrell.
Please see quote source for references.
Hello lovely followers and visitors 👋
I continue with crafty business and today I bring you a few pictures.
Your memory is probably heaps better than mine but if you are like me then this next image is a reminder of what it looked like when I first brought this yummy fibre home from StitchFest… bottom middle left…
It’s an alpaca/merino/silk blend from Fleece Witch. It was very slightly felted in places which caused my fingers and thumbs to strain a bit; something that I try to avoid due to arthritis. It’s a beautiful yarn and I’m very pleased with it. From 100 grams I managed to spin a plied yarn of 515.80 metres with about 18 wraps per inch. I think I shall use it as a weft yarn to weave a shawl.
Currently on the wheel I am spinning baby alpaca (bottom left in photo above). It is sheer bliss to spin. I have 200 grams of it, enough I hope to knit or crochet or weave a shawl.
I’m surprised I’m still spinning so much. I’m a ‘seasonal’ artist/crafter so usually I would have moved on to something else by now. Maybe it’s because I’m also weaving, crocheting and knitting a bit which is keeping my spinning drive going.
Yesterday I knitted a couple of Bekki’s Christmas sacks from her newly released pattern book. I haven’t knitted in fair-isle or intarsia for years so I’m very pleased my brain is now able to engage with a pattern. The two patterns I’ve followed this far are well written and easy to follow.
I plan to knit more 😁 😍👌💕👏😤 Aren’t they cute?
If you are interested you can find out more at https://thedartmooryarncompany.com/?s=Pattern
I think that’s all for now.
Sending love and wishing you all a happy day/ evening/night wherever you are in the world
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I made it! I went to StitchFest in Totnes on Saturday 🙂
The whole week before I managed to squash any anxiety when it reared its ugly head. I did preparatory research so that I knew which stall holders to head for and made a list of what I wanted to look at. I knew that my time in the buildings would be limited due to sensory issues so preparation was key.
The one and a half hour journey down was ok for me. We managed to get parking at the school in the centre of town where one of the two venues was sited. I looked around that venue and decided to go back after I had seen the stalls in the town hall. This didn’t happen though but the intention was there.
I had an Auti moment when trying to find the town hall. They said town hall so I looked for town hall… It’s actually called the civic centre. In my head I was visualizing the words town hall so I was looking for that pattern of letters…oh well, I felt silly but nevermind, I was on a mission!
I was ever so excited 😁 that a blogger I follow was exhibiting there and I was going to get to meet her. Allow me to introduce you to Nikki of Dartmoor Yarn Company 🙂 It was already getting very busy but we were able to have a short conversation and shared a hug. Bekki’s stall was chocca full of her wonderful wares and creations. As I’ve been following Bekki for a while I know how much work she has put into designing and printing her new pattern book “27 Knitted Santa Sacks”. You can see the little sacks hanging in the image below. They are so sweet. Also if you look by the pattern book you will spot larger sacks that are exactly the same as the little ones but knitted with a heavier gauged yarn. I can’t wait to work up some of these sacks for Christmas 🎄
I wanted to take several photos as I had this blog post in mind but it wasn’t to be and this is the only photo I took… one small part of Bekki’s stall 🙂
There was a lot of yarn for sale, I was after fibre though. First I came to Fleece Witch who sells alpaca fibre from her own herd. I bought two plaits of space dyed alpaca/merino/silk blend and 200 grams of the most gorgeous silvery baby alpaca fibre.
I had hemp on my shopping list and I was pleased to find that Adelaide Walker had not only hemp sample packs but a number of other unusual fibres also. I was well and truly in yarny heaven!
I managed to stay for about 40 minutes before sensory overload drove me outside. I managed to text Lovely Husband to say I needed to go and also managed to get myself back to the car. I had never been to Totnes before and would have very much liked to wander around the town but that will have to wait for another day.
The drive home was difficult and the following day I was rather tearful. Today I’m good though so I’ve recuperated really well and quite quickly. It really helped that the event was exhibiting something I’m passionate about plus I have my little haul to gaze at 🙂 I started spinning one of the plaits today. I’ll show you progress on that in another post. In the meantime I’ll finish with four images of my ‘haul’ 🙂
I’m not sure what’s going on with me at the moment. My sensory processing disorder is worsening. In my last post (Travelling) I mentioned how car travel is increasingly difficult. There are lots of other things too.
Next weekend is StitchFest down in Totnes, Devon. It’s one and a half to two hours away. I really want to go. I want to handle fibre before I buy it. I want to smell it. I want to soak up the atmosphere that such an event inspires.
I don’t know if I can actually do it… the traveling, walking in to two unknown venues, the lighting, the noise, being unexpectedly touched, flickering screens, low level spot lights…
I’ve been in tears trying to decide whether I should go, or not, or go, or not… Yes, I meant to write that twice.
What love is, dear reader, is Lovely Husband’s answer. I don’t have to decide until the day. If we get halfway there and I say I can’t go on, he’ll turn back. If I get to the door and I can’t go in, we’ll turn back. If I’m in there one minute, 5 minutes… we’ll turn back. To him I am not wasting his time, not wasting money on fuel, not wasting money on an entry fee… To Lovely Husband the important thing is that I get to try.
I use to love red but nowadays I have difficulty with this colour. As an autistic person I find colour a sensory stimulant so as I’ve mentioned before colour is very important to me, like it is too many of you. Just in the last few months I’ve come to realize this aversion to red which I find rather strange as I don’t believe it’s happened before.
However, I cannot get enough of blues, greens and aqua. I’m hungry for them! Add a little pink and lavender and I go into dream mode.
Yesterday I warped my loom with these wonderful colours. In reality they are more bluey than depicted here…
Pure yummyness 🙂
I had just removed a scarf the day before. This scarf took me an age to do because I felt put off by the redness of it. It is to be a Christmas pressie.
I’m currently spinning a merino and silk blend in natural white. It’s very slubby though and not in a pleasing way. Perhaps it’s my lack of skill.
A little crochet has also happening but I’ll wait til it’s finished before I show it again.
Thanks for dropping by 🙂