Crafty Cocktail

Emily's the knitter, Clare's the spinner, and we both like cocktails!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Triskelion British Yarn club - 1st delivery!

So arrival of mystery package - I realise it says Triskelion on it - hurray! It must be the first yarn from the club. I tear the package open to find - a yarn named Afron Hafren (or the River Severn).  A meaningful name for me - grew up in Bristol (near the Severn estuary) and holidays in Powys all my life near Pumlumon (Plynlimon in English) where the Severn has it's source. 

As you see it's a beautiful gleaming tonally dyed green/blue, 235m in 100g British Wensleydale. Probably a bit greener than this suggests, it's hand is drapey but with some tooth. Can't wait to knit with it!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

finished in the lull no 1 - Viajante

This used a wonderful yarn from Yarn Pony (Mica who now makes festivals in Edinburgh instead) bought at Kathy's Knits. I live this scarf/shawl/cowl, it would be my desert island knitted thing if I could only take one.  Particularly good partnered, as here, by gin and Shakespeare in Stratford!

Knit Nottingham Opens new shop - newsflash!

Eleanor has moved her shop - it's now much bigger and even more fabulous! I was lucky enough to go to a pre-opening party on Thursday 31st March - it looks fabulous! So many people helped, but mainly this comes out of Eleanor's fertile imagination and HARD WORK for the last 5 years. I am well impressed. 

New address is  9, Trinity Walk,  NG1 2AN

Eleanor's Vlog!!!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

5 years later...

...and I've decided to get back on here. We'll see how it goes!

I think it was 2011 when I last posted, so I have lived a fair bit since then, also knitted quite a lot, worked more than I intended and now started a little desultory sewing (thanks to Liz). 

I think it would help me to post a bit about my general making of stuff - perhaps there might be more finishing? I don't in fact ever feel guilty about having lots of things on the go at any time, or things around for years - this is something i do for fun, not work. However, sometime is don't finish things I'd like to be wearing! 

I'd like somewhere to talk about things I see and love too - and I shall start there, having just come back from a wonderful holiday in Norway, where I was particularly smitten by the RĂ„dhus in Oslo. 

So - some pictures:

Friday, 29 July 2011

Batts and Fibre

So last weekend we had a family outing to Fibre East - Shelley, Emily and me went early and did a Batt course with Jill, then Sue, Pat, Nanny, her friend and Alice all joined us to wander around, watch sheep being sheared and buy stuff!
The batt workshop was great, getting ideas about colour, blending fibres, making batts on a theme and accidentally putting a deposit on a drum carder!?
Then we wandered around and bought lots of fibre, most of it for me to spin for Emily, but some from picperfic for me to spin for me!
Here are some pictures of the batts and the finished sample skeins - I guess my first art yarn!
Bad Day on the Motorway (complete with cars!)
bad day on the motorway 2bad day on the motorwaybad day on the motorway 4bad day on the motorway 3
Walk in the woods - think winter time
walk in the woods 5walk in the woods progresswalk in the woods  2walk in the woods 4
Then some lovely dyed fibre from Picperic - whose stuff I used for GTs shawl during the spintelligence course;
Twinkle - 70% superwash merino and 30% trilobal nylon - for Emily, two skeins
twinkle picperfic 2twinkle picperfic
Susie - 75% organic merino, 25% mulberry silk - 3 skeins, probably for me
susie picperfic

I will do another post soon to show all the natural, undyed stuff we also bought, including some fleece that needs washing and scouring - looks like I am getting a stash fit for a busy winter!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Spinning update

So its been ages since I posted last and I have been spinning lots, but just keep forgetting to keep things updated - so here is a quick whistle stop tour of what I have been doing recently.

On herbie;
"Evening Lights" world of wool merino and silk blend bumble bee, and charcoal merino.
513 metres, 215 grams, 16 wpi, (largest on small whorl)
green & blacksgreen & blacks 3green & blacks 2
"Midnight Blue" world of wool merino blend and plain black. 153 metres, 165 grams, 10 wpi, (smallest on large whorl)
black & blueblack & blue 2
"Shetland Greens" 100% shetland from knit studio newcastle, maker sue's crafts for enthusiasts. 171 metres, 100 grams, 14 wpi. (largest on small whorl) fractal spun.
shetland green yarnshetland greens

On spindles;
"charcoal gleams" wool and nylon mix for socks. singles spun on spindle, plied on ashford. 267 metres, 101 grams, 17 wpi
nylon and wool 2 plynylon and wool 2
"Seaside pebbles" Some single colour merino I carded and spindle spun a while ago, 95 grams, 13 wpi
carded mixcarded mix 2

Current WIP;
mini trindle, aiming for lace weight 2 ply, 20 grams sample of BFL in gothic colourway from Freyalyn's Fibres.
mini trindlemini trindle 2

Soon to come will be the Tour de Fleece, where I am competing for the spinnotts team, and the aim is to spin everyday of the tour, with challenges on specific days.

As a leaving picture - here is my current spindle family, including the new steampunk spindle from Knit in Nottingham, made by and my two trindles from trindleman on etsy - but the mini trindle is not in the family shot!
spindle familyspindle family again

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Spun loveliness blocking

So pleased with this! I've weighed what's left - have 35, so presumably I used 65g in the shawl (but it's wet and blocking, so can't weigh it now).

maia blocking

See the lovely texture!
maia texture

maia texture detailmaia lace and texture detailmaia stitch detail

See the lace!
maia lace detail

maia wingmaia edge detail

I'm really pleased with it, and think that GT will love it. Enough left for me to make a little cowl for me...