Friday, 13 January 2012

Frosty Morning

It's been an unusually warm winter, hardly any frosts, and certainly no snow.
I was woken up this morning not by the sun rising, but by the moon setting. It had been a very clear night, which meant it actually got cold.
I didn't manage to venture out with the camera until around 9.30, but everywhere was still glittering.

I'd just lit the fire and there was a slight temperature inversion, the smoke was sinking in to the valley rather than floating away.

The melt was starting though. Before long this patch of moss in a wooden bench will be free of the ice.

Tonight is meant to be even colder, though we're still a long way off the temperatures of last year, the icicles from the guttering nearly reached the floor.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Clever Spinners

There have been some very clever spinners at work recently. Even better they're been sharing their pictures in my Ravelry group, I absolutely love seeing what people make with my fibre. In an idea world I'd keep and spin it all, but this is reality, and it going to new homes, and becoming yarn, and then finished items is the next best thing!

The lovely Handa bought some of my Light Rainbow roving.

This is 70% British Shetland, 30% Silk, I card it up on my drum carder to make a rainbow batt, but then I use a diz to pull it off as a strip of roving rather than a batt. This way you get a length of fibre that changes colour gradually, and it's super light, fluffy, and easy to draft.

When you spin it up you end up with a skein of yarn like this

Pretty, but nothing remarkable, what Helen did next is the breath taking part.

The pattern is Boneyard for those that need to know.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A whole week of taking a photo every day. So far I'm enjoying it, it's a bit of a challenge finding something new to photograph each day, but sometime I see something and think "I must photograph that", previously I probably wouldn't have bothered, deciding it was too much of a faff, but now I know I have to take a picture every day, so I make sure I bother!
Of course, being able to snap photos using my ageing iPhone helps, it means I can upload things straight from it, rather than having to bother connecting my camera to my computer.