Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Grrr !!

What a total pain! I've not listed on ebay for 3 weeks or so, back on and they've changed alsorts - the main thing is that UK listings don't get seen on Ebay.com unless you really go looking, but Surprise surprise - we get US ones! I get the feeling that they're trying to force everyone into listing on the US site so the country sites can go , also for decreasing our visibility we pay more than anyone else! Is there really nowhere I can sell that either nobody buys from because they can't find anything (take a bow Etsy) nobody goes to because they don't know it exists (Ebid?) or the where the owners are rapidly becoming corporate muggers because they know they've got control of the market?

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

it's here

My wheel has come! had to test it out so i put on the new bits that they'd supplied and had a go -after a small disaster when all the old hooks snapped off so I had to grind them smooth and drill new holes for the new ones(louet hooks are staggered so I reversed it) . Sat last night and managed 100g of shetland while watching Life on mars (174 yds!) and then did 100g of the BFL which was a bit trickier until I learned to hold it so that it didn't break off.
I'm going to take the dark stain off as it was a bit amateur and very worn, It seems to be sadolin!
underneath the original laquer is intact so its sort of sitting there.
I'm definately going to add some photo's later, sick kids have meant no time to do it

Sunday, 18 February 2007

interesting week

oh the joy of families. not content with one poorly person in the house, my Eldest has decided to get stomach flu, so that'll be two not going to school tomorrow :(
I've had to attack the fleece- it's no good, couldn't resist and spun up half a blob of the BFL into wool for one of my nieces to knit a felted purse (they both had their birthdays and i made them both a knitting bag with a couple of put together kits in) and i had a go at some Shetland, I got 170 plus metres from 100g and I'm going to dye it and navaho ply it to get a soft candy cane effect . I'm in the middle of doing the same to a ball of the BFL but had to stop because of waking up with a horribly painful eye, probably caused by trying to catch a pyrex plate shoved off the table by my darling daughter.I was a bit close when it exploded into shards and must have picked up a scratch which showed itself this morning, the nurse in A+E was really good , even though i swore loudly when he put drops in my eye - It's getting better but getting fluff in it wouldn't be a good idea methinks
I've got photos of my latest experiments but don't have time to put them up until tomorrow night when DH is back at work

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

I have wool(and chickenpox)

Got a lovely squidgy parcel from Kimberly-Jane this morning, a Kilo of BFL roving which I've had to keep my hands off- My wheel will be on it's way and if I'd started spindling there won't be any left when it arrives
I've ordered a pile of Kool aid from Mark at koolaid uk , topping up my grape and all the blues and greens(why is most of it red?) and some shetland from bluefaced.
I got a lovely surprise at the weekend, my Mum got her knitting needles out (inspired by a sample in Heath's shop) and knitted me a fantastic long cardigan/duffle coat - She's not picked up needles for 30 years and she has had loads of surgery on her hands so it's a real achievement and the best birthday present for years.
We have chickenpox - number 2 son (the 'difficult' middle child) was escorted into our bedroom this morning by his big brother who announced that Phil had chickenpox 'look mum' and indeed he has, poor little soul- so that's me in for a night shift

Saturday, 10 February 2007

My first attempt at a blog. hmm.... what to write...
I'm sitting here beside myself with excitement after buying my first spinning wheel, a Louet from Hans and Gerrie at Lowlands Legacy . I've no idea why now, only that I know from experience that working with fibres soothes me in a way nothing else does. I'm not exactly a beginner, but it's so long since I first sat down at a wheel (20 years) that I may as well be. I've spent some time handspindling lately and I'm finding that I need more speed, to achieve more, to be able to go places the handspindle can't (though the results of my work have been more than pleasing)
As you can see I'm a bit driven when it comes to crafts, I love the challenge of the difficult stuff, things that not everyone can do, and I'm very into traditional stuff, things that are a bit fiddly so there'll be a lot more of my adventures to come