Thursday, 31 October 2013

Colours of Nature

 Juno has been working on some new colours for yarn. Obviously inspired by seasonal produce.

Safe and sound

Once the arrangements for yesterday had been completed, I went into my sewing room, to get the tripod for my camera. The tripod has not been out of its bag since Wonderwool Wales. Lying behind the tripod Dragon brooch! Relief!
I don't know how she got into the bag....I am just pleased that she is safely home.

Samhain /Halloween

Whichever you are celebrating, I wish you a safe and enjoyable evening.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Autumn colour

 The Autumn colour that we have been promised is finally beginning to show. Above, fruits of the Wild Service tree.  Below, leaves turning colour, Witchhazel ( Hamamelis mollis ).

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


I had to attend an event, last Friday, and was planning on wearing my beloved Dragon brooch, my Sigil.  Despite turning the house almost inside out, and upside down, I have been unable to find it.
I know that I wore it to the last Guild meeting, but cannot remember anything further.
Wish me luck in finding her.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Shades and tones.

Today, at work..................
 Preparing to send out a large order ( a well-known Yarn Store...)....
and drying dyed silk hankies.

( There were sixteen different shades of yarn on the table [top pic]. Sadly, my camera does not reproduce colour as well as I would like.) 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Ready for Winter

The weather has finally turned. It is stormy - lots of rain, and blustery winds. Although it is not cold yet, we will be ready when it comes.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

More yarn....

Today, at work...........
                                                               Prepping yarn......

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Comfort in Baking

It was pouring with rain, and blowing a gale, outside.  My refuge is Baking.
Chelsea Buns. Small versions of Elizabeth David's recipe, with chopped, dried apricots, and almonds. Flavoured with cardamom. 

Pitmaston Pineapple apples, gently arranged on a layer of caremelised sugar, then dotted with butter.
 Covered with a layer of chilled pastry, and baked hot.  Allow to stand for ten minutes.
Turn out onto a warm plate. Serve in wedges, with some cold cream - Thick Jesey cream, if you can get it.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Silk and Wool

 During general chit chat, while we were working , lovely Boss stopped to show me some silk hankies. She then proceeded to pull the thinnest imaginable layer off the top, and (gently ) poke a hole in the middle. I could not believe my eyes, when I saw how it stretched and stretched. L.B. then broke the strand at a colour change, and wound it into a loose loop. ''There'', she said. '' Try knitting with that.''

Well, I had to have a has fascinated me all week-end!

In other news........
I won the Novice trophy at the Devon Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Evaluation Day, on Saturday. My entry was a skein of the Wanui yarn, which I span from roving bought at Wingham Wools.
 If anyone had had a feather to hand, they could have knocked me over with it.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Autumn visitors

 It looks as though we have visiting sprites, from the little fungal 'cities' that have been springing up in our woods.
 Slightly eerie, but exciting. Who knows whom one might meet at Dusk?
Remember the little parcel of random dyed silk I brought home from work?  Here it is - Laceweight.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Monday, 7 October 2013

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Knit and Cake

First Friday of the month......Knit Night!
                                                  Chocolate brownies, with dried cherries.

The joy of Fibre.

Thursdays work was twisting skeins of yarn into batons. While I was doing that, lovely Boss was twisting fibre into chains. ( for spinning). Once the fibre was all weighed up, and labelled, there were a few little bits left. All in the most fabulous colours. 

10 grams of silk, in rose and moss, pressed into my hand as I left to come home. I have never spun silk before!