Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Is there anybody out there who might be interested in purchasing small quantities for hand-spinning or other craft work, if I got a bale?
Let me know through my website www.scalpaylinen.com so I can gauge if there is any demand.
Today we were in Stornoway, getting our van MOT'd (Hurrah, it passed!), so there wasn't any time for spinning, weaving or taking photos. However, I see the Singing Weaver is really getting into her stride now..... maybe next year I shall sign up for the tour - it looks really interesting.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
We started planting potatoes today - lots of digging, fertiliser, chickens everywhere rushing for worms and insects that had been turned up. Hope we're not too early - still the chance of frost, or even a cold snap with some snow before summer finally arrives. Yesterday we saw a group of twenty two swans - Bewicks I imagine - heading north and flying very high. The first largish group we have seen for a couple of years, so that is reassuring. There has been so little in the news about bird 'flu just lately that we wonder if there is really nothing to report or if it has been hushed up to avoid the sort of panic it caused last time.
Changing the subject - have ordered a new row counter for my Berridge circular sock knitter. I am almost ready to start - just need a few round heavy pebbles to use as weights and then I'll be able to give it a go.
Friday, 17 April 2009
I actually missed taking the photo of tying-in the new tweed - it was done while I was out of the loomshed. Anyway, the photo above was taken after about 20 pirns had been woven. You can see the revolving box on the left with the shuttle in the segment, and the reed at the front which carries the warp ends as they come through the heddles.
And finally, the finished tweed, folded, tied and ready to go to the mill.
Changing the subject, when I got home from my travels last week I found lambing in full swing. The first black lamb has a white mum! Mum is half-hebridean and half-cheviot. Last year she had a white male and this year she has a black female. So the lamb is, by my calculation... 75% Hebridean and 25% Cheviot.
We also have one little lamb on the bottle - a female blackface with no horns at all! Here she is playing with Heather the dog, who has had a haircut since she last featured on the blog.