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So what is the plan. News. Update. MASSIVE SALE.

Everything is going a little bit mad at the moment,  My anxiety it’s of the scale at the moment over the whole situation which I am sure is the same for many, and normally when my mental health takes a knock, I tend to go in to radio silence and close myself away from the world and wait for myself to see the sunshine again.  I understand that don’t help my customers at all. So, this time I am aiming to keep you all up to date.  My little ones are now home from school so most of my day is spent doing fun activities and trying to make educational subjects’ fun and interesting.

 

So as a result of this online updates will be few and far between I am also pushing back the next shop update which I was planning for 4/4/20 so I’m going to skip April update instead I will be holding a sale on all items currently in stock, this sale will also extend to items that are made to order. Any pembrokeshire colourways items that are not currently in stock will also have a discount of up to 20% there will be a turnaround of up to 2 weeks for colourways. This sale takes effect as from  today 18/3/2020 and this will continue throughout the rest of march.  This is a massive sale with huge reductions. The next shop update will be June 5/5/2020. This will be a super update.

 

Sadly, there are no  craft classes for the foreseeable future, but I don’t want my students to feel left out with no help or support. To anyone who has been coming to any of my classes recently or who are currently working on projects and need a little help or guidance please email me on hooksanddye@hotmail.com and I will do my best to help you with your projects any way I can.

 

Lastly everyone please stay safe, look after yourselfs and your loved ones.

love from us all from Hooks and dye.

LX

 

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A little thank you goes along way.

So the time has come where tired little people get to spend six weeks relaxing. After spending a whole year building relationships and learning new skills and just growing up. And it’s at this time of year we all just like to say thank you to the other main adult in our children’s life besides us. Yes thats it. It’s the teachers. The ones that will effect our children’s lives now, no matter how small the action.

I even now remember them special teachers that I had growing up. So we all agreed on mug of love. I had made these before for previous teachers but I had just used acrylic yarns and not put much towards it. Budget was a factor too. Also my little ones were a bit smaller and them times before it was more a thank you from me for the child care and not so much from the children.

But this year was different, they were awear and wanted to say thank you from them. So this year we really went for it and said a big thank you.

So we dyed our own wool. ” Just like mummy”. Just for our mug hugs. We then went to choose our mugs for our teachers.

buttons were hand made from the magpies eye. She has a Facebook page. She makes fantastic resin buttons she can even make clocks and all sorts of items. Check out her Facebook page. The magpie eye

These are all the little added extras I had placed in. I made some cloth make up remover pads. A bag charm or magnet and tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

The bag charms and magnets were from

tilly and muffin too.

Then for the finishing touch cello wrap to wrap up the mug which had these wonderful butterflies on them. These really were a joy to make and the huge smiles from the kids and teachers. What a amazing way to say thank you.

Now to get ready for the six weeks of fun and adventure. Wishing you all a fantastic summer. See you all on the other side

Take care

All the best

Hooks and dye.

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The magpie and goblin fractal spin.

So browsing the world of Fbook as you do and this beautiful flash of colours appear. I’m currently trying to save for wonderwool Wales. But this just sang to me. Fractal spinning with out the weighing. Now that’s my cup of tea. Check this out.

Such beautiful fluffy fiber.

A magpie took my money!

So when it arrived, Tinkerbell (my Ashford joy) and I set about spinning this and it was a dream. The purpose of the rolags and the batt is fiber that has been split up in to equal weight. You spin the batt for a long colour change, then spin the rolags for a quicker colour change then you set out to ply the two together. This works up at being a fractal spin.

This is the rolags spin.
The batt spun up and then turned in to a cake.
Left is batt right is rolags

I always cake my spun yarns before I ply them. I find that this is a great way of using all the yarn even if one of the cakes runs out before the other one. I will show why, further down.

I find that this is difficult to do when the yarn is still on the bobbin.

So I have plyed the yarns and one had finished before the other. Then I’m left with this little ball of excess yarn. So what I do I take the other end of the cake and attach it to where it’s finished and start to ply that small amount back on its self. So then no yarn is left behind.

Ply in action
On the niddy noddy
Such a flash of colour

long change of colours mixed with a the short colour changes are just a dream.

Also all the neps of silk added in this combination just makes it even more magical.

So quick recap, the fiber mixture in this is a mouth watering, raw silk, tussah silk, bfl, and merino and if you like the look of this and or want to have a go at fractal spinning with out all the fuss of having to weigh it out the crew at magpie and goblin have got that covered.

Don’t believe me see for yourself then pop along to magpie and goblin

Also keep a eye out for the goats. 🐐

Now off to set the twist.

Take care x

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Little creatures made with love.

Bunny
Bunny

Just wanted to share these wonderful creations with you all. These beauties have been made up with yarns from my Pembrokeshire collection.

Rocking on the Dock a colour way inspired by Pembroke Dock in south Pembrokeshire. Have been made in to a bunny and a turtle.

Gard the fish is the green frog and turtle. Colour way inspired by Fishguard a local town in North Pembrokeshire.

The lovely lady at trysordy crafts a local crafter makes great little gems and I’m so pleased that she enjoys my hand dyed yarns for her collection.

These will be available to buy at the national botanic garden of Wales in early may. botanic gardens of wales.

Take care.x

 

 

(P.s. Pictures are the property of trysordy crafts and permission has been given for me to use.)