Episode 10!

Episode 10 of the podcast
Sunday 21st January
Knitting: 

Finished James’ Vanilla socks

Half finished some toddler socks for William, from my toddler sock pattern available on Rav, LoveKnitting and in the Etsy shop.

Started knitting up a secret shawl pattern!!! Using RiverKnits Indian Giant Squirrel.

First designed this shawl for my granny for James and my wedding, now reknitting to check the pattern before writing it up for release!!! 
Spinning:

So I have finished up some bobbins and skeined them up…..

Mystery yarn

Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL no clue as to the colourway….

Wheeldale woolcrafts merino silk blend in the heathers colourway

All of these have been spun half and half onto two bobbins then plied using my lazy Kate and made into two ply yarn, all about 145m from 100 g which would make them maybe a chunky yarn….
These now need washing, thwacking etc to set them…
Adelaide Walker Masham wool in four colours spun up as singles

And I have had my first try at Navajo or chain plying, which makes a three ply yarn!!! Rather pleased, but I reckon it’s going to come off the bobbin very squirly….

So I’m leaving it to sit a rest a bit first…. Hardest part about the Navajo ply was keeping the tension on the yarn coming from the bobbin…. Plus elements of the initial spin were over spun and squiggly….
Going to keep trying though because I like the way there is no orphaned yarn on the bobbin….
Sewing:

I have three FO’s 

Puts me on track for one a week for 2018!! 

The Fitted Tee by Elemeno Patterns

The Coco dress by Tilly and The Buttons

The Bucket Hat by Oliver and S
Plan to cut out and make another bucket hat in the tractor fabric this week and watch my seam allowances…. I think I need to actually measure my seam allowances to make sure I get them as asked for!!! 
Weaving:

Over halfway on the loom…

Photo story…
Shop update:

Alpaca is in the shop!!!! 

Caramel, charcoal and grey
Patterns:

The Lovehearts hat and the Broadleaf hat are out for testing!!!! 

One of my lovely test knitters has finished her already and has put a mini podcast episode out about it, you can find her as Gaga knits on YouTube! 
I have the coniferous hat almost ready for test knitter or two if anyone fancies it, please head on over to the Ravelry group for more info!! 
Right giveaway time!! 

Two separate skeins of alpaca yarn…..

One grey one charcoal…..

In order to win one….. You can earn one entry by for any/each of the following….

1. Subscribing to the podcast

2. Following the blog

3. Following me on Instagram

4. Liking/following the Facebook group

5. Joining the Ravelry group

6. Commenting on/in any of the above groups or sources and adding the #Tyddynbrynalpaca into your comment!!!
So six ways to get an entry!! Multiple comments/ follows get multiple entries and I’ll draw before I next podcast in a fortnight!!! 
Woodwork:

Starting to make hazel panels to cover the gaping holes/drops into the slurry pit…

Thinking I might make them hazel and willow though as we seem to have more coppiceable willow about the place….
Farm update:

More wood collecting…..

Rain

Hail 

Snow

High winds

Looking at ordering our fruit bushes and plants for the fruit cage starting to plan planting and work on planning raised beds for the slurry pit which need to be built

Awaiting planning’s response for our application for the tin hut….

Sheepy friends are doing well out in the fields….

Things to entertain William have restarted in the form of forest school and nursery tots group…

New yarns in store!!

I had a heap of locally sourced alpaca fleeces back last year that I sent off to be spun….

I grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take me to skein up….. but I have finally done three out of the four cones that came back from the Border Mill!!

And they are now in the Etsy shop as limited editions!!!

There are three colours, Caramel, grey and Charcoal!!

And I love them all!!

They are soooooo soft and warm and snuggly!!!

It’s an Aran/worsted weight yarn and knits up beautifully!!! So if you fancy grabbing yourself a skein……

Head over to the Etsy Shop!!!

And keep your eyes peeled….. the black alpaca is coming soon, plus a chance to win a skein or two of this gorgeous yarn on my podcast later this week!!!

A first try!!

So a different sort of weaving has been happening here…..

A hazel hurdle is in the making!!!

We have decided to have a go to make some prettier panels to make the gaps into what was the old slurry pit and will be our fruit and vegetable garden, safe!! Hopefully child safe!!!!

James and I selected an old beam which was big and heavy enough to form the jig…..

Then whittled the ends of some larger hazel rods to make the uprights….. lots of our hazel is very overgrown so we are working with some very bobbly bits of wood, but using what we have!!

This took ages to sort…. the beam was OLD and rather solid to drill the holes into!! And some of the uprights, in order to get the straighter bits were a tad large in diameter!!

I’ve even found a use for the ash mallet I made on my forest school leader course!!! Fantastic for bashing down the hazel whips!!!

We are at the stage of weaving in the thinner whippier bits of hazel now and over half way up the panel!!

And I’m surprised how pleased I am with it!!! We both predicted this first go would be a disaster but no….. totally a usable panel!!!

So a couple of weeks in…

My challenges for this year seem to be going well!!! I have claimed nap time as my spin weave and sew time and although I have not necessarily managed all three each day I’m getting at least two in!!!

The weaving in half way I reckon!!

The spinning is going really well!!!

I’ve skeined a surprise bobbin of mystery fibre up…..

I’ve finally finished a BFL roving that languished on my wheel for two years!!!

I’ve spun a lovely skein of heathers merino silk blend!!!

I’ve also got some FOs in both my knitting and my sewing!!! Hoping for one more sewn FO at least by the end of the week!! But you’ll have to watch the podcast to see those!!! 😉

The barn circa 1960!!

So this was our old barn in an old aerial photo!!!!

The big Agri barns aren’t there, neither is the tin hut but there are lots of smaller barns and the land behind the barns is so much flatter looking, without the slurry pit and the spoil heaps which have sculpted themselves into our garden and yard areas!!!

And notice the extra porch part on the barn, an old engine house apparently for milking…. and the roof!!! It goes to the ground at the back!!!

Apparently not long after this shot the old farm house was levelled and rebuilt and the family who did that work lived in the hayloft of our barn for the duration of the work!!!

Challenges and goals!!

Well the traditional goal posting for the new year is here!!! Last year I wanted to read 26 books!!!! Ha!!! Between the farm and moving and working till July and toddle chops I don’t think I even managed one!!!! And with a new baby arriving this year I need to be realistic about what I can manage….. soooooo with that in mind…..

Husbundle is good about giving me some toddle chops free time to concentrate on shop/work type stuff!! So I plan to……

Mum and I set up the Brinkley loom she bought me for my birthday/Christmas present this year!!! And I plan to try and weave a little each day!!! It’s very addictive though so I am going to have to be quite strict on my time as this will happen during naptime as I DO NOT need a small “helper” running his cars up and down the warp threads!!!! Which happened this morning….

The next kind of goes without saying….. and happens each evening in order to keep me awake long enough to watch the odd TV programme!!!

Sewing!!!!! I’m having a blitz on cutting out patterns and starting to cut out some fabric but I plan to try and get one garment done a week!!! Sewing I can do when toddle chops is around to “help” as he will play with his toys in the box in our room for a short while….. longer if he has Winnie the Pooh, Thomas, Go Jetters or the Octonauts playing!!! Hurrah!!! So I can get a decent amount of sewing in, but pattern cutting and fabric cutting is a toddle chops free pastime so therefore depends on James being free or nap time!!

And finally…..

My wheel has languished since before toddle chops was born, but I can manage just fifteen minutes a day surely!!! Plus my fluff stash has expended past its initial one (large) box!!!! Must contain it and use it!!! Both in spinning and now weaving!!! Hurrah!!! Hoping the weaving also uses up more of my odds and ends of yarn too!!!

I plan to keep sketch journalling once a month, gradually working through my stall stock and adding it to my Etsy shop…..

Woodwork will happen at times….

Plus I have a few plans for some new bits and bobs for the shop….. but I need more time with my year planner to sit down and work out all the details for this…..

So lots of craftiness and plans for the crafty business afoot!!! Stay tuned!!! I will post some more in depth what I plan to sew….. what I plan to knit…. etc etc as I get more organised!!!

Socks knitting ahoy!!

I managed to finish Dad’s Christmas socks out of the yarn, which turned out not to be too thin!! Yay!!

And I have cast on James’ birthday socks in a Regia 4-fadig sock yarn which is knitting up very differently to how it looks in the ball but I love it!!!

Hopefully I have enough left from all the man sock knitting to make a little boy some socks too!!!