Felting update

A while back I decided to have some of the lovely Jacob boys and girls wool processed into roving.


I dyed some of it…


…and bagged it up…


I wet felted a few sheets…


Then between life, holidays, daughter visiting and being unwell, I didn’t do much more. But I did do a few things…

I made some dryer balls…

Wool Dryer Balls

I made a flock of  sheep brooches…

I even managed to put both the dryer balls and the brooches up for sale in the shop, and to sell half of both of them, along with all the roving, at last weekend’s craft fair 🙂

I also took a little inspiration from the daisies I posted about a couple of weeks ago,

Oxeye Daisies

… and did a little embroidery on the green piece of the felt I made…


Unfortunately the vibrancy of the green felt – it’s the sheet in the pic at the top – isn’t being picked up by my phone camera in today’s light 😦

So, not a lot over a whole month, but at least something!


What needs to give and what you’d prefer


There’s so much going on around here, there’s just no way I can fit in everything I want to do at the moment. So, I’ve had a wee think about what’s will have to a back seat. Although I’m sad to do so, as it’s barely started running, I’m putting my Vlog/podcast on hold.


Meantime, I’m mulling over how to improve it and I hope you would give me some help -if you have a minute – by answering some of the following questions in the comments below:

  1. Do you regularly watch YouTube? If so…
  2. What sort of videos do you watch? and…
  3. What length are they usually?

If you watch knitting/fibre related Vlogs/Podcasts?

  1. What length do you think is ideal?
  2. How often do you watch them?
  3. Who do you watch regularly?
  4. Who do you enjoy most and why?

Sorry that’s a lot of questions and maybe I should have asked them before I started vlogging/podcasting, but if you’ve got time to answer even some of them, That would be fab.

Thank you!


How knitters and crocheters can help the Grenfell Tower fire survivors —

Here’s a post about practical ways knitters (and crocheters) can help the Grenfell Tower survivors…

The Grenfell Tower fire in west London last week has been dominating a lot of people’s thoughts and we know that knitters have been asking if there is anything they can do to help the Grenfell survivors. We have checked with some of the charities involved in collecting and distributing the initial donations to the […]

via How knitters and crocheters can help the Grenfell Tower fire survivors —

How Can Readers and Writers help the Grenfell Tower Survivors? — Kathryn Evans

Reblogging this post from my author chum Kathryn Evans. If you’re and author you might want to donate. If you’re a reader, you might want to bid.

A terrible fire happened in London recently, you’ve probably heard about it. If you haven’t, check the BBC coverage, And if you’ve alighted here looking for help, you can see here what the government are doing. If, however, you’re looking for a way to support the survivors, you can get behind #authorsforgrenfell Many writers, editors […]

via How Can Readers and Writers help the Grenfell Tower Survivors? — Kathryn Evans

Heartfelt Cardigan TA DA!

Many years ago, when I did not have the time to knit a cable cardigan, I bought a cream cable cardigan. I very much loved my cardigan, but over time it grew. As it grew, it moved from being a favourite cardigan to a pull on when it’s chilly cardigan. But still it grew and the cream began to turn a little grey however well it was washed. So it became a throw on when it’s chilly and you’re absolutely sure no one will see you in it cardigan.

I’m looking down because if I move it slips either side of my boobs

I wished and wished my poor cardigan was still new, until one day I realised wishing was going to get me nowhere.  So I picked up my needles. I wanted to knit an near identical cable cardigan in my grey Dartmoor Yarn Company wool, but one that felt a little more feminine. I loved the idea of cabled hearts, but this was the closest I could find in a stitchionary.


But it just wasn’t heart shaped enough and I certainly didn’t want anything as untidy as the way that one pulls at the sides – although I did wonder if that was down to the skill of the knitter who made the sample for the book.

There was nothing for it but take out my graph paper and design my own.

The pink one is my first attempt.

And so I began knitting, until finally…


Please excuse my hair, I’d been out in the rain all morning and I’m due at the hairdressers next week.

Heartfelt Cardigan

I’m very pleased with the finished cardigan, but not so pleased with the size of my hips and bottom.  I did intended it to be slightly looser fit and I did get the measurements right – I just failed to lose the weight I intended. So now my cardigan is finished, I’ve absolutely no excuse not do it justice by getting on with losing those extra inches, which I lost last year then put half of them back on again!

I also now need to get the pattern written up within a month as I promised in the goal I added to my 2017 list last month.

Happy 13th Birthday Mr Hicks!

A year ago today, I wrote a post in celebration of Mr Hicks’ twelfth birthday. I talked about his health challenges and said that if I was honest, I’d never thought he’d make twelve, let alone be as healthy as he was last May. So I can hardly believe that today we’re celebrating his thirteenth birthday!


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