Friday, April 27, 2007

happy hooker

well the woolfest wobbles are over, I am a happy bunny again and confident I will do my best. the merino I have been dyeing is so lovely it had to cheer me up, it is so sproingy ( is that a word? ) just by looking at it you fall in love with it. I will post some pics soon.

I have been wanting things to display, my creatures of the reef shawl is coming on holiday with me so hopefully I will be almost finished with that by the end of the two weeks. I have some socks, scarf, booties and hat, so I am in crochet mood. I am making up a good few squares to either display or use as a back drop depending on how many I can do.

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these squares are made using this months club yarn, I love it, I really like the hints of pink here and there. I don't know what the other colours will be, I will just decide once these are done.

My etsy shop is going well am making new friends and selling to america more. etsy has a lovely feel about it and I could trawl through all those shops hour after hour

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

woolfest wobbles

I am having major woolfest wobbles, panicking that I am not good enough to do it or that nobody will want to buy my yarns, it hasn't helped that I have seen the list of those there and there is some pretty impressive names in the hand dyeing market, fyberspates and the natural dye studio just to name a couple.

I am still not too sure how to lay out my stall, and still only dyed half of what I want to.

Then in the same breath I look at what I have dyed and I am so proud of them I practically beam. I think it is just the unknown and once I am there I will be fine.

Knitting has taken a back burner as I am spending all my spare time dyeing. The club yarns are ready for dyeing next week and sending out the week after, completely different to last months and that is just the way I wanted it.

Friday, April 20, 2007

busy busy busy

I have been so busy these last few days so an update is long overdue.

firstly last weekend I attended a crochet course at Wool in stockport and what a great course it was. the shop is a fantastic place and Aileen who owns is is a gem, she taught us well, really clear instructions and the patience of a saint. So this week I made this for a friend who is due her baby soon

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Sam had to be in on the picture.

I have been up to my eyeballs in Harry Potter yarn aswell this week dyeing Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw yarn for the sock swap. I am a little dissapointed that no Slytherins have come forward, I quite fancied doing one of those so may have to just so I can make up a full set of them.

Here is the Gryffindor Yarn I dyed for Terri, she has started her sock now and I think it is looking really fab, but then again I am really biased

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last and not least I opened up an Etsy shop aswell, I think it makes it a little easier for people in America to buy from me as there is no conversion to be done on their behalf.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

the net is a lovely place

The very lovely Joy
sent me this the other day as a thankyou for lending her some addis so she could try out the socks on 2 circs method. I have met some really lovely people from the internet and I am always amazed by how nice and generous they are.

Due to popular demand I have had to reopen the sock club. It will not be with BFL yarns but with normal sock yarn of 75% wool and 25% polyamide. It will run along side the BFl club and will have the same colours dyed. the price will be £27 for a UK membership and £32 for orders going abroad.

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I recieved a custom dye order today, somebody is taking part in the Harry Potter sock swap and their partner is in Gryffindor so she asked me to do the house colours, the yarn will knit up in stripes of about 5 - 6 stitches wide. I loved dyeing this and look forward to the pictures of it knit up.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

club yarn a go go

The first installment of the club yarn has left the building. I was quite sad to see them go. I really hope that they are loved by everyone as much as I love them, there is a little something in every parcel aswell.

I also recieved another 5 kilos of pure merino 4ply today that I can't wait to start playing with, but I need my new swift to arrive first as it all requires winding into hanks before I can play with it.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

childs play

I love this one, I hesitiated whilst dyeing thinking it may look a little too garish even for my eyes, but in reality I am very pleased with it.

I am in full woolfest mode now, I have even ordered myself a new swift so that will cut my winding time by half which has to be a good thing.

The new wools are listed in my shop, I may aswell be selling them rather than just keeping them in a box untill the end of June. I can always dye more, right?

This months club yarns will be sent out on Tuesday so those of you who are waiting it will be with you very soon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

getting ready for woolfest

Time is a plodding on and I really had a good talking to myself about getting on with my Woolfest wool, here is the first 2 kilos worth, I am dyeing 5 hanks of each colour and hoping that will be enough, I have never done anything like this before so am just kinda hoping that I neither take too much or too little. I am working on taking roughly 25 kilos.

10 kilos of sock yarn
5 kilos of pure bfl sock yarn
5 kilos of beautiful pure merino luxury sock yarn
the rest will be a mixture of bfl double knit, laceweight and bfl nylon sock yarn

wow just writing it down makes it sound like such a lot, but I will get it all done, the next problem will be how to transport it there with hubby, kids and tent in tow.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

get knitted

finally I can shout about it. if you look down the left hand bar you will see where all that laceweight went. I am so thrilled about it, it feels great to see it in what I see as the best yarn shop in the country. I am hoping now that I can convince the hubby that we need to stop off in Bristol on route to Cornwall in May, just so I can see it sitting there on display.

This months club yarn is all dyed and is drying, I am just glad I dyed one for myself. It is my 9th wedding anniversary this week so I used my wedding flowers as inspiration, they will be posted out either saturday or next tuesday.

We made our Easter Bonnet yesterday for the easter fair on the park next monday, we always go rolling our eggs, they did 90% of it themselves I just did the stapelling. I highly doubt they will win any prizes but for a 3 and 2 year old I think it is fab.
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