Wednesday, 26 October 2016

My Latest Hand Spinning Project

Just thought I would share my latest hand spinning project. It's called Sunset and is a 70/30 blend of Merino Wool and Nylon. I first hand painted the wool top in shades of black, purple, red, yellow and orange. It was inspired by a photograph I took of one of our beautiful Cornish sunsets.

Sunset resting on the yarn winder
Sunset being handspun on my Ashford e-spinner

Monday, 24 October 2016

Handspun Yarns Made in Cornwall

I have just updated my Etsy shop with some lovely new handspun yarns. I am still offering 10% off your first order with this coupon code: WELCOME

All my handspun yarns are made by yours truly in my little home studio in Cornwall. Most of my yarns are one of a kind (OOAK) and once they are gone they are gone!

If you would like more of a particular fibre type or colour I am always happy to work on custom orders. Please email:

Copper Twist - 200 grams -

Waters Edge - 100 grams -

Bluefaced Leicester & Silk - 100 grams -
Berry Crush - 100 grams -

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

My Spinzilla 2016 Yardage

Spinzilla is over for another year and teams and individuals are busy submitting their yardage. I managed to spin 3,988 yards of some gorgeous hand dyed and natural fibres. It's not as much as last year as at the beginning of the week I picked up a nasty tummy bug, which nearly wiped me out for the entire week! Luckily it started to subside by the end of the week and I managed to get a bit more spinning done.

It was great fun to take part again (despite the tummy bug) and my favourite spot for spinning was the Poldark mines at Botallack, Cornwall. I'm a big Poldark fan so it was fantastic to visit one of the spots where they film, we don't live that far away either!

All the yarns I handspun for Spinzilla 2016
Me spinning at Botallack mines, Cornwall

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A Monster Week of Spinning - Spinzilla 2016

Once again I am joining hand spinners around the world in a monster week of spinning! Spinzilla 2016 will commence on the 3rd October - 9th October for a friendly competition to see who can spin the most yarn in a week!

I am spinning as a Rogue Spinner as I did last year, where I managed to spin 7,008 yards so this year I am going for double that!

If you are spinning Rogue too I would love to hear from you! If you are a hand spinner and would like to join in the fun sign-up closes on the 30th September just click here for details. There is a $10 sign-up fee and your spinner registration fees are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow!

Below are some of the hand dyed and undyed fibres I will be spinning during my Spinzilla week!

Hand dyed super wash Merino and Nylon

Hand dyed Kent Romney

Wensleydale Locks

Merino Wool, Teeswater, Whiteface Woodland, White Devon

Jacobs, Zwartbles, Herdwick, Swaledale and Bluefaced Leicester

Monday, 19 September 2016

New Weaving Projects

I can't believe we are part way through September already! Since we relocated to Cornwall I have not been out of my flip-flops and I'm still clinging onto summer even though there is a slight chill in the air now. I am currently working on making myself some flip-flop socks so that I can continue to wear them for a few more weeks at least lol. I am writing my own pattern for handspun yarn, so if it works out I will share it on my blog if anyone is interested.

Over the last few weeks I have been busy working away on some new weaving projects. After I finished my last woven scarves in handspun yarn I wanted to work on some two colour plain weave patterns and they have turned out really well. The first scarf below is made in handspun Wensleydale which I spun awhile back. I left one skein it's natural cream colour and hand-dyed the second skein in a lovely purple shade. I'm really happy with the result.

Handspun, Hand-dyed, Handwoven Wensleydale Scarf
The second scarf is handwoven in a commercial yarn, cream and grey 100% British wool. I wanted to try out warping the loom with two colours and trying a houndstooth pattern. I thought it would be a bit fiddly to warp in a two by two colour method but it was quite easy! I'm planning on producing a few scarves in different colour ways for my Etsy shop.

Houndstooth Handwoven Scarf in 100% British Wool
The third is a long fringed wrap I wove in a royal blue and sky blue acrylic yarn. I just wanted again to experiment warping up my larger loom in blocks of colour. I haven't taken a finished picture of the whole wrap yet but the shot on the loom really shows how it was warped. Again I am planning on adding a collection of handwoven wraps to my Etsy shop soon.

Colour Block Handwoven Wrap
If anyone is interested in having a handwoven scarf or wrap made to order in either handspun yarn or commercial yarn, I am available for custom orders. Scarves start at £42 and Wraps £84 email: for further details.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Hand Woven Scarves

I have just listed some lovely new hand woven scarves in my Etsy shop. The scarves have been woven on my small Rigid Heddle loom and use my handspun yarns as the weft and commercial yarns as the warp. Each scarf is ready to ship!

I also accept custom orders and if you would like a scarf made to order in a colour or fibre combination of your choice please email:

Seascape -

Summer Fruits -

Stormy Seas -

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Blocking Granny Squares

I’ve been blocking the granny squares for my Minecraft Creeper blanket so I thought I would share my technique for doing this.

When you create your granny squares there is ultimately going to be some curled up edges or distortion and so if you want them all to be the same size you need to block them into shape.

Blocking means easing the finished crochet into shape by pinning to either a fabric covered board and using an iron to steam the piece, useful for wool, cotton or linen yarns or for acrylic and other synthetic fibres a foam board is used and the piece is sprayed with cold water and left to dry.

The cold water method is what I have used for my granny squares as the yarn is 100% acrylic.

The foam board I have used is shaped like a jigsaw piece and other pieces can be added to create a larger area. I have also used some T-pins which are easier to push in than dress makers pins.

I knew that I wanted my granny squares to be 6 inches square and luckily my foam is already marked out in inches.

I pinned out my first square starting at the corners, then the centres etc. Use as many pins as necessary to get the square even.

I then sprayed the square with cold water and patted it down to help the water penetrate the fibres. 

You want the granny square evenly moist but not soaked!

All you do then is leave it to dry before removing the pins!

Happy blocking!