Episode 6!!

Episode 6 is up on YouTube!


The show notes……

Podcast: 30th July

Episode 6

Long time no see!!! 

So since I last saw you we have survived….

Sir having an ear infection

Sir having chickenpox

The sale of the house in Bristol

The sale of our house, so we are all ready to go nearly to the farm!!

Me finishing work at the special school, I got some amazing gifts, including a gorgeous painted stone and a beautifully written poem,

James handing in his notice so he will be finished by the end of August for us to move to the farm!

Sirs last day at nursery…. What have I done!?!?! Lol

Knitting

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, Owl About Yarn Happy Owl BFL fingering weight in the colour way Heroes
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, Easy Knits Deeply Wicked + in the colour way Zippy
I have given my sock yarn blankets a bit of love recently too…. Adding some more leftover colour ways.
Back before Christmas I made Zoe of Pins and Needles and Jen of Owl About Yarn a Sockhead hat each, by Kelly McClure using yarn I had purchased on the Great London Yarn Crawl! 
This week I have cast on my own Great London Yarn Crawl Sockhead hat in another yarn I purchased on the Yarn crawl, my Hedgehog fibres in the Pheasant colourway 
Sewing

I have been giving the curtains a blast the last month or so!!!

I have finished the kitchen curtains….

And I have sewn the lounge window curtains…. Which I still need to hem and then make the patio doors curtains…
I haven’t managed to sew any more clothing but…. Next weekend I hope my over locker will have a little trip to the farm so that will help matters there! 
Acquisitions

I have bought some fabric from the Fabric Godmother….

Cotton & Linen mix – Loganberry 

Pisa Cotton Jersey – Black 

I intend to make a linen apron dress for myself using the simplicity pattern I bought a while ago and the jersey will hopefully make me a lighter weight Coco dress!! And maybe an Agnes top, I might even knock the colourful sleeves off the other Agnes I made in the thick heavyweight slightly shiny jersey that I’m still not sure of and add them to the lighter weight jersey top!
With the linen, if there is enough I might make James’ waistcoat fronts…
I have also acquired a lovely new crafty thing from Zoe of Pins and Needles too!! A lovely needle felting brooch kit and a foam pad…. So I’ll have to have a stab at that!
Final acquisition then is a Knit Tea Retreat mug!!!! If you don’t follow the ladies they have set up newsletters, an Instagram account and a blog under the name Knit Tea Retreat, get over there, get following and come along!!!!
Shop update
I have been working hard in my first week since finishing work and the last week that Sir was in nursery….. Tyddyn Bryn is no longer a WordPress.com site its Tyddyn bryn.com!! Head over and have a snoop, there is often additional content over there over and above the podcasty stuff! 
I’ve also had a bit of site revamp, thanks to Jen for figuring out how and showing me to add pages/menus that auto link places!!!
I have skeined up some of the lovely alpaca yarn I have had spun up from the fleeces I had….
And I have written up a pattern….. For my Broadleaf hat…. This pattern is about to wing its way to the lovely tech editor then hopefully will be ready for release!!!
I intend using some of the odds and sods of the alpaca to knit up a broadleaf hat sample, so that I get a good idea of the yarn and how it knits up before I put it up for sale and so I have a sample of the hat!! Having gifted the original two Christmases ago!!
Farm Update
James has planted some veg plants…. Courgettes, tomatoes melons etc in the newly acquired veg patch….. And is now facing the battle of the weeds!!! Can’t wait to be there full time to be able to keep on top of things!! 
My dad has bought us a new piece of kit….. But that’s for another time as its not been delivered to us yet!!! 
All the curtain poles are up….. Shelves are up….. Three more blinds have been ordered for the upstairs Windows….. We have started to hang a few pictures….. James is looking into how his workshop is going to be built and where….. I have contacted an architect about sorting out the tin but and converting it into a cabin…. 
Each time we go down more and more things are travelling down with us…. Last couple of times it has been all my teaching resources etc!! Thank goodness for the expedit units!!! Or Kallax as they are now called! We need to get one more of them!!! 
Finally, don’t forget you can find me on Intagram, Twitter and Etsy as Tyddyn Bryn, there is a Facebook group Tyddyn Bryn, and pop over and have a snoop at the new Tyddyn Bryn dot com see what you think of the new layout, linkies etc!!! 

We’re going on a stash hunt…..

Ok so after the inspiration from Zoe from Pinsandneedles I’ve traveled through my stash….. 

On the day I had a helper….

I’ve bagged it all into potential projects…. Lots of the yarn though was bought for projects for me which have as usual languished……like this beautiful Sweet Georgia DK which is for a top for me…. No pattern as yet…. I think I was going to make one up

We have a few potential hats…. 


A sweater for William….

Some more hats….

A Baable for me….

A hat and some socks for James….

Heaps of socks for me and a Sockhead hat!, William will of course get socks from the spares!!!

A shawl for me…

And heaps more some already with patterns, some mitts, some more hats, a closer look at some gorgeous skeins…. Phew it’s gonna be a busy year!!! 



Some of the stash I have chosen to ignore for now…..

Then my helper wandered off…

So I didn’t manage to start the fabric…..

It’s slowly becoming a home!!!

Last weekend Mum and Dad hired a van loaded up the bed frame Dad made from the old barn beams, a chair mum had recovered and some other bits and headed down to Wales!!!! We then loaded an absolute heap of furnishings at our current home, before heading on down to West Wales!!! The weekend was spent sorting, building unpacking loading cleaning and generally starting to build a home!!!

Saturday morning was a very frosty start!!

But Dad and James worked hard Friday night and got our new bed built!!! Dad has performed an amazing feat planing sanding polishing etc and making a wonderful bed frame from the old roofing beams from the barn!

Cheeky chops for scale!!!

We have clothes storage!!!


William enjoyed playing on the carpet and started off on the blue cushion!!!

Grandma and I got his mural done!!!! I love it but I’m fairly sure that I’ll find the wall stickers on the floor when we are next there so I’m going armed with extra sticky stuff!!

The chair mum rescued and had reupholstered!!!! It’s amazing the transformation and soooo comfy!! 

Williams room is taking shape with the sofa bed now a sofa again and a desk and drawers in there


Paint splats on the tiles were carefully removed before furniture put in the kitchen!!!! Te he!!!! Bottoms up!!!

We officially have a spare room!!! One chair bed and a double with some old tables as temporary sidetables!!


We are so fancy now even our bathrooms have doors!!!!

And our kitchen is finally becoming a kitchen!!!


With a kitchen door and all!! Still lots to do and clear up but…. It’s starting to resemble a home. We have come such a long way from the shell we started with!!!

House Reno update!!!

Ok!!!!! Soooooo since the carpeting we have been painting downstairs!!! James has been an absolute Trojan of painting these past few weeks and I have been cutting in all the edges!! 

We have finished painting the downstairs loo….

We have finished painting the kitchen….

   
James and his dad have also started to hang doors!!!! The downstairs loo has a door!!!!!! No more singing!!! We so fancy!!!!

  The lounge and utility have had a first coat….

The fridge and freezer have been delivered….. Though bizarrely neither of us photographed em….

Oh well next time!!!!

In the meantime here’s cheeky chops!!

  Yes trousers are on his head…. daddy didn’t want to wrestle him back into them just before his dinner then bathtime!!!!

A Full farm update….

i.e. since William was born!!!!

We have been busy bees, painting, architraves, skirting….

James’ parents have been amazing and have done soooooo much painting and James and his Dad have done all the woodwork upstairs!!! Its nearly at the point of having carpets put in upstairs and painting started downstairs!!!!

So in Photo Format!!!

Phew thats a lot of photos!!

One last one!!

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A cheeky chops in just a nappy in his chair!!! Too hot for clothes that day!!!

 

Fabric Shopping!

Things are moving along well at the holding so much so that I thought I shoud get a wriggle on and start thinking about making the curtains especially since cheeky chops needs most of my attention these days!!

Sooo Jennie of Owl About Yarn and I went over to fabricworld the other week and this is what I picked up!!

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So we have teal flowers for the master bedrom, purple plain and purple and pink flowers for the lounge, animals for Cheeky Chops’ room!!