With the chilly weather outside, one could hardly believe that it is almost summer time, the bugs, flowers, and allergies are here, but we have been lacking the warmth from the sunshine.
I’ve found ways to distract myself though, in the form of canning and you guessed it, spinning.
For the first time ever I have canned some jelly/honey like concoction from lilacs
More like honey, less like jelly. A little of both but not at the same time. We enjoy it though.
I love lilacs, my grandmother’s loved lilacs as well and each year I look forward to smelling their sweet scent in the air.
I’m really enjoying my new wheel, it’s so smooth and easy to use.
This is Doodle/Romney blend I spun up for a friend who lost her pooch a while back.
This is a Polworth/Silk blend that I dyed myself
Thoughts of the beach were my inspiration for the colors
Around this time however I started to realize the sad truth about my wheel…or my bobbin per say. It can only hold so much yarn, that would not do.
So I placed an order and while I awaited for my parcel, I spun up this beautiful chocolate mint Shetland/Merino combo.
The super flyer kit was exactly what I needed for my wheel
It’s huge and will hold a 500gms of yarn compared to the smaller bobbin that only holds 130gm.
I can also make bulky yarn now if I chose to!
With my order came this lovely merino wool to sample
Shades of blues and grays
I hope your day is more sunny than gray wherever you are!
Have a great day folks!
When I went to the New Hampshire Sheep and wool a few weeks ago, I learned something new and it changed my life….
I can now spin “thick” yarn, the entire time I’ve been spinning I’ve struggled to spin anything thicker than the picture on the left and it kind left me in a funk. My yarn was nice, but it wasn’t what I was going for.
So after the lesson at NHSW I took a deep breath, took up the merino/silk I had dyed and went to town
I was happy with the result of the single I had spun up and those colors 😍
I made three of these and started to ply
Folks, when I spin yarn it usually takes months because I’m just not happy with how things are looking and I tend to avoid my wheel. I did this in ONE day! Okay so it was only 120 yards but this is absolutely the best yarn I’ve ever spun, my favorite.
And it is working up nicely too!
Have a great weekend folks!
First I just wanted to say, that I am not disappointed about the snow that is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Yes, I know it’s spring, I can’t help it.
I am however worried about these little creatures
Hopefully they will stay nice and warm under the heat lamp.
I would also very much like to get these veggies in the garden
May is here and along with it a birthday (My 35th 😳), Mother’s Day, and well, a weekend that I can compare to Christmas.
Yes folks that’s right, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool! I went alone this year but was specifically told that I was not allowed to bring home any animals…and believe me, there were a few for sale, so I very well could have.
Instead I had to settle for sheep and alpaca cuddles, browsing all the fine wool and yarns, and of course I purchased three fleeces
Cotswold, though I just realized I still have a pound from last year I haven’t even touched (whoops!), Finn which is a new one for me, and then coopworth 😍, I also purchased a new bobbin for my wheel and believe it or not I actually came home with cash.
Yesterday for Mother’s Day was spent shivering under layers and layers of fleece sweaters, though it got up to 57, the sun never came out to say hello. My mother in law and I spent our day working on my walkway
I am not the best gardener, almost all the flowers on my property were planted by the previous owner who won awards for gardens. Thankfully they are almost effortless to maintain. My mother in law use to work at a nursery and is very helpful, helping me get flowers that are low maintenance.
Last week I purchased some beautiful merino and silk roving from Port Fiber over in Portland Maine, every time I go there I make sure to stop in a peruse all of the beautiful fibers Casey has in her shop. (If you are a fan of Taproot, they are less than two minutes down the road)
I was on a mission as soon as I purchased this wool, I knew the exact colors I wanted to dye this wool and holy moly…I’m blown away!
I have to finish the doodle/romney blend I am spinning up for a friend and then I will start spinning this up, I took a short five minute class at the Sheep and Wool Festival and was taught how to spin my yarn just a little thicker, so I have high hopes for this yarn!
Speaking of homespun
The Bandana cowl is finally complete, I need to give it a soak in something (I don’t know what) to soften it up, but I am a happy camper.
Have a great day folks, and for all you snow lovers in Maine and New Hampshire, enjoy!
That’s where my mind is tonight, because I dared to have two cups of coffee and one cup of black tea today.
I keep going back and forth to working on this beautiful Bandana Cowl I found on purl soho
To looking up areas to visit when Toph and I make a trip down south later this summer, to looking at houses online, to planning what food we will bring with us because eating out with celiacs is a pain in the padded you know what. Then my mind goes back to knitting, how much yarn will I need on this road trip, and is the tundra big enough for me to spin on my Ashford wheel while we drive? (Probably not)
So while my mind is all over the place and I thought I would pop in and say hi and share with you how I am progressing on
this awesome cowl with the accidental mystical colorway yarn
And the doodle/romney yarn, which has suddenly become easier to spin!
Have a great weekend folks!
Day by day the snow is quickly leaving.
Birds now go out during the day
While two dogs keep an eye out for winged and four legged predators
Garlic is popping up through the soil
And several rows of potatoes have been planted.
The trampoline has been put up after weeks of begging
Repairs have happened to the out door coop and I will say, it was nerve wracking with high winds, to not only be in it holding on to the roof while the sides were getting screwed in, but also to watch my husband up high during those winds. Though I think the dogs chasing each other while Toph was on the ladder was worst of all, I definitely took a dog head to the knee when I stepped between Runa and the ladder and she ran into me.
I piled my first yarn on my new wheel,
It had been spun up on my Edam, but I was wanting to play on the kiwi. I know awhile back people commented that my older wheel was not a Wernekinck Edam, however a spinning group I am in has confirmed that it is indeed an Edam.
As I am getting ready to sell it I wanted to know for sure.
This isn’t at all the colorway I was going for but it has grown on me and now I’m trying to find the perfect pattern for it.
Late last summer a friend asked me to spin the hair from her doodle, the fibers are short and they shed when spun, but I blended them in with some Romney wool and I wasn’t sure how much yarn I would get from this dog, but I’ve hardly made a dent in the ziplock bag.
Have a great day folks!
Often times I wonder, am I sharing too much about personal things? Sometimes I turn the death of a loved one into a PSA about reason why you shouldn’t drink and drive, or I’ve written about struggles with food allergies and why they should be taken seriously.
Today I’m going to do it again, however this time it’s not a PSA but a new discovery in my life that happened recently (last week), I wanted to talk about this because I’m sure I’m going to have plenty of entries talking about new stuff and well here is the reason.
It all began last spring when I took the ancestrydna test, I wanted to learn more about where my family came from, I wanted to learn about every piece of my heritage, read about the countries and learn about their traditions, maybe even add some into my life.
A few things showed up and to be honest my reaction was “I’m part Icelandic? That’s so cool”, “Not, what?! Where did this come from?!”
Then they started to do dna matching, most names I recognized…and then a lot I didn’t. I got matched to a first cousin who I had never met before, I’m thinking someone in the family had a baby and gave it up for adoption, that was until I realized that this cousin was the same age as all my aunts and uncles.
I started asking questions and no one knew about this person. I started talking to this person and who last Monday put me in contact with a few more people and that is when I discovered that not only did I have a different biological father than my father who raised me, but I also have SIX half siblings.
Now my biological father passed in 2010, but I have been talking to four old my new half siblings, I’ve met three of them, and they have all been very welcoming. It’s been a very weird and overwhelming and anxious experience and well I just went from two half sisters to FIVE half sisters and three brothers.
I am thankful that I have had the support from my husband and kids during this, also my mother’s side as well as all the aunts and uncles from my dads side. Most of all I am thankful that even though it was an uncomfortable five minutes talking to my dad about what I found, we have carried on like normal, because I am his daughter and he is my father.
So this might be too much, but I wanted to share this news with you all because as I said, I will most likely be talking about this more or talking of new siblings.
Have a great day folks
I absolutely love my new wheel
I spun up 1/4 lb of this lovely blue merino and thought “How lovely would it be to ply this with a brown?”
The idea sounded amazing in my mind, however I don’t have a lot of brown wool to spin up. I have a love of white wool because I love dying yarn, but out of all my wool I only have 1 brown fleece….that while washed it still has some VM in it. Somehow this was overlooked that time I washed several fleeces in one week 🤷🏻♀️
I tried many ways to clean some of these wool, picking stuff out by hand, using the wool picker, using the combs, the hand carders, and drum carders.
This is entirely 100% my fault. I should have took better care in the summer and taken my time. Not that it will go to waste, this will be stuffed into whatever toy I make next.
What did work was the hand picking, drum carding, wool combing combination but by the time I got to that point my hands hurt due to some cross contamination I got Thursday before last. Once the salve starts to kick in again, I am going to try the combination again, I could of course always dye some white wool but what is the fun in that?
Have a great day folks!
When I said the other week that I had ordered something to help me along with my crafting, I never expected the reveal to take this long.
My package arrived last week….well sort of, the mail person suddenly decided that they were no longer driving boxes up to the house. I can understand that and respect their feelings now that we have two dogs, one being a jumper, I probably wouldn’t want to deal with that either.
Instead of a package I was left with a “Sorry we missed you, you can pick up your parcel after three” note 😭 a very sad not to get at 11:30 am when you are anticipating something magnificent.
So I picked up my package, gazed at the lovely wool and started putting the pieces together, but then something happened…a duplicate piece.
Uh oh. I got in touch with the dealer who had never before seen something like this and contacted Ashford straight away! Within a matter of hours it was settled, Ashford was sending me a new treadle. Friends said “why not flip the treadle and drill holes and use it in the meantime?”
Because this is built from the bottom up! No way I was going to build it and take it apart again….well now that it’s together I doubt I could anyway.
I waited and waited and waited for my new treadle, trying to occupy my mind on something other than a package coming from New Zealand.
Behold! Yesterday when I got home there was my correct treadle!!! There was also a note from Kate at Ashford apologizing, THANK YOU KATE!
I started building….and then stopped because there was food to cook, people to feed, and dishes to wash.
After dinner I went back to it
Here she is, the new Ashford Kiwi 3. I am in love.
Have a great day folks!!