Well, that’s it for another year. Woolfest has been and gone. I had a great time and I’m sure so did everyone else who went there.

For those who don’t know – Woolfest is an annual event held just outside Cockermouth (don’t laugh!) in Cumbria. I think this is the eleventh year it has been run, but don’t quote me on that. It is held in a giant auction mart and there are so many stalls there, selling all sorts of things, from clothes, to animals, to fibre, to wheels, to tools, to anything woolly you can think of.

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I really enjoy seeing the animals here. I now desperately want an angora rabbit, especially an orangy, beige one.

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The sheep are a definte bonus too! Here are some Herdwicks, some sheared, some not. (First time I haven’t bought a Herdwick fleece this year, but I have one in the shed ready to be washed).

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I think this gorgeous guy is an Exmoor Horn ram. He had a sign on the pen saying ‘I am a lovely boy, but sometimes I can get grumpy, so please don’t put your  hands in the pen!’

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My favourite – North Ronaldsay. It’s a fairly coarse fleece but I like it for the history and unusual eating habits of the sheep. They graze on the beaches and eat seaweed. We used to have some when I was little so they make me feel all nostalgic when I use the fleece.

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Some photos of inside –

This stall had a lot of X fleeces, including Merino X Shetlands. Quite expensive, so I didn’t buy anything from this stall. It was here when I was looking through a pile of fleece packs that I helped a German lady with understanding the prices here. It was the highlight of my day helping her, in GERMAN. (I love the German language and would LOVE to chat to people in German, but no-one around here speaks it!)

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Look at the size of this drum carder!

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I was fascinated by this huge loom.

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Joe’s Toes – A stall specialising in making slippers out of felt. You could buy the seperate pieces to sew together.

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Wool!

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It doesn’t look very busy here, but at some points it was very crowded.

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I love the little fat sheep at the bottom of this picture.

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So, what did I get?

I think I was maybe a bit more restrained than last year… no… no, I wasn’t. I just spent less at Wingham Wools as I have a massive box filled to the brim full of fibre! I spent a lot less on raw fleece but still seemed to come back with as many huge sacks.

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I bought (what I can remember, the fleeces are now in the shed) –

  • North Ronaldsay grey/brown fleece
  • Black badger fleece
  • Shetland X Hebridean fleece
  • Hebridean fleece
  • Soay fleece – (£1!!!!)
  • Jacobs fleece

I think there was another but I can’t recall what it is. I also got loads of bits which you can just about see in the picture.

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I’ll explain these soon when I finish this post.

xXx Love Kais xXx

 

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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

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,

It’s been a relaxing, but busy day today. I’ve enjoyed just getting on with bits and pieces and sorting out stuff.

In my last post I mentioned that I had started some Christmas squares to make into a blanket. I had completed three full ones and yesterday I started the fourth one. I finished it this morning and did the complete white border with hdc border around that. What do you think?

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I can’t decide which square is my favourite. Which one is yours? The gingerbread man was my first C2C square and I really enjoyed it. Each one has a border of SC around it in the background colour, then the cream, then a HDC border. There are sooo many ends to sew in at the back! They are actually quite big, I’ll have to measure them. I am really pleased with how I have sewn them up. It looks really neat, and this makes such a difference in the overall blanket.

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I am going to do a strip at the top that spells out ‘Merry’ in sparkly red yarn, and one that says ‘Christmas’ at the bottom with the same glittery red yarn. I hope to get it done by this Christmas anyway!

I didn’t design the pictures, but they are really, really simple to do. I have so many ideas for C2C crochet blankets, one involving chickens!

I had a bit of a mad moment this afternoon and suddenly decided that I was desperate to see what fleeces I had in the shed! I got a bit of a shock!

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I think that’s a fair few – maybe 15? (And still inside the shed, can you see?) Amazingly, I didn’t actually count them. Perhaps too shocked? Most of them were Zwartbles fleeces. Such lovely, thick, dark fleeces. I skirted and sorted the ones which were not in the pillow cases. In the shed, if it is in a pillow case it is ready to be washed. Easier than having a million different bags all over the place. The pillowcases were 10p each from a charity shop. I found a beautiful black Shetland fleece, a white Shetland fleece, a chunky white fleece (can’t remember the name) and some other bits and pieces. I found a small bag of washed fleece, Manx Laughtan I THINK, which I brought into the house to spin.

Inspector Grace and Inspector Rose looked round the shed to make sure it was all ok to proceed with the fleece sorting –

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And more inspecting outside –

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I managed to get Mum to come and help me with the fleece sorting too. Dad has got wise and ran off before I could get him to help too! He helped me with loads before so I’ll let him off this time, haha.

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These Zwartbles fleeces completely cover the table. They are HUGE!

A neat(ish) pile of sorted fleece –

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Mum managed to put them in the shed, nice and neatly tucked away. Who knows, might get some washed the next hot day!

After all that working with the fleece, I fancied doing some spinning. I had some half finished alpaca that desperately needed doing. It must have been half spun for almost two years. This was a very quick spin and in no time at all I had some singles spun –

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Which in turn made some gorgeous DK plyed yarn. No idea what to make with it but I’ve decided to buy some more alpaca fibre from the Wingham Wool stand when I am at Woolfest. LOVE that stand!

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I have a whole bag of alpaca yarn to wash and spin up. I don’t think I will dye it. I might card it into rolags using my blending board.

I also found the purple mixed Merino blend I bought when I was in Germany so started spinning that. I am trying to do it super thin so it gives a 4ply effect. I felt like I had been spinning for ages when I took a photo of this tiny amount! I will take my time with it though, all I ever seem to do is  DK so this will hopefully be a fingering weight or a 4ply weight.

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I love this picture of Freddy. Soo0 relaxed!

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Anyway, I had better go now, it’s getting late here! Sleep well everyone.

xXx Love Kais xXx

Hello everyone,

I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who follows my blog – I now have 101 followers! Thank you so, so, so much! It means a lot that people are following my blog, it must mean I am at least writing a little bit of what people find interesting.

I did start this blog off to show off what I have knitted and it just took off from there. People have witnessed my skills developing, learning crochet and my favourite, learning to spin. I have learned how to dye and created tutorials. I have created my own crochet patterns and learned so much about keeping chickens! So, once again, thank you very much for reading what I write.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, I am very excited to show off my, almost completed, hand-spun, hand-dyed, hand-woven (that was a mouthful!) blanket. I have spun all the yarn for it, mostly dyed it all myself and all have been woven on a (hand-made!) pin loom. I would recommend getting or making one, very simple, yet effective. I was looking through my wool stash the other night and came across thirty pin loom squares. I think I put them away because I planned on making a bigger blanket. But I looked at them and thought, ‘why not?’

I had already blocked most of them, but one was left. This was carefully blocked.

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I laid out all the squares on the bed.

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Don’t they look a raggy mess! I managed to sew them up quite successfully. I was very impressed with them really as, even after blocking, some squares were bigger than others. But the next day, the blanket got put into a hot bath to soak for ten/fifteen minutes. It was very heavy to get out! I rolled it into towels to squeeze most of the water out. I had already laid out a blanket and two towels on the living room floor and then placed a large piece of cardboard on top. The blanket then got some SERIOUS blocking. I kid you not, I must have used about a thousand pins.

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The squares look mostly the same size now and are mostly in straight rows/columns. I will unpin it tomorrow morning so I hope it will retain its shape! I even got my Mum to steam iron over it to give it a steam blocking too as it seemed to dry very quickly whilst I was pinning. Can’t be too careful, right?

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Please excuse the mess in the background. The blanket looks kinda of small, but I plan on putting a crochet border around it. Using handspun of course!

I’m very excited for this project.

I’ve done some more spinning. Some for the blanket using fibre I found under the stairs (don’t ask…) and some random other fibres.

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The top is Man Loughtan that was actually left on my wheel for ages. I decided it was time to ply it. This was from a fleece I bought at Woolfest last year, very clean and fluffy with lovely light brown tips. Prepped from raw, carded from batts. Batts were put through the carder twice.

The middle wool is Ryeland, also prepped from raw fleece purchased at Woolfest. This was bought in 2014… I think! This was an expensive fleece as it was so beautiful. Lots of silver and greys. I found some carded batts under the stairs and decided to spin them up. It is a nice, chunky spin. Dad wants a hat out of it, but I think it would be far too itchy for his skin! I still have so much fleece to prepare out of this though.

The bottom wool is Cheviot that I dyed with kool-aid, I think in 2013. So, a few years before it finally got spun! This MIGHT be going on my blanket, I’m not sure. Most little bits like this will hopefully go round my  blanket at least once, even if it is just tiny sc’s all around. I found LOADS of this under the stairs, all bright colours. I see some lovely spinning in the future.

What else have I been doing?

I was looking through my wool stash yesterday – look at the photo.

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Yep… I have a lot. The bottom one is full of fibre. Fibre I had completely forgotten I had. Carded Jacobs, angora, sparkly stuff, full braids. I am going to be busy this year as I am going to make sure that that box will be half empty by the end of December. The rest of the big boxes are full of acrylic and mixed yarns. One box is almost completely cotton and the top box is full of just handspun. I want to be able to knit from a lot of my handspun too. I have lots of fleeces to prep, so should have a lot of yarn to knit something decent with. Perhaps another pin loom blanket of natural coloured fleece? All from raw? Different breeds? Ideas, ideas!

In one of the boxes I found a load of crochet squares that I had made years and years ago!I remember crocheting around each square in yellow and then joining four squares together in red. It sounds bad, I know. I sort of cringed when I found it. I laid it out on the bed and decided hang on, no, it’s not THAT bad. I found some matching red, and crocheted the rest of the squares so I had sixteen squares attached. I went round the lot with red and now am working an SC around the border. I plan on doing a few granny square rounds (hdc3 in one sc, miss 2sc, etc). Then a couple of SC to finish.

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It is going to be a mini cot blanket. I’ll get a far better picture in the sunlight when it is finished.

I also remembered that I have seriously been neglecting my lovely Wonder Blanket CAL’s! One is much further on than the other and is only missing this fortnights stitches. I will see if I can do this tomorrow if I finish the above blanket. The other one is missing the last three weeks I think. Lots of catching up to do!

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I have completed almost four squares now! Attic24 blanket is slowly coming along. When I went up to A’s I took the whole lot with me so I could work on that and only that! It amazes me how much time it takes to do each square. I wasn’t best pleased when I left them in the living room on the sofa and Aya peed on them… I rinsed them with soap and water but they now STINK! They need to go in the washing machine.

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You can see the cool and warm colours emerging properly now. I worked on this whilst waiting for my train in Kilmarnock. An hours wait in the station cafe/book shop was well spent!

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I think that is all for now craft wise. I’ll leave you with a few animal photos ❤

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Aretha looks happy! They were tucking into boiled eggs with the shells still on. Absolutly lovely treat and it was a treat for me watching them. ❤

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The ground looks pretty naff at the moment as there have been a lot of heavy rainfalls. They still have plenty of grass, you just can’t see it! They have a lovely big yard though and lots of places to have dust baths and climb and just generally have fun!

Alfie has been giving us a few laughs lately!

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These dogs love their pillows, but Alfie took it one further. Pillow propped up against Freddy and he tucked himself into Mums cardigan and used it as a blanket/scarf. Sooo sweet! He slept for ages like that too. He has many funny poses – such as the meditation pose…

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He is fast asleep! He also sleeps like this –

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He loves sleeping on his back! Mind you, he is lying on his side with Freddy and me just now.

Look at them both – my whole world.

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I love Freds expressions ❤

Have a great evening everyone!

xXx Love Kais xXx

Ok, I have a problem. I’ve never had this problem before. In the fibre community, I think this problem is called ‘Startitis.’

It’s quite scary. Most of my knitting and fibery life I’ve been quite good at working on only one thing at a time, maybe two at a push. This year I don’t know what has been up with me!

What I am working on – 

  • Old Harry’s Game blanket (admittedly, this is barely started, but I have all the designs done and all the wool bought for this). I am so excited to get this blanket started. There are nine designs to go on this blanket (only four shown below). I have some backing fabric to go on too, if I think it needs it. I don’t think I’ve sewn fabric to wool before, so I’ll see how I feel about doing that.

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  • Attic24 Log Cabin blanket. I saw this on her blog and thought ‘WOW!’I NEED to make this. I bought the yarn a month or so ago and started straight away. I have made all sixteen of the middles and completed two and a bit squares. It’s quite time-consuming but I’m enjoying it, bit by bit. The squares do look a bit rough but I’m hoping a severe blocking will make it go the way it should.

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  • I’ve just started a new knitted blanket with some chunky yarn I bought from Mrs Johnsons Emporium, Blackpool. (Check this place out, it is AMAZING!). I haven’t got a photo yet but the pattern is Breezy Baby Blanket. I am using Autumn colours, orangey ones. I am using Special by Stylecraft with the colours ‘Spice,”Gold,’ and ‘Copper.’ The pattern uses the ‘Seafoam stitch’ which is very interesting. I’ve never tried it before this blanket . I like the way it is knitting up though. I am working it in stripes. I doubled the amount of stitches to make a big blanket but when it came to the seafoam stitches I could see it wasn’t going to work, I had six stitches left over. I sort of threaded them through with spare yarn and left them at the side. When I am finished this HUGE project I will cut it off and sew it properly. So, if you do this, make sure that you leave off six stitches at the end. (246 stitches).The photo below is not mine but it is from free images online. The yarn is very close to what I am using.

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  • The Wonder Crochet Blanket CAL. This CAL comes out every two weeks so the next one is out on the 7th April. I have caught up completely with one blanket so have just got half of part five and the whole of part six to complete on the other blanket. I thought that people who had started two or more were mad but I can see they were quite right! The six or so rows work up quickly. By the end of the year I will have two lovely blankets completed.

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  • TAAT Socks (Two-At-A-Time). I bought this sock yarn from the Glasgow SECC a few weeks ago. I had been looking for some nice sock yarn for a while now. I’ve always made socks with a DK weight yarn so I’ve been after some ‘proper’ sock yarn for a while – 4ply. I’ve not done too much admittedly, it’s more of a handbag project. Here I am knitting in Wetherspoons in Blackpool the other day. (Check out Blackpool, it’s an awesome place!).

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This is the pattern I am using – Basic Socks

I love TAAT socks. I might try using it for baby socks next time. I have my go to pattern i use for baby socks, so I might try it with that.

I think that that is it just for now for projects I am working on. I haven’t counted any sewing projects in with this lot though!

It was my birthday the other day so my Mum took me to Blackpool for a long girly weekend. It was great fun! I bought some more chunky yarn (for the Autumn banket above) from the yarn shop just around the corner from the B and B. I also got some cheap acrylic from the pound shop (2 for 3 on baby yarns). But the best place to get things from?? The Works. Ever heard of this place? In the UK it is a cheapish craft and book shop. You can often buy the same books as Waterstones but at a fraction of the price. (Waterstones is a huge book shop selling books at retail prices. I very rarely buy from there!) I chose some books from there and my Mum and brother bought them from me. I think I got over £100 worth of books for less than £20! I like a good bargain and so do my family!

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There are loads of patterns I want to do in the baby knitting and crochet books. The sewing books are also excellent. ‘My Rag Doll’ seems to have mixed reviews online however and it is said that it is not for beginners. I still consider myself a beginner so I will see how it turns out!

Have a great day everyone, it’s beautifully sunny and warm here in Scotland today!

xXx Love Kais xXx

 

Hey everyone,

It has been soooo lovely having a few days off work! I am going down to two days a week at work since my contract has almost finished. I’m going to miss the work but I am really looking forward to a few relaxing, stress free days!

I went up to Ayr last week and had a few days there since the schools were on holiday. We didn’t do much since it seemed to rain constantly. When we braved going outside it was just for a walk round the shops. The weather was kinda  poor and it got really windy at one point. My first thought was, ‘Typical! Bet the trains will be cancelled/delayed!’ On the line I use, it constantly seems to get cancelled due to flooding. I know, I know, better safe than sorry, right?

I treated myself to a few nice things from woolwarehouse.com. I had been reading Attic24’s lovely blog (check her out – awesome!) and I saw a beautiful, sunny blanket that she had made. I immediately found out what she used and ordered a pack, along with a few sneaky extras…

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Aren’t the colours lovely? If you can see them of course, I’m aware the photo is not the best it can be. I started off by doing the middle of the squares first, all sixteen of them. Then the next round.

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Then the next round!

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I even did a bit on the train going home. But that is normal for me. It would be odd if I DIDN’T have my crochet/knitting with me.

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I think I was watching Men Behaving Badly. When I got home I started on putting in the bright, beautiful colours. It took a little while, but it was relaxing and I loved picking out the right colours for each row. I’ve only made one square but I hope to get some more rows done tonight.

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When it has been blocked it will look much better. There are ‘cold’ colours on the right side and ‘warm’ colours on the right. I am dreading them sewing up of the ends hidden at the back right now…

… So it is a good thing I bought some of these!

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I saw these on a FB group post and thought that they were a fantastic idea! They can be used at both ends meaning that you can weave even the smallest ends in without panicking that the needle won’t turn anymore. They are a little flimsy, but I think that they do the job perfectly well.

I also bought some teddy bear bits and pieces. I’m hoping to get some teddies made during my free time, so I bought a load of eyes and noses.

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I also purchased some teddy bear joints on eBay. I would have bought them from Woolwarehouse but they didn’t stock any unfortunately.

I’ve done a few rows more on my CAL blankets. They are slow going (due to only 6-10 rows only being released every two weeks) but I don’t mind. It keeps my interest going in them. This weeks is a bit dull because we are doing basketweave stitch, which I’m not a major fan of. Oh well, it’s a learning curve, right. I couldn’t do it before, now I can! I did start another CAL blanket but I’m finding it really, really boring so I might quickly frog it before I change my mind. I don’t like giving up!

Ooh,  I have been super busy designing things lately… I am a massive fan of a certain radio show and have been creating a large throw using this genre. I am have managed to add in characters and scenery and words. I had most of the yarn needed to begin the project and added in a couple more colours when I went shopping in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago.

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I’m really pleased with them. I have all of the charts completed now. You can only see four out of nine charts in this picture. I am going to put it on Ravelry when I have finished. I don’t know if other people will like it, but we shall see! Because Old Harry’s Game is a comic radio show about the underworld I am using lots of fire colours. I wasn’t going to put a backing to it, but I saw this amazing fire polycotton mix in Remnant Kings in Glasgow for only £3.99 a metre. I had to buy it! I’m hoping it will fit well onto the back. What do you think?

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I have an awful lot of crochet to do by the seems of it!

I have also managed to squeeze in a little bit of spinning. Some of a Manx Laughton fleece from Woolfest 2015. It’s nice and soft and easy to spin.

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It’s looking a bit unevenly spun but once it has plyed it will sort itself out. It smells lovely too. Using shampoo and conditioner on a fleece really makes it nice, haha!

I made Mum a hat for her birthday using a fairly popular pattern at the moment – the Baa-ble Hat. I used Drops Karisma for the sky and grass and acrylic for the sheep and extra bits.

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(Yep, I’ve just finished knitting it on the train!) Mum was really pleased with it and wears it to work and when out all the time! I want to knit another one sometime. Someone at the camera club wants me to knit him a star themed one. I’ll have to see what colours I have first.

Last crafty thing – embroidery. Now, I have never embroidered in my life. I’ve done cross-stitch and tapestry, but never embroidery. I was very kindly given a load of old crafting and needlecraft magazines, some of which still had their free kits attached. These magazines were from 1992, so fairly old! They are very useful (the magazines) and one has an article on beginning bobbin lace making, so I am keeping that one out for future reference. I WILL learn how to do that this year!

This kit showed you how to make a Dorset button and some simple stitches. The needle had rusted completely so I had to replace that.

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I really enjoyed the process and it is something I would do again. I’m going to have a dig through the kits and see if there are any more like this.

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I put it into the card provided and will give it to my Nanny. She likes gardening so I hope she likes this card. I’ll be sending it to her this week.

I got this lovely  book from one of my little brothers for Christmas.

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I’ve been using it as a craft diary and using it to write down all the things I have made and all the things I want to make. It has little notes, diagrams and achievements. I even stick in little fabric samples, etc. It is great when you are travelling and suddenly have an awesome craft idea. I also use the back of it to note down what crafty things I have bought this year. Hopefully with the idea of using them up by the end of the year. I’m a terrible craft hoarder! But we all are, right? Right??

Well, I’m off to do some crochet and read some more blogs. Feel free to comment, I love hearing from you!

Have a great night,

xXx Love Kais xXx