Off The Shelf...

I try to maintain a blog, it doesn't come easily to me so I'm not that prolific!
Here I am at Off The Shelf - LoobyLou's Blog.

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Yarn Stories

Saturday 4th May 2019

I am asked quite a lot in the shop for a 100% wool baby yarn for extra special garments for extra special babies - and so after a little bit of research I have added some of Yarn Stories 100% Fine Merino DK to the shelves. Not necessarily a baby yarn, but this yarn is so very soft that it can be used for any baby project. Yarn Stories is a kind of spin off from Stylecraft yarns - I am told it is a passion of one of the directors to make high quality yarn from high quality fibres, and I absolutely love this product. Super soft with a lovely smooth feel to it, it glides over the needles…

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Memories from my old shop days...

Sunday 3rd February 2019

This afternoon I have been trying to think of something interesting to write for a new Blog Post and have, as usual got Bloggers Block! So I went through some of my old posts from years ago for inspiration (or, if I'm totally honest for something to copy!). And I found so much stuff that I had forgotten about......pictures from my time owning a different wool shop, making all those buried memories come back to me. Firstly I found a photo of the first shop I owned - look how small it was! How did I ever fit everything into it, let alone customers! I think I remember three customers at once made it look pretty full. I loved that shop,…

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Happy New Year

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all Wow, its been almost six months since I last posted anything! Lots of excuses, but from April onwards, 2018 was an actual event filled whirlwind.... Firstly in April my beautiful 2 year old Granddaughter was diagnosed with a terminal illness called Leukodystrophy, and this diagnosis set the scene for the rest of the year. As a family we decided to move back from Wales to our home area so that all of the families could get to spend time with Zoey and get to know her as much as possible. So Arhosfa House and Arhosfa Cottage were put on the market and we began to search for houses in the Gloucester/South Gloucestershire areas, resulting in…

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Its Cria Time....

Monday 16th July 2018

There are not many words needed for these photos.... My friend and neighbour had a beautiful new arrival on Sunday afternoon - meet Arianwen (Welsh for silver/white), these photos taken at about 18 hours old. So cute, and so fluffy and white......I'll just leave you with her to look and and fall in love with!

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Good advice...

Monday 18th June 2018

When I owned my wool shop, I was always encouraging my customers to come back if they have any problems with their knitting so I can try to help. This happened fairly often - someone came in and 'couldn't do it', had 'lost my place', or simply 'cant understand the pattern', and usually all it took was for me to show them once, or give a simple explanation to get the 'light-bulb' moment where they said.....'oh of course, why couldn't I see that?'. One lady came in who just couldn't get her increase row get the correct number of stitches. She had tried for hours and had unpicked the row many times - in desperation she had trudged up to the…

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Cheesewring wrap

Monday 11th June 2018

I really should take my own advice..... Just a quick blog to show you a wrap I have knitted in Manos del Uruguay Alegria, a beautifully soft 4 ply yarn designed for socks but equally lovely used in other projects. Here is my finished wrap (called the Cheesewring Wrap) in the first photo, which was made with the lovely colourway in the second photo called Ceibo, shade A8686. Beautiful. What you can't see in the photo (because I photographed it from the 'good' side) is the GLARING mistake I made because I did not follow the advice I give to EVERY knitter I speak to and I did not READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!! There are short rows in this pattern, and halfway through…

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A quick catch Up

Monday 14th May 2018

Well, how time flies in between blog posts - my website is telling me its 108 days since my last blog, it really doesn't feel that long! What has been happening since I last posted? Well lots and lots really. I've been poorly, my granddaughter has become very poorly (which is what really has distracted me for most of those 108 days), I quit my job in a well known Supermarket to work at home a little bit more, I've worked a little bit helping out in Debs Wool shop in Llandeilo, we have put our beautiful Welsh Farmhouse on the market and are on the move again, I've sold my Alpacas, gained Sheena and Jimmy (2 new goat escape artists),…

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Pigs and Piglets.....

Wednesday 31st January 2018

When I moved to Wales I never realised just how many new friends I would make and how many new experiences I would be a part of. Yesterday was another new experience on an epic scale (for me anyway!!). I have recently met and become friends with a smallholder who has land that backs on to the farm where I keep the Alpacas. Lorraine recently became mum to four alpacas, and so we have been able to help each other out with handling, worming, advice etc. Lorraine has also just become mummy to three KuneKune pigs. Now I have not really been a fan of these animals - I sometimes help out my neighbours and feed their Berkshire pigs, but…

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Daphne

Monday 23rd October 2017

This is a long one. We have had a bit of a traumatic time with the Alpacas lately, resulting in us losing our wonderful Daphne to heart disease .... One Saturday evening, having been fine all day, Daphne started heavy breathing with flared nostrils. Concerned, I sent a video to Emma (my Alpaca Guru) who thought that she may have been stressed by something, so the opinion was to leave her quiet and warm overnight and see what the morning would bring. Sure enough in the morning Daphne was up and about, fighting for the food, hay and attention as normal. Phew - I was relieved she was ok. But not so. Later that afternoon she started to breathe with difficulty, making…

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My first Etsy Sale - Yikes!

Thursday 6th July 2017

Yesterday I had my first sale on Etsy - a lady in America bought 4 skeins of my hand spun yarn, shown in the photos below. I am so happy that she liked it enough to buy it as I think it's beautiful, but I am so nervous about whether she will like it as much when she actually gets it! The reason I am so nervous is that to me, every skein I hand spin is quite a personal thing - so much goes into it from blending, carding, spinning, skeining, washing, drying, labelling and marketing that I love them all, but I am obviously biased because they are mine! I also know all the little imperfections, which to me…

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