Advent: Stringing me along

Advent is around the corner and I for one am very excited about this. If Advent is a preparation for the Christmas season, then I'm not really sure what the preparation for Advent is called ... but I've been hard at it throughout October and November with the initial planning in late September too. Yes, …

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Tour de Fleece 2017

And they're off! Well the spinners started yesterday but I was up in sunny Anglesey for a couple of days and so missed the first day of spinning as I was driving home again. As usual we have a small but friendly team of cheerful spinners on Team BarberBlackSheep - the lovely members of the …

Raggedy Yarn

It's a while since I blogged here … I have been busy I promise! Over in my Ravelry group we've kicked off on the Tour de Fleece - the annual friendly challenge in the spinning calendar where we spin along during the Tour de France, usually setting ourselves some personal spinning challenge be it spinning …

A Welsh Yarn

This is a story about Wales, about sheep, about wool - a Welsh yarn. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin… I’ve been dropping hints about yarns for a long time now. Creating and selling proper Welsh grown yarns from my own sheep is something I’ve desperately wanted to do since before I started …

Double Trouble

I'm very much a beginner weaver. Since early childhood I've been entranced by textiles; of all the crafts I could do, those involving fabric, thread, yarn, fibre - they are the ones that hold my attention the most, make my heart skip a beat with the possibilities and draw me back to them time and …