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September 20, 2015

Baking experiments Part two. Or Having a Portfolio career.

Pastry made with gluten free flour was very ‘short’, delicious but short. Half of what I created sold but I had to eat the other half, life as a baker is really tough! However, muffins made with GF flour using a ‘normal’ recipe were an epic FAIL. I could have built an outhouse with them. Dry, tasteless,claggy. Just a few words that my official tasters came up with. I didn’t think the birds would enjoy them either so in the food recycling bin they went.

It makes a change to talk to people about something other than wool, to say my life revolved around wool is an understatement, get me started and you’ll be asleep before I’m finished taking about my favourite breeds and their uses. My Mastermind subject- wool, favourite holiday destinations- anywhere there are sheep. Favourite meal- Roast Lamb. ┬áBut, now I can hold a conversation about gluten free recipes too. Who’d have thought it?

I can even start a conversation about the highs & lows of running a monthly market, I feel a bit like a juggler with 3 balls on the go at the same time, apparently there is a NAME for this, not multi tasking, oh no, that is So last season. I now have a Portfolio career. Yes really, it is a known THING according to my self employed Copywriter son. Many people choose this style of life rather than having a boring old 9-5 job until they retire, juggling charity work alongside paid jobs, I saw an article in the Times about it. (so it must be true)

I am rather enjoying my Portfolio career and so glad I wasn’t pensioned off at 60 as I might never have achieved this milestone in my life. My pensioning age is now 65 1/2 so I will enjoy the next 3 1/2 years in this line of work and see how many other balls I can collect along the way.

Recipe books sit alongside my collection of knitting and felting books now but there may have to be a shuffle soon as the bookcase is hanging off the wall! I have had to make room for all the extra ingredients I have to buy and am already stocking up with dried fruit ready for the GF Christmas cakes I plan on baking. New cake tins have already arrived.

Next time I order business cards I wont have to add, baker or market organiser to the other titles I have , I just write Portfolio Careerist.

July 8, 2013

British Rare Breed wool for Blythe doll Re Roots

Blythe doll collectors have discovered that our finest British Rare Breed wool makes beautiful hair for their unusual dolls. I don’t often get to see what my customers do with their purchases but every now and again I get a surprise, here is the latest customised Blythe doll by a talented artist from the USA.

I’m so happy that people around the world appreciate our amazing wool and as long as the sheep are happy to wear it I’ll keep dyeing it!


May 1, 2013

Shearing 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!

December 10, 2012

Tasty hats for the holidays!

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
hat no 1
For mum or big sister
Hat no 2
For Dad or big brother
Hat no 3

December 3, 2012

Christmas Gifts for spinners and felt makers

Just a couple more seasonally packaged mixed fibre ‘crackers’.A perfect gift for anyone starting out on their felting journey. Lots of colourways to choose from in the etsy shop.
Ingredients of Lido
Lido cracker
Ingredients of pink & white
Pink & White Marshmallow cracker

August 9, 2012

Mini octopus Alice

My brilliant copywriting son Leif suggested I make little baby octopi suitable for babies so I did! Here is the first in the series-Alice. No buttons to pull off and swallow and washable. Once I have a few they will available from my etsy shop
Stumpy & Alice
Stumpy & Alice

May 23, 2012

A Day in the life of me

Being self employed, each day brings new challenges and opportunities. Some days I have to prioritise as there are just too many things to do. Of course the days have to revolve around ‘work’ my hour long visits to nursing homes where I try & get the residents moving a bit. With this lovely weather it’s a joy to be able to wash & dye fleece & get it dry all in a day, beats smelly fleece hanging over the shower! (yes I really do).

Today I had to mail a few parcels off to lovely customers of mine, catch up on laundry, wash & dye fleece, Lichen yellows, silver grey & moss green. That was the last of the Teeswater fleece. Our guild was invited to apply as spinning extras in a new Disney film so I had my landlady take some pics of me & have sent them off.

I planted 3 tomato plants in the garden along aith some tiny saplings I was given at the Spring show.

Now I have to make sure I have all my work equipment in the car for an exciting session near Nutley after which we spend half an hour cutting out pics for some collages we’re working on.

After that I shall putting my other caring hat on to look after a young lady with special needs.

It’s all go and never a dull moment.Image

March 28, 2012

New Treasury on etsy

Although it’s time consuming I really enjoy putting these together. This one is called Tickled pink,

March 24, 2012

Knitwit Originals labels have arrived

Now my yarn can have a professional look with their own ‘brand’ labels. Kindly designed by a good friend I can use these bands on any of my hand dyed yarns. Room for all the relevant information they are neat and subtle not detracting from the colourful yarn they surround. Will take me a while to complete labelling all my stock but it will be worth it in the end.
I have added quite a few ‘mill ends’ and hand dyed Brand name yarns to my stock so it’s not just sock yarn! Put the kettle on and take a look see!
Supersoft alpaca,silk & cashmere
Super lace weight yarn
New batch yarns with labels

February 23, 2012

Double stranded hand painted sock blank-Springtime

Seeing the first daffodils in bloom was the inspiration for this sock blank, I designed it to be knitted top down and two socks at a time. Took about 40 mins to paint but was great fun and hope it looks good as a pair of socks. There are about 60st in a row which is equivalent to a round of the average sock. Will be on sale in etsy shop tomorrow when I can get a decent picture of it dry.
Springtime sock blank


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