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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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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Handspun yarns

Monday 27th March 2017

I've been spinning quite a bit lately, and the more I spin the more I love doing it. Its so rhythmic and gentle that you can't help relax and enjoy it. I can even watch a little bit of TV now, once I've got used to the feel of the fibre and how its spinning up. I just thought I'd share with you some of my latest creations. Probably two years ago I went to a show and bought a bag full of odds and ends of Merino - I had no idea what was inside the sealed bag but it was going fairly cheap and I couldn't leave it there. Since then it has sat on a shelf in…

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A new home for the fluffy ones...

Friday 10th March 2017

So my Alpacas came to live with me last August, in my own little field at the back of the house which was just amazing to be able to go down the path and be there with them. I really was living my dream! Unfortunately, the water board dug up the road in front of us and this seems to have changed the water drainage from the mountain and now my little piece of heaven is a flooded muddy brown slippery mess that is not capable of sustaining any sort of livestock on it. I had to move the Alpacas pretty quickly as I was concerned about them slipping and hurting themselves and so managed to get a field just…

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I've been spinning...

Monday 6th March 2017

At last things are beginning to settle down and I have found some time to spin. I've had a lovely stash of fibre just waiting for ages to be made into yarn, so I have been totally in my element making a dent in it - I'm about a quarter of the way through and am determined to get it all done before we get some dry weather, as then I will be making a start on my alpaca fleeces, and once I start on them I doubt I will have time for anything else for a while. I have decided through my choice of fibres to spin that I have quite a colourful taste - although a lot of them don't…

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Some Spinning....finally!

Thursday 23rd February 2017

At last I have found some time to sit down and concentrate on some spinning. Its only when I actually get some serious spinning time in that I realise just how much I miss it when I'm not doing it! I had a beautiful batt of peacock blue fibre mixed with black, purple and sparkly that I have been looking at longingly since I bought it - and when I started spinning it I was delighted with the effect I was seeing on my bobbin. Sometimes you lose a lot of the vibrancy of the colours, but this one was spinning up beautifully. The finished item is just lovely. I don't profess to be an expert spinner and my yarns are…

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Autumn the Alpaca

Friday 17th February 2017

This is Autumn, my Alpaca. Autumn and Daphne came me to live with me last August from Bird Farm Alpacas in Lampeter. I have known Emma and Rodney for some time and when I moved to Wales, only an hour from where they live I visited regularly and decided I wanted some Alpacas of my own. After lots of thought, meeting and greeting and discussions with Emma, I chose these two ladies. Autumn has a skin condition where she loses hair on her ears, legs, nose and eyes and despite years of tests, treatment, trials and medicines by Emma she still had bald ears and puffy eyelids and a bald spot on her nose (see photos below - you can…

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A bit late to the party.........Merry February!!

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Happy New Year!! Yes I know its February, but I am struggling to work out just where January went to! it seems to me that time flies by faster and faster......not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it does mean its 98 days since I last blogged so it is about time I did. Since my last blog, Christmas has been and gone - all the children and their partners were here as well as my Cousin, his wife and two babies so we had a really busy but lovely time. Being here in Wales with all the visitors plus I was quite poorly for most of it with sinusitis, meant I didn't make it back to Thornbury…

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The Alpacas

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Hi there, its been a while since I last wrote anything - life seems so very hectic right now, with not much time for anything, well anything except spending time with Autumn, Daphne and little Gus! I have never owned 'big' farm type animals before and was a little apprehensive about it - when I was visiting them on the farm with Emma, I was, I have to admit, even a little scared of them. But now, after spending lots of time with them I have fallen totally in love with these weird, wonderful beautiful creatures. There's nothing about them I don't like - they even smell nice (honestly, they really do!). Every morning I think about having a lie in…

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