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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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Dyeing in the snow.

We had quite a bit of snow this year all at different random times and places that don’t normally get snow go quite a bit.

The first time the snow hit we wasn’t at home so I wasn’t able to do any snow dyeing.

Lucky I got a second chance. Pembrokeshire had another run with the white stuff. So I managed to get out and grab some quick before the little ones got to it.

Below is what happened.

Totally one of a kind and won’t be repeated. That’s what I love about snow dyeing totally unique, and can never be planned.

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West ford. The Pembrokeshire collection.

Another colour way based on my favourite part of the world. My home county of Pembrokeshire..

The name is mixed up from the name of the town it is inspired by.

The colours are the colours I mainly see when I go in to this bustling little town.

Haverfordwest is a fantastic town with the river cleddau running through the the heart of the town heading out towards the Daugleddau estuary.

It also has a wonderful little castle that sits on the hill. That can be seen in all its splendor throughout the town.

The same colour way on a sparkle base.