Saturday, 3 December 2011

December 3rd

Making an entire large scale Christmas Stocking on this short notice might be pushing it a little, however, stockings on this scale would be very do-able.

You can find the pattern, by the lovely coopknits (Rachel Coopey) here.

Friday, 2 December 2011

December 2nd

This will be the view from my workshop next year, it's looking across our valley on to the hillside opposite. It's a pretty typical winter view, with that half light you get when the sun never really rises very high in the sky.
I am so very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful scenery, some of it will be inspiring my fibre club in the New Year, it might be a few more months before I'll be prepping the fibre in my new workspace though.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December 1st

Long time readers will know I do this every year, for the next 23 days there will be a post a day slowly counting down to Christmas. There'll be a mixture of things, pretty pictures, tutorials, shopping ideas, recipes....
How about a little Christmas Mouse? Handmade in the UK, he'd make a lovely keepsake Christmas decoration.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Fibre Clubs

Just in time for the holidays I'm launching my first fibre club. Perfect as a christmas present!
You'll get the parcel in mid-January (providing I'm not buried under 6 foot of snow in our little Welsh valley!), so perfect for shaking off those mid-winter blues.
You can either buy it through the Etsy shop, or if a listing is out of stock over there you can buy it directly by clicking on the links on the sidebar.

It comes in 100g, and 200g options, for a single month, or 3 month subscription. For the 3 month subscription you'll get further parcels in February and March.
Places are limited, in each 3 month period you'll get a variety of different fibre prep, in a variety of colour palettes, and no more than 1 month out of the 3 will be something with sparkle.

At the start of January I'll make the single month places for February's parcel available, the 3 month memberships won't re-open until March.

If you're struggling on Christmas ideas, there might be a few other things in the shop you might like as well....
You could maybe enable a new spinner, Learn to Spin Kits are £15

Or some Stocking Filler buttons, handmade from Welsh wood, these would post really well to somebody you might not see between now and the big day.

Or, just in case we don't get any snow this year, how about Felt Snowman craft kit, along with a few others, these are kiddie friendly, though they'll need some adult help with threading the balls together. Could be perfect for occupying small hands during the holidays.

All fibre club members will be added to a mailing list so I can send you info about the club, and the occasional newsletter, if this is a problem please let me know.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Bad blogger...

I'm a bad blogger right now, I know it, I keep meaning to do something about it, and before I know it, it's bed time!

Lot's of work is going on behind the scenes getting ready for my fibre club, places open later this week, the first place I'll announce the subscriptions are on sale is via the mailing list, you can sign up over on the left. We've also been at lots of Christmas fairs and markets, the stock I take to these events is slightly different to what's in the Etsy shop, but it all takes time to prepare and put together!

Added to that, on Saturday I managed to reverse my car in to a telegraph pole, I have no idea how I didn't see it, I can live with a few dents on my car, but I've managed to smash the rear windscreen, so today is going to be spent ringing people to sort out that little mess! Time I don't really have right now, but never mind.

Hopefully today there will be some new british breeds and blends, but no fresh batts or hackle blends for the next couple of days while I get everything organised here! However if you ever have anything specific in mind, and there;s nothing you like in the shop you're more than welcome to send me a message about a custom blend.

My christmas knitting is now moving on a-pace (after the disaster of my brother's slippers shrinking so much they're now elf sized), and speaking of Christmas, Royal Mail has put out these dates for when items need to be sent to reach places in time for Christmas-
Mon 5th December- South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand
Fri 9th December- Eastern Europe, USA and Canada
Mon 12th December- Western Europe
Tue 20th December- UK
I never make any guarantees about things arriving in time, and the sooner you order the better the chance that something will make it in time!