Sunday, 9 June 2013

International Knit in Public Day

We enjoyed Knit in Public Day yesterday at Cedar Farm, Mawdesley, Lancashire.  The day was incredibly hot so the knitters were truly hardcore.  I was joined by Stacey who came to spin and we moved around throughout the day depending on where the heat was perfect.

We joined Tamzin and Ruth to knit sections of a scarf which was raffled off at the end of the day, the money going towards two charities, Queenscourt Hospice and SKCV (Street Kids Community Village, India)

Stacey with the first of her three skeins

It was a wonderful good natured day with all, from young to old(er) joining in.  Knitters are good natured people and I enjoyed my day with Stacey who is a knitter but who came to spin (and was a natural).

Today, (Sunday) I headed over to Burscough Wharf where Colin and Carole Wareing from The Wool Boat were hosting an event.  The weather was stunning yet again and as only mad dogs and knitters would go out in the noon day sun, well, here were some of Lancashire's best.

The Wool Boat are now stocking some of my yarn and fibres, so if you see them on the Leeds Liverpool canal, be sure to pop in and say hello to them.  They post regularly on ravelry or facebook where they'll be, click on the link to like their page.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Over the past few years, we've moved house quite a bit.   We lived here for a while

and then we lived here

and now we in Parbold.  We love it here.  It's in the secret beautiful countryside of Lancashire, halfway up Parbold Hill, it's gorgeous.

The main difference with regards to spinning is that this house has a halogen cooker.  It's thrown me a little, I can tell you because the way it heats the fibre is so different from anything I've been used to.  And because of that, I have slightly felted quite a bit of merino fibre, I can tell you.

The upside of this is that I'm keeping it for myself to spin, which as I've said on many a blog, I really want to do with all the fibre I spin because a) I love it and b) I want to spin all the fibre I dye.

So this little lot I chose to keep for myself and spin which I was at the Medeival Fair in Ormskirk last week.  I spun it thinly so I didn't have to think too much about wpi and if any children came along they could have a go at treadling the wheel and I could spin without too much worry.

I inteneded to keep it for myself in any case and so I've kept it as a single for experimenting.  I'm really looking forward to finding a project that will suit it, any suggestions would be gratefully recieved.

I think I've mastered the old cooker now, but until I completely do, I'll be keeping all merino fibre to myself!