Friday, 18 November 2011

Honey Coated

This years winter sweater for my godson

Whitfield shorty by Anne Hansen

Malabrigo Rios in Sunset, 3 skeins

Leather buttons from John Lewis

Monday, 2 May 2011

Wonderwool Wales

A few snaps from my visit to Wonderwool Wales, mum and I drove to Wales and stayed in a youth hostel near Pen Y Fan. We stayed there last year too but had a room to ourselves, but this year was the start of the school holidays and the hostel was very busy. Sharing a room with nine others is something I got over years ago, so I won't be doing that again!

This is the view that greeted us at the show ground, the day was very warm and sunny.

Some of the sheepy participants in the show:

Shetland Hebredian (I think!)

Longwool Ram, he was very hot and panting in the warm weather, his dreadlocks are brilliant, I am sad Ididn't buy any coloured longwool but I am not so fond of it when spun.

I purchased a couple of things, a Shetland fleece from the coloured sheep stall. Hopefully it will be good for my class during this summers Knitnation , I am very excited to have signed up for some classes including spinning Shetland fleece for lace with Judith Mackenzie McCuin.

They also had this super cute sheep farm, each one is knitted from the yarn made from the fleece of that breed (not sure if the sheep dog is made from doggie yarn though!).

I also bought some gorgeous grey alpaca from this stall, the fleece is from an Alpaca named Gelert, my Welsh cousins had a dog of the same famous name so I could not resist.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Long time no post

Just because I haven't posted doesn't mean I have been sitting on my hands. I finally finished spinning this handspun for a sweater, I've been plotting what the sweater/cardi should look like and have cast on.
The fibre is from Felt Studio and is a glorious mishmash of fibres (merino, silk, camel, angelina) and colours (blue, silver, azure, purple), the overall effect is a heathery silver blue with subtle sparkle and tweedy highlights.

Not the most even spinning - batts make for texture. I am knitting it from two balls at a time to try and even the tension out somewhat, lets see what happens!