Year of Projects: Week Forty Three

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. Work has been crazy so stopping for the Easter weekend was very welcome. I tacked on a couple of extra days holiday onto the long weekend and my partner and I had a few days in Hay on Wye. For those who don’t know it, Hay is a book town so we basically spent three days trawling antiquarian book shops looking for interesting finds. I still managed to indulge my other hobbies of yarn and stationery however and picked up this lovely hand dyed yarn from a local dyer, The Bobbin Sisters who dye book-themed colourways, and a new fountain pen and inks.

This week also saw the return of Wonderwool. This is my local(ish) yarn festival which, due to Covid, hasn’t run since 2019. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the day, as well as returning and new suppliers. It makes such a difference to meet the people behind the products; and the animals in several cases! I’m so pleased to see that the event survived the pandemic when it could so easily have been lost and I hope the others return just as strong. Other than the John Arbon I realised later that all of my purchases were from new to me producers which is really nice. I love the ease of online shopping, but it’s not always easy to discover new producers and I often end up going to the same few.

So on to purchases. I picked up this lovely fibre from Velvet Sixpence. Despite the fact that I reverted to my default merino/silk blend I like the fact that this dyer does use a lot of other bases that aren’t so common so I look forward to trawling her Etsy shop when she’s back.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was hoping to start making my way through 52 Weeks of Socks so I mostly went with an eye on sock yarns for making a start on that. First up is some John Arbon yarn.

Followed by Woollen Wytch and Ducky Darlings. The Ducky yarns are probably going to make their way into a shawl/scarf.

And finally for yarns some Mothy Squid (blue and green) which will definitely be socks, and Moonlight yarns which will probably be something shawly. I’m thinking of maybe tackling brioche for the first time but I’m not sure if that would suit something variegated or whether I’d be better with something more solid.

And finally, although I said the one think I definitely didn’t need/want was more raw fleece to sit in the cupboard making me feel guilty for being so lazy, I ignored myself and picked up this mohair sample pack. I love the idea of seeing how the fleece changes and it comes with this lovely information booklet. So when we get the next good weekend I’ll try and make a start on washing the samples.

In news of what I’ve actually done, as opposed to bought, I have finally finished my Boxy so I need to get that blocked and posted. I say finished, I’m waiting to see if blocking helps some of the shoulder stitches sit a little better but if not I might need to rip one shoulder back and redo it. Why oh why when I spot a problem as I’m going along do I not fix it then and instead of deciding ‘it will be ok’. It is never ok, it always annoys me later on and means I don’t enjoy or wear the final thing until it’s fixed – which can take years!

I have quite a lot going on in the garden too, so I’ll post an update on that later in the week. I hope everyone else is being more productive with their projects!

Author: ceulanfibres

Knitter. Spinner. Sometimes weaver and dyer.

13 thoughts on “Year of Projects: Week Forty Three”

  1. What a wonderfully vibrant post! I love the colors of the Corridale fiber and swooning over the Woollen Wytch and Ducky Darlings yarn … beautiful! I’ve never spun mohair before and look forward to seeing yours.

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  2. You’ve acquired some gorgeous yarns and fibres. That merino, Corriedale and mulberry silk is absolutely gorgeous 😍😍😍. I have spun John Arbon fibre but not bought his yarn yet. It is great it survived Covid, Loch Ness Knit Fest seemed to disappear before Covid even happened and Perth is over a 100 miles away so not super easy to attend although I went once. I love Mothy and the Squid’s yarns and inspiration photos. I’m sure you’ll make some beautiful things with all these goodies.

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  3. This sounds like pretty much my perfect weekend holiday. Books, fiber festival, time off – sounds heavenly! I am jealous you have John Arbon at a local fiber festival. I love their yarns but it’s a trek getting them here. 🙂 Enjoy all those beautiful purchases!

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    1. That’s how I feel about Greenwood Fiberworks, I should do a big order instead of drooling over their website. It was a great break, yarn, books, and food are my favourite holidays 😀

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  4. What beautiful yarns!! Congrats on picking such a wide range of colors although of course I’m partcial to the yellows and oranges. Looks like you are going to be extremely busy!

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