Off The Shelf...

I try to maintain a blog, it doesn't come easily to me so I'm not that prolific!
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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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Debs Wool Shop and Llandeilo

Monday 3rd July 2017

When I moved to Wales, one of my first priorities was to find a good wool shop that was close by. Not that I need to buy more wool as a) I have massive stash and b) I have accounts with most of my favourite suppliers so I can get wool when ever I want it - but I wanted to see if I could find a wool shop that was much like the one I left behind. I think I had created a shop where people felt comfortable wandering about, could pop in for a chat and a cuppa and one where people wanted to go back to again because they liked it a lot. So I went to one…

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West Yorkshire Spinners

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Just thought I'd post a little bit about my favourite yarn company, West Yorkshire Spinners. When I opened my wool shop back in 2012, I found this company and began to stock their products. Back then there was only a handful of yarns to choose from, but I loved their Bluefaced Leicester Roving and the Aire Valley Fusions Aran and always kept some on the shelf. Since then, WYS has gone from strength to strength and now produce a much wider range of yarns (I'm sure we are all aware of and have probably knitted with their fantastic Signature 4 ply). Everything is produced in their own factory in Yorkshire, with fibre sourced mainly from the UK - a huge plus…

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From Shearing to Shawl...

Monday 19th June 2017

Last year, I became the proud owner of three Alpacas and before I brought them home, I helped out with their shearing at Bird Farm Alpacas. I had great fun getting hands on with them, and to top it all I came away with their fleeces to process. I started with Daphne's fleece, and when I began to sort it, I found a fair amount of a lovely peachy beige fleece amongst the white - when she came to live with me I realised she had a golden patch on her back which had given me this lovely colour. So I picked it out and processed it separately, and ended up with a lovely big batt of honey coloured soft fluffy…

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