Friday, June 30, 2006

Didn't wanna go to woolfest anyway


I'm so jealous of peeps going to woolfest. I've promised myself I'll go next year (mind you I did that this year).

I hope you all have a fab time and buy loads of yarn and sod the expense!

I also want to tell you that there is a new cyber meeting place for spinners/weavers/dyers and felters at The Dropped Spindle. It's a place for everyone, where there is no such thing as a stupid question. So, if you're a nervous newbie hopefully there'll be someone to answer your question no matter how daft you may feel it is. And if you're not a nervous newbie, pile in and have a natter! It's for people of all skill levels and there can never be enough spinning/weaving/felting forums can there?

I look forward to hearing all about Woolfest from people next week and I promise not to be jealous.

(uncrosses fingers, signs off)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


And that was that! I did my 2 days on the stall and it was fun. Exhausting but fun. I sold enough yarn to cover my costs and I was really pleased about that. On Saturday it must have been about 80 degrees so, selling yarn then was a feat. It was very satisfying to hear people say 'Wow!' as they walked past and even if people didn't stop the managed to give the yarn a squish on the way. This was the stall on the Saturday early morning:

And a closer look at the goodies:

My husband was selling his furniture at the stall next to me so that was cosy - lol.

It was a long and busy 2 days but I really enjoyed it. There was loads of interest in the felt so I'm hurriedly making a webiste now as I foolishly promised people it would be up and running by the end of the week (words like, rod, own back, own worst enemy are bouncing into my mind for some reason)

I met some lovely people - Champagne Bohemian popped by with her family and very kindly bought some yarn as did Brigit from the It's Not Easy Being Green forums and Sunpuppy from Downsizer. So, exhausted but happy is the order of this week. I'll post a link to the website when it's done - back soon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My new logo

Meet gladys:

I took that picture of her on shearing day and the more I looked at it the more I thought I'd like it for my logo. It's years since I did any graphics but after much scribbling, photocopying, colouring in and more scribbling I came up with my new logo:

It might not be the most professional logo anyone has ever come up with but it's mine and I like it :)

Curiouser and curiouser

Just a quickie to let you know I'm still in the land of the living - just. Interestingly (or not) I've been feeling pretty ok - tired with muscle weakness but generally fine. Yesterday I found some roving that I'd been practicing natural dyeing on and spun it up. It was dyed with logwood and had an alum mordant. Within an hour of starting I had full on M.E flu type symptoms I get when I've been in contact with chemicals. Today I feel like I have the worst hangover. Now, I've been sloshing the acid dye around like there's no tomorrow for about 3 weeks and haven't felt a thing. It interests me greatly that I can't cope with 'natural' dyeing as the M.E is usually a pretty good indicator of there being 'nasties' around. Are we being led to believe that natural is better when sometimes it isn't? Could it be that synthetic dyes are less damaging? I can't really find a definitive answer on the net but it's been interesting to find that many companies who are striving to lessen their environmental footprint use synthetic dyes. A dilemma show nuff!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

They're back!

My hat and tea cosy are back from their trip to Wales so here's a couple of pics:

I was a bit concerned that they'd suffer in the post but they appear to be ok - phew :)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Was I a bad person in a last life?

I seem to be lurching from one low level crisis to another. Suffice to say there was an incident this weekend which pulled the rug from under my feet and made me question if I can trust people at all.

Anyway - good news. New baby goats came this morning, 3 of them. The mum gave birth to 2 boys and a girl, again. I don't have any brill photos of them as she was in a confined space and I didn't want to freak her out by climbing on stuff just to get a good view.

Two of them (girl in the foreground) :

The other boy:

A concerned Mum:

Mother and triplets are doing fine :)

Yarny stuff is piling up. I've been making some small knitted flowers with crocheted leaves to sell on my stall. I've also been doing some dyeing.

Some rainbow rovings:

Some yarn in the same kind of colours:

And a shawl I've started based on the oneI did earlier in the year. I'm hoping that it'll sell on the stall as I've had so many comments on the other one.

I'm in a strange state of mind about this imminent stall. I feel stressed to buggery but unable to get on with it. Fear I s'pect - lol. It's happening a week on Saturday - wish me luck :)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Even less to report

I've got a breast abscess which (thankfully) burst last night.
Nuf said.
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