Friday, 31 December 2010

Woodland themed spin-along on Ravelry... part 2!

I've finally finished spinning my yarns for a Ravelry spin-along that I'm taking part in! The deadline for entries is the end of December, so I've left it till the very last minute to finish things off. Details of the spin-along and photos of the beautiful batt I was sent by Laigrai can be found on my blog here.

The theme of the spin-along was 'woodland' and all the spinners received a gorgeous batt to use as the basis for their yarn. Mine was called Poison 'shroom and had lovely red and orange tones in amongst some mushroomy browns.

Not long after getting my batt in the post, I stumbled across something very exciting in a shop called Tasty Vintage in Lincoln... little vintage ceramic toadstools! :D
Close up plaster toadstools

They're tiny and very cute, plus they've got little wires on them so they're perfect to spin into a yarn! I decided that they would work best on a wire-core yarn (a yarn spun around a thin metal wire) and I wasn't planning that for my batt but I did have some lovely scraps of mossy green fleece, which came with my batt, so I carded them up with more mossy coloured fleece and fibre from my stash and then had my first ever go at wire-core spinning!

'Toadstool' wire core yarn...
Toadstool yarn

Tiny little 'shrooms!
Toadstool yarn detail 2

I spun up my batt as a regular core-spun yarn (spun around a thin thread) and unfortunately the photos I've got of the finished yarn are taken in a really bad light because the sun barely came up today and I needed to get the photos done to post on Ravelry :(

'Poison shroom' yarn (the colours of which are much lovelier in real life)...
Poison 'shroom yarn 1

And here are the two yarns together (I think they make a lovely pair)...
Woodland spin along yarns

So that's it! I had a lot of fun spinning along with everyone else in the group and it inspired me to have a go wire-core spinning, which I've been wanting to try for ages. It has also been great to see how everyone decided to spin their batts and there have been some amazing yarns produced by the group. If you're on Ravelry, check out the spin along and all the gorgeous yarns here (Ravelry link).


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunshine and snow on Lowick Common...

We're lucky enough to have a fantastic common to play about on behind our house. Lowick Common has got it all going on... it's criss-crossed with paths and tracks and there are tarns and trees as well as plenty of wildlife to see and even a hill to climb (Lowick Beacon)... well, its a hill by my standards since I'm originally from a very flat county :)

Lowick Common is particularly fun to explore when it's covered in snow, so we went out this morning while the sun was shining...
Ade tromping along

Ade next to Leech Tarn...
Ade next to Leech Tarn

I'm usually too chicken to walk on frozen tarns but I gave it a go today...
Me on the ice action shot

There were lots of beautiful frozen things to photograph and I played around with the polariser filter on our camera.

Frozen trees...
Frozen tree non-polarised

Frozen tree polarised

and frozen twigs...
Frozen twigs non-polarised

Frozen twigs polarised

Snow horse update: I'd hoped to get some more photos of the snow horse while the sun was out today (it was freezing fog all day yesterday while we were building him) but the end of his face has fallen off! I was going to repair him but our neighbours think he looks like their Jack Russell terrier now so I'll probably leave him in his new incarnation :D

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Snow horse!

We've had snow here for over a week and lots more fell all day yesterday. I couldn't get out to my sewing class today because the roads were bad so I thought I ought to make the most of the snow...

by building a snow horse!
Snow horse from behind 2

He's very handsome...
Snow horse head from side

With a proud looking head...
Snow horse head from front
'Bbbrrrrpp!' That's a snorty horse noise in case you couldn't tell :)

Its almost exactly 20 years since I built my first ever snow horse at age 11. Me and a friend built one in my garden and one in her garden down the road in snowy Cleethorpes. Both those snow horses were quite a bit smaller than this one but then I was smaller too!

I couldn't resist getting on for a ride...
Mounting the snow horse

but the 30 year old me is quite a bit heavier than the 11 year old one was and it nearly ended in disaster...
Snow horse collapso!

I didn't completely squash him though :)
Me on the snow horse from the side

He just needed a bit of a repair work after I dismounted and he was as good as new. I hope he sticks around for a bit! :)