For those of you who have noticed ,I closed my blog recently as I just wasn't getting the time or the energy to update it nor was I following other folks blogs .I haven't been updating Ravelry either with photos of FO or any work that I have been doing. Again this is partially due to lack of time and would much rather do stuff than write about it . There are times when this online world totally irritates me,I guess I am not a 'virtual' person and would rather live in he 'real' world, also in my opinion there are so many large egos out there that need feeding especially on Ravelry that I tend to want to shy away from the whole scene. BUT its part of life and it has its good side too and one of the reasons I am back is due to folks say they miss my blog so I am back but I can't promise I will post about every yarn I make and stitch I do .
Okay so what have I been up to ? I am still loving dyeing though haven't done any for the shop and re the shop I am am having a re-think about that too !! there are so many more indie dyers popping up these days and I have to say so many are of such poor quality that I can count on one hand how many I would buy from. That's not to say it isn't great to see new dyers , it is ,its just the quality I have issues about and some have no colour sense at all .I also think the market is flooded with dyed 'one skein wonders' and it time to think of something new, again I am never a follower of fashion but go my own way .
I also have to admit to being poor and amateurish at taking photos which doesn't help with online selling although we can't complain at the sales we have had in the past , its just I don't think our photos do them justice . So I think I will have to invest in a better camera at some point .
I never intended to make a business out of my hobbies and I still don't want that as I know I would soon lose the enjoyment and my creative soul would soon dry up .
We have been doing pretty well with our craft fairs and but again I really don't want to do more than I can handle . I enjoy what I do and as long as it pays for my hobby , which it does I am more than happy.
Enough ranting :)......here are photos of some natural dyeing that we did when Kath came over last weekend . Some are destined for a waistcoat from 'Dazzling Knits' plus some handspun silk and merino was indigo dyed for the waistcoat 'Cloud Chaser'
Next on the cards are things to get ready for a local craft exhibition later this month I have been asked to take part in which is very exciting . Oh and as I write this at some unearthly hour in the morning I am awaiting the postie to hopefully deliver a new wheel. We decided to sell on our lovely Lendrum and get a smaller travelling wheel so the Majacraft Little Gem made sense as the bobbins , flyers etc from the Suzie would go with it. I do hope we are doing the right thing as I loved the Lendrum . The only consolation is its going to a lovely friend who I am sure will love her as mush as we did
ETA : natural dyes used madder, weld, logwood, cochineal, brazilwood, alkanet, , from the garden purple elder and hops,red onion which we got green from again and ordinary onion which we got yellow and gold and then an indigo vat the second day.