Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Tour de Fleece has fallen out of the window.

IMAG0783IMAG0789I have however spun daily. I have also been dying, sleying my loom and washing fleeces.  More of those at a later date.  The one thing I seem to be unable to do is post for the Tour!  Oh well, I know what I've been doing.  The grey on the bobbin on the right is part of the Shetland dress I am spinning for (yep! still at it), the rainbows in the Dye Pot are hand spun Alpaca which has finally been finished and dyed (as threatened).  It was to be popped on to the rigid heddle as a warp over the weekend but I ran out of time.  By the end of the week with any luck. On the left, these are two of finally 6 hanks made of a mixture of BFL and Corriedale which I shall document properly before the end of the week. (My latest Blog resolution, so we shall see how long that lasts!)

Hope everyone is enjoying the weather (I am hiding indoors, hence the productiveness I suspect).  Back soon.

Friday, 4 July 2014

I, have been Plotting.

IMAG0773IMAG0769Whilst Spinning of course.  And as there has been a lot of tennis, there has been a lot of spinning!  To begin with I have finished the 700gms of Freyalyns Hai Foss for my friend Siggy (left!).  It pretty much spun itself, and whilst the spinning took some time, the plying really didn't for some reason.  It was popped in the post today and I have my fingers crossed that she likes it, but it is Shetland/Silk rovings dyed by Freyalyn and spun by me, what's not to like?  Now whilst spinning this I happened to mention that I was pretty greened out and got challenged.  The reason is this.  Just before I started Siggys 700gms of Hai Foss I had spun 200gms of Hai Foss for me to be plyed with some of the Fernhill Farm Shetland I had, for my knitted dress (right!). This by the way has turned out as a really squooshy Light DK. Ah well, more of the grey to spin and then we shall see. (BTW, a little bird told me that they were shearing the Shetlands up at the farm this week just gone).
IMAG0759IMAG0732IMAG0764So I had plenty of time to plot and come to the conclusion and that actually I really needed a little more colour in my life. The bit in the middle is Freyalyn's Little Heart on Oatmeal BFL and Silk.  The plait about the outside is from Lime Green Jelly and is also BFL.  This has/is being spindle spun in front of the tennis and I hope to finish the singles by the end of the Men's Final.  I considered Navajo plying it all, but after careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that I would lose too much length, so I had a pootle about the workshop and found these.  They are a collection of mini bumps (so cute!) from World of Wool that I popped in the basket whilst buying other things. Now, there is a reason I love these little test packs of natural colours, they are just right for a dark to light warp. (The grey in the foreground is grey Corriedale pencil rovings)and they all spun up like this.  Twice.  I haven't as yet plyed the Colours with it, but will do so the beginning of next week.  In the meanwhile I shall continue plotting whilst spinning.  And then there is the whole Tour de Fleece thing which I haven't tried before but have decided to do this year, as I have the rest of the Shetland to spin and the rest of the everlasting white alpaca - which will be dyed once plyed I feel.  And I also have 3 fantastic, fabulous, and all round finest-kind BFL x Shetland to get to grips with, but more of those later! 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Wimbledon is nearly here.

IMAG0725I've been busy.   No, honestly. For some reason I can't work out, this year's tennis season (for me, that is Roland Garos, Queens, Eastbourne and Wimbledon) has not heralded the need to c/o a new garment to be finished before the last service of the Men's Doubles at W1. In actual fact, I didn't knit at all through the French Open or Queens, which is very odd. Instead, I've been spinning, (a lot).  And sewing, (not as much). I have also been weaving...

IMAG0730I have been spinning a commission for a friend of 700gsm of Freyalyn's Hai Foss, and am now on to bobbin 4 of 4. This, whilst spinning itself, pretty much, has to be concentrated upon as Sigrid deserves perfection.  It is also the year of the alpaca, so a great trug of topped white alpaca has been sitting next to my chair in front of the telly to give my fingers something to do whilst watching Murray loose to Nadal. There has also been alpaca on my Saxony wheel, which will be yarn for a winter dress. And then there is the Turkish Spindle, for more portable spinning.

IMAG0721I am also 3/4 through a vintage Cloth Kits summer dress that I could really do with, and all was ticking along nicely, then my asthma kicked in and my plans for this week (finish dress, weave last metre of Woolsey Linsey etc) were pretty much kicked out. Back to slow, gentle & without having to think for a couple of days. So more spinning really... shame that.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Foiled again!

I know, I've been missing for a bit.  Combination of summer cold unreliable lungs and the start of the British Summer (when it officially rains for 18 hours out of every 24!), meant I landed in bed for the better part of last week.
IMAG0673But I was not idle! As you can see, If I'm stuck in bed I tend to nest!  So on the right I have lots of fibre books/ knitting patterns textiles books etc, and on the the left I have several projects to keep me going.
On the bed are the Kindle and telly knitting (at the moment in the snug waiting for the next match at Roland Garros) It is an Aran sweater for DH and the cuffs are now on their third incarnation.  Managed the welts and the first repeat and discovered I had dropped a stitch in the welt.  I ripped them back and cast on again. Got as far as the second repeat when DH kindly pointed out that they were too tight! so third time luck and they seem to be working out ok now.
IMAG0675IMAG0674In the actual headboard I also keep a couple of projects that live in my bedroom (until they are finished of course!) the lime green is bed knitting. (Everyone has bed knitting don't they?  Just to do that little row or two before dropping off?  No?  Oh well.)  At the moment, it's a Celtic Lattice vest from the Folk Vests Book. 

IMAG0676And finally, there is my spinning.  Yep. I really do spin in bed! This is a superb Falkland Merion/Silk blend from John Arbon and it really is a dream to spin.  I'm using my IST Russian Spindle and loving it.  It's being plyed with some reeled silk. it really is a soothing thing to do when stuck in bed with the instruction to "put your feet up".IMAG0677

And this is how I stave off boredom, all supervised by the Moppet who takes up a supervisory role on the foot end, just to make sure I don't overdo it.