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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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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Happy Housiversary.....

Thursday 22nd September 2016

One year ago today we left the keys to our house in Thornbury with the Estate Agents, got in our car and drove to our new life in Wales.....one year!! I can't believe how much has happened in that year, nor how quickly it has flown by. In that yearBill, Kay and the babies also moved to live in the CottagePhil started a great new jobPhil left the great new job which wasn't so greatWe built a craft room/officeWe put a new Kitchen in the cottageWe found a lovely oak parquet floor in the front roomWe found and restored a beautiful Quarry tile floor in the kitchenKay got a jobI started LoobyLou Yarns, my new businessI also got a job!I…

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A little hospital induced blog break!

Monday 22nd August 2016

I haven't been around much for the past few weeks, following a short stay in Hospital following some surgery. My Consultant Surgeon totally fooled me into thinking I was having a really minor little procedure and so I thought I'd be up and about in no time, but it was the anaesthetist who came to see me an hour before surgery who actually revealed the extent of what was going to happen.....as I was already in my hospital gown and stockings, had no knickers on and had an IV line in I guessed it was too late to back out by then, and off I toddled to the operating theatre. I was having some bowel surgery (Ventral Mesh Rectopexy if…

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My Rant About Chickens.....

Thursday 21st July 2016

One day I will post a blog about wool, but for now there's too much to say about chickens! So I got my 6 rescue Warrens in May - rescued from a 'free range' farm somewhere in the UK. You all need to know that if you buy 'Free Range' Eggs from most of the supermarkets they aren't everything they seem to be. These chickens were from a 'Happy Eggs' Farm, 72 weeks old and chucked out for slaughter because they 'may not' lay an egg every day. The farm where they lived was classed as Free Range, however this was not exactly the case. 5,000 -15,000 chickens in a barn with 'access' to an outside run (if they can manage…

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