Wonderwool Wales 2014

Well I'm back! Wonderwool didn't fail to disappoint as ever. I'm so lucky to have this fantastic fibre show just over an hour's drive from my door. Although the fact it's close means that I just go for the day and this makes for a very packed and exhausting day that leaves my brain whirling …

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Further ideas for blending and spinning Gotland

So perhaps you've experimented with spinning Gotland as in this previous post and you'd like to experiment further. Or perhaps you're already used to working with fleece but you've not used Gotland before or are looking for some fresh ideas of things you can do with it.I love Gotland sheep; they have the funniest, friendliest, biggest …

Bags of colour

Further to the fleeces I'm taking to Wonderwool Wales, I've also been busy overdyeing grey Gotland fleeces for those who'd like to try a splash of colour in their Gotland. I wash the fleeces first to remove dirt and most of the grease and then they get dyed using Acid dyes which are generally non …

Have you any wool?

Yessir!! Yessir!!! And considerably more than three bags full too. The next 10 days sees fibre artists in various places in the UK doing final preparations for Wonderwool Wales in Builth Wells at the Royal Welsh Showground. I've been to every Wonderwool bar one since it's first tiny beginnings as a section of the Royal Welsh …

Sweet Dreams

Whilst I've been beavering away in garden and greenhouse, watching seeds popping up through the earth, leaves on hedges breaking from their buds and generally watching Nature kick into life and stretch sleepy arms towards Spring and yawning the fresh dawn, friends in other places are still shaking off the blankets of a Winter that …

Salad Days

In the greenhouse the seedlings are only just getting off to a start. Over in the polytunnel however some older plantlets are finding their feet in the soil thanks to the longer daylight hours and warm weather of the past week or so. They’ve really shot ahead and last night I was able to harvest …

Spuds u like

It's still early in the growing season here being so high up. We have a very short growing season as we're situated around 1000ft above sea level, our hillside holding faces North and our soil is heavy clay over a limestone substrate which means with our high annual rainfall the soil is cold and claggy …

Bits and bobs…

Internet connections have gone from poor to non-existant lately - not much help with blogging! But it does mean there's more time and less distractions to get on with things in the real world. Apart from building a bathroom (ongoing project - will be so glad when it's finished!) I've been making chocolate seashells filled …