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.
I can’t really remember which ones I got, but I will try my best.
- Shetland X
- Wensleydale X (shearling)
- Black Welsh Mountain
- Shetland X (shearling)
- Whitefaced Woodland (shearling)
- Badger Faced Hogg (or something similar to that!)
- 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!
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.
Very dirty, very dusty. I haven’t washed it yet, but I have pretty much skirted everything yucky from it.
Some good bits of the fleece.
My ‘get rid of’ pile and ‘keep’ pile.
I got some beautiful Ryeland fleece. This was the most expensive at £20 – most I’ve ever paid for one!
These pictures speak for themselves. Beautifully sheared, so soft and light.
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)
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.
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!
Hello, Martha! Rose in the background having a drink of water and Donna striding across the run! Gorgeous Donna 😀
Grace at the back and Martha at the front, checking out their surroundings.
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.
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