Thursday, 26 August 2010

Doll jumper in progress

Yes, I am getting on with knitting doll's clothes.  This is going to be a jumper for a doll with madder (colour)  hair.  The yarn is a natural dark grey and the edging is in multi-coloured yarn someone suggested would look fabulous on the dolly.  When I have finished the doll I will post a photo of the lovely doll on my blog.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Dyeing with Dahlias.

Fleece dyed with Dahlia flowers.

I am going to needle felt this fleece to make some small hearts.  The fleece was placed in a bowl of cold water with alum as a mordant.  I then put in some faded dahlia flowers and left the bowl for a couple of days in the greenhouse.  The sunshine and warmth did its job and this is the resulting colour.  By not boiling up a pot on the stove I have saved fuel and still obtained a result.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


The yarn here is Shetland DK dyed with madder and is a lovely orange colour.  I am knitting a beanie in the round and it knits up really quickly.  The crown of the hat is knitted with 4 needles, this is because the stitches are reduced in number and it becomes difficult to manipulate on a set of circular needles.  The intent is to sell the hats and I have also ordered some silver grey DK yarn, which should be arriving in the post next week.  The beanies fit tightly on the head and are snug and warm.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Another Show

We went to the County Show and yet again it poured with rain.  What is happening to sunny August?  Why is this sheep wearing a blanket?It was lovely to see so many exhibits at the Produce Show.
September has one more show for us to visit and enjoy, then it really is the end of summer.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Other dolls

This is an example of one of my dolls using commercial wool, rather than the naturally dyed yarns.  There is another craft fair early on in September and I hope to take a couple with me to sell.  This week-end is going to be busy as I have plenty of knitting to keep me occupied.  Just as well that the weather is going to be wild and rainy in these parts!

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Thursday, 19 August 2010


As well as making dolls, I have been having a tidy up in my sewing room.  This is just a selection of items I found and probably now need to start seriously thinking of having a de-stash sale. 

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The mill

The farm where we enjoyed the dye day also has a mill where spinning lessons are held.  These usually take place during the winter months and it is really cosy in there.  The owner has a loom and a number of spinning wheels. Unfortunately the quality of my spinning is not up to scratch, so I will stick to needle felting and knitting.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Fun Dye Day

A group of us met with our pots, pans, gas stoves and dye materials to turn our fleece into a selection of beautiful colours.
This yarn colour was achieved by using logwood natural dye on a piece of yarn which had used alum as a mordant.  A delicate lilac.
The darker purple yarn here was from the same dye pot as the delicate lilac, but had been in the pot for about 2 hours longer.
We also used madder, lichen which had been steeping for 8 months (very smelly), brazilwood, heather, indigo and walnuts.  This time the madder produced apricot, which was not the result we had wanted but was pretty enough.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Fleece prep.

This looks a bit ghastly but it is just a tub of sheep's fleece that I am soaking in water and some alum.  On Sunday I am off to a fun dye day and hope to change this mess into nice coloured fleece.  Once I have dyed the fleece I can then make some needle felted hearts.  The alum acts as a mordant and ensures that the fleece takes the dye.  Will look forward to showing the results.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Fabric de-stash

Someone had a de-stash moment and gave me this cotton fabric.  Paul has asked me to make a large bag to hold his many musical instrument stands etc., so I can add these tasks to my long list of work in progress.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Natural and plant dyed yarns

For some of my dolls I use commercial yarn such as Debbie Bliss and Rowan because the colours and textures are so pleasing.  Other dolls are made in natural yarns only, such as these vegetable dyed and natural wools.  Lovely aren't they?  This week-end I am going to a natural dyeing day at a local farm, so will be sharing more thoughts and photos as a result of our activities.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Doll jumper

This is a small jumper I made for my knitted dolls.  The yarn is Shetland DK, grey and the pattern was adapted from one I found in an old knitting book.  Lots more of them to be knitted up.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Work In Progress

This is one of my knitted dolls I am aiming to sell online.  At the moment I am providing a few for Damson & Slate, the lovely shop in Narberth.  Today I must finish it off and get it on the shelves of the shop!  It is made with DK Shetland wool, dyed with natural plant material.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Agricultural Show

At the Show we looked at the prize winners.......
the sheep ........
the walking sticks ...... and

the geese.  Then we drove home.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Whenever I go out and about I like to head for the coast.  Yesterday we went to the Nevern Show and on the way back (via the pub) we stopped off at the beach for a nice stroll.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Natural knitting

It's time for me to get on with the knitting as I have a number of orders for my dolls.  These natural dyed yarns are Shetland DK and have been spun and hand dyed by a fellow knitter.  Nevern Show is on today, so perhaps the crafting can wait until this evening.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


In September I am planning to be at a craft show where I will  be selling items such as vintage and recycled buttons.  Since the last show I have been thinking about improving the presentation of the buttons and hope to preview some examples on the blog.  In the meantime here are a few photos of buttons on the old style packaging.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Walking on the beach

We went for a walk on Amroth beach last Sunday, and crunched our way over the pebbles and dead crabs.  I liked the sage green colour of this creature of the sea.
The blackberries are now starting to form amongst the bramble bushes.  This basket is just the right size for some, ladylike, blackberry picking. 

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Summer lasted about 3 weeks here.  Today it is cloudy but dry, so far.  There are still a few blackcurrants left on the bush and so we will be having blackcurrant and raspberry pudding for tea.  The blackbirds will probably help themselves to the remaining fruit.