OMG what a weekend!!!


woolfish

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

Saturday stands out as one of the best days of the year so far.

A morning filled with the Woolfish Wool Festival at St Abbs where I met Natalie from the Yarn Yard, the Bordertart and many other s that I’ve only ever heard of or spoke to through Ravelry.

After I bought the cutest little felted Alpaca from Cairndinnis Alpacas and a Diddy Niddy Noddy we left and headed north to The Haddington Spinners Open Day.

I’ve never seen so many spinning wheels in one room before, the most I’ve ever seen is erm…? one…! mine! lol 😀 ScottishFibres were there with their stall and I wanted to buy the new Ashford book of Dyeing plus they had another diddy niddy noddy which I wanted to buy but I didn’t have enough pennies on me so I’ll have to be patient til the next time I see them.

All in all it was a fibery, yarnish, tactile, squooshy, amazing Saturday that will tide me over til WoolFest in June…. I’m counting the days and keeping my eyes and ears open for other opportunities to get my fibre fix.

Next on the calendar… the Edinburgh Spinners Guild met on the 21st May 😀

Booga Bag KAL


sunset colours for GM KAL

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

This is the wool I’ve bought for my first ever Knit A Long (KAL) It’s called Icelandic Lopi Roving, it’s an unspun yarn perfect for Felting and it’s loads of fun to work with. The Pattern for the KAL is the Booga Bag, a FREE pattern by Black Sheep Bags.

The KAL has been organised on GoddessMums by WoolyWumpkins and there are about 6 or 7 of us who are taking part. This is my first KAL and I’m so excited, I can’t wait to cast on.

I’m hoping to be able to create a slow blend of the colours all the way up the bag, I’ll be working it double stranded so I’m hoping to work x amount of rows in the rust (the dark one) then x amount of rows in Rust and Yellow then x rows in just yellow then in yellow and white then just white, I’m hoping for a smooth transition effect after it’s felted.. we’ll see how it goes 🙂

BagLove


Handspun CPB bag

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

This is what my First Handspun on Halona, my Ashford Traveller became.

The pattern is called BagLove and it’s perfect for holding a full centre pull ball in so it doesn’t get tangled at the bottom of your project bag. The pattern is really easy, great for a beginner like me and brill coz it knits up into no time ( about 3 nights in my case but I’m a really slow knitter) and you get something really useful at the end of all your hard work.

I love mine and I love that it’s made with my own handspun.

This spinning and knitting thing is more addictive than I could have ever have believed! I’m sooooo inl ove with my little bag coz I spun, knit and now I can use it and I did all myself.

WOOHOO!

Tribble Trouble


First Tribble with First Yarn

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

This is what I made with my First Yarn – It’s a Tribble – a knitting pattern inspired by some fluffy round thing in a sci-fi movie. The pattern called for cotton so at least you’d be able to wash the dishes with it. But what I wanted this pattern for was because it used a tiny yardage and meant that the 48 yards I’d spun would be enough to complete it 🙂

So here it is, my 48 yards of handspun is now a Tribble that if I tried to wash the dishes would decrease 50% in size and therefore become even less useful 😦

I love it though, it’s my first handspun project and I think it’s a work of art!

All Spun Out!


SpinningWheel

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

Look at my pretty Spinning Wheel that I got for the bargain, knock down price of…… only £25!

My Darling Luffly Husband is always on Gumtree see if there are any bargains to be had, he’s after anything from computer games to campervans and the latest find… land in the highlands (Me thinks I better start knitting thicker Jumpers 🙂 )

It was on one of his many trawls through Gumtree that he saw my soon to be new Spinning Wheel. I’d wanted one but the price was a bit off putting. I’m well known for spending loads on something (e.g. Lateral Thigh Trainer) and lasting a week at it then never using it again. I’d been looking at drop spindles but hadn’t gotten one as i just knew somehow that wouldn’t be the same, lol, a touch of Fiber Snobbery never hurt anyone, right?

So anyway, It needed a bit of work as the person selling it had never used it and it was a dry as a dinosaur bone. I gave it a new drive band of green twine (all I had at the time, but it’s doing the job) I also had to squeeze about half a tin of oil into it to get it go round smoothly, I’m still having to heavily oil it every time i getit out so as not to pull a hamstring while treadling lol. So Far I’ve had fun with yarn barf, shabby singles and now I’m on the slow path to something that is starting to look a tad like it might ply up into something knittable…. watch this space!

Centre-pull ball


Centre-pull ball

Originally uploaded by BobbinD

Ooooh how I love eBay.

I got a hardly used Knitmaster Wool Winder for a Bargain and I it arrived in about 36 hours which was sooooo fabby!.

I’ve been winding various bits and bobs of wool with it and I’m so impressed! Little balls of perfectness each one of them and no more wool getting tangled and dirty on the floor. WOOHOO!

All I need now is to save up and get me a Swift to go with my ball winder and I can start buying some of all that pretty yarn I see on ebay all the time that comes in the funny twisty hanks.

All In a Ravel

Ravelry.com

Hiya, I ain’t been blogging in a while coz I got all caught up at Ravelry.com

For anybody who doesn’t already know, Raverly is a knitting and crochet community for all the lovely crochet and knitters out there looking to chat with and be inspired by other crochet and Knitters.

When you sign up first they send you an invite to your email address and then when you answer the invite you get to enter the world of everything that is Raverly.

My Username is BobbinD look me up when you get there 🙂 Have fun, Hope to see you there soon.