Hello again,

Woolfest is only a day away, I am so excited! Right now it is Wednesday and it is held on the Friday and Saturday. I don’t think I need to tell people who have read this blog before about how excited I get about going to this once-in-a-year-opportunity. My Mum and Dad are coming too, my Mum usually does, but I’ve badgered my Dad into going too, so I’m happy, happy, happy! I don’t get to visit other wool shows (bar the ICHF show in Glasgow, but that is more sewing – something else I adore) so Woolfest is pretty much my once a year buying opportunity for fleece and other related products. I haven’t bought a fleece online in a few years bar an alpaca seconds I got last year. I have been spinning some of it though so at least it is being used. Being seconds it takes a lot of time to prep. It took a while to sort out the decent stuff, then wash it, then sort out the decent stuff once again.

I finally got round to using up my North Ronaldsay wool that I spun up last year. I love this but it infuriated me no end that I had spun it up entirely and not actually done anything with it. My Dad suggested a shawl might be a good idea and I agreed with him. It was too rough and scratchy to go against the skin so a good shawl for poor weather or cold would be great over the shoulders. I decided using the pattern ‘Margarets’ Prayer Shawl’ on Ravelry as a start-off, using a 6mm hook. Instead of changing the last two rows at the end, I simply repeated the same row over and over, using a 3dc stitch per gap.

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As you can see, the shawl is pretty tiny. I am going to see if I can buy a nice brown North Ronaldsay fleece to continue it. A nice, two tone shawl in the same fleece breed. I don’t think it will need much blocking as the wool is holding its shape really nicely. But I do need to wash it as the wool is still slightly greasy and a bit itchy.

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What a lovely sight!

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I had a bit of a spinning binge and managed to spin up quite a few of the batts I had previously prepared. Using the unknown brown fleece I knitted my Dad a thick, warm hat for Winter. I had changed the pattern slightly because I did not like the way the ribbing looked when turned up for the headband. I ribbed as normal, and then when it came to the main part of the hat in st-st, I simply knitted the other way, making the ribbing look ‘right’ when it was turned back up. (Sorry if that makes absolutely no sense at all!).

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I also spun up some of the black shearling Hebridean fleece. Why have I not done this before?! It wasn’t very nice to prep, but oh my, what a joy to spin! I got three small skeins of wool and the colour is lustrous. I think the wool would look very nice in a fair-isle type pattern but nothing has caught my eye yet. The Gotland fleece was quite nice to spin too and the different colours were interesting when spun up. I plan on using some of this fleece to make some pin loom squares. I might get some Gotland when I go to Woolfest. (Did I mention I was going to Woolfest?!)

Yes, I quite fancy making another pin loom blanket, this time using natural coloured fleeces, all prepared from raw fleece by me. This will probably be an ongoing project throughout the year, rather than something I sit and work on. I really like the idea of another pin loom blanket. I wonder if I can ask Dad to help me make some more pin loom squares, but a bit bigger. My one is 8”. Maybe a 12” one might be nice.

My brother gave me some interesting sack fleece fabric yesterday when I visited him. (Happy Birthday, Franz! Eldest little brother is 25 now!). I had been thinking for a couple of days how nice it might be to try rug-making. (I can hear my family groaning now – ANOTHER hobby?!) I know a vintage stall at Woolfest sells rug making tools so I’ll have a look and see how much they are. Maybe a nice rug for in front of the TV – as long as A’s cats don’t destroy it.

My list for Woolfest –

North Ronaldsay fleece x 2, hopefully a brown one.

A small, white fleece.

A few interesting coloured fleeces, hopefully a fairly short staple.

Some ‘grab bags’ of fleece from the breeders stalls, maybe some more Hebridean and I would like to try Valais Blacknose. I’ve heard it is really coarse though.

A drop spindle from Spin City. Her spindles are beautiful.

A rug tool or two.

Some wool tops from Wingham Wools.

Silk Hankies from Wingham Wools. (IF they have any! Haven’t had them for a couple of years now).

Cheap magazines.

Alpaca from Wingham Wools.

LOTS of photos! (My Mum is the photographer of the family, she will enjoy doing this!)

Oh, I also designed a tote bag to take to Woolfest. I’m really proud of it. What do you think of it? Finally got around to using those dyed locks!

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Sewing the locks onto the penciled drawing.

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Backstitching the face of the sheep. I really love the nose. It wasn’t meant to be there, it was a slip of the needle, but it really works!

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Have a great day everyone!

xXx Love Kais xXx

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Hi everyone,

It is now just under five weeks until Woolfest! Sooo excited! I am pretty much only going to buy raw fleece I think, and one extravagent purchase – a new drop spindle. I am hoping to buy one from Spin City. Her spindles are beautiful, pretty, glittery and oh, so many words to use!

I’ve been busy with my fibre again and am happy with what I have done so far. I still have a huge bag of Zwartbles to card and a white Shetland. Maybe if I have a bit of time on the weekend I will try and get it done. A good few hours of carding might build up my arm muscles a bit.

What do you think of this lovely Gotland?

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I bought this at Woolfest last year – 500g I think.

It went through the carder twice. Here it is on the first round.

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Look how lovely and wavy it is! I opened all the locks out by hand, it took sooooo long! Def. a bit of TV watching whilst that went on. I got five batts out of this fleece.

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This is fluffed up lamb Hebridean. I got a small 200g bag from Woolfest last year too. I’ve always been a bit wary of Hebridean but this one was lovely when washed. Unfortunately I got rid of about half of it whilst prepping it due to second cuts, etc. But I have got three batts out of it.

 

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This is the unknown brown fleece that I found tucked under the stairs. It felt VERY dry but carded up really well. I got three batts from this. I’m REALLY looking forward to spinning this one.

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Alpaca! Even with the amount I washed I still have been getting rid of about half of what I take out of the bag. In future, I will not cheap out and buy seconds alpaca. As you can see I have made some rolags out of it. I filled the box and when spun it gave me a heavy, packed bobbin on my Bliss. So, I imagine another box will give me a full bobbin again and I can get perhaps two decent skeins out of it. Even with the washing there is so much dirt coming off it! My hands are left black at the end of it, haha. My blending board has been getting some decent use out of it lately.

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This picture makes me very happy! I fancy taking some decent photos outside though, this picture is a bit blurry. I imagine this will be a lot bigger when I have carded the rest of the fleeces.

I also fancied doing some more dyeing. I used kool-aid again and used the white Shetland as soon as I finished washing it. I didn’t wait for it to dry, just put it straight in. I also left it all curled up instead of carding it, as I want the fleece to get a mix of colours, not just one solid colour.

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I pushed as much fleece into each bowl as possible. Each bowl got several minutes in the microwave, the dark dyes getting longer. The red ones were nearly impossible to get the water to run clear. When I spin it, I will have to give the red skeins an extra rinse. I didn’t rinse these in the washing machine, but left them to dry outside. I loved the colours the pink lemonade dye gave.

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My little work station at the side of the kitchen. My lovely dried, dyed fluff. Each colour made a decent sized batt.

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They were very easy to card. I decided to use a diz for the first time on my carder and made roving properly. I was so impressed with how easy and effective this is! Why have I not done this before?!

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Most of them I managed to get done with just one ball of roving.

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I spun up the pink one in the photo. Small skein, but sweet.

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Lots and lots of fleece! I still can hardly believe that this was from a manky Shetland fleece!

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I got this little machine at a charity shop in Ayr. It looks complete. It is a Simple Frame Knitter, made in the early eighties. It looks brand new! I can’t wait to try it out properly, but I’ve left it at A’s for now. I had too much luggage to carry back this time.

I’ve also done a bit more on my CAL. I have sooo much to catch up on!

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Well, the next bit of this post is a bit sad. My lovely Martha died a few weeks ago. She was getting on a bit and not really eating a lot. (Except cucumber, she LOVED it). She had plenty of cuddles towards the end and died in her sleep. I miss her a lot and it’s not the same seeing five chickens when there should be six. Love you, Martha. ❤ This is one of my favourite photos of her. Beautiful girl.

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This post is dedicated to my wonderful dog, Ben. On the 11th May this year, it was six years since he has been gone. There is not a day going by where I don’t feel like something is missing from my life. He was a wonderful companion and friend. He was taken far too soon and if he were alive today he would still have many more years to go. I miss you so much, Ben. I hope you are happy with your best friend, Bo, who was also taken almost exactly two years after you. I love you and miss you loads too, Bo. Words can’t really describe how much I want to see and cuddle them again. Maybe one day I will. ❤

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Ben – 2004 – 11.5.2010

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Bo – 2003 – July 2012

xXx Love Kais xXx

Hello everyone!

These past few weeks have been completely fleece and fibre full!  I’ve been literally counting down the days to the most amazing wool festival on Earth – Woolfest. I’ll be creating a blog post on it later. I did buy a few fleeces though, which you will see further down the post.

It’s also been the end of school for this year, until after summer of course. The last week has been hectic, getting decorations and displays down, sorting out school work and sending it home. The kids have had fun though and so have I. I look forward to my new class but I’ll miss this class a lot too. I took my spinning wheel in for the last day and they LOVED it. Even the boys couldn’t wait to have a go and were impatiently waiting in line to try using the treadle. Hopefully they might want to try it when they are older too!

Ok, so lets have a look at the fleecy photos then!

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This first photo is actually a Zwartbles fleece that was given to me by some very kind Zwartbles farmers. I cannot believe how HUGE the fleece is. The tub at the back is full of good stuff taken from it already, as well as all the fleece lying on the table! I’m using my Dad’s shed to sort it out – it’s a lot better skirting it on the table as my back aches horribly when it is lying on the floor. You can just see my Dad in the left hand side of the picture. I think he enjoys skirting and sorting the fleece just as much as me! You can watch the chickens from the window on the right.

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Photo in action!

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An entire fleece in the tub – it’s pretty squished in there.

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After that, I found some pillow cases and decided to name each fleece rather than just giving it a number. They all have girls names, except the male fleece, which is now named Rupert. Those pillow cases take an awful lot of fleece! However, Ruperts fleece took two cases, it was that big!

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Here are some carded batts, some from the Zwartbles (front) and the others from a Ryeland fleece I’ve had hanging around for a while now. I amaze myself how much fleece I have crammed in this house – I surprise myself sometimes! These have been through the carder only once, so definitely need going through again.

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Grr, I’m annoyed with myself that I cannot remember the name of this fleece. But it is MASSIVE. I bought this one to card and dye.

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This teeny one is a North Ronaldsay. I had been looking at these fleeces at Woolfest but they all seemed pretty horrible, dirty and greasy. Mum found this one and we checked it out on the fleece table. It was a lot better than others and was cheap, so I bought it. When I checked it out later in the shed it was actually pretty damn good! Hardly any vm, or too much grease or in need of much, if any skirting. I was seriously impressed. Thanks Mum! I look forward to washing and spinning this. I won’t be dyeing it, the colours are gorgeous enough as they are.

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This is a Shetland X (I think!) If not, it is a Zwartbles. Either way, the Shetland X was beautiful and very little vm or anything. It was very nice and soft. I bought several Shetland fleeces, mostly white.

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This little clump of fleece is Leicester Longwool/Wensleydale – I think! (Why didn’t I write the name of the stall down?! Ooh, maybe I can check the Woolfest map, I vaguely remember where it was). It isn’t very good at the bottom, but I got a whole bag of curls from this which I plan on dyeing later. The bit that is felted at the bottom – I plan on washing this, dyeing it in lots of pretty colours and making a cushion with a sheep on it. The sheep will have these dyed curls for its fleece.

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And this little lot is 200g of Hebridean fleece. Now, me and Hebridean fleece do not normally get on. I am hoping (and hoping!) that I can wash and card this successfully and actually spin it. I find it greasy and horrible normally so I hope it works. I actually found a Hebridean fleece in the shed the other day and put some into soak. I still need to move it from the bathroom . . . Fingers crossed it works!

I have lots and lots more to say, but I won’t put it all in one blog post. Hope you enjoyed looked at the fleecy photos – I’m looking forward to working with it properly.

Have a great day everyone. 🙂

xXx Love Kais xXx

Hello everyone,

It’s the night before I have to finish the weekend and go back to work. I can hardly believe I have been at this job for about five months now. I love every minute of it, even though it is a lot of hard work. I’ve had a good weekend and feel like I have achieved a few things crafty wise. The photos that I will show you have been from the entire month of May. I haven’t had a great deal of crafty time, but I’m hoping to get more done on the weekends than I have previously.

I’ve been working on a crochet baby blanket. This one is SO beautiful I had to buy the pattern straight away. The words spell out ‘Your first breath took ours away.’ How sweet is that?! I am using Drops I love 5. It is 80p a ball, so I filled up the online basket to get enough to make this blanket.

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I’m using white cotton from a local yarn shop. It’s dishcloth cotton, but it is so nice to use.

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I also finally, FINALLY used my weaving loom! I was going to cut everything off, but then I saw it had loads of thread left to weave on. I grabbed some of my white cotton in the thought  of making some dish towels, but when the time came to cut it off and cut it into separate bits, I couldn’t do it, so now it is a nice, white cotton scarf.

I haven’t worked up the courage to thread it all back up yet…

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A couple of newborn crochet hats. These crochet up REALLY quickly. I did the blue one first, then decided to reverse the colours. I like the blue one better.

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I started making a sock the other day. I didn’t use a pattern or anything, just sort of made it up as I went along. I think the sole is too long and wide. Not too sure where to go with this. I will probably frog it.

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Look at this beautiful fleece! I visited a craft fair last weekend, but it was disappointing because it was so small. However, I got chatting to one woman there and she informed me that just up the road they had some sheep shearing demonstrations and spinning. Me and Mum went there straight away and we saw some gorgeous Zwartble sheep. I couldn’t believe how big they are! The owners were very nice and gave me one of their fleeces. It is HUGE. I took some photos of it this morning after unravelling it, but they are on the other camera. I have washed some (JUST remembered I have left it outside… I do hope it doesn’t rain!) and am just waiting for it to dry. It seemed to wash really well and was pretty clean. I look forward to carding it and spinning it.

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I thought I would get the trusty drum carder up and used for a bit. It has sat on my shelf for a good few months now, which is a shame. I raided my wool tops box and found some bits and pieces. The red one is a mixture of kool-aid dyed Poll Dorset sheep fleece (prepared from raw fleece) with some sparkly trilobal nylon carded in too. The blue one is a mixture of German sheep fleece wool tops, with some blue bamboo fibre. Also, with some white sparkly trilobal nylon in too. Both have been spun up.

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A very poor photo, but it is the two on the left. The two on the right are the darkest of the following photo –

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It is showing a blend of colours from white all the way to blue. Very soft and smooth. It has been lovely to spin too. I simply spun the whole batt into a single, then Andean plyed it together.

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It is a mixture of white German sheep wool tops, blue merino tops and white sparkly trilobal nylon. I am unsure yet of what to make with it, but I shall keep thinking!

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I found out my old vintage carders this afternoon after I had a sudden craving to make some rolags! I have some alpaca fibre that needs spinning but it was quite difficult just spinning it straight from the fibre. I cleaned these up the best I could and then started on the rolags.

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They do look funny in the box! I think I did fourteen altogether. I couldn’t believe how much easier it was to spin alpaca this way! However, it didn’t take too long to spin them all up. I’ve been looking at blending boards lately… they look fun!

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And here is the resulting yarn! Very soft, but my hands were filthy afterwards! I’ve left it drying upstairs in the bathroom.

So, that’s been my crafty month so far! Before I go, here are some lovely pet photos of the month. I LOVE this one, it looks like me and Freddy are just in the middle of nowhere – the grass and colour is so beautiful.

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Little man hiding in the field!

And a cute one of Aya, just before I left A’s house yesterday.

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Look at that face!

Anyway, it’s getting late and I must go to bed. I hope you all have a lovely evening.

xXx Love Kais xXx

Ok, so this is it. The end of 2014. Can’t believe that it is the end of the second year of my blog! Last year I wrote about things I feel I have achieved and things that I wanted to achieve.

What I have achieved this year

  • I have been horse riding.
  • I have wall climbed! (I am immensely proud of this one).
  • I have been to the top of Blackpool Tower – TWICE!
  • I finally went to Germany!
  • I am now a high A2, low B1 language level in German.
  • I have been abroad on my own – full independence!
  • I have a new teaching job.
  • I got a summer job teaching English.
  • I finally went to a pub gig and did some dancing.
  • I rescued some more chickens.
  • My boyfriend and I got a flat.
  • I learnt how to sew.

Looking back over that list I am very proud of myself.

This is last years list. I will cross out what I feel I have achieved.

Things I would like to try/ achieve in 2014.

  • Learn long draw
  • Dye using proper dyes
  • Learn entrelac
  • Crochet a baby garment
  • Knit another pair of socks
  • Get as many of my kits done as possible
  • Finish CAL blanket
  • Do something with Tunisian crochet
  • Sew up my dpn holder
  • Sew the Christmas advent calendar
  • Create my own knitting pattern
  • Make some felt kits
  • Get lots of more sheep fleece prepped

Yeah, looking good! I kept meaning to sew the Christmas Advent Calendar but never got around to doing it which is a shame. Me and Mum will sew it for next year. I tried having a go at Tunisian Crochet again but I don’t think it is for me. I used the fabric for the dpn holder for making baby pants, haha. Knitting pattern, hmm, thinking about I think I did sort of adapt a knitting pattern so that is kinda my own pattern, right? As for getting kits done… urgh! Hardly any done. I really, really need to.

Ok, this is what I would like to achieve by the end of 2015!

  • Have at least ten baby items sewn, aging from newborn to age 2/3.
  • At least ten baby items knitted, aging from newborn to 2/3.
  • At least ten baby items crocheted, aging from newborn to 2/3. (Can you see the links here??)
  • To get every single fleece in the shed and porch washed and carded into gorgeous, soft, fluffy batts.
  • To spin up ten batts/tops/rovings that I have in my spinning box.
  • To spin up an entire fleece.
  • To knit/crochet/weave something using the handspun yarn under my bed.
  • To learn to weave on my weaving loom.
  • To weave on a pin loom and create a blanket from the squares using my handspun wool.
  • To not buy any yarn/wool until I have used up as much as possible from the cabinet. (See how long this one lasts!)
  • To lose at least two stone.
  • To reborn at least three reborn doll kits.
  • To go back to Germany at least once.
  • To have something I have wanted since I was little.
  • To make a baby blanket.

I think that is enough for now! I am looking forward to the end of next year to see if I have achieved any of these! I really, REALLY want to lose two stone so will be doing (after the New Year dinner) the dreaded diet and exercise… if possible! I would like to do some more reborn doll kits but will just sell them when finished. I already have two, it’s just the crafting that I love. And sooooooooo much wool craft – it makes me so happy to think of all that lovely wool!

Now, to see some photos of what I have achieved this year. Sadly, not nearly as much as last year but I have been working an awful lot. 🙂

January

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February

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March

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April

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July

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September

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October

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December 

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Ok everybody. I hate this bit… it always feels so sad knowing that this is the end of a long year. I hope that everyone has a very, very Happy New Year.

Make sure you do all that you want to do. Love deeply, be happy and don’t regret anything.

Happy New Year!

xXx Love Kais xXx

Wow, such a long time since I have posted. Over two months. It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of months. And I have to say I have loved so, so, so much of it. I’ve been working as a TEFL teacher at a summer camp in Worcester, UK. It was almost five weeks of very hard work, planning, fun and amazing experiences. I did things I never thought I would do and you know what, I’m so proud of myself. 

I didn’t even think I’d do something like this. I was at home one evening, pretty bored, still sad at the fact my teaching job would be finishing at the end of June. I randomly typed in ‘summer teaching jobs.’ The one I applied to was the first one on the list. It seemed perfect. Great pay rates, it was twenty minutes from a relatives house and it was in beautiful countryside. It also did not need a full CELTA or TRINITY English as an Foreign Language Certificate and allowed online ones as I also had a teaching degree. I got an interview for the following Wednesday. I was on the phone for an hour and a half, just chatting away. They said that they would get back to me very soon but that I should have no worries. Fifteen minutes later I got an email asking me to take the position. WOW. Terrifying but so amazing. I was a little upset at the fact I wouldn’t see my family for so long but it turned out to be completely fine. I didn’t have the chance to miss anyone I was so busy! I won’t say much more about the time I had – it’s all in my head. Here are a few photos – 

 

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A view on my bedroom wall. 

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Holding beautiful Peaches the snake. 

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My first time EVER wall-climbing. I fell off shortly after this… 

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Meeting the irresistable, beautiful, amazing Bruce. I miss the bird so much already. He would take food from my hand and wait outside for me to feed him. I never got to stroke him, but we did go for a walk together. He sort of led me to where he had left loads of feathers. I must have taken about 16 home with me. I miss him very much. 

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Beautiful, huh? 

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This is the car that picked me up when I had to leave. My last few minutes at the Hall in this photo. Beautiful open top sports car belonging to my Uncle. It’s not cold in an open sports car and the wind doesn’t blast you in your face like I thought. Perfect end to a perfect summer. 

I was with Nanny a few days and we visited my Uncles house (the one with the car!) Here are just two of their beautiful dogs. Look at the size of them! 

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My Nanny is only small, but these dogs are HUGE. Gina is on the left and Brad is on the right. There are another two dogs in the house, but only smaller ones. They also have some chickens and a cock too. The next photo makes me smile so much. This was the first time I ever met Gina. Doesn’t she have a gorgeous smile and such a happy face? 🙂 

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When I got home I had a few days of rest before going straight to Blackpool for a week. It was A’s birthday so we had a mini buffet tea. (It was me, my Mum, my youngest brother and A that had gone). We did the usual, up the tower (WOW), Madame Tussauds, Sea Life and the beautiful, beautiful ballroom. 

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An amazing view. 

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We also went to the Tower Circus and it was great fun. I met the two main stars, Mooky and Mr Boo. They were lovely and their show was very funny. It’s the second one of theirs I’ve seen and worth every minute. The acrobatics were amazing and certainly exciting. 

I spent another week at home before going to A’s house. It’s been two months since I’d been there. When I got back it was like I’d never left. I love being with him. We spent quite a bit of time looking for flats near his University. He is going to be living closer and I’ll be able to stay with him sometimes. I can’t wait 😀 We are going to look at some more tomorrow. We viewed one yesterday and it was beautiful. The only thing that was wrong with it was that there was a load of kids bikes and pushchairs outside the door opposite ours. The sound of kids screaming, young kids screaming and playing really puts me off. Ah well, we shall see what happens! 

So, where has the time been for me to get some crafting done?? It’s been hard but not too bad. I’ve managed to get some fleece carded as I had washed one as soon as I got back and had washed a couple before I left. 

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Some Jacobs, some Badger Faced one and a Woodland one I think. That’s it, I’m not sure. I did some dyeing before I left too. Some Shetland fleece I think, dyed in batts and clean uncarded fleece, with kool-aid. Here is my other little helper 🙂   

 

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Here I am sorting out some alpaca that I had bought from Woolfest. I didn’t have any boxes and didn’t want to sort it on the floor. I found a roll of plain wallpaper lining and made some quick boxes from it. It worked really well. It is now sorted into 40g bags ready for use. 

I have found a new hobby! Ok, I know that I’ve tried it before but this time I really got into it. On the last day of Blackpool I found a great book called Sewing For Baby – Clothes for 0-3 year olds. I found some scraps of material and some old pillowcases left over from my quilting projects. I really wanted to try sewing clothes properly. This was my first attempt. 

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It was plain at first and then I added on the bias binding. I think it really makes the different colours stand out. I’m really, really pleased with it. I tried it again with another fabric and this time added some little pants to match. 

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Please give me your thoughts, what do you think?? Would you dress a little girl in this? I know the elastic is not up to much on the pants, but hey, first attempt! Not a fan of the way the sleeves are set but it looks good so I’m fine with that. I then had a look again at this little set and thought, hmm, what is missing? Shoes! 

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This was the third time of trying to make shoes! The first two I wanted to make did not work out. I tried the other two with stiff fusible interfacing. It made it hard to turn inside out. The second one did not sew like it should have and looked dreadful. Then I found another pattern and it worked! I was so pleased. Want to see the entire outfit together? 

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😀 So happy! I plan on putting some teeny velcro strips on the sides of the shoes so that they stick down. 

Our local haberdashery is closing down and had 50% off everything. I can’t wait to go get some more stuff later. I spent quite a bit a few days ago and bought some great bits and pieces. 

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Lovely, lovely sight! 

I had another go at making some pants, or diaper/nappy covers. These are 0-3 month old sizes and I love them, they are so cute! I made one pair and then another straight after! 

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I think one thing I would like to work on would be neatening the inside of my sewn items. With the shoes I plan on making fusible interfacing soles to slip inside to cover up the mess. 

Anyway! I think I’m going to go and do some knitting, I haven’t done any in quite a while now. I’ve done a teeny bit on my crochet blanket. I probably should work on that actually, I am desperate to get it finished in time for A moving into his new flat. I promised it would go on our bed one day. And if that day is in two weeks then jeez, hurry, hurry! It means adding another half metre onto the size already, and then several rows all around the blanket to create a border. Fun fun! 

Have a great evening everyone. 

xXx Love Kais xXx 

 

 

Hello again everyone.

It’s been a busy few months, hence my rather long absence from this blog. I’ve missed writing it but I’ve been rather preoccupied with work and such. From starting out contracted with only a day and a half a week, this past few months I’ve been working almost every day. Sadly, today was my last day. I thought I’d be ok but nope, the tears started flowing. The staff were lovely and bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I’ll have to get a photo of them and show you. Some of the kids made/bought me cards and I got a few chocolates!

Anyway, it just means that I’ll have a bit more time to myself, after the holidays that is.

I got a summer teaching job!

I’ll be teaching foreign children English. I look forward to it very much. It’s going to be for six whole weeks at a residential school, which means six weeks away from home! I’ll be ok, but I bet I’ll be sobbing when I have to go. It’s down in England, in Worcester. It’s a beautiful place and only twenty minutes from my Nans house, meaning I have some family there so I’m not totally alone. There are great school trips the kids go on, lovely evening activities and the teaching will be fun too. I teach three hours of English a day to a class of fifteen children. The first few days there are training days for the staff and then the kids come in. I hope that it is single person accommodation – otherwise some poor person is going to have to suffer with my snoring!

I went to Woolfest the other day 😀 I’d waited 52 weeks for it!! It did not disappoint. The fleece sale was great and it had changed a bit too. Instead of the fleece checking table being behind the payment desk it was at the side meaning it was far easier to check. I didn’t use the checking table last year as it seemed to be too much hassle cramming in past people. I used it plenty of times this time! A few fleeces I would have gone for from first glance in the bag were rejected because the inside of the fleece was poor. I remember seeing one that was a high price for something so awful – badly felted and dirty. I bought eleven fleeces this year. I only bought seven I think last year from Woolfest and I used all of them up, so didn’t feel bad in buying eleven this year. Image

I can’t really remember which ones I got, but I will try my best.

  1. Shetland X
  2. Wensleydale X (shearling)
  3. Black Welsh Mountain
  4. Shetland X (shearling)
  5. Whitefaced Woodland (shearling)
  6. Badger Faced Hogg (or something similar to that!)
  7. Jacob
  8. Herdwick
  9. Ryeland shearling (GORGEOUS!!!)

I cannot remember the other two though. Absolutely gorgeous. One of the Shetland X’s was really badly packed but was only £2.50. I thought, what the heck? I bought it to check it out. It wasn’t anything great by all means, but I will get something out of it.

I was very surprised to see that it had been rolled up (or rather, squished up) and then held together with a cable tie or two!

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My Dad is modelling it for you in the picture, ready with the cutters! You can see why I went for it in the first place, with the nice crimpy bits on the front. I won’t lie – most of it was rubbish, but I got some ok bits from it. This is what the fleece looked like all spread out.

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Very dirty, very dusty. I haven’t washed it yet, but I have pretty much skirted everything yucky from it.

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Some good bits of the fleece.

My ‘get rid of’ pile and ‘keep’ pile.

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I got some beautiful Ryeland fleece. This was the most expensive at £20 – most I’ve ever paid for one!

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These pictures speak for themselves. Beautifully sheared, so soft and light.

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The size of it! It swamps little Alfie, haha. The bottom left picture shows the different colours on this one fleece alone!

I will have to put more of the fleece on another post, my eyes  are getting a little tired staring at the screen. I’ve washed a fleece this afternoon, a lovely Shetland Shearling X and it’s drying outside in the sunshine now. It was so hot this afternoon! I didn’t spin it out like I should have so it is still a bit drippy. Next time I shall def. spin the water out.

I look forward to carding it on my Classic Carder and then trying to make roving using the new diz I bought from HilltopCloud at Woolfest.

I also bought –

A diz (Hilltop Cloud)

4 x wool tops  (Wingham Wools)

Carded Cotton (Wingham Wools)

Trilobal nylon, both gold and silvery white (Wingham Wools)

Blue alpaca tops, 100g (Wingham Wools)

All in one Easy Dyes (ColourCraft)

Dye squeezy bottles x 2 (Colour Craft)

Extra large syringes for dyeing x 2 (D and T Designs)

Purple dyed silk cocoons (Hilltop Cloud)

Alpaca 250g

Gotland fleece 500g (Eden Gotland)

Alpaca seconds x 3 huge bags (Why Not Alpaca – I think!)

Felting needles, extra fine, size 38 (Karl Hof? or something like that!)

Knitting magazines (Charity Stall)

Wool nepps (Wingham Wools)

I THINK that’s all I bought from Woolfest. We nipped into HobbyCraft on our way home and I bought a gorgeous cream metal container – looks a bit like a bin with handles, but it’s very pretty. I will use it for my washed fleece.

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Oooh, I didn’t mention – we got some more chickens! They are called Grace and Martha 😀 They are both beautiful girls with quirky personalities. Grace likes to jump on your arm and sit on your shoulder like a parrot 😀 Martha likes demanding to be let out of the run and is first out on the grass!

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Hello, Martha! Rose in the background having a drink of water and Donna striding across the run! Gorgeous Donna 😀

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Grace at the back and Martha at the front, checking out their surroundings.

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An example of Grace sitting comfortably. She roosted happily on top of my hand for ages. They didn’t get on well with Donna and Rose for a while but now they are as thick as thieves and adore each other. 😀

So there we are – just a little peek into what has been happening the last couple of months. I’m going to go now and try and finish as much of this last sleeve as possible.

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This is just the front as an example. I’ve finished front, back and one sleeve. I’m only needing to do one last sleeve and I’m done, yay! I’ve never knitted an entire jumper for myself before so I’m very pleased.

Okey dokey then, have a great night everyone!

xXx Love Kais xXx