Saturday, 6 October 2012

3 Belle Elles

Hello!

Come and see the new blog I'm involved in :) Its called 3 Belle Elles, because its about me, and two Lauras (get it.. get...!!!).

I will still be blogging here, but probably not as much. Its much more fun to blog with friends about our crafting adventures :D

Elle
xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

Making Monday - Meet Madeline

Here is Madeline. My new sewing machine! I know I've only had my previous sewing machine for a year, but I love sewing and we didn't get along. Lorelei is a very basic machine, with one speed setting - I'm going to sew fast! I need a machine thats easier to control, and Madeline has 3 speed settings! I'm working very well with the medium setting.

Ok, so she is a Brother, Innov-Is 10-A, which is an Anniversary edition. My LYS is also a Brother delear you see, so I was able to pick a new machine based on what I needed! She has lots of cool functions like when you stop sewing the needle will end down in the fabric rather than just anywhere it wants to stop (great for when you need to turn a corner!), the sewing backwards happens by itself - just a press of a button! A top loading bobbin which is just the coolest thing ever for me, apparently it will thread the needle by itself but I was too excited to read how to do that... and and and you can drop the feed dogs (funny names!) for free hand embroidery! And the usual load of stitches and a little computer screen to change to length and width of the stitches! Fun fun fun.

Anyway, as I now work at my LYS, we decided we needed a "uniform" of sorts, so people will know when we are working and when we are just hanging out in the store. Enter Operation Apron!

We're all making a half apron to represent us! And so I googled for a tutorial and found this one. I knew I wanted a frilly edge, and pockets and I wanted it slightly rounded.

In my head it was sort of French Maid with a touch of Goth. And I had to use the skull and cross bone ribbon from work - it was a must!

So here it is before pockets:

I think we can agree it is slightly French Maid right?! When following the tutorial I actually didn't add the 6.5" on to the waist, I didn't want the apron to meet at the back, I wanted the ruffles around me!!!

And I inserted ribbon through the waist band. It doesn't move as I sewed it down on the openings, but you can see faint skull and crossbones through the fabric, and it makes me happy :D I was intending to sew the ribbon on top of the waist band, but I couldn't be bothered :P

I did my pocket differently too. Mostly because I was getting tired and misread the instructions :P My pockets have little coverings so if I put something in them I can hide them!

Look, a pocket!

More cute little skull and crossbones!

And here is the finished article in all its glory!

Yup, there are two pockets, and pleats and ruffles! I've always fought with ruffles before, but my new machine made them a dream to make!

So yes I am in love with my Madeline... and I can't wait to go to work on Thursday eeee!

Elle
xxx



Monday, 27 August 2012

Making Monday - Strip Skirt


I've been on a sewing kick! Its fun to make your own clothes to wear :D

Anyway, about 4 months ago I decided I wanted to make a skirt out of strips of fabric, thinking if it worked then I could use up lots of my leftovers in many more skirts!

I found a tutorial which, of course, I can no longer find, but it told me how to make my template and measure where I wanted the skirt to sit and then how many strips of fabric to cut out (with seam allowance and stuff).

So I did all that, made my calculations and cut out 32 strips of fabric/

Plain black, skull and cross bones, dinosaur bones and bats. Totally me!

Because I then moved flats, and my sewing machine then had  wobble after the last skirt, it was a good few months on before I started sewing everything together.

Here are all the strips together, before the yoke:

And since I then couldn't find the pattern again, I used the yoke pattern from another skirt, had some issues making the zip fit (I need some more practice and help with zips I think!), but it finally came together.

I decided that if I hemmed the skirt correctly I would lose length and then it would be too short, so I used bias binding instead. It worked quite well I think!

Unfortunately (or fortunately since I needed it!) between the initial calculations and finishing, I had put a bit of weight on, which means its a little snug on the hips, but it still fits ok! I think any more skirts like this will need one extra strip in them.

I have fabric to make another 3 proper skirts, and then I'll see what is left over and if maybe I can make a few more strip skirts.

Inspired by my sewing tutor telling me that for the whole year she isn't buying new clothing (apart from underwear if its needed), only from charity shops and what she makes herself, I'm going to try it too! I don't often buy new clothing anyway, but if I can learn to fix what I do have, and make more clothing tailored to me, then I think that will be fabulous.

So starting from September, thats what I will be doing for the year!

YAY!

Elle
xxx

PS: Four jobs is now back to three jobs, as the fourth job offered me more hours so I took them. I am pretty much full time working now! EEEE!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Hello!

Hello! I haven't run away... I went and got myself another job! Oh yes... for those who are counting that is now 4 jobs I work! Number 1: running my own business Miss Elle Knits. Number 2: working in Jumble Jelly my LYS. Number 3: The surf and ski shop. Number 4: A health food and sustainable stuff shop. Phew. So I've been a completely busy bee and bed beckons before 9pm every night these days!

But I have made stuff. First up is a skirt I made on a workshop at Jumble Jelly with the gorgeous Alexa as tutor. She is a fantastic tutor, and went I had a slight meltdown because my sewing machine broke a little bit... she made me feel better. It wasn't my fault that the zip wouldn't sew in, my machine was misbehaving!

Anyway, here is the finished project:
I have more fabric to make another of this style skirt now. I love it!

Second is a cardigan I knit! YAY!

This is Tempest from Knitty. I used Knit Picks Palette yarn which I bought from Great British Yarns. Its used less than the 200g I bought, so this yarn has fantastic yardage. I even made the sleeves longer than the pattern said (8 stripes instead of 4). I love the narrow stripes around the waist to make me look even smaller!

I only made one button hole as I like swingy cardigans, and even on cardies I have with loads of buttons on I only ever do up the top couple.

And so thats all for now. At least you know I'm still alive!

Elle
xxx


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Best days ever!!!!





I've had a very beautiful week so far! On Tuesday I met up with a long-time internet friend Robert and we went for a walk along the river in Bradford-On-Avon. There was a convenient bench opposite a field of sheep, which we must have sat on for about an hour! Making up all sorts of nonsense stories about these sheep and what they were doing. Those two at the back... well, they were stuck together and only counted as one animal! Madness.

And then yesterday I got to play with a duckling! But not on a farm.... oh no... in my local yarn store!!!! The owner of Jumble Jelly's husband runs a company called Woodland Adventurers, and has all sorts of fun and games and animals up at their wood for children. I think its a fabulous idea and want to go and play with the sheep and pigs and chickens (and now ducks!) myself.

Anyway... Chris had just got some baby ducks, and bought them in to show off. I was soooo happy I thought I could die right then! Ducklings are one of the cutest things on the planet for me.

Let the photos of me, Abi and ducklings commence!

4 baby ducks!!! 2 weeks old!!!
For a girl she was very interested in my bewb!
This is my "It's so fluffy I'm going to die!!!" face
I'm soooo happy!!!
My "awwwwww" face as the duckling settled
I don't wanna let go!!!
One day I will live in a little cottage with a small holding. There will be a couple of sheep, a couple of alpaca, and a duck pond. And a huge polytunnel to grow my own veggies in.

This is the dream, and I will make it happen!

Elle
xxx

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sock Saturday - Mystery KAL!


Like all good mystery sock KALs it started with a cuff... ok, all the good top-down mystery sock KALs will start here!

Unfortunately I was moving during the process of this KAL... and may not have had all the instructions... and so when I got to this point:


And realised that actually there were two different toe charts as the second sock was supposed to have the "arrows" going the opposite direction... yeah. Well, I tweeted the designer (the awesome Rock and Purl Girl) and she said as long as I was happy with the result, what did it matter?!

And I am happy! I love these socks. They are my transition socks from a horrid cold flat to a beautiful large cheaper warmer flat! Happy rainbow socks!


The yarn is KnitPicks Felici in colourway "Rainbow". I love the Felici yarn, its so soft. But wears really well!

The pattern is the Rock+Purl Mystery Sock KAL (Ravelry link) and is charted and written I think. I just followed the charts!

Extremely well written, I definitely want to try more of Ruth's patterns now!

Elle
xxx

Friday, 15 June 2012

Fibre Friday - My New Baby!


ARGH! Theres a ladybug on a box!!!

Meet my new baby:


This is Clarabelle. As many of you will know (especially if you listen to the podcast Miss Elle Knits) I have been lusting after this wheel since I tried one out at Unravel in February. Then my gorgeous friend Victoria got one last Friday, and enabled me to purchase my own.

You can faintly see where my ladybug is on the wheel, on the left hand leg under the handle. Here is a close up:


I've named her Annie. Do other people name their bugs too? I know people name their wheels...

So yes... I have Annie and Clarabelle! Now I need a little something to hang on my wheel called Thomas... geddit?!?! (And yes I know its actually spelt Clarabel, but my spelling is prettier!).

So after putting her together (I used tools by myself thanks to Debbie at Jumble Jelly for lending me screwdrivers!!!), I text my friend Laura and said "Let's not start pilates tonite, I want to play with my new wheel!". She agreed, and I settled down for what became a 4 hour marathon spinning session.

We had a little issue getting started, but thats because I'm so used to the tension on my Ashford Joy, and Clarabelle is a little more fierce. I oiled her up, took some deep breaths, and started on some gorgeous superwash merino from Krafty Koala.


Gorgeous purples! I'm using the medium sized whorl, on the smallest bit, in an effort to spin a little thicker, but its not working! I'm unable to spin thick! 

Clarabelle is a dream to spin, I love her oh so very much! Joyce is my travel wheel now, and since I'm only a minute walk from my LYS, she can come out to play more often :)

Here are my babies together:

 
Don't they look happy?! Apologies for the light, it was about 10pm and I only had my little light on coz I was too lazy to turn the big light on!

Elle
xxx

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jubilee Weekend Fun!

Saturday:
Spent the day in Jumble Jelly, as is my custom for Saturdays :) Lots of British themed fabric was bought by various people for bunting. I draped myself in some that Debbie had made, and that was Saturdays celebrations!


Sunday:
A lazy morning, but a fabulous afternoon! BoA had planned a Big Picnic Lunch at Barton Farm. There was a hog roast and brass band promised. So I packed my lunch, found a blanket (cutting up some bin bags to lay on the ground first), and pootled off to meet Laura and Sarah, my picnicing friends. Unfortunately when we got there it was raining again.

The brass band were still there though, and a few braze souls were picnicing under trees. Unfortunately the promised hog roast was not there, and so Laura and Sarah consoled themselves with Pimms.


After a mooch around the little artisan shops we headed back to Laura's flat where she was cooking up some deliciousness foods that even I had a try at eating!


We drank tea from proper cups and saucers, and ate on the floor. Ok, I ate on the floor in the spirit of the failed picnic! After a fun afternoon we parted ways, only to be meeting up again the following day!

Monday:
I was going to have a fairly intense Monday morning of paperwork and things, but Laura text to ask if I needed to go to the recycling centre (there does not appear to be any recycling boxes where I live now, and Laura doesn't have any either), and since I love to recycle, I said yes! She came and got me and we headed to Trowbridge, where I discovered you can recycle Tetra Pak! YAY! We then had a quick look in New Look in town, and I bought some more vest tops (its rude not to when they are £2.49), however they didn't have any small adult ones... so I ended up with age 14-15 years old! Which should be tax free right coming from the children's section? But they were the same price as the adult ones!

We came back for lunch, and an hour later headed off for Glastonbury, meeting up with Sarah and Libby. By happy coincidence a certain fella who I met at Wonderwool was also in town that day, and we met for a little bit. I don't think its going to go anywhere though unfortunately, I'm still in that head phase of OMG I want my ex back so bad. I had a bit of a wobble on the drive home, and haven't been quite right since about it.

Whilst in Glasto though I did a little bit of purchasing in their awesome wholefood shop, and bought a few new things to try and yum yum yum! I also bought some henna for my hair.

That evening on the BoA events list was a "happening". To start at 9:30. I had a suspicion it would be something to do with the beacons being light across the country, but as we don't have an official beacon, I had no idea what they'd do. I wasn't actually going to go but I saw the time was 9:15, and its literally a 3 minute walk now from where I live to Westbury Gardens, so I figured why the heck not.

On arrival I saw this in the river:


Yup, we were going to be setting fire to the river! There is also a man in a small round boat (corricle sp?). At that point I text Laura as she hadn't been planning to come, and she raced down with her camera too. I bumped into a couple more friends, Dave and Cass and Lou and her family, and we all had lots of fun waiting for the happening to begin!


The mayor arrived and got into the little boat too. The little boat is very small, and only designed for one person... and guess who fell out?! Oh yes, the dear old mayor! I'd overheard him saying that he couldn't swim!

Soon it was time to light the beacon!


The last one is where a small piece tried to make a get away! Luckily the fire brigade where on hand to prevent things like this. They also seemed to just be having lots of fun, having set up this fan like waterfall, and towards the end having a water fight amongst themselves.

There were fireworks, the Queen's theme tune was played, and there was music coming from the gazebo set up around the big tree.

Soon I started to get cold as I didn't have a coat on, and we headed off across the town bridge to get a different view. But it still just looked like burning wood on a river haha!

Tuesday:
This was a very lazy morning, involving knitting and Netflix and staying in bed for a while. Then hennaing my hair. Just after washing out the henna and enjoying the lovely shine to my hair, Our Laura text and asked if she could come round (this is now a different Laura!). After explaining I was having a grunge day and exchanging the fact neither of us was wearing make up, she set off down the hill to visit my new place. I quickly tidied up :P

After an enjoyable chat we headed out for a quick walk. Which was good because otherwise I would have stayed in all day feeling sorry for myself!

I went back home, cooked a nice dinner for myself, and spent the evening knitting and watching Fraiser (which also makes me cry as that was the series the ex and I were watching before the split - I got to the episodes we watched the night I left last night and sobbed my heart out).

And so that was my Jubilee weekend. How was yours?

Elle
xxx

PS: much love to the Queen! WOOP!!!!


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Olympic Torch fun!

And as every good story should... it starts with a bouncy castle!

Hah! On May 22nd 2012, the Olympic Torch relay passed through Bradford-On-Avon, from Trowbridge on its way to Bath. It was Day 4 of the relay, which lets face - thats pretty darn exciting to be so early on! Throughout the day there was lots to see and do, besides the bouncy castle (which I sat on the outside and had a little bounce on, even though you needed to be under 10!).

There was face painting too!


I had a lovely little bat and a glittery moon. For the bargain of £1! Yes, face painting was cheap and the lady who was running it was adorable so I hope she got lots of business.

It was also the end of the BoA Sports festival, so just by the bouncy castle were two table tennis tables, and other various events around town. Live music, a gazebo up around the big tree in Wetbury Gardens for people to use... lots of fun.

The torch was due at 2:25pm or 2:35pm... it had a 5 in it and was around that time, so at 1:45pm we all left Jumble Jelly to stake out our places. I was going to go to my flat and lean out the window since it passed right underneath, but Alexa had staked a great place right outside, so I stayed there with her. After running upstairs first to get my two folding chairs for us to sit on :D



So this was the street as we all started to wait. We were near the end of the relay, and at the bottom of a rather steep hill, so we were feeling sorry for the poor person who had to run up there. It was a beautiful clear and hot day too.

Various things paraded past us in preparation for the torch!

A bus!


Samsung
Lloys TSB who gave us all wavy things
Coca Cola who handed out free coke


A car!
Eventually we saw the torch!

But no flame?! OMG we suddenly realised we were looking at an exchange point for torch carriers! We were going to see two torches!!!!


Getting instructions on how to use the torch :P


Suddenly the other torch arrived and we watched them "kiss" and pass the flame along. I'll admit I got chills and goosebumps when I saw this.

And off she runs!

Was such a brilliant day, I'm so pleased it was good weather. There is such a community feel in town at the moment, and it was great to see sooo many people out and about enjoying themselves.

Elle
xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

This one is for you.

Today my ex embarks on the next chapter of his life, and whilst I'm terribly sad that its without me... I know its going to be the most amazing and exciting time for him.

And so this post is to thank him for the wonderful years we spent together. You taught me so much, you helped me grow as a person... and I will never forget you for that.

When we met I was this little ball of anger, the slightest thing would tip me over the edge and I would throw things at you, and slam doors and just horrible really. Hey, remember that time I threw a fork at you?! I couldn't imagine doing that now. I'm still not sure how we got through those first couple of years together!

I was a spoilt little girl, I expected you to do everything for me, but I soon learnt that wasn't going to happen. And yes I will still pout occasionally when things don't go my way, but I don't throw the hissy fits like I used to. You taught me that wouldn't swing in the real world.

You were with me when I got sick, and held my hand when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. You told me that I would be able to beat it, and you learnt to recognise the signs that meant I was overdoing it, and you would make me stop and rest.

You taught me to love myself. I know I was in constant need of reassurance of your love, but you have no idea how much that helped me. You told me I was beautiful, that I could do anything I put my mind to... and I believed you. You built my self confidence up to the point that I am sitting here, after 7 months on my own saying... "Hey, you know what? I can do this. I really truly can do this by myself."

Above all you loved me. And I know in a way you still do and you always will. Just like I will always love you. I was never angry at you for the way things ended, I was disapointed and upset, I was angry at someone else for forcing it to happen... but that wasn't you.

So thank you for the wonderful memories of the past 6 years, thank you for being the rock I leant upon when things got rough and thank you for being you. You are amazing, you are awesome, and you have great things to accomplish. I will always be here for you should you need me, and if things are meant to be then we will find each other again one day.

But for now its time to close this chapter, and carry on with our adventures seperately.

Elle
xxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Another update!

Sadly still no pictures yet! But I have moved! My new place is lush, I'm able to sleep without ear plugs. Even though I'm right in the centre of town, my bedroom is at the back and I hear nothing until 8am when the church bells wake me (my flat is owned by the church!). I don't have internet yet, but hopefully next week it will appear. I am incredibly warm, central heating is AMAZING!!!! And the bath is nice too. I have a gorgeous view over the rooftops from my living room window, and I'll share pictures once I'm up and running. So I'm happy, warm, and things are looking good in all ways! Thanks again to everyone for their love, support and good thoughts, and to my wonderful friends who helped me move - I apologise again for the amount of stairs! Elle xxx

Friday, 11 May 2012

Quick update

No pictures as this is just a quick life update.

  • This weekend = Centre Parcs with the parental unit. I've been twice before the unit have not. I will be going to the spa for 3 hours, having a paraffin wax hand treatment, doing the lavender relaxation class I did last year, playing ten pin bowling and then having a family photoshoot (as the only recent family picture has the ex in it).
  • Monday = getting the keys to my new flat! YAY! It has central heating, hot water on demand (so I can have a proper bath!), and no upstairs elephants as I am the top floor! I'll be right in the centre of town too, which is ideal for going to work!
So big thank you to everyone who has sent kind thoughts and words in the time I thought I would be homeless (I am being evicted so the landlord can sell to anyone who doesn't know! Not that he has a buyer yet). And a big thank you to my wonderful friends who have volunteered to help me move. I love you all so much!

Here's to a bright and happy future to us all!

Elle
xxx

PS: Have some hugs! HUGS!!!!!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Sock Saturday - Bargain Balls #2


Just a quick post today to show off bargain balls #2. In 3x1 rib again, with a 48 cast on using 3mm needles.

I might try a different texture on the next pair, although I quite enjoy the mindless knitting at the moment with everything thats going on!

I'll be more interesting again soon, promise!

Elle
xxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Wonderwool Wales 2012!!!

Raglan Castle in the rain

Fair warning. This is a picture heavy post!

Wonderwool Wales 2012! Three words: rain, cold, wind. Three more words: awesome, amazing, fantastic.

Normally I don't put all those words together. But I am. Even though the weather was hideous, and I was camping (second time in my life ever - the first time I camped it was with my school in year 8, and I fractured my finger, kind of put me off!), and I was constantly cold... I had a wicked awesome time.

Remember this fresh faced happy look!

The loverly Helen drove Paula and I to Wonderwool (held at the Royal Welsh Showground), and the journey went quite smoothly, with the rain there wasn't much traffic about. We passed Raglan Castle, fields full of sheep, and went around so many windy roads! I love Wales, its so beautiful.

We arrived at the showground, and found the huge tent that Debs was lending us for the night. Seriously, it was huge. When the other Helen popped up her tent next to ours... it was funny. Her tent was sooo tiny, I think she had to lay down and lay in to it! Our tent had a living room sized area, plus two bedrooms! And a porch! Debs and Bry had their own tent, and had arrived the night before and put both tents up. Massive thanks to them (and more puppy snorgles!).

Two bedrooms!!!!

After getting everything sorted in the tent we wandered up to the cattle sheds where the show is held, trying to be brave against the cold wind. At least it wasn't raining!

The first day involved running around and talking to people. And buying. I did most of my buying on the Saturday, and I'm glad I did as on Sunday I was soo cold I wasn't properly focused.

Alpacas!!!!
I didn't take many pictures of the sheep, but the alpacas were so gorgeous and cuddly I had to take a few million snaps of them! They were from Toft Alpaca, who have the lushest alpaca stuff.

I was at this point starting to get very very cold, and wishing I'd thought ahead and bought some fingerless gloves with me! But the utterly adorable Claire saved the day and lent me a pair of hers. Thank you so much Claire!!!

We went to sit down for lunch and Debs and Bry brought the puppies with them... and how can you be worried being cold when this gorgeous (but angry looking!!!) face is staring at you?!?!

Dexter puppy!!! *snorgles*
Lunch was consumed and I think we went to hang out on the Ravelry interactive stand for a little while. I started spinning on my gorgeous new IST spindle with my gorgeous new fibre from Freyalyn (omg her colours are sooo lush!). And thats all the crafting I did all weekend.

Paula and I tried out some spinning wheels, she went for the Ladybug (which is still my dream wheel and one day I will own!!!), and I tried out the Matchless. It was quite heavy to get started on the treadles, and it kept going backwards, but once I got the rhythm it was a fantastic wheel. Too big and heavy for me though, but it did spin beautifully. Whilst there another Helen threw her arms around me! YAY for Helens! It was good to see her again :)

When we were tired we retired to the tent, but then I had to go out again to borrow Sam's cooker in her campervan to heat up and consume my food. It was nice to get warm with her heating :)

Everyone went to dinner in a pub that night, but I was overwhelmed and needed to be quiet, so other Helen with the baby tent stayed with me. We spent the evening chatting about so much, and I thank you for keeping me company! You are lovely :)

Sleep didn't happen very much for any of us. Despite wearing thermal leggings, normal leggings and my pj bottoms, my thermal top, my pj top and a hoodie, Claire's fingerless gloves and a shawl I spun the yarn for (alpaca and merino), being slipped inside a duvet like sleeping bag with a blanket on top... I was still freezing cold. I read for hours on my iPhone kindle app (Diva's Don't Knit for anyone who is interested!), and must have dropped off between 1am and 2am, and then woke up about 5am when the rain started.

Rain! 

I was awake until 6:30 when I heard Helen and Paula brave the cold to run to the toilet block, and then I was out of it until 8am when I woke up with a start, convinced it must be about 11am haha!

Remember the happy face from before?!?!

We all got up, and helped to break the tents down. I looked after puppies to keep them out of the way I did feel a little useless as I've never had to take down a tent before (the school camping trip was over a week, each class had a different day so the tents were always up), but Helen said I wasn't. Thanks Helen!

We walked very very quickly up to the cattle sheds again, as it was still raining, and this time I was wearing so many layers. Let me list them for you:
  • Bottom half: thermal leggings, two pairs of normal leggings, pj bottoms, skirt, two pairs of handknit thick socks, Doctor Marten boots
  • Top half: thermal long sleeves top, long sleeved top, vest top, pj top, B-Side Cardigan, hoodie, Triangular Triangles shawl
So many layers, and still so cold! It wasn't often that my hands came out of my hoodie pouch pocket that day, but I did buy a little bit more. And of course there were many hugs. Thanks for trying to keep me warm Sam with all the hugs! And I believe there was someone I hugged who made me blush :D :D :D

Yes... that is what you are seeing!

I'm sure this woman was incredibly warm in her crocheted fun fur coat and matching hat. I give her a round of applause for wearing this outfit, there were many comments (not all good), but if it makes her happy... who are we to judge?!?! Also in the picture is Helen's scotch egg.

We left quite early really on the Sunday, around 3:30 (it closed at 4:30). I know if it had been good weather we would have still been there until the end, but it was too cold, and there weren't many people left.

The journey home was a little more eventful, with Helen's car tyres yelling that they needed air. The first garage we came to was under water. Seriously looked like a lake! The second was closed. The third was open, and it turns out the tyres were just cold, so we didn't really need to worry.

I fell asleep at one point, which wasn't surprising from the lack of sleep! It was a good nap :D

As we came into Bradford-On-Avon there was a faint but beautiful rainbow. I love rainbows!

And here is my haul from the weekend:

From Wingham Woolworks - stock for my etsy store
From the top (clockwise) - Freyalyn Fibre, Wingham, Sparkleduck, and the rest from Hilltopcloud
My gorgeous new spindle (spalted beech on sycamore with an ash shaft,) fibre from Freyalyn
Sparkleduck self striping sock yarn, EasyKnits sparkle sock yarn, Laalbear glitter ball, and a Laalbear orifice hook
Wonderwool Bag - proceeds to the Welsh Air Ambulance
I had a blow out as I've been saving for a long time for this. No more spending for a very long time! I definitely need to spin more. Hilltopcloud may be my new favourite dyer, her blends are gorgeous, and everything is so soft.

I spent yesterday morning in bed, I got up at midday! I am in alot of fibro pain, and I think I have a cold... but I would totally do it again. Camping too!

Elle
xxx

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