Wednesday, 31 October 2007


Today we had along walk. The weather wasn't brilliant but the walk was. We went down by the River Ribble and round by an old railway path .Meg , our Border Collie loves this walk. The trees looked gorgeous all different colours. Who needs New England our Autumn { Fall} is as good as there's .
Tonight I am going to spin more of my Fruit Salad , it's coming along grand. And as tonight is Wednesday it's Joe Costin night. We don't watch tele, instead we listen to the wireless , sorry , Radio. Showing my age there. Talking of age ,Joe Costin is reputed to be the oldest man in Cumbria but he plays great music . Tonight it's seventies chart hits and tomorrow it's all Sixties . No pics tonight Blogger's having probs uploading. I was going to put Meg on.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Dyeing Fibre

I am so pleased with myself. I've managed to dye fibre for the first time. I bought a kilo of Blue Faced Leicester tops at Woolfest earlier this year . I've used some ,whilst I was honing my spinning skills but there was loads left. I saw an article in Spring Spin Off mag about dyeing tops and decided to have a go . This is the result.

I've photographed the tops in my fruit bowl because I used Kool Aid to dye it . I used Grape , Strawberry , Mango and Blue Rasberry . Quite bright isn't it. I've called it Friut Salad . Not very original but it will do for now.

This is what it looks like undrafted and drafted. It went quite pastel and translucent.

This the first bit of spinning . The colours have darkened again but not as dark as the tops . I'm trying to spin a fine enough yarn to make socks . Which should brighten up the Winter days.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Socks and Stuff

Yesterday was another good day at the Fair . It was so good being with real Crafters instead of a room full of bought in stuff. I had a good knit and produced a pair of socks using my own hand dyed yarn .I was very pleased with the result. Here are pics of start to finish.

Plain yarn before Dyeing

Dyed yarn

Pair of Socks.
I love the colours and they will be worn this winter with my sandals. I don't wear shoes my feet get claustraphobia. It's been great since I started knitting socks my feet are warm but free.
Today I have dyed some Blue Faced Leicester fibre . It's the first time I've done it so who knows what it will be like . At the moment it's cooling . Watch this space.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Craft Fair

Well I was amazed today .What I thought was going to be non-event turned out to be GREAT!!!
Small church hall ,fifteen stalls , not a lot of punters but they all spent. What a change after such a bad year. Plus it was only five miles down the road. No crack of dawn get up.
Got on with some sock and mitt knitting . I've learnt how to cast on Channel Island method and it's great for the tops of socks . It makes them all elasticy round the tops. Hope to take some pics tommorrow.

Friday, 26 October 2007


Not doing to bad with this setting up business. Managing to sort out my profile . Keep adding bits and tweaking. Work tomorrow . Two day Fair hope it's O.K. Got loads of stuff ready . At the moment I'm up here in the Attic workroom.

I'd rather be here in Mungrisdale.

A well must get on got to knit a mitt before tommorrow morning.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Blunder Round Blogger

25th Oct 2007
Do I really know what I'm doing????? This is a try out to see what happens.