Lots of new additions to the shop!!!!

I’ve been a busy bee out in the workshop and generally here at the small holding and have produced a few new bits and bobs for my Etsy shop

What do you all think?!

Pop over to the shop to have a looks at these and all the other bits and bobs I have in there!!!

More will be added each day for the foreseeable!! So keep checking in and maybe you might find that elusive last few little Christmas presents?!!!!

Tyddyn Bryn on Etsy!!!

Also have you seen the most recent podcast?! Over on the Tyddyn Bryn YouTube channel for anyone who wants to watch a bit about my crafting and some general farm happenings!!

Episode 8!!!


New Podcast recorded Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Hello and welcome

Been at least 2 months since my last podcast

We’ve been really busy….. Visitors at the farm in the form of my Dad, and James’ parents both twice!

We’ve built a workshop

Had a lot of stuff done round the place, but I’ll update you on that in the around the farm happenings at the end!
So on with Knitting!!

I’ve finished two sets of little person socks, one just last evening….

Both are knitted up in Tyddyn Bryn sock yarn, one is the rainbow colourway, the other in some leftover blues….

I’ve knit up three yes three Weasley Sweaters. The pattern is free on Rav and by Alison Hansel… One is for William in the toddler size, then one each for my niece and nephew for Christmas, so my nephew who is five has the medium child and my niece the small adult size…

I knit William’s first as per the pattern and need to sew up, after that I knit the niece and nephews in the round!! Yay no sewing up, just ends. Now I need to complete the Duplicate stitching on the fronts for the lettering…. Any suggestions for a good tutorial for me to watch to see how to do the lettering?! It’s a new thing for me to do!! Eek!! 

I cast on last night for my next Xmas knit…. Some socks for Dad, using this cortina sock wool, which the lovely Jen from Owl About Yarn gave me. I’m not sure at the moment but I think for Dad and James it may be a bit thin…. And not so hard wearing… So I’m going to knit an inch or so then decide whether I hold the yarn doubled to knit slightly thicker socks….

Lots of Xmas knitting plans now over the next month but I obviously won’t be able to talk much about them in case the giftees are watching!!! 

Sewing….

Cor I did this load of sewing AGES ago now…. 

I have finished the lounge curtains all hemmed and hung and everything!!!

I’ll try and insert a pic, otherwise look out for em in the photo segments!! 

Ive managed to make two pairs of cord trousers for young sir… From the simplicity pattern I’ve shown you previously pattern number 1566. They fit him lovely in the largest size… So this is the last time I’ll use this pattern for him!! I have another pattern for joggers that goes up to age three I think which I’ll have to dig out!! 

I’ve finished one set of dungarees using the simplicity pattern 1566.

Now William has a long body and shorter legs so I was a little trepidatious about the pattern working ok on him…. Especially as I didn’t have popper tape just my prom popper inserter…. So he has worn them twice…. And each time I feel I’m constantly redoing up the poppers right in the crotch…. So these are shelved now and will be used for small bean due in March!!! Who we have found out is also a boy!!

 I have another pair of the dungarees cut out… In the brown cord… This time I think so he can wear them a bit I will sew the bottoms as trousers not poppered legs, which will give plenty of seam allowance to use at the crotch… It means they’ll just be on and off able as a whole garment but I’ll live with that!! 

Plans on the sewing front include making up the pile of stuff I’ve got cut out, recovering the kitchen chairs, recovering cushions for the lounge… Then I’ve got loads of patterns and fabric stashed to work through!! 
Acquisitions….

So…. Since my last Podcast…. And basically since we moved… I’ve obviously acquired all the Hayfield Bonus Aran to do the Weasley sweaters…. And enough t DK myself one after Xmas knitting is finished!! Which I probably won’t be able to wear till after the baby is born!! 

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to make a flying visit to the lovely West Wales Wool Show in Narberth and the lovely Zoe of Pins and Needles and Jen of Owl About Yarn have been busy bees at various yarn shows, but we’re kind enough to take some time up north and visit a few yarn stalls for me!!! 

Soooo my yarny acquisitions are:

River knits; mermaid, shroom, Indian giant squirrel and so what if I’m a pansy.

Fleabubs and Lala;

Mothy and the squid; 

Owl About Yarn; Tibetan owl

Mum has been busy knitting and shopping too!! 

William and James have both had new matching hats!!! James has barely taken his off, William has made a game of removing his and running off!! Ahh toddlers!!! 

Mum has sent me a couple of gifts too,

A lush apron dress which should continue to fit as an extra layer even as I get bigger!! 

And a yarn goddess T shirt!!! 

Both of which I think she got at Ally Pally where she went this year and did a couple of workshops!! I’m now waiting on her to visit so she can show me what she learnt… Double knitting etc!!!  

I’m sure I’ve acquired a few other bits, but can’t for the life if me remember!! 
Other crafty things….

So no longer just the podcast just knitting and stitching!! 

I’m going to start including some of the other crafty things I’m getting up to.

I’ve been repainting and fixing a dolls house originally made by mainly Dad and a bit myself as a teaching resource, to make it into a barn for the small boy to play with….

I’ve started to make a sign for the front of the house…. I’ve planed and sanded a chunk of oak, which was part of the original barn roof, used my pyrography tool to burn the lettering for the name…. Realising about three letters in we have the longest house name in the world!! I’m now varnishing it many many times so it survives the weather up here!! 

I’ve made little man his own workbench for the workshop so he can play while we get in with some things out there…. It’s one of those things I’ll gradually add to….
Cooking…

We had a load of apples to process so I’ve made apple jelly, stewed Apple, and apple cakes and scones!! 

We grew an enormous marrow so I’ve made marrow chutney, using James Martins recipe off the BBC website!

I’ve made some chocolate caramel crackers and there is a blog post in TyddynBryn.com with the recipe!

I’ve made my own mincemeat this year for mince pies!! Using the Delia Smith recipe on the BBC website

Delia also came up trumps with a fab leek and potato soup recipe this month!! Well worth a go if you like soups!! 
Shop update

No shop update this time but it’s something I’m slowly getting to!!! 

I shall be putting a call out soon for test knitters for a few different patterns, keep an eye on Instagram and in the Rav groups etc for those!! 

I am also trying to wind all the lovely alpaca yarn into skeins and get that into the shop, but so far each time I get the niddy noddy out a small human makes off with it or tries to help….

I am also working on a few other items for the shop…. But these will be hush hush till such time as I’m ready for a reveal!!! 
Farm happenings!!

We have done LOADS!! I’ve done some more in depth blog posts recently over in tyddynbryn.com, and a photo story on here, but a quick run down is:

Built, furnished, moved stuff into a workshop in Barn one,

Built a polytunnel frame, which just needs some more base securing before its skinned out,

Built a fruit cage frame, ready to mesh skin

Planted a box and forsythia hedge

Had a ton of fencing done with gates and everything cos we are posh like that!! Lol.

Had the hedges cut

Cleared out and sorted side one of barn one,

Collected and processed some wood…. Loads still to go!!

Planted bulbs

Chickens!!! (If you missed the live hatching back at the end of September the video is in the Tyddyn Bryn Facebook group and one hatches at about 38 minutes or about then!!)

Etc etc!!!

I hope you enjoy the photo story!!! 

Finally

Tyddyn Bryn out and about

We have decided to try and go out and explore our local area as much as we can…. Which hasn’t been much yet…. But we’ll get there!!! So far William and I have started going to a Forest school toddler group and we have been to Poppit Sands for a wander and some lunch! Lovely beach!! 

Here’s the last photo story!!

Thank you for watching!! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the podcast this time!! If you did please click the like button at the bottom and or leave a comment, I’ll try to reply in a timely fashion!!! 

Show notes are going to be on the blog at tyddynbryn.com and in the Ravelry group….

You can find me as Tyddyn Bryn on rav, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest etc. If you don’t want to miss any instalments click subscribe!! I currently podcast when I can, but hope to start getting onto at least a once a month routine if not fortnightly!!! 

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!!! 

Episode two and Some additional crafty updates

I recorded and uploaded episode two last week!! 

Show notes….

Farm update in brief…

Knitting: socks, deco mat, daydreamer, plans

Acquisitions: sooooooo much fabric!! Then some more an some more!!

Sewing: pj trousers, curtains and plans plans plans…..

Shop update: new pattern

Guest appearance! 

Since then….

I am making great progress on the Daydreamer sweater by Jennifer Steingass!!! loving the pattern!!! Hope to have a photo of little man wearing it soon!!

I have not knit a bit of the deco mat….. Bad me….. Must try harder

A gratuitous photo of the finished the socks!!! Just need to wind the yarn for my next pair now!! Tomorrow I will find a moment!!

I have sewn the hall curtains and now the utility ones too… Just need to add curtain tape and get the curtain poles!!

The Podcast!!! Episode 1!!

 
This morning I shared the first of the Tyddyn Bryn podcasts!!! There is episode one up on YouTube!! 

Here are the show notes!

Welcome, and explanation of Tyddyn Bryn and the short series of videos….. Namely because of small man!!

Knitting:

Currently working on… Vanilla socks for James with a partridge heel in Crazy Zauberball yarn I bought at Loop.

A Deco Brioche mug mat, by Lesley Anne Robinson for the Pinsandneedles newfangled makealong 

A hat for William in sirdar snuggly four ply, which just needs ears then I’ll write up the pattern!

The WIP walk of shame….

17 UFOs discovered when I trawled my stash…. 17!!!!! They are all on my Ravelry page (I’m on there as Tyddyn Bryn) the one of note is the daydreamer I’m knitting for William! Pattern by Jennifer Steingass on Ravelry, paid for pattern.

Sewing:

Two FOs the bedroom curtains and a pair of trousers for William. The Barcelona joggers by IKatee patterns. Fabric from Ray Stitch in London.

Acquisitions:

Simplicity 1080 pattern for a linen tunic

Merchant and mills book

Lotte Jansdottir book 

Kafia ole sock yarn

Janome over locker

Shop update… 
There are also two farm tour videos!!

Farm tour part one

Farm tour part two