Sunday, 27 October 2013

Drop Spindle...

My first attempt at drop spinning (alone) following tuition from a lovely friend at knitting group and some online videos for the plying. I've managed to create an over twisted kind of string and can tell it's going to take me a long time to get the hang of this but it's already got me hooked.

The spindle I'm using above is one my dad has made from wood he saves from trees in the hedgerow he cares for in the next village over and a very basic design I printed out. It is a top whorl and works like a dream, he is so talented! Earlier today I took over some fibre to collect it and we all had a go there.

If you're interested I'm using the Navajo ply on the fly technique x

Friday, 25 October 2013

Meet Squeak...

A new addition to the family...    Squeak

Apologies for a blurry shot but she moves very fast! She's a White Syrian Hamster and very cute, she means business though.

Boys are understandably thrilled, not sure how much cleaning out they'll help with but they'll be encouraged to help and learn that responsibility too. They're already great with their rabbits Beep and Ping.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Where's Wally?...

Here he is - no wait it's just me in a stripey jumper!

Thanks to a friend who handed me some of her stash here is my boat neck aran, basic top down jumper knit to my size following gauge swatch.

Think I'll bring it out on Christmas day with a pair of stocking pockets sewn on!