silk cocoons

today I have been dyeing silk cocoons yummy!.  I have also been sewing some of the mystery blanket together.  not long now, but I seem to be one square short!

taking photographs for the forthcoming spinning book

My spinning book is back for editing!  this is very exciting because there is not a huge amount to change, other than adding more photographs.
so Hubby has had chance to try out his new camera big time today, taking pix of spindles, spinning wheels and of course yours truly.

And best of all I now have his old camera which is much easier to use than mine.

the book will look something like this…

Still hoping for a publication date of November 2011 so watch this space…

All in a day’s work

I have started a new knitting blog, because my old one, on the website, will not link or do rss feeds to Facebook or Ravelry.  Oh dear!
However this one will work in conjunction with my simplicity blog, downshifterdiary where you can find out about our adventures in lifestyle and simple living.

Anyway, today I have been dyeing hanks of yarn for an order.  40 hanks of yarn, actually so I have been in yarn heaven all day. 20 hanks of laceweight and 20 hanks of sock yarn. Now I wish I could knit with all those lovely colours, but need to finish the shawl I am doing out of 7 small shawls to knit by Romi .  This is a fabulous booklet and the patterns have been thoroughly tested.  I have not found any errors in the one I am knitting. 
The laceweight and sock yarn are for sale on my website

just while I remember, here are some photos from our class ‘Improve Your Spinning’ at the Association of Weavers Spinners & Dyers summer school in August 2011.

colour blending results

all lined up and ready to go…
hard at work

a bit knackered?
our display of work