Hello, probably going to be a short blog post today. I did some dyeing and thought you might like to see some photos of how it went. 

This is the wool I decided to dye. Instead of soaking it in vinegar and water the night before, I left it to soak in warm water and vinegar for half an hour or so before I did the dyeing. 

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This is Dorset Horn above. And below, this is it about to be soaked. 

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Whilst this was soaking, I took the wool that had been soaking in the food colouring dye for the past week and rinsed it out. 

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Not that you can tell from these pictures, the one on the left is supposed to be hot pink, but with other colours mixed in. The one on the right is red. 

I rinsed these out in warm water until the water ran clear. I then just hung them above the sink to dry whilst I worked on the other dyes. 

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I think the hot pink is on the right. *SHOCK, HORROR* I can’t remember which is which… 

I then lay out some more cling film for the dyes, made them up, and then got to work. I then wrapped up the wool again. I made sure I did a mini dyeing piece to practice on to see what the original big one may look like. 

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The mini one is right in the middle. That went into the microwave for two minutes, rested, and then in for one more minute until the wool looked like it had puffed up and swelled a bit. Then it got laid to the side to cool. 

I got a bit carried away doing the dyeing, but shame the colours were so similar! I tried doing them in as many different ways as I could. 

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I then realised afterwards that I had some blue dylon that I had found in some stuff my brother gave us to sell on the car boot. I quickly mixed it up with some warm water and vinegar and it hissed! Bit weird, haha. I took one of the wool pieces and mixed it with some blue and reds, then microwaved it, etc, etc. With the rest of the blues, I mixed it in a large LEGO tub and simply dropped in some smaller pieces, tied up some of the other pieces, and tie-dyed knotted one of the other pieces. Sadly, none of these seemed to make a difference and it came out with a quite pale blue. It’s a nice blue, but not the deep ocean blue I was expecting. Looks like a gorgeous colour in the tub… 

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Anyway, here is a photo of the finished wool roving, drying outside. 

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It was quite windy outside, but amazingly only the dark ‘hot pink’ one went off the table. Surprised really! It was all still soggy when I brought it in, so I’ve hung it over the clothes horse in the kitchen with a towel to catch the drips – it is STILL dripping! It feels dryish on the outside, but soggy with the drips running down the middle of it. The first tea towel I put under there got drenched and was soaking the floor. I hope that it dries by the morning, I want to test the little ones out! 

Right, I’m off to bed now – have a great night everyone! 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

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Well… do you want to know the good news? 

I GOT A JOB!!! 

Ok, well, nothing is completely confirmed at the moment, but I can’t keep quiet about it. I went to the school this afternoon and went to the Heads office. I forgot how small it actually is. Neat and tidy though, with pictures of her dog on the walls –  gorgeous thing! 

Well, she sat me down and asked me if I would like to do one and a half days every week to cover the teachers RICCT (PPA) time. (If you are not a teacher, that probably means nothing to you! This is the time that teachers have non-contact class time. Means they can prepare lessons, mark work, etc. It is the law that they have it). I will work in every class over the two days, including nursery. (Nursery scares me the most – small children are scary!!). I am having a trial for a couple of weeks to see how it goes and then I will have a contract drawn up. I cannot wait. I start on Monday next week. 

The Head said that this was her teaching time, but since the council had given them more funding they could afford another teacher to take the teaching time and allow the Head to do her work, and assist if necessary. I am going back in on Thursday to get some ideas from the other teachers about what to teach the classes for the time I am with them. Some classes I am only with for half an hour, some for an hour and a half. I am looking forward to having paperwork again – I’ve missed it! 

I have some supply days with them too, mostly P7, which is great as I really loved being in that class. So, I’m working mainly next week, which is awesome. Know what else is great? I can finally leave job-seekers! They haven’t paid me this week and their excuse? You earned too much. I was like… what?! As I had been paid at the start of the month my wages from supply work two months prior, it had put me only £42 over the threshold of jobseekers, and as such I was put down as earning £100 a week. (I know, confusing, and rubbish). Therefore some moron decided I didn’t need the money and didn’t have the decency to let me know! I phoned them up (after about six times of trying) and they told me this over the phone. I will have to sign on on Thursday, to see if I can get any money as haven’t had anything for a month! If not, I will continue signing on until I get my first pay packet from this school, and then sign off. (I will be working less than 16 hours a week, see). 

Ooh, and another good thing? If I sign off I can open my Etsy shop! I can’t wait!! 

So, yep, I’m pretty happy. Got some lovely pics of then chickens today. I took some pictures of Rose and put them in a ‘before and after’ frame. She has changed a lot in these past few weeks! 

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She had a really baldy head too, but as you can see in the last picture (taken in the last hour or so) she has seriously improved. She is such a sweetheart. 

Not forgetting the other two either! Here is a pic of all three. 

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Donna looking up at the camera, Rose on my knee, and then Sarah-Jane. The girls loving sitting on my knee in the evening getting stroked. These pictures are the first time the girls have actually settled down on my knee, the other times they preferred to stand up. Both of them started closing their eyes they were so peaceful. I didn’t have Donna on my knee as she usually jumps off straight away. I will try her tomorrow. 

I got my ribbons today, yay! They came about 8am this morning in a small box. There is certainly a lot there, and I hope it is enough to go round all my batts. Even if I can’t card 100g or so at once on the drum carder, maybe I could card three of the same fleece, lay them flat on one another, and then tie it up? That could work too. 

I had better go just now, really need to do some more work on my spinning stock. I haven’t really done much in the past few days, which is annoying. I need to make some more spindles too. 

Here is a photo of my sweetheart. I love my Freddy so. 

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Right, better go. Have a good evening everyone, and please leave comments, I love having them! 

xXx Love kais xXx 

 

It went pretty well at the school today. I got up about half seven/quarter to eight and it hardly takes me any time at all to get ready. The class was so good! The teacher already had work set which was good – it makes SUCH a difference when the teachers leave work with precise instructions, rather than some scrappy notes with indecipherable handwriting. Anyway, this class was very good, and I look forward to working with them again. I need to see the HeadTeacher tomorrow, so I’m hoping it’s about me doing some more supply for them. This would be perfect if I could, seeing as the school is only 3 minutes or so from my house!

I had a go at using my spinning wheel today – my new one that is. It was very interesting, and a lot different from the Bliss. I decided to spin some unknown, hand-painted fibre. It was full of vibrant purples, with splashes of hot pinks, blues and creams. Very pretty. This was from Woolfest at a donations stall.

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Changing the bobbins on the flyer was different too. You sort of lift up the flyer and slide the bobbin off. The brake band on the bobbin also sort of stretches over the bobbin too, and hooks onto a small hook on the other side. You have to tighten this by twisting a knob at the front of the wheel. I found that you sort of need to push the knob in at the same time, otherwise the force on the brake band makes it twist around and loosen.

Anyway, back to the spinning. Here is the first bobbin full –

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(That is my foot you can see in the corner – what an odd angle I must have taken this photo at!) I’m pleased with this spinning, but I’m perhaps thinking it may have needed a slightly higher twist?

I pre-drafted the fibre into long stripes rather than simply drafting from the whole thing, which I don’t tend to like doing. Some I did in centimetre thick stripes or so, and then drafting it until the fibre was as thick as I was going to spin it.

Here is my sweetheart looking after it –

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I then had a break for dinner and got straight onto the second bobbin.

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I like the splashes of colour now and again through the purple. I took the bobbin off and replaced it with a new one, and started to ply the wool together. At first it seemed fairly easy, and then for some reason, the treadling got harder and harder. I moved the wool up a hook, and it was easy for a minute, then got harder. This kept up until I had finished. I don’t think I did anything wrong. I eased on the brake band, and tightened it up, everything I could think of! Ah well. Maybe next time I will have a super good look at it. I took the wool off the bobbin and skeined it up using my black board. This was then tied in three different places.

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What do you think?

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Yep, pretty pleased about that… 😀

I was meant to write something else on here, but I can’t remember what it is… ahhh! Oh yes, I was reading someones blog about not buying any yarn or fabrics, or any craft stuff for a whole year – cold sheeping she called it! I thought it sounded insane (me, of all people, not spending? Yeah right… ) Anyway, the more I thought about it, the more it sounded like a good idea. I have too much, I know I do, I do NOT need to buy any more. Maybe I’ll start off small, don’t buy anything craft related for a month. It’s not like I need to buy anything new anyway. After my rather extravagant purchase yesterday it will probably save my poor bank account.

Ok, I say right now. I will not buy anything I do not NEED. As in, cannot live without, or I need it to survive. No clothes, no craft things, no books, nothing. I think I will also check out the prices of things I am tempted to buy and write them down. That way, at the end of the month I will see what I have saved and that will spur me on further. (Let’s see how this goes).

Had the chickens out today down the garden. (Our garden is separated into separate sort of squares. We have the yard, then the rockery, then a small shrub garden, then a tree shaded patio where the chimeneer is, and then the large grassy garden at the bottom with the apple trees, rhubarb patch and two small sheds.). Since Mum was at the bottom and it was only Donna wandering around, I picked her up and took her down. She loved it. and got to work trying to dig up some of the shrubs! Cheeky girl. Freddy was fascinated and stood watching her.

I let the hamsters out for a bit today, well, the three girls anyway. Isa stayed in her cage – being out of it too long shatters her! Such a sweetheart. They were playing in a cardboard hamster house. They seemed to like sitting under it more than anything.

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I had a go at practising the needle-felting last night. I found some old material in the cupboard and with a pen, I marked out a large E. I then filled it in using my own fleece, in this case, the Jacobs mix. I need to get some photos of the finished E, M and the sheep I did. Yep, I needle felted a sheep with Scottish Blackface, Hebridean and a little Jacobs mix – it was so adorable when it was finished 😀

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It worked out pretty well, so now I just need to get a simple white sheet. There should be one in the house somewhere. There I will make some triangles and needle felt more letters on it. Can’t wait! I will certainly put up some photos when I am done.

Anyway, I think I must go now. I have a hospital appointment in the morning, but that should be over quite quickly. I am having a check-up on my, or lack of, tonsils. They just want to see how the surgery went, if the healing is ok, and all that jazz. Shouldn’t last too long I hope… need to figure out what knitting to take with me. Shame I can’t take my blanket!

Right, off to bed now, have a great evening everyone!

xXx Love Kais xXx

Well, today has been a good day indeed! 

Started off the morning by going to a car boot, I always love going to car boots. For the benefit of my American readers, a car boot is simply where people take all the stuff they want to sell to a pre-determined place, (usually a field on a Sunday), park in rows, and set up tables with their wares in front of the boot of their car. Very rarely do people literally sell from the boot of their car! I love these as they are generally pretty cheap and you never know what you are going to find. 

Me and Mum went and we bought a great array of things. I bought a set of 1-31 crime magazines. I find the articles fascinating, and it’s something I would love to learn more about, forensics, etc. That was £2. At another stall, nearer the bottom, there was a huge blue, sort of rectangular bin, full of wool from the magazine of ‘The Art of’ series. I think they had bought the yarn wholesale and were selling it at 5 for £1. Pretty good deal, I suppose. The bloke there said that I could fill an average size bag for £5, which i thought was a very good deal! I managed to fill the bag with 65 balls! Maybe I should have got two bags….? I know it is only acrylic, but it would have made great blanket squares. Maybe next time. I plan on selling it on eBay, along with the magazines I have from the series. I’ve put it up rather high, but if it doesn’t sell, it doesn’t sell, I can always make it lower, or use the yarn myself! I need to put the yarn out of my sight, or I will use it! 

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We also got some material for F, some dvds and a book for D, some talking tapes for my Mum, and some great magazines on military uniforms for my Dad. He will probably put them in his shop – we source loads of great stock for him at car boot sales. 

I forgot to add in the photos of the cocoons I got the other day. I STILL haven’t tried using them, grrr! I will try them out sometime – after all that fussing about getting them, I’m surprised at myself. 

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I need to get a small square piece of wood with a nail in each corner. This is for when I stretch the cocoons into hankies. They need somewhere to dry into shape. 

The next photo is of the fiber that I had dyed the other day. This was only a short sample fibre, and the colours don’t look too good together. The greeny yellowy colour is a bit odd, but it grew on me… 

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Oh, and the book I’m reading underneath? A ‘Diana’ annual 1970 something. I LOVE these type of annuals, and so does my Mum. Our favourites are the ‘Misty’ annuals. I got Mum a CD with all the magazines on, and printed the first one out for her for Christmas, along with a charm bracelet similar to the first one on the very first magazine ever printed. 

This is what the yarn looked like after fractual spinning and plying… 

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I am super pleased with it, it looks far better than I thought. 

Ok, well, the next big thing? I got another spinning wheel! Someone was selling one on Ravelry. It is a beautiful Ashford Traditional and is in immaculate condition. Dark, polished wood, with four bobbins.  The drive band is string, with a plastic brake band. It is a single treadle too, which is what I am used to. 

What do you think? 

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Isn’t it a beauty? The photo below shows that bobbin and flyer. 

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This photo below shows that the flyer can lift up and down. I didn’t know they could do that! This is where you can take the drive band off the wheel, or tighten it. You can also move the whole section across to line the wheel with the whorls on the flyer. 

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(Ignore the fact that the box in the cupboard says lust. It is a box that had perfume in it, honest!) 

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Front view – you can see the orifice hook hanging down. I would like to decorate this somehow. I have some ideas… I think FIMO clay would have a good part to play in this. 

I am planning on joining in a short competition in the Ashford UK Spinners Group on Ravelry. You have to do something ‘first’ for it. This means a first try on a new wheel, or trying a new fibre, etc. I plan on using my ‘new’ wheel, and spinning up some dyed alpaca tops from Woolfest, as well as creating a batt of alpaca fleece and spinning that. The prizes are pretty awesome! Even if I don’t win anything, I will still have fun. 

Oh, wow! By the way, I got into the Kendal Woolgathering stall! I will now be selling my own woollen produce and kits. I CANNOT wait, and have so many ideas!!! Since I only have a month and a half really to get stuff done I need to get started on lots more stock. I plan on having – 

  • Drop-spindle kits
  • Single fleece batts
  • Mixed coloured batts
  • Sparkly batts 
  • Bags of washed fleece
  • Small, needle felting packs

I am going to create a set of bunting with my ‘company’ name on it – EmpressFibres. My Mum and I are going to get a white sheet and cut it into large bunting triangles. Each triangle will have a letter of EmpressFibres on it. I will be needle-felting it onto each triangle using the odd bits of fleece I cannot use for anything else. Cannot wait! 

I am working at a school tomorrow morning – feeling pretty sicky at the thought as I haven’t taught in months. I have a P7 class, the oldest ones! As if that’s not terrifying. Well, not as scary as P1’s I can tell you! When I get home I think I need to start on my stock and working out what I need. Might practice my needle-felting on an old sheet. 

Anyway, off to get my work sheets ready and go and stuff myself with lemon meringue pie, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! 

Hope everyone has a great night, 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Been a busy day today in this house. I had my first go at dyeing with kool-aid. I was a bit apprehensive at first as I imagined that the dyes would go pretty watery and one packet would be a very pale colour. Well, I was proved wrong instantly! 

I started by choosing the colours I wanted and pouring the powder into a cup. Hardly any powder, maybe a teaspoons full? I then poured in 200ml or so of hot water into the cup to make up the dye. The cherry or strawberry one made a very strong red which I was quite surprised with. 

I took all my hankies and roving out of the soaking vinegar bowl they were in and wrung them out so they were just slightly damp. The first set of hankies I put into a small bowl of warm water and then spooned different dyes onto each half. 

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For some reason the photo didn’t take properly… not amused at that. Anyway, this is grape and strawberry dye. Again, very surprised at how strong it is. I then covered the bowl with cling film, and popped it into the microwave for two minutes, left it for a minute, and then in the microwave for another minute. I left it to cool down as much as possible and then I rinsed it underneath warm water from the tap. It was then laid to dry on a draining rack. 

Here is an example of more dyeing I did… 

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Sadly, neither the hot pink (back left) or yellow and orange worked out due to being food dyes. They must need leaving in a hell of a long time to work into the hankies. I put them in the microwave but nothing happened. I just rinsed out both hankies and left the ‘yellow and orange’ one to dye. The hot pink one I dumped in the dye of purple grape and got a lovely purple silk hankie! 

Here they all are drying… 

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As you can see I also dyed some roving. This was done using the cling film method. I simply lay out four pieces of cling film on the counter, with the roving on top of it. I then simply spooned out the dye to where I wanted it to be, squished the wool to make sure they dye was all in and soaked, then wrapped it up. 

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I then put it in the microwave for a few minutes, waited for it to cool down, and then this… 

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I’m very pleased with it. Here is the other one I dyed hanging up. 

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The green is a bit manky – it was from a ‘gold’ packet. But it might turn out ok, we shall see. I dyed a tiny bit of roving in the same colours, which I am going to test spin myself to try out fractual spinning. 

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I adore the red one, it’s got such a lucious, silky sheen to it, and feels ultra soft. The one to the left of it is a mix of colours. Where it is quite white in the middle is where I put yellow food dye onto it… which washed out instantly, which is super disappointing. But never mind, I like the colours nevertheless! The purple one is gorgeous too, I’ll see if I can get a super strong purple sometime. I can def. see myself ordering plenty more kool-aid! 

I decided to use up the rest of my 56’s English Top in making some coloured batts. I got a bit carried away and made six… I enjoyed it very much and had great fun designing which colours to use. 

I made a green and white one, a three blue and white one, a pink and white sparkly one, a yellow, orange and white sparkly one, a red and white sparkly one, and a pink kool-aid dyed (!) blended 56’s English Top with the white top. Love them all. Can’t wait until I get my ribbon. Pity it’s coming from China, so I have quite a bit of time to wait! Ah well, I will get them soon, but I am thinking I had best leave my batts out flat, rather then roll them into bags. I dunno, I’ll see what happens when I eventually run out of space. Soon… 

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I didn’t think to wear gloves when I was doing all that dyeing – stupid really. My hands looked like they had been dipped in blood afterwards! Still do… 

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Oooh, I also got my cocoons today. Fred hates the smell of them and couldn’t get his face away quick enough! I haven’t tried them out yet, that might be something to do tomorrow or Sunday. Haven’t got photos yet, but probably later. 

Whilst I was washing out the hankies earlier, I had my back to the rest of the kitchen. I turned round to find this! 

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Cheeky, huh? Fred didn’t seem too fussed they were eating his weetabix, but he had finished with them ages ago. The fuss it took to get them out the kitchen! Chickens are wily creatures and will do anything for some food! Made me laugh though, they are all so wonderful together. I am a very, very lucky person indeed. 🙂 And I’m grateful for what I have, everyday. 

I think I must go to bed now, hope everyone has a good evening. 🙂 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

 

 

Hello! 

Been a long, busy week this week. Was at A’s for almost a week, and it was his birthday and our one year Anniversary! Yep, me and A have officially been out for one year. Well, more than that now, but still 🙂 

It was his birthday on the Sunday and we had a nice time. The day before we had gone to my brothers F and D’s house for dinner, and we all surprised A with a large chocolate melted fudge cake with candles. Probably a daft idea to put lit wax candles on top of a hot cake, but never mind! We put away loads but still managed to bring some back to his. 

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On our Anniversary we went to a place called Di’Maggios, in Glasgow, very close to where we first met – only about five metres away to be exact! We met at the Gallery Of Modern Art on the 15th August 2012. But that’s another story 🙂 In the Restaurant, we each had a coke (neither of us drink much) and shared a starter of hot chicken wings. Amazingly I liked them very much. (I’m not really into hot things). I then had a chicken stroganoff and he had the Chicago chicken, I think. The service was very quick, very polite, and very friendly. No wonder it is always packed! It is not a place I would tend to pick but I let A choose and since it is where we went for our first date it seemed right. It was a lovely evening and I enjoyed it immensely. 

So, what’s been happening here then? Well, on the weekend I was away I was a bit naughty and ordered some more fibrey things… I know, I know, I have ‘too much’ already (Snort, yeah right) but I just ‘had’ to have these. I went back to World of Wool online, and I highly recommend you check out their website, their prices are the best I’ve seen. They deliver all over the world I think, I know for def. they deliver to the USA, as plenty of Americans have talked about their orders on Ravelry. 

I bought – 

300g of Cheviot (white) 

300g of Dorset Horn (white) 

300g of 56’s English (white) 

A botany waste bag of white fibre (500g). 

As usual, I got way more in each bag than I ordered, some of which exceeded my expectations! In one of the 300g bags, I got well over 500g! Which is excellent. 

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This is my bag of waste fibre… certainly not a waste as you can see! I got some lovely silk blends and plain sheep fibres. I also got some pale, pale beigey browns, which I think were alpaca…? I was a bit disappointed the first time I saw the bag, as it was in the same bag as the 300g fibres. I opened the bag, and then the next bag it was in and then whoof! It just started to expand and expand and expand! It was like a fluff explosion on my bed. I quickly sorted it out, well, after Freddy had had his usual sniff and check! 

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I also trawled the internet for almost an hour trying to find some cut silk cocoons. Do you know how hard it is to find some at a decent price?! I refused to buy the uncut ones because of the cruelty bestowed upon the innocent creatures that give us silk. I did not want to touch anything that brought short an animals life to benefit us in some way that wasn’t neccessary. (Ok, I know I’m a meat-eater, but that’s a different story. Silk is not a neccessity, it is a luxury). But anyway, I managed to find some for £3.99 for 30 cut silk cocoons. I know the money has been taken out of my account, but still no sign of them yet… If I don’t have them tomorrow, I may email to enquire why, especially since I paid for what I believed was first class postage. I wanted to try the cocoons to make my own silk hankies. I shall write a blog post about that when I get them. I look forward to it very much! 

Now, what else did I get? I got some Kool-Aid dyes from a very nice member of Ravelry. I got 25 for £10, which also included postage. I have a good variety of colours and I look forward to dyeing with them. I have some wool in to soak at the moment, along with three small piles of silk hankies. All soaking in hot water and vinegar to allow maximum dye attachment. 

Oooh, and a super exciting thing?! I got my business cards too! Well, I can’t use them until my yarn business is up and running (due to job centre, and lack of an actual job means I can’t afford to have a business until I have a part-time job… go figure!) but hopefully I get a part-time job soon. Wanna see the cards? I’m in love with them. 

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What do you think? The white bits are just covering up phone numbers. I don’t mind giving out a number to a person, but would rather not flash it online! I also ordered some purple ribbon from China, almost 250 metres for £6.50, which I am going to thread through a hole in the business card and tie around the batts I make. Can’t wait to see what it looks like. All hoping I get this Kendal Woolgathering stall that is. Please keep your fingers crossed for me? Please? 🙂 

Now, for the second thing I have used my handspun wool for… 

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I saw this pattern online, and just knew I had to make it. I used hot pink and whisper merino. I enjoyed making it, and it didn’t take too long at all. I usually find crochet finishes quite quickly, unless that’s just the projects I’m doing. The front of the cardigan looks a bit wobbly, but I don’t think it looks too bad. Not sure if I’m going to block it or not. The buttons were kindly given (taken from) by my brother, F. He has a great big bowl of buttons on his dining room table – what a fantastic table centre piece! I always have a great big dig in it whenever I am there. But I found these two and they fitted very well. 

My CAL has been doing very well as well. I took it to A’s and got LOADS done, at least three or four inches I would say. I bought some new yarn from Watt Brothers at £5 for 5. It’s looking pretty good, don’t you think? Looking forward to Saturdays new rows to do, even though I have this weeks to catch up with! 

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I’ve put a ball of wool in the picture so you can see how big it is – you can’t really see the size from it lying on the floor. I crocheted the top three lines on the train home yesterday, and could have done more, but had left the yarn in my suitcase, which I wasn’t going to rummage through on the train. (It was packed full of JUST yarn…). So, I decided to take the plunge and use my time wisely to sew in all the loose ends that were hanging off the sides. I got one side done. So, looks like I am going to have to take another hour or so to sew the next side up. I am loving this CAL and would highly recommend it. 

I decided to have a go at spinning up yarn samples for each of the batts I have completed. I sat outside and spun up a small batt of Jacobs. I then Andean plyed it, which took agggges! 

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The one on the right turned into this… 

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Need to wash it and hang it up to straighten out the kinks, which I might do just before I go to bed. Hang it up and it should be ready in the morning to skein up and place with the others 🙂 I already have a Herdwick sample, and a red Scottish Blackface one, so just a Ryeland, Jacobs mix dark, and a Jacobs mix light to do. Oh, I also washed one of the Hebridean fleeces, but it’s pretty poor. I don’t think I did too much damage when washing, but it seems to have felted pretty badly. I don’t think it is going to be much use for anything other than needle felting, but I can always try. I am going to try and use it for my banner if I can. I recently threw away a bag of rubbishy fleece that had been washed – might just get it back out again and try needle felting with it; that way I don’t need to use my good stuff. 

Anyway, it’s getting late and I’ve chatted enough about what’s gone on lately. Have a good evening! 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

Hello! 

I have been up to a few things this past week. As well as using the drum carder I have been busy doing other yarny things. 

I had a go at dyeing some Cheviot wool top using food colouring dyes. I soaked the wool top in vinegar overnight and then prepared four tubs with different colours in them. Each tub had a good splash of vinegar as well as the colour. The ones with the strongest colours came out the best, whereas some of the others were a bit weak and watery. I then immersed bits of the wool in the tubs, leaving white patches in the gaps. 

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The yellow looks like it would have fixed better than it actually had. Here is a photo of the finished wool. What do you think…? 

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The great big white patch is where the orange was supposed to be. 

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And here it is braided. I do like the look of it, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Mum says I should call it ‘icepop’ colour as it looks like the watery ice that we all know and loooooove! I’m going to buy some white Cheviot from World of Wool and dye it (hopefully for my stall! Fingers crossed for me, please?). I plan on buying perhaps 600g of it? Maybe more, and dyeing it in 50g lots. This one was only 50g too. I spun up half of the other half, meaning to put it into the dye at the same time, but I didn’t get round to doing it. 

I bought some kool-aid packets off a woman on Ravelry. She very kindly let me have 25 packets of mixed kool-aid for £10, which included postage. I looked them up online, and they seem to dye wools pretty well. I look forward to it. 

I spun up the red batt of Scottish Blackface fleece. It spun pretty well, but when it came to plying it looked dreadful! I think I just wasn’t doing it properly, and plied it rather badly. I am also thinking that I overtwisted the singles, which didn’t work well for the plying. On the other hand, looking at the white Scottish Blackface I had spun, it looked pretty good as a single. 

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It was just after I had spun this that a chicken wandered into the kitchen for a chat and a cuddle! 

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I have been busy working on my CAL too. I adore it! I have sadly neglected it lately but am going to be bringing it to my boyfriends house to complete the last few weeks rows. And to crochet some more on the train – just to show it off, haha. (Not that anyone cares!). 

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Think I am running out of acrylic yarn! Fortunately in Clydebank there is a place called Watt Brothers which has a great yarn section with acrylic being 5 for £5. Need to get some nice, bright yarn. 

Oh, I got the mohair finished, phew! It still feels pretty greasy, but nowhere near as bad as it could be. I started picking the locks apart, so I could line them up in a row, ready to card. 

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I then carded it all up… so soft and floofy! 

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I then made it into a batt and tied it together with a green ribbon. I hated the mohair before and I hate it now. Horrible stuff! (I don’t mean it really, it’s just given me so much hassle!). I don’t like the way the batt is, it still seems greasy. Might go into the … reject pile… NOT looking forward to carding the rest. I also carded 200g worth of a mixed Jacobs fleece. That is so soft, and was an utter delight compared to the mohair! 

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The white one is the mohair, and the big, brown one is the Jacobs mix. The little bag on top is the 100g bag of fleece I have been working with. Earlier I sorted out ALL my washed fleece into 100g bags and put them into some boxes, ready for when I can do the odd bit of carding, instead of getting the whole fleece out and making a mess like I usually do. 

I washed a bit of my Hebridean fleece today, took four rinses! I was a bit sad with this fleece, mainly cos’ I had to throw half of it away. Yes, it was free, but thought it could have been a little better…? Anyway, it took four rinses, and then I spun it out in the washing machine. I’ve just realised (11.41pm) that I’ve left the fleece lying outside on the table. 😦 I’m not going out in the dark on my own (even with Freddy) so it’s going to have stay there. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain! 

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Heres a picture of my baby again. I do love him. 

Nighty night all! 

xXx Love Kais xXx