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!!

A little crafty update and a teaser for some shop updates this week!!

So I have been knitting on Some Christmas socks and the wool is working out ok!

Then I’ve finished a project from the WIP wall of shame!!!! Yay!!!

Meet the leaf babies!!

So more about them later this week!!

Then I’ve been out in the workshop working on some wood crafts and pyrography….

Then for little Sirs Forest school group I’ve been asked to knit some elf clothes so the children can make some little elves!!

I finished proto elf last evening!! Along with a few other projects to be revealed later this week!!

So stay tuned this week for lots of shop updates and FO posts!!!

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….

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Crafty happenings

Busy times again here as always it seems but now the workshop is nigh on finished and now functional!!!!! 

So I decided to crack on with a few jobs I’ve been planning for a while…..

Firstly, I made something to occupy the small human whilst we are in the work shop and to stop him porcupining all the available holes in workbenches etc with screws!!! 

A work bench!!


Then I decided it would be a good idea our home had a name sign!!! 

So I cleaned up a lovely chunk of hard wood, which incidentally used to be part of the old barn roof itself….


I marked out the lettering with a pencil and a stencil I printed off from the computer and cut out using a craft knife…. Then using my pyrography tool I burnt the name into the wood…. Currently I’m on the second coat of varnish of about seven!!!

So whilst I’m varnishing I’ve started another project for the boys!!! (As will be come March, bump two is a little boy!!) I am turning a dolls house Dad made and I roofed and painted…..


I used in my classroom for a few years as both a teaching resource and as a choice time activity/play resource…..

Now it starts its journey to being a barn for the boys to keep their toy tractors and farm animals in!!


Lots of craftiness, though not of my usual ilk!!!

Workshop Building

Recently we have been working hard on getting the area in the first barn behind the house turned into a workshop for all the tools and for doing some of the jobs we need to get done around the place….. including me making a heap of toys for Sir and for future Forest School plans (follow me over on Pinterest to see my collection of ideas I have for these things!!)

Sooo….. we started with…..

Well in reality there was a horse box and a tonne of junk and wood in there to really start with!!

Then building work started….

Then some more……

and some electricals….

and a roof…..

a lot of tanking slurry…..

and a bit of patio to sort the awful back door entrance out….

some welding and gate building….

The last two days I have been painting it with some cheap white paint so it doesn’t look so much of a cave….

Today Himself is cementing the floor in places to level it for racking….

So nearly ready for its final reveal!!!

 

Shave horse!

    

Last weekend my Dad brought down a shave horse he built me! 

This weekend James and I spent some time making stakes to stabilise woodland steps!!! I think we ended up with about 32, at four per step….. Mmmmm….. 8 steps….. Few more to make me thinks!!! 

Another weekend at the farm!

Last weekend we went to the farm with my Mum and Dad, so naturally we got a few jobs done!!

Mum and I did some extreme sloe picking, meaning the hedgerow needed cutting back from the gate a smidge and we could reach some of the really good sloes so…. Stihl motor plus extendy chain saw attachment…. And I cut them good branches down!!! Whilst Mum picked them clean!!!

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Meanwhile back in the barn where our tank for the borehole is Dad and apprentice James were building “the coffin”

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This is a wooden box which will eventually be stuffed with fleeces/wool to insulate the water tank!!! And it also doubles as a work bench!!

Dad and James built it using a load of the wood left from taking down the housing from my Granny’s swimming pool!!

Mum and I were then trusted to take out Ally the gator into the fields for a drive round the hedgerows…. Where we picked blackberries, rose hips and also found we have honeysuckle in the hedgerows!! So pretty!! We also had a sneaky game of slalom racing round the haylage bales!!! Te he!!!