Monday, October 26, 2009

Michelangelo reincarnated???

OK, maybe I'm going a bit far by mentioning Michelangelo and my son in the same sentence but......below is my 14 year old sons first assignment for his GCSE Art class, in pencil:
I may be a doting mother, but I'm impressed!!! My latest creation is a Forest Canopy Shawl in solid powder blue Opal sock yarn. Its my first attempt at lacework of this magnitude and so far, its working out OK

And finally, if either of my daughters are reading this - cue the giggles. I have finally managed to drag DH into Curry and bought us a 26" LCD digital, HD ready TV. This is a momentous event as it took months to persuade him, 10 years ago, that we needed a TV which used a remote and didn't have a fuzzy screen. This time is took weeks of banging the sides of the old TV when the sound kept cutting out - but he gave in and we have now entered the 21st Century LOL

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boys, Germs and the colour Blue

My DS is poorly. For 3 days now he has coughed and snivelled and I think he has finally had enough.......he has taken to hiding under his quilt!!!! It isnt the dreaded swine flu however, just a cold.

The last tiny bit of Belfalas is ready to spin - then the joy of plying : ) I think I need 3 hands for plying LOL
And this is waiting in the wings. It is 100% Alpaca and I have 120g of it. I have spun 90g on my spindle and just have this 30g to do before that too can be plied : )

Knitting seems to be taking a back seat at the moment - I love this spinning lark too much : )

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Introducing Ebony Cat

I managed to take a photo of my elusive black cat. He usually moves whenever I point a camera at him. His name is Ebony and he is 9 years old now. His eyes are a deep green, but the photo doesn't show them very well. We got him from the PDSA, along with his sister Rowan, when they were 10 weeks old. He is very loving, has a loud purr and dribbles when I stroke him : )
Unfortunately he hasn't got the hang of catching mice etc yet and I don't hold out any hope that he will. A few nights a go a mouse wandered across our hall and lounge and disappeared into the cupbard under the stairs - and he just looked at it with a confused expression on his face!!

Hopefully I may get a photo of Rowan (a tortoiseshell) soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Socks and Spinning

I finished by socks in Regia Hand-dyed effect yarn and they are beautiful. Having worn the said socks twice now, I wouldn't recommend this yarn for socks!! On the plus side,the yarn is very soft and drapes beautifully and has the most fantastic colours in it. Unfortunately these same qualities make it pill like crazy and the rib is all floppy because there isn't enough elasticity in this yarn. I know its not the fault of the pattern because I have used this pattern successfully many times before.

The verdict: A wonderful yarn for shawls etc, but not for anything requiring elasticity or strength. Meanwhile, I have been getting adventurous with my wheel and am spinning colours!!! This is Belfalas Superwash Merino from Freyalyn and is very soft and well dyed with no white bits where dye has been missed. I love Freyalyn's work : )
Finally: My first wheelspun is finished. I have it hung up by my wheel for drooling and petting purposes at the moment. It may become some mittens.......but it may not LOL

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Special Offer

Until the end of October we are offering free postage within the UK on our swifts to members of Ravelry.

The full details are HERE

Happy Autumn : )