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 .
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.
I’m very pleased to reveal my very first pair of socks 😃
These are the items I’ve made thus far. Apart from the beanie I haven’t used a pattern. I definitely need to up my skills a level. I kind of got stuck in an autistic rut of producing one thing after another. It’s ok though and I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.
I’ve happily been using my handspun which falls somewhere between 4 ply and double knit weight; it all depends on the fibre really. This means patterns often need tweaking.
The first picture is a few items using commercial yarn… two pairs of hand mitts and a dishcloth. I really dislike the dishcloth craft yarn with all its stringy little hangy bits. I gave up trying to crochet with it as I couldn’t see the stitches and resorted to knitting it. It’s also tough on my hands and wrists. I bought them when they were reduced in price but wish I hadn’t.
From here on all yarn is handspun. The next are a pair of leg warmers…
A beanie and matching mitts…
And several more pairs of mitts…
Hmm… I’m planning on gifting myself the leg warmers 😊
We have family visiting on Saturday. They are likely not able to visit again until well into the new year so I have plans to hang the Christmas tree and do a bit of decorating to excite the grandchildren 👷 👧
Wishing you a day of contentedness wherever you are and lots of love from me
Things went so much better with my woven items as they ended up staying for the whole weekend. If you remember, they were only going to be exhibited for a couple of hours on Friday evening. I’m so pleased and grateful to Jen for the opportunity. Thanks lovely Jen 🌷💟😊💐💕🌺🌸🌼🌻
I popped in to collect the remainng items this afternoon and I actually remembered to take some photos (with my phone though, so not the best quality images, sorry).
There’s one of Jen modeling a wrap…
Here are some of the items on the shop’s ladder…
It’s a fab ladder don’t you think?
Someone wrapped each rung with tissue to protect the weave catching.
Some other views of the store…
Thank you so much to Jen and her lovely team for this opportunity. It’s just what I needed at this point in my life. I sold one item and there were some very nice remarks and much admiration for my makes.
Note: I would like to add I have not received payment of any kind to promote Raft Clothing. I have done so out of gratitude and a belief in supporting small local business.
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I took my items along to Raft this morning. They were displayed later today after I had left so I don’t have a photo for you. The image above is of the medieval yarn market and the Raft store is to the right, just out of view. Unfortunately nobody visited the shop this evening but Jen has very kindly offered to to keep my items on display until Monday afternoon. At this time of year there is so many other things going on. Also it’s Dunster by candlelight next weekend. See below 🙂
Doesn’t the castle look amazing lit up like that? In the foreground, middle right, is the yarn market. They have a continual programme of musicians and singers during the festival. Fabulous 🙂
You can arrive by steam train if you wish…
We love living here.
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 🙂
Hello lovely readers,
I thought it time for a yarny update. For the uninitiated FO is Finished Object and WIP is Work In Progress.
I’ve finished spinning this lovely blue merino from John Arbon Textiles. They call it royal blue but I think it closer to cobalt as it has a slight purpleyness about it so I’ve photographed alongside two pieces of Bristol Blue Glass. I have 807+ metres from 200 grams.
Currently on my hook is my grandson’s jumper (not shown) and this cushion cover. I’m using Lucy’s (of Attic 24) Neat Wave Pattern. I’m really enjoying it and love the colours.
And on the wheel I’m spinning this fibre…
And here it is on the bobbins…
So there you have it 🙂 Bye for now xxx
I promised pictures of my latest handspun yarn in my previous post and here they are below this text. I’ve just added the total number of metres of plied yarn completed in the last eleven days… 2032.60 ! That’s 4064+ metres of singles…. over 2.5 miles. Wowsers!