Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Tuesday 31st January 2012

Firstly a very very belated Happy New Year to everyone.  I was just looking at my last post only to realise it was at the start of October last year!  That will give you some idea of just how busy I have been here.

On  10th, 11th and 12th of February next, there will be a craft fair at Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll in Somerset, five minutes from Junction 22 M5 motorway.  This will once again be in aid of Freewheelers motorcycle charity.

I have been and still am hard at making items to take and hopefully sell at this event.  I have so far made an assortment of jewellery and hand knitted and hand woven items which will be on sale over that weekend.  I shall be there on the Saturday and Sunday only as I am unable to make the Friday.  Come and grab yourselves an unique gift for that someone special on valentines day.  There will be lots of colourful stalls selling home made jams and pickles, cakes, cards, jewllery, pottery, artwork and woodwork as well as my own stall with drop spindle kits, fibres, yarns and jewellery alongside the handmade accessories.

I am glad that the days are lengthening a little and I think our hens are too, the egg laying has increased again.  We have two new hens here now, a Black Rhode and a Cou Cou Moran.  the Black Rhode has just come into lay and proudly informs us each time she has produced an egg with a session of loud clucking. 

You can tell the weather is turning colder at the moment by the fact that our cats have migrated indoors and are not venturing out very much

and you know its really cold when the cats and dogs start cuddling up together!!

I am currently spinning up some hand dyed wensleydale roving that I fell over on Etsy the other day.  I really should be getting on with spinning up some hand dyed alpaca that I want to weave a shawl with but I just couldnt resist the gorgeous colours in this one

I am just hoping that when I ply the finished bobbins the colours will line up quite well.  I think socks might be the end result for this yarn!!

I am weaving some more tea towels to put on the stall at the craft fair.  I was very pleased with how the last ones came out and have been quite pleased so far with these.  The draft comes from Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts which is an e-book that I downloaded from Interweave press.  Its called the Rosepath draft and I like the effect of the yellow and red plaid that looks like rows of little flowers.

In the online shop are a lovely selection of hand dyed fibres and wool rovings together with an assortment of jewellery.  Have a look using the link to the right of this posting.

One of my new years resolutions is to spend a little more time sharing on my blog, so hopefully this will happen.

Happy spinning!!