Fibre, flowers and lots of practice!

happy Wednesday lovely fairy folk,

It’s been very busy here at the toadstool. I’ve been experimenting with little felt flowers. It started with daisies.

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Then an anemone and a rose bud sprung up.

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Followed by a little lavender brooch.

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All this flower making was to prepare for a workshop I was delivering last Saturday afternoon … It was very exciting and it all went really well. So many different types of flowers! I love all the colours … Stunning.
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So gorgeous. We had a fantastic afternoon.

So onto the practice. I haven’t had a lot of time and my little Ashford Kiwi 2 was looking at me reproachfully from the corner. So with half an hour to spare I sat down and worked hard on getting a more even yarn. This is the merino prior to spinning … So fluffy!

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It was dyed when I got it. I ordered it from Wingham Wool … Quick delivery and a fabulous service. So I got to spinning it and now it looks like this.

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It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland for some reason!! I now need to decide what to ply it with. I love the fact that no one will have yarn exactly like mine. Not sure what I’ll make with it … Watch this space!

Anyway, until next time I’ll be spinning and maybe even crocheting.

Emma x

 

 

 

 

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Something I built myself!

hello gorgeous fairy people!

do you remember this …

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Aha, it came in the most beautiful box (it was beautiful to me … Even if it was battered and beaten!)

When I opened it this is what was in it!

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Oooh lots of gorgeousness!

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Ahhh so many bits! And yes I was going to do it myself – with the use of a hammer and a screw driver.

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Beginning to take shape – starting to look more like a spinning wheel.

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And there she is in all her shiny newness. It makes me smile just looking at it! So then I got to do the fun bit … Actually spin!

Here is my first skein of merino plied with a brown Manx loagthan than I spun on the walking wheel.

I mixed the colours with my carders … Dark blue, mid blue, light blue and a little green. So it’s a little bit uneven and some bits have more twist than others but I’m ridiculously pleased with it!!

That’s all of the spinning that I’ve done – I’ve also done a little plying of plain brown loagthan but that’s not as colourful!

Progress on my blanket has been, well slower than I’d hoped! Distracted by a shiny new spinning wheel! It’s growing slowly and more colours are being added. The brights against the soft really pop … I think (hope) they’ll work!

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Here’s a couple of the beautiful island I am lucky enough to call home.

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Ahhhh, I love this photo … You can’t tell but I was hiking with 15 children!! We got back to our base just before the big black cloud reached us!

The next day I woke to this. The brightest of green grass and a smattering of sunshine amongst the grey.

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Until next time lovely folk, I’ll be trying to complete my blanket ( without giving in to the lure of the spinning wheel!!)

Emma x

 

Excitement and finished projects.

Hello lovely people, I hope you are all well.

We have had a tiny bit of a cold snap here ( no snow, boo!) so I was pleased to have finished my Little Daisy Scarf. It started off as a random bunch of colours.

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Then grew and grew and grew.

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Until it was a warm, snuggly and very, very long!

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Did I mention it was super snuggly?

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Then I started on a mostly pink blanket … For one of two special little girls.

Pretty pink. The other blanket will have more purple in it.

There has also been a little chill out time with my girlie and her friends this week.

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Cakes were made, then bought, then consumed(we pretended of course!) it’s so lovely to have time with her when she has taken her nose from out of her tablet. I do try to restrict screen time as ┬ámuch as I can and take her out on her bike and to dancing but it’s still tough sometimes.

My very, very exciting news is that this arrived today …

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I just couldn’t resist … I spin on a Walking Wheel but it’s so big and has to stay at the museum. My lovely mum gave me her spinning wheel but I’m convinced it doesn’t like me! So I took the plunge and bought a new treadle wheel. I can’t wait to get some yummy fibre to spin. As soon as I have built the wheel ( oh dear … Could take some time!!) and spun something on it I will show you all!!

Until next time, I’ll be building spinning wheels and crocheting blankets!

Emma x

 

 

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