Monday, 1 November 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
I really liked them, as did their recipient ( I am glad to say!) As I really enjoyed the process of designing the yarn with the finished item in mind, I thought I would try some more, but wanted to create a more random effect. So I choose my colours: Yellow, green, lilac and deep purple. Tore the fleece into small sections and began to spin the colours randomly. However it is quite hard not to start making a pattern, so that is my point in today's blog - being random on purpose is really quite hard!
Have a good weekend. x
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
I duely ordered the first copy and a couple of days later it arrived. Well what can I say - an itelligent interesting magazine, full of articles related to yarn making ( no surprise there really!).
A cup of tea and a couple of hours uninterupted biscuit eating later, I can report that the magazine is really worth while. There are inspirational articles about spinners and weavers, informative sections on drop spindle spinning and how to get free fleece through freecycle. There is a nice pattern for a small shawl or mat made with handspun yarn and some mouthwatering pictures of drop spindles. Instuctions for growing and dying with japanese indigo and a round up of events to come.
Suffice to say - I will be subscribing! link: www.yarnmaker.co.uk
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Monday, 9 August 2010
One of things that I love about crafting is the people that you meet. I went yesterday to collect a Southdown Fleece from Marion in Farnborough. She was absolutely lovely and full of enthusiasm for spinning and knitting. She has invited me to go back in April to do some spinning when she takes part in 'Open Gardens', which would be absolutely lovely. In the meantime though I am going to teach her and her daughter Anna to spin, so they can spin their own lovely fleeces.
I have started dying the white Jacob fleece. While walking the dog, I found lots of Common Ragwort, so I picked a big bunch and simmered the flowers.......
Thursday, 29 July 2010
I now have some white and other various colours, so will try and create some rainbow yarn. Either nice and chunky single ply, with plenty of slubs or maybe some three ply smoother yarn. We will see!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
June's PubCraft night went down a storm, much chatting was done and fun was had. I brought the 'Joy'! for it's first outing to a public house - I am sure it won't be the last.
I am however aching from head to foot - not because of the PubCraft night, but due to sheep shearing in Haslemere on Sunday. Weather was lovely, which was nice, but I am really not fit enough to shear. Next year I will definately need to go into training before hand. We had the help of a great ( and very patient shearer Susie) and it went much more smoothly than last year. I now have 4 fleeces to wash, card and spin, so will definately be keeping out of trouble. New Hammervale wool should be for sale soon!
Well battery on work laptop running dangerously low, so I will sign off for now.
keep on crafting. Polly x
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Spins like a dream and I am unreasonably excited. So I spun up the last of the dyed roving and the rest of the silk.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
We have finally had some sunshine and things are growing again. I have lots of seeds on the windowsills and have been tentatively been doing some planting on the allotment. Can this be described as outdoor crafting? After all it takes (some) skill, patience and hard work to grow food to put on the table.
I have knitted Penny a jumper with Sirdar Nomad, I don't normally like to knit with a boucle yarn, but it did knit up quickly and looks nice.
(picture to come when camera has stopped playing up!)
I have also finished spinning the silk from the Ally Pally show way back when. I am going to navajo ply it later today. The Pin Money Craft C0-operative are having a craft fair at Hatton locks tomorrow and I am taking the wheel to do a spinning demonstration. I wanted to spin up the bits of Jacob from last year that I died to see what they look like. Also wanting to get all of lasts years fleece used up before new supplies arrive early next month.
Am currently knitting a jumper for my Aunt Jo-Jo in gorgeous Sublime yarn. It is a cashmere merino and silk mix and is very soft and yummy. Nearly finished the back so getting there!
Seems cold again today, so I am looking forward to lighting the fire and getting the spinning wheel going!
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Other news this week is that we are exhibiting in the library from Saturday for the rest of March and April. There will be samples of our work and also information about forthcoming workshops and events.
AND our website is now up and running, so go and have a look at www.pinmoneycrafts.co.uk. and remember us when you have presents to buy. There are some things in the shop, but more will be on added shortly.
No pictures this time, but I will take my camera to the peglooming workshop on Saturday, so check back next week for some pictures of what I am sure will be a great event.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
If you would like to learn to knit socks, but missed our workshop this time, keep an eye on the workshop link on the right for future dates.
The other very exciting news is that we have set a date for our first PubCraft Night: 1st March 7.30pm at the Red Lion pub in Brackley. All are welcome, please bring a small crafting project along and prepare to make new crafting friends.
Workshop booking are coming in at a steady trickle, so if there is something that you fancy coming along to, please download a booking form and send it to me to confirm your place.
That's it for now folks. X
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
I have had a fab weekend at my sister's in Bristol. We decided to get together and have a crafting day.
My sister's friend Liz brought her spinning wheel as she wanted a few hints and tips on how to improve her spinning and we had a wonderful time playing with wool. We discovered that her wheel has an integral 'Lazy Kate' - how exciting!!
As you can see from the pictures; collectively we knitted, crocheted, peg loomed, spun and sewed, as well as ate cake, drank tea and consumed a fair amount of chocolate. We finished the day with a japanese take-away. Perfect!
Monday, 18 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
We had a very busy run up to Christmas and met so many lovely people in the process. We were at Magdalen School Christmas Fair, which was buzzing with Christmas shoppers. It was our first time there, but I think it will be an annual event in our diary. I for one did most of my Christmas shopping there, as there were so many lovely stalls.! If you didn't go - look out for it next year.
We were also at the Brackley Craft Fair in the town hall, which was unusually busy and we meet many crafty folk of Brackley. The time there flew with chatting to people and enjoying the vibe, but I think the highlight of December was the Victorian Christmas Fair in the Courtyard. We set up in the snow and frost, but the sun shone and lots of people came for a chat and to see all the great things going on. We stayed there until about 4pm, when the sun dipped below the buildings and it started really getting cold. It was such a lovely day and a real demonstration of what a great community Brackley is becoming.
Well, enough of looking back and lets look forward to an exciting 2010. We have already got three workshops organised and we are having our first crafty get together tonight at Rachael's house on Hill Street.
The workshops are as follows:
Knit your own socks: 6 Feb/27 Feb/ 13 Feb, 3-5 pm, £3, The Courtyard Coffee House, Brackley
Learn to Pegloom: 6 Mar, 2-4 pm, £5, St Peter's Church Hall, Brackley
Easter Family Crafts: 27th Mar , 2-4pm, £5, St Peter's Church Hall, Brackley
For further details please see the links under our new 'Pin Money Workshops' section. If you would like to come to a workshop, please download a booking form and send it back to me with payment. If you are able please feel free to print out a poster and display it, and/or give a leaflet to your neighbour or friend. Word of mouth is really powerful!
I hope to see you at one of our events in the near future. Please do keep checking back to the blog, where I will be posting information about all our events and where to find us next.
Keep on crafting! X