So I haven't been able to do as much as I would have liked but I did manage to get to the Lleyn SWD Guild where we had a spinning & and weaving day which was fun. They have accepted my weaving for the all Wales exhibition , so now I have two items with two different guilds on display!!
I have finished the merino/silk batt I bought at Woolfest and I do love the end yarn but unfortunately there is not enough yardage for the Tangled Yoke Cardi from IK . I have 928 yds and it requires at least 1337 yds so another project will have to be thought for this yarn.
It wasn't an easy yarn to spin fine as the silk was very nubbly but it does have a lovely tweedy effect
On the wheel at the moment I am spinning sock yarn which has nylon added to it ; this is another Woolfest buy.
I am trying to use up all the stuff I have before Saturday :) as there will be a lot of trade stalls at the all Wales SWD Guild meeting !!
Also the following week Winghams are coming to the Meirionedd SWD Guild so there will be YET more temptation thrown in my path. See I told you a few post back that October is going to an expensive month for me!! Well ,I do believe I have to make the most of opportunities that come my way ;) and the all Wales is held every other year so nothing there next year and also having Winghams arrive at my doorstep , what is a girl do do ?
Also it is my birthday this week , hence the title and if I don't get these things now ; when will I ? Do I feel guilty ? Well a bit, as I really should knit up what I have at the moment . It's coming up to a year this next month since I started spinning and to say that I am hooked is an understatement. Yes I have spent a fair bit here and there on my new hobby but its worth every penny ,as not only has it opened up a new world where I have made so many friends in my own area and online but it has also lifted my spirits no end and I feel, that once again I am being creative.
So with all this forthcoming spending I was trying to save on some things . Both Kath and I are doing the Mystery Stole which starts next week and we needed yarn ; so I bought some cheap merino lace weight off E-Bay at £4.99 for 3 skeins with 900yds in each skein. It was a slightly variegated light brown but no longer. It went into the dye pot and is now a lush chocolate brown and I bought some copper beads to go with it which I like and hope that Kath does too .
Also I dyed that vivid yellow Jitterbug yarn and it now looks like this.
Talking of Colinette.On the last trip I bought some Cadenza to make Roam and so I thought I would wind the skeins this week only to find that I was one ball short :( No wonder really after our chaotic shopping with Emily . Fortunately they still had some left so they are posting me some , phew !! Lets hope it matches as it was out of the sale room.
I have a FO to show and I have to say I hated knitting this as it was done on 10mm needles. It should have been a quick knit but I found it very painful with my joints to use such large needles .
Not sure if these shrugy things suit me but its a light throw on and great with jeans.
So as I said it's my birthday this week and although I never really think of age or
that I am getting older, of course I am and Clarabelle gave me food for thought re ageing with a post of hers.I certainly don't want to be called 'mutton dressed as lamb' and I too get a shock when I see myself sometimes in the mirror or in a photo!! but hey I will go down fighting.I have always loved eccentric old ladies ,so I guess I am just working my way there . Hopefully not too quickly,(I will be 56 this time ) but I do love wearing a LOT of purple :) , is this a sign ?
I just love this poem and I will end this ramble with it, in defiance of ageing
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
by Jenny Joseph