Archive for March, 2011

March 30, 2011

Rockpooling at Brighton Marina

It was such a fine day on Monday that I took my grandson to Brighton marina, we’d checked the tide times so we knew we’d find some rock pools. I didn’t expect to be the only people on the beach though! It was delightful, there was lots of sand to dig and best of all as the tide was way out there were lots of pools to investigate. We walked out to sea too over all the huge rocks where there was more sand to dig.

Wildlife was scarce but we did surprise this little crab that must have woken up when Asher invaded his pool.

baby crab


March 23, 2011

Brilliant Freelancer-Leif Kendall

How proud am I? VERY!!!!

My son presented me with a copy of his book Brilliant Freelancer on Monday and I was so proud I thought I would burst. For anyone thinking of starting  a freelance business this book is a must read. I started reading it on Monday and within minutes it dawned on me that I too am a freelancer.

Yes it’s scary, full of unknowns, not knowing when/if you will earn your keep, but every day is a new challenge. Face the future knowing you don’t have to commute to ‘the office’ every day, get stuck in traffic, push and shove your way on to the train with hundreds of nameless faces only to sit in front of a pc all day.

My days are still structured, I don’t lie in bed all day or watch day time tv in my pj’s, I’m not lonely and certainly don’t miss being in an air conditioned office set at 65 degrees wrapped in a woolly cardi trying to keep warm!

Brilliant Freelancer is out NOW so if you are ready to break free pop out and buy a copy-it’s a snip at 12.99-the cost of a cheap round of drinks at the pub. ISBN 978-0-273-74463-4

It really is Brilliant and Leif really is my son.

March 15, 2011

New fingerless mitts on etsy

In preparation for the Camelid show at Ardingly in May I have been busy spinning alpaca and knitting mittens using my own patterns. I am very pleased with the results, the mittens are very cosy!

March 15, 2011

Paradise Park-Newhaven

My friend Sue & I took our grandsons to Paradise Park yesterday, otherwise known as dinosaur land. The boys are still a bit young to appreciate roaring life size (well almost) models of dinosaurs and they jumped out of their skins when we got a bit too close to one lurking in the garden. They did enjoy walking round the various gardens and seeing the huge fish in the Japanese gardens.

March 11, 2011

Sussex spring lambs

On the way to Spring farm I stopped at Isfield to check out the lambing situation. Thank goodness I had the camera in the car as lambing is in full swing. They are just too cute for words.
gorgeous newborn lambs
gorgeous newborn lambs

March 10, 2011

Mansion market 12th March

Hand dyed locks of curly Masham fleece and Leicester longwool, hand spun alpaca mitts, warm knitted hats, hand knitted socks and tons of dyed yarn, it will all be there this Sat at the market in Forest Row. Our stall will be outside, you cant miss us as our gazebo will be bedecked with knitted bunting.

March 7, 2011

Dyed Masham locks for the Japanese

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!

Stunning dyed Masham locks
Palest green locks

March 3, 2011

Knitting workshop at Furniture Now-Friday 4th March

Quite excited about this workshop, for beginner knitters from 10 til 3.
New Etsy listing
Put some lovely dyed Masham locks on etsy today, gorgeous colours, gorgeous wool, simply stunning.
take a peek