May 23, 2012
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.
May 2, 2012
I’ve been dyeing fleece and yarn ready to take to this event which is the biggest one I’ve ever done! Last weekend at The Hop farm, Paddock Wood the weather made people stay away so I’m hoping that this weekend it is rather less damp. I’m sharing a space with my mate Lamingtonlass (Sheena) in the Access the Countryside area just off the Blue Gate. We’ve both been very busy preparing for this so hopefully we’ll sell out!
The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners and Dyers will also be there near the alpaca show so all in all it wil be a good show.
October 27, 2011
Have almost finished the first pair of socks knitted from the sock blank ‘scarf’ which I hand painted. It was painted with 3 colours then steamed to set the dye. I don’t like the colours at all but at least I’ll have a warm pair of socks at the end of the experiment. Had to have a friend help me graft the toe on sock no 1 but I fully intend to have go myself on sock no 2.
October 26, 2011
Our bi-annual exhibition takes place in Lewes Town Hall this Friday and Saturday. Amazing exhibition of work as well as traders from around the country. Items for sale made by the members of the guild. Refreshments served throughout the day with homemade cakes available too.
Just £2.00 entry, students and children free.
September 15, 2011
After trialing my very first scarf sock yarn I am now pleased to announce that they are being added to my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/knitwitoriginalsuk
I love how the pink spotty one turned out, it took ages to do but I think it will look fabulous knitted up into a pair of funky socks. The second one still has to dry, another experiment-it is also funky for the brave of feet, some pink in it as I needed to use up the exhaust from previous one but with added blue. Rather than knitting from a ball of yarn you unravel the ‘scarf’ as you knit, it doesn’t roll away and you can wear it as you knit! great fun!
August 6, 2011
With summer in full swing now is the time to gather dyestuffs from round and about. Next doors mulberrys are dropping to the ground and getting soggy in this rain so I have nip round there during a dry spell to pick them up. The first batch produced a lovely pinky mauve on silk and alpaca. Yesterday at Bentley Wildfowl I was allowed to pick some Golden Rod which has given me some lovely citrusy yellow on Falkland Island tops. A pound or so of elderberries has turned 100gms of Falkland Island tops a lovely mauve and the exhaust from the Golden Rod and elderberries is still in the pot with another 100gm of F.I.tops.
My earlier dye session this week turned out very blue, not with natural dyes I hasten to add but some vintage ICI dyes. I mixed some blue with red hoping to achieve purple but it all came out blue! It is on the lavender side of blue and I have a lot of blue wool, yarn and tops.
March 7, 2011
Fresh from the dye pot, these gorgeous locks of Masham fleece are a felt makers dream. The fleece was incredibly dirty and full of brambles and burrs but I carefully washed and picked the fleece until most of the vegetation was out before I dyed the 2oz batches. At the last Mansion market some Japanese lasses told me that it is impossible to buy this kind of fleece in Japan so hopefully these will fly out the door!
Latest one is the palest mint cream green.
Masham fleece is amazing and spins fine too. These locks make great ‘hair’ for fairies!
January 8, 2011
All the fleece is washed & sparkling clean and I have the drum carder ready to card the dry fleece into spinnable batts. Since my Christmas pudding hats sold so well last year I’m going to attempt to knit at least one a month so I have a few ready for this winter. I dyed some of the clean fleece with shades of brown & rust to create the pudding look. This too will go through the carder ready to spin as soon as I have my wheel fixed. I have put the old ‘un to work but as soon as I get any kind of speed up the drive band pings off. Slow & steady works fine but I think for all the yarn I’m going to need for the hats I need to spin at speed. The undyed wool will become the cream on top & the dyed will be the pudding.
I still have no idea what make the old spinning wheel is but it’s seen alot of active service that’s for sure.
July 11, 2008
Welcome to my world of needles, hooks & yarn. I’ve been knitting for over 40 years & spinning for over 15. Fiber is my chocolate, it has less calories & doesn’t sit on the hips. When I’m not knitting I’m spinning & if I’m not sitting at my wheel then I’m crocheting or dyeing. I teach spinning, knitting & dyeing from my home near Lewes, East Sussex. There is an abundance of sheep & alpacas all around me so there’s no shortage of fibre.