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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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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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A little bit of spinning..

Monday 11th July 2016

I bought some lovely coloured Suri Alpaca/Merino wool tops at one of the shows (don't ask me which one, I buy so much at all of them I forget which ones come from where!) and spotted it on the shelf the other day and decided that it was time it was spun into something lovely. I've never spun with Suri before, but have met a couple of Suri Alpacas and even helped shear them so I was expecting a smooth, silky, slippery fleece to spin but was surprised that it was actually quite sticky and difficult to draft from the clump. Once I'd got the feel of it though I was ok - the actual staple, or length of the fibre…

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Floors, floors and more floors.....

Tuesday 28th June 2016

As you know last year we moved to Wales, to what has now become my favourite place ever - Arhosfa House. (Main photo) Its an old (about 200 years) farmhouse, not huge but big enough, with a cottage attached which we bought from such a lovely family - the house felt used and comfy and I fell in love with it straight away. It wasn't in bad condition at all, not decorated to my taste but that goes with the territory when you move house. So the first room to be done up was the lounge. It was painted in cream which was ok, but had the most awful 'pub style' carpet (sorry Chris and Julie!!) which just had to go.…

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Goats are awesome......

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

I GOT SOME GOATS!! Just what I always wanted, and one of the best 'spends' of my Wool Stop money so far (and I've spent a lot!!) Meet Ivy and Olive, born at the beginning of March they are Nubian x Pygmy and are half sisters. Following the trauma of actually getting them here, they started off really nervous but after a couple of weeks of me taking my knitting down to the goat shed (really) and sitting with them I can now stroke them all over. This morning Ivy even jumped up on me to try to reach her food - you will never know how happy that made me. Why did I not have goats before this??? I love them,…

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Time to Frog........

Saturday 11th June 2016

I joined a blanket club a few months ago, and am enjoying making what is going to be quite a large blanket hundreds of stitches wide. So a few weeks ago, I am happily knitting away and suddenly, about 8 rows down I notice a dropped stitch. WHERE did it come from, and why did I only just notice it?? Out came my crochet hook to try to catch it and save it, and this worked well until I looked on the back of the knitting. The blanket is in Garter Stitch, and I had picked up in stocking stitch. So, I tried again, and this time managed to unravel several more stitches sideways. Aaaaargh! Needless to say, I put…

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My knitting face.....

Wednesday 25th May 2016

i have just realised - and I had to share this with you - that when I am knitting, I actually have a 'knitting face'. And its not attractive! I sort of purse my lips, and occaisionally move them from side to side.....I've been knitting for 37 years and have only just found this out. Why has no-one ever told me that I gurn while I am working?? The main picture is me knitting, and I have been trying to not pull a face while knitting tonight, and have ended up biting my bottom lip, looking a bit like the second picture :-$ Does anyone else have a 'knitting face'??

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Rowan and Regia...

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Yesterday I had a meeting with lovely Stephen from Coats Crafts - I am not sure how many meetings he has in a farmhouse kitchen with dogs trying to get on his lap so I hope he wasn't too put off and will come back again! I had fun anyway..... I wanted to have a look at the Rowan and Regia ranges for the website, and wasn't disappointed. I was pleased to learn that Rowan have had a rethink on their products and have slimmed down their range and also some of the colours, as in the past choosing has been difficult with so much available. It will definitely be easier for me to choose some more Kidsilk Haze now as…

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Mmmmalabrigo Sock yarn

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Just because I had another delivery of this oh so pretty yarn today, it made me want to share it with you......beautiful colours, so soft to touch it has to be one of my absolute favourite yarns to have and to hold. And to knit and to wear... :-) I am wearing my Malabrigo Socks that Gill knitted for me when I left Thornbury, and even though I forgot and put them in with all the other washing, they are my best socks ever so far....warm and cosy, and such a pretty purple colour. I have chosen shade SW005 (shown in the photo) for my next project which I think will be a Hitch Hiker Shawl as I seem to be the…

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LoobyLou Yarns Launch Day......

Thursday 5th May 2016

Going Live... ...as they seem to say in the world of websites! Today see's the launch of my new business venture - LoobyLou yarns. I'm still tempted to open up another bricks and mortar yarn shop over here (I've seen an empty shop I like..) but while we are settling in, I have decided to start an on-line shop. Partly to de-stash a little (I did bring lots with me!) and partly because I really miss selling wool. I've called the business LoobyLou because that's what my lovely Dad used to call me when I was little, so it's just a little reminder to me of him. So while I am setting up, my stock is fairly limited, however I am sure…

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So, I emigrated to Wales.........

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Sold my house, sold my beloved, wonderful wool shop and moved to an old farmhouse in South Wales.What a huge decision after living for 46 of my 51 years in Thornbury. A huge wrench, but also an amazing adventure so far.... We have bought a 200 year old house plus a little cottage literally on the edge of the Brecon Beacons - 5 minutes walk and we are in wonderful fresh mountain air, with views for miles and miles. My poor dogs don't know what's hit them - we are up there, come rain or shine every day. Its so beautiful I feel I NEED to see the mountains every day. A must, an essential for daily living! Amazingly, Bill (my son)…

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