Spinning Rainbows


We have had a very crafty couple of weeks!

I have been catching up with some spinning and sewing and even had a go at whittling some crochet hooks from some found sticks.

Whittled from Holly sticks

Whittled from Holly sticks

Colinette roving, Navajo/chain plied to a DK/worsted weight

Colinette roving, Navajo/chain plied to a DK/worsted weight

For a friend, a 50:50 blend of baby yak and tussah silk 2 ply to a sport(ish) weight

For a friend, a 50:50 blend of baby yak and tussah silk 2 ply to a sport(ish) weight

On the wheel. Rainbow dyed roving from Hilltop Cloud on etsy, a blend of 70%BFL 30%silk

On the wheel. Rainbow dyed roving from Hilltop Cloud on etsy, a blend of 70%BFL 30%silk

I have to say, the baby yak and silk blend (white) was amazing to work with. It was almost like spinning with angora – very very fine, soft and flyaway. The silk helped to hold it all together though! I was fool enough not to wear an apron however; something I would urge anyone trying out a similar blend to do. Along with a cover for your coffee, glasses to avoid hairs in the eyes and a peg for your nose so you don’t breathe it in! But do try it if you get the chance!

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This winter has been very cruel to the local trees. There is barely one that hasn’t lost the odd branch or two, nevermind those which have suffered fatally. Several of my favorite trees have had an enormous amount of damage, great limbs having been ripped off either by the weight of the snow or strong winds we have had over the last few days.

I get a little emotional seeing the damage to be honest but keep reminding myself it is natures way of clearing out room for new life.

On a woolier note, the children and I happened upon these lovely lambs the other day. Does anyone know what breed they are?

Mummy and her babies

Mummy and her babies

sh 044#

sh 018#

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About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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2 Responses to Spinning Rainbows

  1. lottieknits says:

    The ewes look like Jacob sheep, but the lambs look really different! Still really cute though 🙂

    Your handspun yarn is gorgeous! I envy your skills 😉

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