Changes…

To say that it’s been a while would be the understatement of the year…

First of all, thank you to all of you who have stuck around 🙂 I really do appreciate it and was quite surprised.

So, where have I been hiding? Mainly at the gym and at work to be honest. I guess I went through quite a bit of a mental rough patch, so I needed to focus on something and not look sideways to see how upset I was with life. Well, it seems to have worked and I seem to have come out of it better and stronger than ever.
I now have lost 21 lbs since January and work is going really well too.
Sadly, in my stupid phase, I did something really, really stupid…  I Sold my spinning wheels 😦
But don’t worry, what’s on my wheel Wednesday will return next month once I have a new wheel.
Maybe in the meantime you guys can give me some advice on a new wheel?

I definitely want a castle style wheel again, like my Minstrel, but I found the Minstrel a little loud at times.
At the moment I have my eye on the  Woolmaker’s Bliss or I am thinking about a Schacht wheel, either the Ladybug or the Sidekick. Of course there are huge price differences so I am looking online for a bargain. Hehehe, so if you come across one let me know.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll try and update you, in the next few days,on the very little knitting I have been doing over the last few months. And maybe I can finally manage to get that post out about the last yarn I have spun.

Also, I am looking for a name for my new instagram account… Any suggestions?

What’s on my wheel Wednes…. Ermmmm Thursday AGAIN!

Oooppps, I did it again! I will have to start thinking of a catchy Thursday title so I can do this on a Thursday without looking silly.

Aaaaaaanywaaaay, on my wheel this Wednesday/Thursday is still the blue mystery fiber, just a little more of it.

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I am liking how this is turning out. I am slowly getting the hang of spinning a little thicker singles.
Because I am not quite sure how much of the blue fibre I actually have, yes I know weighing it is a really good idea, I am just going to fill this bobbin, then start the other and if I fill this one too then I just ply them together. If I can’t fill another I’ll just Navajo ply it, saves messing around with trying to get the same amount on both bobbins.

Now, the Minstrel is not the only wheel I have. Recently I have bought a second hand Louet S10, but the treadle to footman connection broke on me. Oh, my, what a nightmare to find a replacement! Finally gave in and ordered one from the states.

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Now that it’s all fixed I can carry on with the fleece that I got given with it.

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It’s nowhere near as tidy as my other yarns, but it’s supposed to be like that, because I want to crochet something with it and then felt it.

I have never felted anything successfully. Well, not with intention anyway, hahaha. I shall not start talking about my first dying attempts or my nice knitted waistcoat that accidentally ended up in the wash and then turned hippy crop top…

So yes, keep and eye out for my felting attempts if you fancy a bit of a giggle.

If you have any hints and tricks up your sleeve how you felt your knitted or crocheted items, please please let me know 🙂

Anyway, I am off to get some food and then do some more spinning so hopefully by next Wednesday, who am I kidding, next Thursday, I have something new to show you.

What’s on my wheel Wednesday, on a Thursday *oooppps

Work and life seems to be taking over again and I am not liking it one bit. Oh, how I miss being on holiday! Sadly. I have another three months to go until Christmas will give me three days off, unless I find a new job. I am writing this while I am eating my lunch (at 3.24 pm!) and I am sure I will finish this post by the end of the day when I’m tucked up in bed.

Talking about bed, check out my new bedding!

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It’s made of brushed cotton and super snuggly and warm. This one will be washed and put straight back on for a while I think. It’s my new favourite!

So, it is now 8pm and I have just come back from work. Let’s get to the point of this post. What’s on my wheel?

Mystery fibre! I think it’s Shetland hahaha I am not sure though.

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I bought it from World of Wool A G E S ago. It was natural colour then, but then something possessed me to dye it blue. It’s beautiful and soft and I think it will then out ok. I have been trying to spin a little thicker, because until now I have been trying to aim for thin and even. I still have a few uneven thin bits in there but maybe this will turn out to be a nice DK yarn.

Wish me luck and share with me what’s on your wheel at the moment!

I don’t care what’s on my wheel this Wednesday!

After reading the news and seeing the pictures of the little dead Syrian boy who was washed up on a Turkish beach today, I really don’t care about what is on my wheel.

If you have not seen the article then you can read it by clicking here,  but please be aware this is really upsetting stuff.

This poor little boy must have been so scared. How desperate must these people be to risk a terrible death themselves or of their loved ones? I am sure if his parents have made it across, they must be utterly heart broken. It must be terrible to lose a child under any circumstances, but knowing that your child died like this when all you wanted to do was get them to safety, must be terrible.

Overall, just this summer alone, 2500 people have died terrible deaths trying to get themselves and their loved ones to safety. I am saying people on purpose, because in the media and to many people they are “just” migrants or refugees, and they seem to forget the fact that these are people, people who are so terrified, that they are willing to risk paying the ultimate price in order to get to safety.

If the pictures in the media have moved you like they did me and you are wondering how you can help. Check out this article in today’s Independent .
There are several suggestions on how you can make a difference.

For all my crafty friends on here please take a look at Lily on Facebook. Lily stands for: love in the language of yarn, and the charity focuses heavily on helping Syrian refugees and orphans.

If you know of any additional ways to support these people, please feel free to share by leaving a comment.

Even the smallest gesture can have a big impact, if we all just help in whatever way we can.

If you are unable to help for whatever reason, you can help by sharing the link to the article in the Independent and the link for Lily on your social media sites.

And the winner is……?!

Good morning everyone!

I am back at work, so that means I will be writing most if my posts on the go, so please bear with me if they don’t appear as frequently as last month.

I finally have looked through all the patterns that were suggested for my handspun yarn.

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And after lots of consideration I have chosen…………drum roll please…

The midwest-moonlight scarf on ravelry

This pattern was suggested by Gaby Mayer, Congratulations! Please get in touch so I can send you your crafty surprise.

So, why did I chose Gaby’s suggestion?

I loved the simplicity of the pattern and the solid squares in it that will show off the colour nicely. As I mainly knit on the go, patterns need to be easy to remember, because I do have a lousy memory due to my pernicious anaemia.

I am very excited to start this project once I have finished my Tubuĺarity Scarft. Hahaha for a change I will be very warm this winter with all those scarves.

Thanks again everyone for taking part. Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways which will be coming up in the next couple of months.

Ps: if you are wondering what Gaby won, pop back in the next few days as this prize is tailored to what craft the winner likes to do most.

Tour de fleece 2015 Day 15 and a little competition!

Wow, I have to say that I am very impressed with this yarn or with how much my skills have improved. I managed to get 662m out of 100g!

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I love how the colours have turned out in the end. Quite subtle with the odd bright pop now and then.

And because the fibre was prepped so well by the amazing Countess Ablaze,
it made the yarn nice and squishy when spinning long draw. 

Long draw is most definitely my new favourite way of spinning. It’s so much faster and the wool is so much softer.

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I can’t wait to knit this up, but I have no idea into what! It should definitely be a scarf, something lacey, but not too difficult.

Let’s turn this into a little competition!
Leave a pattern suggestion in the comments below, follow my blog, and whoever suggests the pattern I will knit with this yarn wins a little crafty surprise.

Feel free to share this post so your friends have the chance to win too. If two people or more suggest the same pattern, the first person who suggested it wins.
If you want to share on Instagram or Twitter , I am monarenton on there.
On Facebook look for Moni Makes, I will post this competition on there as well.

New beginnings

Ok, so I guess I didn’t do too well with the whole a post per week thing, but, as you all know, life has a habit of happening while you make other plans.
I have been super busy with work and have also had lots of appointments with various doctors to get my poorly hands and shoulders seen too (with little success so far, but that’s a different story).
Also, there is a new man in my life, after being single for three years that certainly created a mess in my well thought out single woman plan :-).

I somehow still managed to get the blanket finished, which I started what seems an eternity ago.

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I used Rico Basic Acrylic chunky for it and once I had finished it washed it with Lenor and it’s the most softest blanket you ever had. Loving it! Just a shame it’s for my son and not for me, but seeing his eyes light up when he gets it will be a nice reward.

Now, I know I have another three projects on the go, but time is going by so fast and it’s only 17 weeks until Christmas, so I just had to start on blanket number two. Okay, who am I kidding? I just couldn’t help myself, I needed an excuse to buy new yarn.

I ordered two humongous balls of special aran with wool by Stylecraft, one in black and one in white to satisfy my daughters craze for monochrome and I decided on a stripy c2c crotchet blanket to satisfy my need for diversity.
Originally she wanted just horizontal stripes but I think that would drive me insane after a day.

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It’s looking nice so far, but I am not too sure if I am keen on the yarn. Due to the wool content it’s not as soft as I would like it to be, but on the other hand I need it for warmth as my daughter is always freezing. I think I will carry on for a bit more and then wash it and put it in the dryer to see if it softens up.
Will keep you posted 🙂

Keep an eye out for a couple more posts that I have planned for the next few days. Feel free to share or comment with feedback or suggestions 🙂