Two finished items πŸ˜† yippee !

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 πŸ™Œ

So, without further ado, here they are…

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I’m ace at this stashbusting πŸ˜†

The jumper is inspired byΒ Eleonora’s crochet along .

 

 

 

 

 

The stashbusting blankets CAL etc…

I’m been busy hooking away on my blankets today. Here they are…

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Remember I showed youΒ this a few days ago that is inspired byΒ Eleonora’s CAL (for my seven year old granddaughter)…

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Well, I’ve started another one for my five year old grandson. I’ve just finished the front…

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There’s a few other things on the go as well. I’ve nearly finished weaving this…

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…and this second sock…

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There’s also a couple of other items but they can wait for another day.

I’m really working hard on the stashbusting malarkey. Once the second jumper and the woven throw are completed I have an idea for starting another stashbusting blanket. It seems that I can’t have too many blankets πŸ˜†

Bye for now and much love from me πŸ‘‹ 🌼 ❀

Happy 😊 New Year

I don’t do New Year resolutions.Β  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 myΒ stash , ahem, collection πŸ™‚

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.

 

Return to Raft of Dunster

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 πŸŒ·πŸ’ŸπŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ’•πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ»

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).

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There’s one of Jen modeling a wrap…

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Here are some of the items on the shop’s ladder…

 

It’s a fab ladder don’t you think?

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Someone wrapped each rung with tissue to protect the weave catching.

Some other views of the store…

 

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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.

Woven items to Raft of Dunster update…

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I took my items along toΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

You can arrive by steam train if you wish…

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We love living here.

Hand-woven items heading to Dunster…

This morning I’ve been preparing labels and a hand written sign explaining who I am.

There’s a small boutique in Dunster where I buy some of my clothes. It’s a lovely store for me to shop in as it’s quiet and well lit with natural daylight. Jen, the manager, often has out of hours special shopping evenings and on Friday she is hosting such an event with the addition of a few local crafts people. Jen invited me to participate!Β  She understands about my sensory processing difficulties and is willing to display my wares even though I cannot be there. I will set my price and I think she will add a bit too that to cover her time. It’s only fair and I’m completely happy with that.

So I have eight woven items that are going to be displayed on the rungs of the shop’s wooden ladder. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? πŸ˜ƒ

You can find out more about RaftΒ here .

These are the lovelies that are heading to Raft of Dunster…

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I shall update with another post later in the week. Bye for now and thanks for visiting me here in the cottage xxxx

A Red Dilemma and a FO

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…

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Pure yummyness πŸ™‚

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.

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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.

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A little crochet has also happening but I’ll wait til it’s finished before I show it again.

Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

Today’s endeavours

I have finished one project today and started two more…one on the loom and the other on my hook.

I’ve made a lot of throws since I’ve had my loom but not many scarves, so thinking ahead to the festive season and gifting, methinks scarves are to be the thing.

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Here I’m using Stylecraft special dk in claret, copper, tomato, and their new shade, lapis blue, plus Stylecraft alpaca dk in cinnamon and fig. There are a couple of others as well but goodness knows what they are.

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This is the weaving that I showed in a previous post. The following image is after it’s come off the loom and been washed and ironed. The gaps have loosened up just how I wanted it. Yay.

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The colour is more like this though!

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It took a while to edit this so only altered the one photo.

Back to today’s second project…

I crocheted a jumper for my grandson a couple of Christmases ago that he has long grown out of but still wants to wear. He’s asked if I would make him another exactly the same but obviously a bigger size.

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I’m using this

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in denim blue and apple green. I haven’t crocheted for a while and I’m enjoying getting back into it. Here’s the old jumper on teddy πŸ™‚

See you later xx

Experimenting

Hi there,

Gosh, two posts in one day!

This afternoon I set the loom up using Stylecraft Special DK in plum and Stylcraft Alpaca DK in orchid. The orchid colour is a lavender pinky colour that doesn’t show up too clearly in the image above. I’ve missed warp spaces evenly across the reed and matching that by inserting spaces in the weft. I’m hoping the weave will loosen up in the spaces when it’s taken off the loom. All going well I maybe able to show you tomorrow.

I called David, co-owner of the Spinning Weal shop in Clevedon who supplied my loom, asking if he can supply a second heddle kit and two reeds… yes, I’m to collect them next week. It will mean I can do more than tabby weaving.

Bye for now xx

New device & Fibre fest!

My old tablet broke down suddenly so I’ve lost some stuff unfortunately. Thankfully Lovely Husband has bought me this shiny, new to me, reconditioned device. To celebrate I’m having a sit down moment while I let you lovely people know πŸ™‚

Thank you to my new followers for following me πŸ™‚ I don’t feel so alone on this bloggy journey now!

I mentioned a fibre fest…

I’ve had a frozen shoulder and as it slowly thaws I’m able to return to pursuits like spinning and weaving. There is fibre everywhere as I cannot spin and weave fast enough as I make up for lost time. I want to post some pictures but when I opened WordPress on this new device it said it had a new editor so I clicked on it and now I don’t know how to get back to the old one. I think it’s called Aztec. Apparently it’s not fully set up yet… oops. Tech stuff sends my stress levels through the stratosphere. So… I’ll try and sort things out and maybe another picture post will appear soon…hopefully πŸ™‚

New Edit…

Here’s a couple of images. It’s taken me a while to discover how to upload them. And the save button has disappeared… ???

The yarn was spun on my trusty old Pipi Wendy which I have had for nearly 40 years. I’ve only had my 32″ Ashford rigid heddle loom for a year but I wouldn’t do without it now.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon xxxx