May 11, 2013
The lads from New Zealand arrived bright and early to shear almost 100 alpacas at Spring Farm Fletching the day after the Spring show at Ardingly. Many of the animals to be shorn were prize winning alpacas and their fleeces were stunning.
The shearing ‘crew’ took a wee while to set up, farm helpers and willing volunteers rounded up the alpacas into a waiting area and 2 by 2 they took their their turn to be shorn.
The sorting crew had about 6 mins to skirt the fleece,bag and label it before the next one arrived. So many beautiful fleeces, I would have liked to take about ten of them home! One outstanding suri really caught my attention and it’s on my wish list. Mostly shades of grey with some brown patches here and there. SImply stunning.
If you’ve never spun alpaca before you really don’t know what you’re missing! It requires washing but takes less time than wool. Some people spin it straight from the animal but I feel you trap much dust this way which wont all come out when washed in the skein.
I have many colours in stock and can supply washed or unwashed.
I had to laugh as one of the alpacas is called Mr Tumble which took me back a few years to when I watched the TV show with my grandson!
May 3, 2013
Last years show was one of the wettest on record and was literally a wash out for many of the traders. This year it looks like the sun is paying us visit and I may well need a sunhat & suncream. The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners & Dyers will as usual be demonstrating their skills with members from other local guilds. We will be in a marquee near the alpaca show.
I will be there on Sunday demonstrating needle felting and broomstick crochet.
The show is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.
May 1, 2013
Due to the aweful wet summer we had last year and then the snow at lambing time it has been a really bad time for the sheep farmers in this country. Although I have had a trickle of fleece throughout the winter I underestimated how much fleece I would need to see me through til this years shearing. I have been frantically contacting people to find out if they have fleece and have procurred a little every now & then but really not enough to sustain the business.
This year I plan on buying masses, not all at once, I haven’t the storage for that but if I can get a steady supply throughout the year and have a good stock by autumn there should be no shortage of curls in the shop.
I have learnt to be quite picky about what I want in a fleece and what is a good price, bearing in mind the farmer needs to eat too.
This year there should be Masham, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale (both black and white), Wensleydale x’s, Teeswater, Blue Faced Leicester and other breeds that will be suitable for needlefelting.
I have some fabulous Galway in stock that needlefelts easily and is perfect for the inside of any creation. I’ve yet to dye it but it’s a huge fleece so it’s worth a try.
Don’t forget I can dye to your requirements and with so many different fleeces in stock I’m sure I can please most people!
Next week I will be at Spring Farm for shearing day, not that I need to add to my stock of fibre, there are still many colours available to buy, just ask. I can supply it from the animal or washed.
Here’s looking forward to a very woolly 2013!
February 19, 2013
Come along and learn how to make your own felt bowl and needlefelt eggs. Using hand dyed merino and natural white the vessels are pretty and useful, certain to brighten up the home.
Monday 4th March 2013 Workshop time ; 7pm – 9.30pm at Brighton Road Baptist Church. Places are limited so book early, either through me or the Make website.
We will make a few needlefelt eggs to pop inside too!
February 6, 2013
Finally after many attemps I have created a bowl that is actually a bowl and not just a wobbly shape that you can put things in. With many layers of merino wool and a little silk this pretty bowl is hopefully the first of many to be created by these fair hands.
If you’d like to learn how to make a similar version why not come along to my workshop in Horsham. Monday 4th March 2013 Workshop time ; 7pm – 9.30pm at Brighton Road Baptist Church. Places are limited so book early, either though me or the Make website
Just in time for Easter we will make a few needlefelt eggs to pop inside too!
January 12, 2013
For years I have been designing and knitting my own patterns so this is about time. It was one of my resolutions and I think I have actually fulfilled it!
The Bandana Scarflette is easy for a beginner but satisfying for any level. It can be knitted in most any yarn as well as leftovers of the same weight.
Here is a picture and a link to ravelry for the pattern.
January 9, 2013
Last week en route to Brighton I spotted some cheeky pidgeons flying in and out of a broken window of an empty top floor flat. I dread to think what the interior must look like if the wildlife have taken over an empty property. Down below the people in the offices were probably unaware of the ‘squatters’ above. What a waste!
While the pidgeons were enjoying a dry and sheltered accomodation a young man and his dog had taken up residence in a doorway on North St. I wondered how long he’d been there and how he cares for himself and his pal. He looked snug, wrapped up well but where’s the justice here? Wildlife living in a flat and a man and his dog living in a doorway?
I regularly see a man in Lewes wandering around in layers on clothing, filthy dirty avoiding the stares of everyone around, muttering to himself. What’s his story?
I don’t know how I can help, I deperately wanted to help the man in North St. As for the pidgeons, well they should be evicted and the landlord should make good his property. Empty houses should not be empty.
December 12, 2012
After knitting 2 rather large and time consuming octopi I thought I should knit a few baby ones, so here they are! Knitted in one piece with no seams, just lots of ends to sew in, they are completely washable and safe for little ones. The yarn is a bamboo mix so quite shiny & very soft.
They will be appearing in the etsy shop later.
December 10, 2012
Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
For mum or big sister
For Dad or big brother
December 4, 2012
This year I have the pleasure of taking part in a Vintage Christmas at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk. With lots of warming handknits, vintage needles, patterns and tree decorations to tempt you. Open from 5pm til 9.30ish the fair will offer lots of tempting gifts with the added bonus of a cocktail bar.