What’s on my wheel Wednesday!

Yay, not written one of these in what seems A G E S!

So, today we have some sort if mystery fibre. I assume it’s BFL, as the staple is quite long and the fibre nice and soft.
It was sent to me by a lovely lady from the states as part of a fibre exchange.

Considering it was my first spin on the Woolmaker’s Bliss TT it is not too bad, but a little under plied.

I managed to get 523.20 meters from 111. But what am I going to make with it??

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No idea what to spin next either got quite a bit of choice.

Ok, so I have a new wheel…

It’s a Woolmakers Bliss TT and it is lovely!

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Sorry for the lousy screen shot, but it’s all I could find just now.

Anyway, she spinning lovely and, most importantly, quietly. It has four different ratios and scotch tension. The break is very sensitive but after a while, like about ten minutes, you get the hang of it if you are an experienced spinner. For newbies maybe a little longer, but don’t let that put you off this little beauty.

I do love the modern look of this wheel and it was put together very quickly.
The best thing was that I ordered with the extra bobbins so I now have an inbuilt lazy kate for FIVE bobbins on the wheel! The flyer comes off easily for a quick bobbin change and the wheel is practically no maintenance, other than a bit of a dust now and then.
To cut the long story short, I love my Woolmakers Bliss TT 🙂 and here is my first bobbin is have filled. By the way, if you spin nice and neatly you can fit about 150g on the bobbins, which makes them awesome for plying.

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Trying to make the most of it

Now that I am concentrating on losing some weight, I find it hard to find time to do some crafty things.

I finally managed to finish my weaved scarf. This time it actually turned out to be a scarf and not some short piece of material like the first project I made.

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I can’t wait for autumn to come for it to get cold. It feels so soft and squishy.

I also did start another seacoast jumper, however I think I will pull it back as I doubt it will fit me by autumn. So I am just sticking to scarves and other bits that are one size.

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Here is my “English Weather” scarf. Grey with some bright spots. I am just using some left overs from the schoppelwolle reggae ombre and a random grey yarn. We had a four hour journey ahead of us so best time to get some knitting in as at work I just seem too busy.

So yeah, nowhere near enough time, but better some than none.

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?

A slightly different Christmas

As per usual, I started writing a post and didn’t get round to finishing it for days. It’s been a very relaxing day with the kids sat in the livingroom eating, drinking playing games and just general chilling out. It has been a more than eventful year for us. Boyfriend moving in, new jobs, boyfriend moving back out again… It’s ok though, we just don’t seem to be able to live together 🙂 maybe we will try that again at some point further down the line.

So, how was Christmas apart from that? Different !

A few weeks back I went to hobby craft, a big craft supply retailer in the UK, and I bought some Christmas supply for all the projects I had in mind. We came home and I put the shopping away until I had the time to actually do some crafts. Well, the date came and guess who couldn’t fine that silly bag of craft supplies?! The kids and I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it. I was absolutely gutted, because I did spend quite a bit of money on the things and I wanted to make ornaments for the tree :-(.

The tree… Oh yes, the tree, another little funny Christmas antic! For the last ten years of living in the UK we have always had an artificial tree. Simply because without a car, as I don’t drive, it was hard to get a real one. This year however, I was finally in the position to get a real tree, but I was debating whether to go for it or not because in the end, buying a nice, a bit more pricey fake tree would last me a good few years. So the other half took me shopping for threes I looked everywhere for a nice fake one, but just wasn’t happy. Then outside of our local supermarket there it was, my tree, a real one and the most beautiful thing ever. Quite tall, but so full and nicely shaped, I had to have it. The other half isn’t a fan of real trees, so out came the puppy dog eyes and the “Oh babe it’s SO pretty!” and when the guy who sold them offered free delivery the deal was done. Oh I was so happy! Until it got here hahaha. It was delivered and well, let say my eyes were bigger than my living room. This thing was HUGE!
It took quite a bit of a joint effort to put it up and I did have to trim a bit from the back to make it fit in the room lol not to mention the furniture I had to move around hahaha, the kids were giggling about me and the tree, and I was ever so slightly cursing myself for wanting a really tree in the first place, but in the end, it was so worth the hassle as we have a gorgeous tree.

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Shame though that we didn’t manage to get the ornaments made, I thought. So a day before Christmas in a desperate attempt me and the kids looked once more for the “bag”.

There I was retracing my steps from when I went shopping for them. ” I came in the house and sat in the sofa, unpacked everything and looked at the craft supplies and then… What did I do with them then?” Then all of a sudden my little one, I say little one, he is 13 in two months, jumped up and shouted:” Ha, l know, I know!“, then walks to the side of the couch and picks up the box for the new shoes I bought on the same day. He opens the box and, TADAA! My crafty things!
Needless to say, we didn’t end up using them as I didn’t have the time so shortly before Christmas. So stay tuned for some out of season Christmas ornament post haha. I need to use the air dry clay soon before it dries.

Christmas itself was, good. I didn’t make a mess of dinner, which was a nice change. It was different from the nice family event I had wished for as the other half went to his mums, but he was here boxing day, which was lovely. Now that we have put a bit if space between us, we get on so much better again. I guess after being the boss in my house for 17 years it is very difficult to share again. I am just glad that we managed to pull our relationship around again and not break up for good, because after all we do love eachother like crazy.

Despite everything going different from how I wanted it, it’s been a good Christmas. The kids were happy with their presents and the other half has outdone himself yet again by giving me a 32 inch Ashford rigid heddle loom and this little beauty!

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A yarn bowl from Little Wren Pottery! I can’t wait to use it!

So get yourself prepared for my newest weaving adventures in the next few months!

I hope that all you guys had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a happy New Year!  Thank you for sticking around and your lovely comments, which are always very much appreciated.

What’s on my wheel Wednesday

It’s an exciting time in my life at the moment, with lots of changes. My boyfriend is moving in in two days, I have handed in my notice at work, so hopefully stress will start getting a littltntne less now.

I am still spinning on my obscure family by Countess Ablaze. It was real fun, but because it’s so finely spun, it’s taking forever. At one point the single ripped and I couldn’t find the end on the bobbin for ages, so I am bound to hit a tangled mess somewhere half way through plying. I really do hope that I don’t have to cut it.

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I am about a third through the 100g of fibre. Not too sure what I will make from the finished yarn but I think I might use it for a fair isle project, gloves or something.

Going to keep it short and sweet tonight, as we have spent all last night at hospital with my not so little one. He is a lot better now, so I am going to go for a soak in the bath and relax.

Another catch up!

Hey everyone!

Oh how I have missed the blogging world this week!

First of all, sorry for not being around much. This whole job hunting stuff has driven me crazy and there is another rather exciting event coming up that I have been preparing for. My boyfriend is moving in next Friday! After a year of a long distance, weekend only, relationship, we are both so looking forward to normality. I am still quite amazed that he wants to be part of our little chaos family and I have to say so far he has been doing great with putting up with my creative chaos.

Oh, by the way, plenty of time for creative chaos this week, because I have thrown my back out and sitting down for long periods is pretty much impossible, so no work until next week. So expect a flood of random posts.

I have not done a what’s on my wheel Wednesday this week, because there is not a lot of progress on that. 

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This was last week and here…

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Is how far I got throughout the week. Not a lot, but it serves me right for spinning so fine.

I have started a new project too. I know, I know, I still haven’t not finished the Tubuĺarity and the seacoast jumper, but I just wanted to learn something new and it kept playing on my mind, so one night I just went for it. Will show you in the next post once I have more to show.

Anyway, best get up and moving again, thus whole back lark is starting to annoy me.

Bye for now x

What’s on my wheel Wednesday!

Yes, and it’s even on a Wednesday! Regardless of the quality of this post, I think actually posting this on the correct day is an achievement in itself.

I am writing this on the way to work from the back seat of a taxi and will most likely finish the post tonight on the way home.

After finally finishing the blue mystery fiber, I was going to spin the plain Polwarth fleece I bought at the Wool Weekend, but seriously peeps, who wants to spin boring white if you can spin THIS?!

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Countessablaze - an obscure family

100g of gorgeousness!

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Here you can see what’s in it. Focus on the label and not the mess in the background! Yes, I am posting while I am lying in bed. It’s been a super long day.

Anyway, this stuff is gorgeous and I am planning to use it for my next blog post, as I am thinking of starting to do a few tutorials about how I do stuff.

So, I have started spinning this loveliness and for me, with something that has been blended quite a bit there are only two ways of spinning it. Go large and chunky, so all the bold colours are nicely visible or, go super lacey! You are allowed one guess which way I chose!

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Superfine it is! All in one and then Navajo ply to show the colour changes and add some weight.

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This stuff is just so shiny and sparkling and as always, so we’ll carded that it is a dream to work with. I’ll be buying plenty more from this gifted Indie Dyer.

Anyway, it’s almost 11pm and I have been up since 5.30. Bed time!

Have a creative week! Until next time!

Moni x

A Sunday round up

As there was no What’s on my wheel Wednesday this week and I have generally been slacking in the ole posting department, I have decided to do a bit of a round up of all the crafty things I have on the go at the moment.

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Talk about posting on the go, hahaha waiting for my cab home. Yes I know, the view is quite something, isn’t it?

So, what did I actually get done in the last few days? Not a lot I tell you.

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I finally finished these two lovelies; however I don’t think I have done a fantastic job plying them on the luet.

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Sorry for the terrible photo

There are a few patches where I have under plied, so I am not too sure if I will run it through once more just to catch those bits.

Now my Tubuĺarity scarf has grown quite a bit over the last two weeks, and that is simply because I am taking the bus to work again 🙂 two more colour changes and it will be finished. I can’t wait, but not looking forward to weaving in all the ends.

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I am sorry, but I am already in bed lol at 8pm! So no time to try and go for arty, pretty shots.
This scarf is going to be super warm, because it’s knitted in the round. I don’t think I will have enough yarn to knit some gloves to go with it, which is a shame. I think I will be needing gloves a lot this winter as my Raynaud’s Syndrome is already kicking off. Need more warm socks too, so best get knitting.

I don’t know what it is, but I have the urge to knit a blanket. I have three massive balls of aran yarn that I need ro use, so I am thinking a tri coloured blanket. I think I might just spend the rest of my evening on Ravelry browsing patterns.

I will let you know if I find something. Alternatively, if you cone across a nice pattern for a blanket in three colours, please let me know 🙂

What’s on my wheel Wednesday

Ha, it’s only 5.47am so somewhere in the world it is still Wednesday! So I am not really late. That’s my theory of it anyway.

So, I am STILL working on the blue mystery fibre, but an end is in sight now.

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I love these colour changes and really want to keep them, so think I might Navajo ply again. The only thing that puts me off there is that it is already quite a thick single and it might turn out more like an aran weight than a DK.

Over the last few years my knitting style has hanged quite a bit. I used to love bigger yarns, because it meant I am done quicker, but now I really enjoy knitting with DK and yarns thinner than that, so I am not too sure if I end up using it.

Oh well, I guess I will find out.

Once I have finished with this blue loveliness

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I am going to spin the Polwarth fleece I bought at the Wool Weekend. At the moment I am all for leaving it natural, I just hope won’t get too bored with it because it’s plain.

How do you cope with knitting, spinning or crocheting long plain colour repeats? I guess semi solids or colourful materials do break it up a little and allow you to see the progress much better. Drop me your tips and tricks in the comments 🙂

Right, I will have another hour sleep I think because it will be a long day again.

Laters peeps!