Monday, 20 December 2010
The house over the road has a collection of extremely deadly looking icicles. I havent seen them this big for years. The longest are about 4feet long.
OK fo some reason bloogers has gone a bit mad. If I try and delete or change something its making the change elsewhere in the post... so Im leaving it here. xx
Sunday, 19 December 2010
This cobweb scarf & flower pin are a present for a friend who is turning 40 on Christmas day. Blue turquoise for the December baby :) even if its just a splash of the colour rather than gemstones. Hope she likes it...
This yarn is spun on my drop spindle from the left over bits of batts made on my new drumcarder.. the batts I used for my shawls and scarves. I randomly used a bit of this batt, then a bit of another & so on - then plied it with itself to get this totally random & (I think) pretty yarn. I had an email from Paul at Classic Carders a couple of days ago, saying that he is developing a detachable burnishing brush for the Jumbo Carder... needless to say I'm very excited & cant wait to try this out - I think its will help a lot when blending fine fibres.
When cleaning fibre off the drums, I just couldnt bring myself to throw it away, it seemed such a waste. So, I kept putting it to the side till I had a big fluff bunny family looking at me - I knew I'd better do something with them at that point before my lovely hubby threw them away. Out came the drop spindle again & now I have 2 small, slightly shabby looking skeins. I may use these in my felt...or crochet them... I'm sure I'll find a use. Waste not want not hey.. What do you do with your fluff bunnies?
Gary & Matthew spent about 5 hours out digging the snow off the road today. After clearing the road they built a MASSIVE snowman, He's the most primitive snowman imaginable 'cos the snow is just too powdery to hold together well - but he is about 9feet tall!
We have just had a stunning sunset through the snow covered trees - but I have no batteries in my camera to share it with you! We get some amazing sunrise & sunsets around winter solstice.
Amber & Jesse are having a wonderful time playing in the white stuff! Jess lies down & tries to eat it all, Amber charges through like a little snowplough and then makes doggy snowangels :)
I have heard that we are due more snow on Thursday... Maybe a white Christmas this year?
Well, I'm off to do some baking xxx
p.s. spacing is going crazy on this post...sorry
Friday, 17 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
I have four bottles of perfume / spritzer. Three are for Christmas pressies, but one is mine. Im wearing 'Amazing' - and it really does smell amazing - very fresh and herby. It lasts all day too! The lavender & hemp handcream is wonderful... this felters hands are extremely grateful. The big bar of soap at the front is called Cinnamon Cake.. it smells absolutely delicious - I have it in the downstairs loo & the scent of sweet cinnamon is a real treat, lovely and soft on the hands too. The lip balms are for the kids Christmas stockings, and I brought some other bits for pressies too, which I cant post about at the moment in case I spoil any suprises.
For any of you who, like me, think that NATURAL products are best - check out Lorraines blog & show her some love :)
I have just finished crocheting our nieces Christmas pressies - they both get hats & brooches this year. The girls are both in their early teens; the older is getting a very chic tam & felted flower brooch, the younger a flowered cloche with crochet flower brooch to match. Im developing a distinctly Mrs Weasley-ish tendancy toward crocheted Christmas presents (I can knit but its too slow for me - you know Im impatient) I`m half tempted to send them a box of home made mincepies too (as Mrs W does) knowing my luck a hungry sniffer dog would pick the parcel out & it'd get opened up to look for drugs - or blown up or something :) I've still got quite a bit left to make for other people... but theirs is the only one I need to post, which relieves the pressure a little.
Oh, on a slightly felty note... my December issue of Felt Matters arrived today! This is the International Feltmakers Association quarterly magazine - looks yummy. Im saving it for a couple for a couple of quiet hours where I can curl up somewhere nice 'n' warm (preferably with hot chocolate), so I can really enjoy it
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The lampwork beads used for the pins are handmade by BlueBoxStudio
This green one is a Christmas pressy for someone who doesnt (to my knowledge!) read my blog...
And of course theres the purple one that I showed you yesterday...
I dont know whats the matter with me lately but I want to keep EVERYthing! Its really bad. I sat there at the fayre looking around at all the pretty colours and textures and I just wanted to take `em all home and put them on the walls or something... maybe Im entering a new stage of this fibre addiction... hoarding my goodies. Ah well, I suppose the answer is make 2 of everything, one to go & one to stay. Unfrtunately Id get bored with that! I find it impossible, to make any 2 things identical - there are just so many possibilities - why do the exact same thing twice?!
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Drum Carder ...
I wanted a carder that was going to give me BIG BATTS. But here in the UK I could not find anything suitable... everything over here yeilded the same sized batt 8"x22"to23"... now for spinning this would be fine but for felting it just wasnt what I wanted. SO, what followed was an awful lot of research on the internet finding BIG drum carders that are available in the US (they have some beauties!). Then figuring out what they would cost with import tax & delivery etc. Result... as you can guess, waaay too expensive for me!
I dont really know what made me do it, but instead of just plumping for a standard sized carder I phoned one of our UK makers; Classic Carders run by Paul & Mandy Brittan - a husband & wife team in Shropshire, UK. I wanted to ask them whether they would be able to make a bigger carder. AMAZINGLY, Paul had just the day before finished his prototype Jumbo Carder. I ordered one on the spot & Paul made me a beautiful carder from solid Ash. I was able to collect it in person as Mandy & Paul are just a 50 minute drive away.
This is the 1st Jumbo Carder that they have sold & Im putting it through its paces :) Its a learning curve for me... as you know Ive never had a drum carder before. I reeeally enjoy using it! Ive read & watched loads of tutorials on the internet which has helped loads.
So far I am only blending merino & other fine fibres. Though the drum is the standard 8" width, when the batts come off the are about 10" wide, by 33" long. With the fine fibres Im getting batts of approx 50g to 60g. I dont think that I can squash them on anymore... but Im going to have a try. Mandy says the batts should be 100g+... Im not sure if thats because she was using heavier wool, think it was an English fleece.
SO, time for some eyecandy :)
Im playing with lots of pretty colours...
Silk fibres & firestar...
Showing the 2 ends together (just realised you cant tell theres 2 pieces, I dont want you thinking its so hefty as it would be if was that wide lol :)
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
The fayre was in the great hall of Hartlebury Castle (the Bishop of Worcesters home). I wish I'd taken a photo of the beamed ceiling - its absolutely gorgeous! The hall also has a fabulous flagg stone floor... after spending 2 days on which, I now have the worst case of chillblanes I've ever had - despite the fact that I had my sheepskin Ugg boots on! :(
You cant see them very well in the photo, but 3 of those shawls are made from my batts done on my new drum carder... I PROMISE to post about the carder & what I've done with it really really soon.
Stay well & warm