Just a quick post today for a change. I'm conscious of the fact that I have a ton of things to do this morning and I can't spend all my time on the computer. Want to say a big thank you first to all the lovely ladies who agreed to do a swap for my stuff in the last post. I must say I'm really pleased with the idea - why not give your stuff that you don't need anymore to someone who does and vice versa. In exchange for the books and wool I've been offered dollmaking supplies and magazines. I do still have one book left on dollmaking if anyone wants it and a pile of Simply Knitting magazines too - they're issues 7, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 21.
As you know I went to my parents for the weekend as my Dad was 88 on Saturday. Mum and I made pakoras (bhajis). We bought samosas and I'd baked a cake on Friday morning to take with me. It's funny as I was leaving I grabbed some candles that I'd used on Raj's cake and put those on for my Dad. They happened to be those new fangled ones that re-light and you should have seen my Dad's face - he was like a child. He blew them out and couldn't believe that they relit. He laughed and laughed and said 'This is something new. I've never seen the likes of this before' - picture an old Indian man, beard and turban, laughing like a seven year old. It was so sweet and this is the Dad that I had no relationship with, that I was always frightened off, that drank and shouted. It was a pretty cathartic moment. (Is that the right word?)
Anyway, I found an old photo of my Mum and grilled the poor woman about her childhood so I will blog about that soon. But as I said this is supposed to be a short post. I mainly wanted to tell you that I went mad on Sunday and bagged up the last bits of my plant dyed fibre and have listed it on Etsy. I have ten bags of curls in mixed colours
and I've made up a few bags of greens, blues and yellows. I haven't listed those but you can email me if you want them. They'll be the same price as the mixed colours above.
I also bagged up some wensleydale curls which are beautiful - long and shiny. Click here to see them before I bagged them up:
These make really good hair for fairies and little dolls and are definately worth having in your stash. If you want a bag of either just click on MY SHOP in the sidebar.
It seems like I'll be doing more dyeing as I bumped into the lady that has the cotswold sheep in my village and she tells me that she has a fleece I can buy. So I'll take that as a sign that I'm meant to keep at it! The only trouble at the moment is the lack of natural plant stuff to dye with. I fancy trying daffodils but I'd have to go out in the dead of night (it's pitch black round here) and steal them from everyones gardens. Can you imagine the headline in the next Parish News!!
Before I go just want to show you how Amber is getting on with her hat. She was taking her knitting to school this morning so we just plonked it on her head for a quick photo:
and I want to show you the car I've fallen in love with:
Isn't it gorgeous? I can just see it chugging up or country lanes. It's a Singer - from the 50's I think. We saw it at a car museum at the weekend. Tom on the other hand fancies one of these:
This one is an old Jag - maybe an XK120 (?). Amber on the other hand went for the old Aston Martin (sorry didn't take a pic). What expensive taste we have. I'd better get on with ther plant dyeing then if we're ever to afford this lot.