Monday, 27 August 2012

Lowdham Show, Part two, the sheepy bit!!

OK, so the real reason for being at the show was to do our spinning thing on behalf of the Notts branch of the Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers which makes us sound a whole lot stuffier than we really are. There were just six of us around today and unfortunately two had to leave early but it still left enough wheels to interest people in what we were doing.
Note the umbrellas , not just for decoration given the Met office forecast of heavy showers which fortunately didn't turn up until after we got home.

ermm..the two that left early had Ashford spinning wheels, these three are also Ashfords so where was my wheel, all on its own outside the tent and sulking.

I have been told off by other spinners about the state of my wheel, the dinner lady stickers are not very becoming, the other stickers just ruin it, look at the state of the wood and where is your wooden thingy that should be on the end of the bolt bit sticking out at the back??? Well, this wheel has been dragged halfway across the country on more than one occasion, its been on buses, trams, cars, trains and pulled along on a little trolley. Its been used in pubs, clubs coffee houses, art galleries, office staff rooms, fibre festivals,outdoor events, on camp sites and an ukulele festival to name just a few.

Why was my wheel sulking? because it's a Kromski?? no. it's because I was spending my time giving some tender lovin care to this..

And this cute little wheel belonged to the owner of theses lovely beasts :-)

Well, the rain mostly stayed away, lots of people came to see how to spin mainly because of a TV programme shown last night about spinning and weaving and we all had a good giggle including the clown who remembered us from last year when we got him spinning on a drop spindle whilst on stilts!!
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Please forgive me if you have seen this picture before, all in all, a grand day out!!

Lowdham show, Part one, the flowery bits!

I've just got back from Lowdham horticutural show ( near Nottingham) where there guild have been spinning in public and avoiding the rain.(just!!) I grabbed the chance to disappear into the show Marquee for a few mins to look at the flowers and veg.

Look Hairy leaves!!

And they had a lovely section for childrens entries.

And more flowers !!

 and spikey thingies!!
coming soon, part two...the sheepy bits !!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

at long last.....

The Celtic band is finished.......

eventually this will be a ukulele strap , once I have worked out how to attach it or bought the parts to do this.

I have many more projects in mind but also have a road trip looming so for once house work type stuff is going to have to be done!!

Have a great weekend xx

Monday, 13 August 2012

collectors item?

I fancied doing a bit of hand stitching tonight and reached into my box for some wool to stitch onto felt and saw this label..

so do I use it or not ?

Sunday, 12 August 2012


During our wander round the festival last weekend, Bikerted spotted a book for me, well two books but I declined on one of them. This one is dated 1921/22 and is part of the collectors series.
 I think this may be my bedtime reading for a while and if I come across anything intriguing, I will share it with you.
 Also this beauty came through the door and we have been hanging our noses over it ever since.

In the mean time, I am still working on converting this

using this

into this

Only about 3 feet to go then I can play with the new patterns or would it be easier to get another loom???

Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

a bit damp last weekend.

This post was going to be about the Nottingham Riverside Festival but like a complete dope I forgot to put a memory card in my camera. So all I can say is that the music was good, I did some spinning whilst in the folk tent, met hubby later in the afternoon and watched the street performers. The general idea was to go back the next day and take photos......until I saw the weather forecast!

Plan b...take two spinning wheels, one drop spindle and a set of knitting needles ( between four of us) into a local bar and chat.

The rain came down, the white spots are hail :-)

 and continued to come down
but coffee soon put things right ( and cider and beer)
We rounded the day off with a meal in the evening, perfect end to a lovely afternoon, thanks Laura, Rich and Pete xx

Thursday, 2 August 2012

what I did last weekend...

Sun, picnic,music,chat,friends,bar,club,music,booze,taxi,home,happy,bed. Thanks guys xx