Thursday, 30 July 2015

Millie likes to help

Millie is getting to show her age - nine! She still has her moments of erratic behaviour, darting about all over the cottage and flying in and out of the back door into the garden but these moments are getting fewer. Also she is beginning to show a little middle-aged spread. I sympathise with her because I'm at the same sort of stage in life myself.

Larry has been busy rug making recently. The rug in the picture is for our dining room. He's done a lot more since the picture was taken.  In fact he's reached the half way stage and now he's put it to one side because at last the parts for his new project have arrived. He is going to make a beautiful rug for his daughter, hopefully in time for Christmas. There was a hold up with the canvas. They didn't have the right size so he's had to wait and wait. Now he needs to get a move on to finish the new rug in time for Christmas.  He's worked out that if he works on it for three hours every day, he should finish it in time. I'm not so sure it's possible but we'll see.

In the meantime, Millie is looking after this one till he has time to get back to it.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Exhibits from the competition at Fibre East on Sunday

I e-mailed the pictures to myself from my I-phone today because I just couldn't get the computer to grab them. So here are some of them. In the entrance hall were some beautifully woven scarves and wraps, which Larry was particularly interested in since he is the weaver in the family. I was impressed with the variety of patterns and the quality of the goods on show.

A mermaid tailed wrap won first prize. I couldn't get it all in one photo. Here is the main part of it.

and here is the tail end of it. It really was magnificent and a gorgeous colour, starting a lighter green and finishing this beautiful watery dark green. Hopefully, if you click on the picture you will be able to read the description from the artist.

Here is another wrap that caught my eye. It looks so chic and warm. I must get Larry to make me one (she said hoping). Click on the picture and admire the clasp too.

There were many varied exhibits all having their own special qualities. Take a look at the scarf in the middle of the next picture. Don't you just love the curly spirals at the end.

It was hard to capture the next lot of exhibits because we were kept back by a rail so we couldn't touch and handle the objects. I leaned forward as much as I could, but still couldn't get quite the detail I wanted.  However, here we have examples of some very fine hand spinning. I think the red labels were first prizes.

After we'd had a look round for an hour or so we stopped by the food tent for a drink and a snack. The rain, which started the moment we left the house, was getting harder and it wasn't long before it became a deluge.

Here's what I mean! This was the seat next to mine and I had to swipe the rain off mine before I could sit down.

We are however used to the rain here in England and it didn't put me off my bacon roll and coffee.

All together we were there for four hours and had such a good time. We spent quite a bit but our purchases will keep us busy through the long winter evening to come. We came home tired but happy and that is all you can ask of a nice day out, isn't it.


Monday, 27 July 2015

An Exciting Weekend

I've just had a lovely, exciting weekend. Firstly on Saturday we had a visit from two of the grandchildren, Dylan and Sammy and their daddies.  It was great to see them playing together. There's always funny moments when there are children in the room. Dylan told Sammy, who was playing nicely with a train set, that he used to play with that when he was a baby!  He's only four years old now and played with the train set last year.  So sweet.

Then on Sunday, even though it was raining, Larry and I went to the Fibre East show nearby, held in a school and in marquees in the grounds. We took a spare pair of shoes in case we got so muddy we didn't want to get back into the car.

Unfortunately I couldn't upload the photos I had taken on my I-phone because it wouldn't synchronize with the computer. I don't know why. Maybe it was having an off day. However, if you click here, you can go to the Fibre East website and see the pictures from last year. You'll need to scroll down the page on their website a little first.This years pics aren't up yet, but there is a good photostream from last year.  It was an amazing show with so much to see that both Larry and I had a sensory overload by lunchtime. I made some purchases and since I took these pics with my other camera, they uploaded nicely.

The picture at the top of this page was of some roving I bought from Taylor-Made Yarns. Sharon specialises in art yarn using Wensleydale locks and she makes some remarkable things with it. Here is the link to her website.

The next picture shows some roving which I bought from Maggie Stearn. I love the soft colours she makes. Take a look at her website and see the lovely things she makes.

Lastly I bought some roving from Saras Texture Crafts. Check her out here.

I've kept to the same colour line because then I can mix and blend when spinning. For now that is ok for me. If I start using too many colours I will soon fill up the house and never get through it all.