Apologies for my absence here. December was a tough month, I won’t go into details, but it included illness (mine over Christmas and New Year, I’m all better now), a broken kitten leg – she’s still mending it, and the sad end of our elderly horse Millie. Since then I’ve been frantically trying to catch up with all the things that were left undone while I coped with it all. Anyway, the January club fibre and spindles were completed and shipped before the middle of the month, which felt like a minor triumph, and yesterday I finally managed to put the first stock update of the year in the Wildcraft shop.
I’m also finally moving into my new flat, which is an existing annexe on our house that used to contain the farm office. The new farm office is now officially inhabitable, and D and I have spent the past couple of weeks moving all our work related stuff up there. The old office rooms are gradually being converted into a home for me. I’m very excited, if a little daunted by the work that needs to be done: tiling, plumbing, painting, new doors, carpets etc. it’s practically a total refit of the place, and I’m planning to do most of it myself. But that means I get to learn lots of cool new DIY skills, which to me seem like crafting on a grown-up scale. It’s been a lot of fun already. I don’t have much to show for it yet, but as soon as I have, I’ll be posting plenty of pics.
In the meantime, I have found a little time to spin and knit. Here’s a little skein of yarn that I made with the fibre I received in the Wildcraft Secret Snowflake swap. It’s 50g of Shetland/Alpaca/Silk, sent to me by the lovely Madamemouton. I made just 78m metres of dk weight yarn with it, which may be enough for a pair of little fingerless mitts for me. I loved spinning it, those natural grey shades are so subtle and pretty.
And my other exciting news is sheep related. I think that deserves a post of its own, to follow.