It’s been so hot these past few days hasn’t it? Outside it has been so hot you can hardly breathe, but so warm inside it’s not much better. We had a thunderstorm yesterday, or was it the day before? I can’t remember. It was nice and still in the morning, bit cloudy but still quite warm, enough to not have a jumper (and shoes!) on really.

What I have been doing each morning is coming down at about 9am and letting the chickens straight out in the yard – they love it. The thunder morning was no different. I sat outside with a cup of tea and my pyjamas and let them out. We had about five minutes before the thunder and lightning started. It was wonderful to listen to and watch. Freddy nor the chickens seemed the slightest bit bothered. Then all of a sudden the Heavens opened! The rain poured down instantly! I had to race round gathering up the chickens as they still didn’t seem to want to go in! It took me another couple of minutes to get the coop doors both locked and closed. I was drenched by the time I got in, and the back door is about two metres from the coop!

I thought I would make todays blog a bit of everything today.

I have sadly neglected my lovely CAL blanket for almost a week! I felt so ashamed, so last night I sat down with Mum to watch ‘The Haunting’ (amazing film, one of my favourites!) and I got a few rows done. I have now completed last weeks rows, and need to concentrate on this weeks. I have only tomorrow to finish them before the next ones come along! I know there is no rush, but I do so hate lagging behind.

What do you think? Do you like the colours? It is all acrylic and some of the colours are stunning. (In my humble opinion…)

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It’s going to be lovely and warm when I am finished. I plan on putting a border round it when the CAL has finished. I assume I will have to buy some new 100g balls of yarn as a half ball will not go round the whole thing! Can’t wait, haha!

I finally decided last night that I was going to use some of my hand spun yarn to knit with. I wanted something small, but something I could wear. I thought about a hat but thought I would have no-where near enough, so I decided on a small pair of fingerless mittens. I found a rough pattern on Ravelry and adapted it to how I envisioned my mitts to look like. Unfortunately, they are too big! So, I will finish the other one and give it to my Dad. It gets very cold in his shop in Winter, so I think he will appreciate them.

I have made them using hand spun DK weight Massam. So soft and a pleasure to use. The brown is Shetland Moorit. It is a bit rougher, but still lovely. What do you think so far?

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I would have liked to have done a small fair-isle pattern in the back of the mitten, but decided against it in the end. I only wanted a super quick knit and I think this was it. If I wanted to put some patterns on it, I thought I could Swiss darn it. Besides, if I make it too patterned my Dad won’t wear it. He likes simple designs, not like my Mum who does like a bit of a pattern and colour to things! Me and Mum are exactly the same in our likes and dislikes 😀 Love you Mum and Dad!

I did some dyeing on Sunday with A. He chose to do yellow and red (Ironman colours… wouldn’t think he was nearly 25 would you? haha) and I chose green and another go of the ‘old gold’ colour. The dye was left over from last time I used it. I used hot/warm water with each dye (three were Dr Oetker food dyes) and a good half cup of vinegar. Couldn’t believe what a difference vinegar makes! All dyed extremely well. Oops, forgot to say, it’s my Scottish Blackface fleece. Gorgeous stuff and dyes amazingly. Want to see?

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I’m pretty pleased with them. I thought I had some photos of the other dyeing I had done, but it doesn’t seem to be on my SD card. 😦 Ah well. The other colours I did were blue with food colouring, yellow with tumeric (I HATE the smell!!!) and orangey gold with ‘old gold’ dylon.

Here is some others things I have been doing. I want to make up my own Etsy shop, but I am unable to do it at the moment due to current circumstances. I may start this up when I am earning money from supply work. I cannot do this when I am on jobseekers as they will take money off me that I do not have. I don’t expect to make much money from this – just enough to let me have fun and buy some more supplies. But anyway, it makes me sad thinking about it, but I shall have my shop one day. Here I have made some gorgeous new drop spindles which I plan to sell one day. Some are glittery, but all have one single, bright, bold colour. I just love the look and feel of them, so smooth and shiny. They work excellently too, and the ones I have sold to a few people adore them! What do you think? These are the glitter ones.

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Unfortunately again, some of my photos have gone and I can’t find the single coloured, bold ones, argh! Never mind. I was going to sell some in a kit for £4/£5 a pack, or the spindles for £2.50 on their own. I will get there one day.

I dream of having a shop – online is fine, where i sell all my own designs, and my spindles and lots and lots of fleece batts! Ooh, talking of fleece batts, I’m going to buy a drum carder -tonight!

It’s this one –

http://www.classiccarder.co.uk/opencart/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=72

It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to click on ‘buy it now.’ I was planning on getting a HERO by Woolmakers, but they are away for a month! So, I can’t. But looking around, this one isn’t too much dearer and it’s much bigger. I look forward very much to having it in my hands to use. Does anyone else use a drum carder? Any tips? I’ve been reading about them constantly, and watching YouTube videos. I want to go on one!!

Well, today has been super busy. I thought today I would get some more of my fleece done. I pulled out a wonderful Jacobs fleece and it was just so soft. It looked very, very good and I think it will one day be a very fine yarn.

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I washed it in sections and put in a sink full of hot water and some cheap conditioner. I did two rinses per section. The water didn’t run clear as such, but I wasn’t going to keep using so much hot water. I then spun it in two parts and put it outside to dry. It was on the clothes horse, but since it started to shower, I had to race outside, dump it in a bag and wait for the rain to subside. It has now, so I’ve got it sitting outside again.

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Theres an awful lot there! I also washed a Ryedale, or Ryland fleece. I can’t remember what it is called 😦 I did this in a large tub outside rather than in the kitchen and it cleaned just as well, nice and shiny white. It is drying on this very table as we speak.

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I have also put into soak my mohair fleece. I got so fed up with it last time because the grease just would. not. come. out. I have asked a few people on Ravelry what they thought and they think the water was not hot enough, or there was no enough cleaner in it. So, today I put very hot tap water in the tub, and then a whole kettle full of boiling water. I put in some vinegar and some washing up liquid/conditioner and left it to soak for an hour. I changed the water again, and will leave this overnight. Already the mohair seems that little bit easier to use but still got lots of grease in there, which is understandably very disappointing. I will keep you updated how that will go.

Here are some quick pics of the chickens – they are getting on SOOO well. Freddy wanders in and out of them and the hens walk under him! It gives him a bit of a start but he has been such a good boy. I’m so proud of him. These hens have no fear though. The amount of times they go up to Freddy and peck his paws (or attempt to!) or come and peck at our feet. And trying to get in the house! I was painting the spindles outside with Mum a few days ago when suddenly Donna just jumped on the table. We just stared at her for a minute and she just looked back. I swear, if she could have, she would have shrugged her shoulders and said, ‘what you looking at?’ Cheeky birds, but I ADORE them! Love them to bits.

Anyway, I must go now, I’ve written quite enough. I’ll leave you my favourite photo of the week.

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My gorgeous Freddy, me and my beautiful Rose.

Nighty night all, have a great evening.

xXx Love Kais xXx

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Ok, so… what’s been happening?! 

As you saw from my last post I had rather a disastrous time with our chicken coop. We eventually got a replacement which was supposed to be here on Monday. HA! We waited and waited and waited and I eventually rang them back up only to be told, ‘Sorry, the courier has gone into hospital, you will have to wait until tomorrow.’ Yeah, right. How do I know that is false? Because the next day the courier told me that he had delivered OUR chicken coop to the wrong house because the stupid shop had put the wrong address on it by 3 numbers, delivering it to the house opposite. So, therefore, he HAD been here on Monday, but rather than state that there had been a problem, they decided to lie about it. Real big guys, huh? 

Anyway, we got it all creosoted and built up, which did take a while. Sadly the wood was so cheap in parts that we could push the screws into the wood. The seller did not get good feedback on eBay. They also stated that the recommended that there could be four large birds in the house. No, uh uh, no way. Three SMALL was all we could get in at the most! We only got three anyway, which was fortunate! 

But the exciting moment, after buying all the bits and pieces we needed, was getting them! My parents had gone away for the weekend as they were taking my Nanny back home. She had been here for a week which was lovely. She lives near Worcester, so a bit of a trek! Me and A had tidied the house and garden, and got all the stuff ready for the chickens, so they could go straight inside. 

About half past eleven am, there was a sort of landrover/trailer car pulling into the drive way. The girl got out (26, I think she was. I admire her so much for what she does. Check out homes4hens) and went to the back to get out our three girls. She put them in a cat carry cage and brought them to the back garden for us, and quickly put them into the sleeping part of the coop. She was very friendly and told us that one of the chickens had been with her for a month and would be telling the others what to do pretty soon. She wasn’t wrong! We named our beautiful girls Donna, Rose and Sarah-Jane. Already, they have such distinct personalities. I fell in love with them instantly. 

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This beautiful girl is Donna. She is big and brash and knows what she wants! She has all her feathers and seems a very happy madam! She seems to have no fear and is very cheeky. She likes jumping onto high places, e.g. the coop roof! She loves eating the flowers in our yard/garden area, so I have had to move them all before she destroys them. She doesn’t care that our gorgeous dog Freddy wanders in and our, and has even wandered underneath him! She also likes the blue paddling pool we have in the middle, but she hasn’t quite got into it yet! 

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This is Sarah-Jane. She is darker in colour and actually has a black tail, which is quite unusual! As we have just found out only half an hour ago, once she gets into a dirt bath you cannot get her out! She loves them. The next photo isn’t so nice… this is what her back looks like. Terrible huh? Her front is the same, but that is covered slightly by the larger feathers. We have to put suncream on her so she doesn’t burn in the sun. 

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The next beautiful girl is Rose. She is in a sorry sight, but rest assured she seems very happy and fairly confident. She doesn’t like being held which is normal, but she does love wandering around the yard and lying down every so often with her wings out so she can sun herself. She is missing feathers all down her front, all down her bum area, her tail looks a dreadful sight, and her wings are very poor indeed. 

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She doesn’t look as bad in that photo as she does when she is out and about. However, she seems happy and healthy otherwise and I’m very pleased. I adore all of my beautiful girls and they seem to love being here. 

We were very worried about how Freddy would react to them but he was just perfect! At first we kept him in the house, but as that was so unfair, we let him stay in the other bit of the garden where he could still see us, and then as he escaped from that bit and came straight to us without bothering the hens, we realised that he was actually very good with them. He follows them around and sniffs them a bit, but is just curious. The hens don’t seem to be bothered by him, but will give him a dirty look if he comes too close! Only one has seemed to peck at him, but they missed so it was fine, haha. So, I am so very happy that I can sit in the garden with my gorgeous birds and my beautiful dog and family and just be content. 

Just a word to say about battery hens – I’m not going to be horrible and say exactly what happens to them, but if you knew, perhaps you would think differently about buying caged hens eggs. Look at my girls, this is what has happened to them. I dread to think about the life they had before they met us. It’s sickening. (Donna looks so good because she had been rescued four weeks prior so she has grown her feathers back. Rose and Sarah-Jane had very recently been rescued – only a few days before I think). I so admire the husband and wife team that save the chickens as they do such an amazing thing, practically giving up their lives to save others. If you can do a small thing, please don’t buy caged hens eggs. One day in hell for one egg. Is it worth it? If you can do a bit more, please think about rehoming them. I have had my girls for three days and already I’m in love. They haven’t given me eggs, but I don’t care. Chickens are intelligent, funny and confident creatures and I feel fortunate that I am able to give them the home they deserve. 

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What do you think? Don’t they look happy? The coop does look lovely, but unfortunately, it’s not quite solid or decent wood. It should do very well in Summer, but we shall see what Winter brings. 

I’m off to make some more spindles as I’ve had a pretty good reaction to selling them! I’ll post some more later about my work, e.g. knitting, crochet, spinning, spindles, etc! 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Our chicken house arrived broken this morning. 😦 I was so disappointed. It arrived about eight thirty this morning which was brilliant and I was excited about getting to make it up later on in the day. The courier dropped the boxes by the door, I signed for them, and then called my Dad outside to help bring them in. I grabbed one of the boxes to get in the house and he grabbed the other. He opened a bit of the box and the top and said, ‘it’s broken.’ I thought that he was joking at first, but nope! When I peeped inside the box I could see that the wood had been split on two different piece where the screws where. It looked dreadful, and on close inspection it looked like the box had been stepped on!

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The wood pieces had just snapped under whatever weight was on them. When I looked at the other box it had clear black footprints all over them.

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I was furious. How dare someone thought it was ok to tread all over someones property? Dad rushed up to see if the courier was still there, but he had literally just gone. I got straight on the phone to tell the company and they quickly agreed to replace the full broken box. I’m just hoping that they actually bring the right box with the right pieces in it, and that none are broken. I am going to ensure that I check the box and its contents before I sign it off again. I had a good search through the non-broken box but all of those contents were ok. It looks a bit weak, some of the wood, but it’s perfectly useable and good nevertheless, and a bit larger than we thought, so super! I don’t know when we shall get the chickens as we need to weather proof it with animal friendly creosote. Mum and Dad will be taking Nanny back home soon so I will try and have the chickens there and ready before they get back – awesome suprise! Haha. 

Today I have tried to do some more of the mohair fleece that I attempted yesterday. I got fed up with doing it bit by bit and dumped the whole lot into a bath of hot water. I repeated the process three times, spun the water out and hung it outside to dry. But it’s still so greasy. I hate it so much! I had been looking forward to this fleece lots and lots, but I’ve disliked it intensely. I don’t know what to try next… maybe try splitting it into smaller sections and washing them again. It’s just the horrible, horrible grease I can’t stand. If it doesn’t behave itself soon, then I will have to just get rid of it unfortunately, or find someone else who would like to have a go. At £10 a fleece it wasn’t cheap and I’m annoyed. ANNOYED! 

Here it is in the wash, isn’t it manky? The amount of filth and dirt that was in the water after each wash was astonishing. 

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On the other hand however, I attempted to spin my first Herdwick fleece. I’ve gotten the raw fleece, washed it, dried it, combed it and spun it. I’m very proud of it. First I tried it on my drop spindle… 

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And then on my gorgeous Bliss… 

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It’s a little bit stringy feeling and tough at the moment, but I think once it is plyed and washed again, it will feel so much softer and useable. I use whatever conditioner is in the bathroom at the time, so my wool always smells lovely and fresh and cleeeeeean! 

I am still desperately wanting a drum carder. I managed to sell some of my yarn in the past few days which was a very nice feeling, and I am going to put that money towards a drum carder. That way I’m not losing any money when I buy it, I’m just not making any money for NOW. I’d like to buy up raw fleeces, wash and card them and sell them on as nice, tidy batts with lots of different colours and sparkles! 

I am going to do a car boot sale with Mum on Sunday if possible. I would like to sell lots of yarns and I have got some nice little starter drop spindle packs. What do you think? 

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I spent ages making instructions tonight and they just need printed off and photocopied to be put into each pack. I also got a small paragraph of the history of drop spindle spinning and I am going to stick it on the back of each pack. I would like to create my own logo to go onto the packs, but that’s not really a priority at the moment – got to get the spindles finished first! Here are a view of the spindles, some painted and varnished, some simply painted. Can you tell which is which? 

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I varnished the painted ones earlier, but unfortunately as I was taking them upstairs they rubbed against each other and on the wool they were being held upon (as by the hooks). It kinda rubbed bits of them the wrong way so in the morning I need to revarnish them. I will do them when I get up I think, so they will be dry and ready to be put into the packets to be sold. I also need to print out the instructions and some labels for the car boot stuff. I’m starting off my spindle kits at £4 each. I think that’s a good price for a car boot. I can command a higher price online, but lets see how these go. I don’t hold out much hope, but you never know – people should come to our stall because there is lots of wool, which is starting to get rare at car boots! 

I finished the rows on my CAL, and I’m looking forward to the next lines, which should be in a few hours! But I shall be going to go to bed now, try and get some sleep with these hamsters hammering away at their wheel… so damn noisy! 

Have a good night everyone, 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Exciting news! We bought a chicken house online this evening. We should get it by Friday I hope. It is only a small one, but more than large enough for three or four small chickens. I’m so looking forward to building it up. I think tomorrow it will be my job (besides washing up, bleurgh) to sort out the yard at the top of the garden and sweep up the leaves, and grass, etc. I look forward to it! (Let’s see how many times I’ll say that tomorrow…) 

Evie is fine today! I’m so pleased. She has been up and down her cage, on top of her bridge, eating, drinking and chewing her wooden sticks. I’ve seen her the odd times lying in her cage and my heart stops, but whenever I went near she just jumps up and glares at me for daring to disturb her sleep! I’m thinking now that she had had a sort of heat stroke or something, because it was digustingly hot yesterday. Anyway, she and Molly are fine and hope they will both continue to be for a very long time. ❤ love you both. 

Today I spent a looooong time washing the fleeces again. I had washed some of the Scottish Blackface yesterday, and finished it today. I tried cleaning it somewhere else today – the kitchen sink! (I’ve used a tub outside, the bath, and the sink). I think the sink and the bath were both good, not sure which is better. It took loads of washes however, and two spin cycles in the washing machine. I then found the old air dryer rack and dragged it outside to hang the wool on. It looked pretty amusing all filled up! 

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Don’t be fooled, there is hardly any wool on there compared to what there was at the start of the afternoon! And of course, Freddy is checking out the fleece quality. Overall he is pretty pleased with it 😀 

Here is an example of the fleeces… 

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The top left is Scottish Blackface, with long staple fibres, unwashed. The top right is washed Herdwick fleece. The bottom fleece is carded, washed fleece. Very fluffy, light and airy. 

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This is a picture of the CAL I am doing. I managed to finish the Granny Stripes that I started yesterday. Some of it was done whilst watching Frost, in between the fleece soaking and rinsings. I’m still loving this CAL. I now have to do DC, then HDC, then STARS, then HDC, and then I have to wait until Saturday morning! Not long now! 😀 

Anyway, must go to bed now, got lots of tidying up to do tomorrow. 

Nighty night all, 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Yay – my fiftieth post! So pleased that I’ve been able to keep going with this blog for over seven months now! I’m really enjoying it, reading back over what I have done, as well as reading everyone elses enthralling posts. It is one of the highlights of my day seeing what everyone else has got up to with their bright, cheerful, happy posts with lots of photos! 

So, what have I been up to today? Well, it was another hot, hot, hot day today! I decided to let my beautiful chinchillas out for a run in the hallway and to have a sandbath. They were out for about half an hour when I decided to put them back in their cage. I put Evie in her cage and I thought that she was rubbing herself on her cage floor, like she does when she is in a sand bath. I realised then she wasn’t doing that, but fitting. I watched in horror until the fit subsided and then I took her in my arms and just cuddled her, hoping she would be ok. She seemed very quite, very shocked, and just lay there. I was so upset, crying my eyes out as quietly as I could, so as not to disturb her. I put her back in her cage to lie on a scarf I had put on the bottom of the floor. She didn’t want to lie on it, and kept shuffling off to lie on the floor. I added some extra hay in her cage, but she didn’t want to sit on that either. She eventually got a bit stronger ad weakly walked around her cage floor. She tried jumping to the next floor a few times, and I realised that I would have to help her up, otherwise she would constantly jump and tire herself out further, which would not be good. She struggled up to the top floor of her cage, under her bridge shelter and sat there. Amazingly she has been mostly fine all day… so as much to eat some cornflakes! She also has been chewing on willow sticks. I haven’t seen her go down the floors yet, but that is normal. She usually stays on the top floor most of the time. I moved her water up there so she wouldn’t fall down the ramps trying to get something to drink. I’m just hoping and hoping that she will be fine and will still be with us tomorrow. She is such a gorgeous girl. 

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Here she was this morning, having a good scrub in her sand bath! Look at the mess, haha. Anyway, I shall check on her before I go to bed and just hope that she will be feeling so much better. Love you Evie ❤ and Molly. ❤ 

I have been working on my fleeces again! Yesterday I decided to take advantage of the hot weather and get one of the fleeces cleaned. The first one I picked out was half a ewes fleece, a Herdwick one. It has beautiful greys in it, some short staples and some longer ones, almost the length of my hand! I could comb it, using a normal hair comb, haha. 

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It took a few washes to clean it, but I got there in the end, with an average of two washes per piece. I think it could have done with another one, because it still seemed a little greasy when I was combing it. 

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Getting the fleece inspected… that’s my little brothers hand at the right side of the pic btw, haha. 

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Here is PART of it drying in the sun. As you can see by the big puddle underneath, I didn’t drain it out properly. I should have spun it, either by hand, or by the washing machine. 

I then decided that today I should get on with another fleece, so I grabbed the Scottish Blackface one. It was so thick and fluffy and HUGGGE! Here it is with Master Freddy inspecting it once again… well, more than once… 

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Such a big ball of fluff! It hides how big it actually is… 

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He has such a mad expression on his face! 😀 The only problem with him rubbing on this is that his coat has turned pretty greasy from all of the lanolin. I might give him a bath tomorrow if the weather is just as hot. 

I decided to do quite a bit of the fleece at once this time, which isn’t too good an idea. NOW I know why you are supposed to tear the fleece into ‘sweater sized pieces!’ Far easier to wring out and fling in the bath. Trying to lift out so much soggy fleece is difficult! 

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Before being submerged… 

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Looks so yucky! The first lot of water was disgusting, a murky muddy brown. The second was paler, but still yucky. The third wash was quick and hopefully got out most of the dirt. I squeezed out what water I could and put the lot into a net laundry bag and then stuck it into the washing machine on a spin and rinse cycle. Took only 16 minutes. It certainly drained out most of the water and hasn’t seemed to felt it. Most of it has dried out, but the odd bits that haven’t will stay in the conservatory. 

This is what I use to card the fleeces. 

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 Both small dog slicker brushes. The smaller one looks like a flicker comb to me, and I can’t believe the prices they charge for a real ‘flicker brush,’ when you can get a dog one that does pretty much the same thing. I could do with buying some proper mini carders though, as the normal sized ones are too big, and these ones are too small and take forever to use! I am seriously considering buying a drum carder. A HERO by Woolmakers is what I desperately want. It would match my spinning wheel and look gorgeous, so sleek lined and pretty. It is £180… super expensive, but the cheapest I have found! I’ll see if I can raise some money to buy it. It would take so little time to card my fleeces in comparison to the time it is taking now… that way I could use my time in doing different things, e.g. dyeing. 

I’m off to work on my CAL now. I’d put up a photo, but it doesn’t seem to be working…. strange. 

Nighty night all, have a great evening. 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Helloooooo again!

It’s been a while, but I have had an excuse – been super busy!

So – WOOLFEST!

OMG, it was amazing. Me and Mum set of at about 8am in the pouring rain, haha, and we nipped into ASDA before we really set off. I bought some new trainers (which I desperately needed) and we got some bits and pieces. It really didn’t take as long as we thought to get there. About half an hour before we got there, it suddenly got really misty, like super, super misty, like Silent Hill misty. It was pretty eerie, and we couldn’t see much at all. But it eventually just disappeared and we got Cockermouth, following the instructions all the way to Woolfest. It didn’t much look like anything was there when we got into the auction mart place, just followed a bumpy path/lane across to a field where a few cars were already parked. We walked down the steps to the back of the mart and waited in a short line – we were maybe 20th in queue? Couldn’t believe we were there before almost everyone, haha. When we walked down the steps we could see (and I kid you not) tents. People had been staying there the night before! (I feel sorry for them cos’ it POURED down).

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Down the steps people had placed yarn bunting – it was very pretty.

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You can’t really see much of the stalls until you really get in there. We bought our tickets when we were in line as two people were going up and down the lines so as to get people in quickly when it was ten am. We didn’t have too long to wait.

When we got in we could hear music playing on the loud speakers set up everywhere. Me and Mum headed straight to the fleece section as I wanted to buy my fleeces straight away so I could stick them in the car and not drag them round with me everywhere.

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Isn’t this a lovely sight?? I ended up buying five fleeces straight away, for something like £25, I’m not too sure. I bought Herdwick, two Jacobs, a Suffolk, and a mohair fleece. Later on, just before we left, I bought two more, more Jacobs I think. The mohair was £10, which was pretty expensive. But the locks of hair were beautiful and oh, so soft! Bit dirty, smelly and manky at the moment though, haha. They were selling mohair tops for 100g at £6. So, I thought I would buy a whole fleece for £10 and make the tops myself 🙂 I’m not too sure how to go about washing the mohair so I will need to research that first.

Afterwards, we had a good wander round the first section of the stalls. There was so much on offer! Beautiful alpaca fleece on sale, as well as the spun yarns, loads of wool tops and fleeces, so many pretty objects and the astonishing amount of spindles and amazing spinning wheel parts! Amazing!  I bought some magazines from the Ravelry section, and omg, a Ravelry badge too 😀 I was so proud to get the badge and wear it, but I didn’t see too many other people wearing one sadly 😦 I didn’t recognise the people at the Ravelry stall, by their names I mean. They were selling magazines at 50p each, so I bought a Yarnwise, A yarn Forward or two, three Simply Knitting magazines, a Crafty magazine and I think some other bits too. I also bought a Spin Off magazine from a donation stall, as well as some hand painted fiber from there too, all for a donation to the Air Ambulance I think.

I bought some mixed merino wool fiber bags from a stall in the top corner – one bag of mixed bright colours, and one a darker shades of mixed colours. Both £4 per pack. I kept thinking I wanted to buy some trilobal nylon fiber (angelika)but it was so expensive on each stall, and I’m glad I waited!

My favourite stall was Scottish Fibres I think. It had sooooooooo many things on it! This is what I got from it (with other purchases in the picture).

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I also bought (on their stall) Shetland wool 100g (£2), Yak sample (£1), Trilobal Nylon Samples x 2 (gold and white, 50p each), Camel Tops (£.170) and Dyed Alpaca Hyacinth (£2.04). Gorgeous stuff! I wanted to buy the hand carders there so badly – £6 each, but I thought… perhaps I better not. I’m kinda regretting it now, but I can always buy them online at Wingham Wools for £6 each since I know the size of them now. Very decent size actually, nice and comfortable, and far better than the massive ones I saw. (FAR cheaper too!).

The four big bags at the back are alpaca fleece. This is something I badly wanted to get and I’m glad I did. They were at a ‘fill a bag for £2’ stall with loads of other alpaca fleeces. It was so wonderful and soft and I’m glad I got them. I bought two at first, and then at the end I raced back for two more bags. The woman there told me to fill the bags right to the brim and boy did I do that! They had alpacas next to the stall and they were beautiful. Smaller than I thought, but so pretty, but so slim without their thick jackets on… not that they needed jackets there, so warm!

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I think the sheep are Teesdale or… something else… I can’t remember their names 😦 Beautiful sheep though. I got loads of photos of them in their pens… just beautiful. There was one on his own baaing – he seemed to want to be with the other sheep. He got so many compliments from the women at the show!

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Just a few more pictures of the inside of the show. Sadly I didn’t get too many, but this was because I was too busy having fun and being amazed by the wealth of colour and fibre! I cannot wait until next year! Oh, and the photo underneath? This is how we left Woolfest… with an ENTIRELY filled boot. Loved it 😀

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Have a great night… I’m off to work on my CAL… which I am SOOOOOOOo enjoying right now. I have a few lines of this week to do, and then I’m eagerly awaiting the Saturday morning to come so I can get some more lines done. Can’t believe how enjoyable this has been having a few lines at a time. It gives me a good incentive to go on, so I cannot do too much to bore myself with. Anyway, lets see how much I get on, and if I can get a couple of photos up later.

Latersssssssssss!

xXx Love Kais xXx