Can I join you Nellie?
The past month has been bit of a whirlwind.
And at times I wish I had the energy of a 4 month old puppy. I'm currently working away like mad to get my St Distaffs Day challenge finished. Luckily the sleeves have lots of plain knitting and the end is in sight. Over in The Fellowship of Yarn we're busy getting ready for the Tour de Fleece, one of my favourite times of year. Lots of daily posts have been researched to share some information about the route the race passes through each day, and thi year as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations I'll be releasing limited stock of lots of different fibre from the past 10 years. Blends from The Birds, Queens, Ceilidh and Hiraeth all make appearances, as well as favourites from the Time Travellers Club.
If you've never done the Tour de Fleece before it's great fun, and very simple. We spin for every day that the riders race. You can spin as much or as little as you like, set targets, or just see how much you can achieve. We all cheer each other on, and generally have a lovely time.
I did manage to get another warp off the loom though. This is the shadow weave draft from Jane Stafford School of Weaving. Looks really fancy, but definitely isn't that hard.
Nellie has been having a great time exploring the Welsh countryside. She is a proper farm dog by nature and loves being outside, even when the rest of the household are sat indoors out of the rain!
Mum and I took a trip to Bodnant Garden to see the Rhododendrons and Azaleas, it's such a beautiful place to walk around, we've been before in high summer, and it was just as lovely in late spring.
The shop is thankfully looking a bit more full... the first post-brexit order from my suppliers in Italy has arrived. Not without complications, but it is here! Another is on the way very shortly.
I'm also busy getting ready for Fiberworld the online fibre show that's happening from July 21st-25th. I'll be having an interactive booth at the show... I have a few exciting things planned, and will be hosting a lounge slot. I'm also going to be back on the stages with talks and demonstrations, and this year I'm teaching classes to. Two are spinning based to help you get better at controlling yarn thickness and twist levels, and the 3rd is focused on dyeing cotton fabric using procion dyes. There are so many great looking classes that I only wish I had time to take some of them!