The forgotten blogpost

The forgotten blogpost

Thats it really. I had a brilliant idea and then it totally, utterly, and apparently irretrievably disappeared. Sorry. I know you would have loved it, it would have been the most scintillating, inspirational, intelligent, creative post I ever wrote in my life. I am quite sure of that. Instead we have this one, lamenting the lost post idea. I am thinking this is really pretty lame, in fact, how can you even know I had that idea to start with? There is no evidence of it here, I could just be ‘saying’ it was a brilliant idea when in fact I had been totally blank about that post all day. But thats just how it is and you will have to accept my word for it. I will however, consume one final coffee before totally giving up on that idea. Just in case it stimulates that specific pathway through my brain that triggered the ‘most amazing post in the history of the planet’ idea, in which case, you wont be reading this, but rather you will be transfixed to your monitor unable to take your eyes away from my blog and feeling the creative inspiration coursing through your mind as I share the utmost secrets of the universe and how to mould that into your own unique creation, which will, on completion, be so incredibly amazing that it will bring about world peace, harmony between humanity and mother nature, and above all a white Christmas with much revellry and hot choclolate with those little mini marshmellows that float around on top  like melty little snowman rafts. At this point I guess we must accept that this is not going to happen. Although perhaps I can at least bring about the purchasing of mini marshmellows in anticipation of an hour or two of peace on earth and goodwill to all men sometime next month. In the meantime, all I am left with is to show you some slightly random pics of  the ‘whats on my wheel tonight’ variety. Tonight I spun some incredibly fine and soft Polwarth, just recieved from the most fabulous Fine Fibres Farm in New Zealand. I had dyed it in batt form, and wanted to keep the colours a bit separated. I spun a fairly fine but still textured single, then coiled it. Why? Just because I like how coiling a single seems to solidify and intensify the colours, and thats what I wanted to do with this fiber. Also, as this Polwarth really is incredibly soft (feels like the finest alpaca) I knew that even with a lot of twist in it, it would stay nice and soft, so I wanted to see how it...

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Shop name!

Shop name!

First of all, thank you SO much everyone who spent some time helping me and coming up with all the brilliant shop names! It was very hard to choose just one, I had already been toying with the idea of Woolwench Wares/Wears, I really really liked Esters suggestion of Woven Wench and Teri’s WoolWench Maid! I was very close to Carries KnottyWench too, a really fun name, as was Lorelei’s idea of ‘Woolwench Full of Knit’! That one totally cracked me up! WoolWench Handwerken was nice for incorporating the Dutch into the name, and I think it sounds quite classy too. And well.. there were just so many awesome names and I am incredibly grateful to everyone for making these fabulous suggestions. In the end, As Virginia said, I decided it was best if I keep my WoolWench name in there, so it ties in well with my yarn shop and my Facebook and this Blog, and as Susan pointed out, simple is good. I like simple. I also wanted something that would be at least a little bit descriptive but still reflect something of me. So this is what I chose – and the batt goes to Fleuropean!! I couldnt let go of the whole idea of being ‘warped’ 🙂 The shop is going to be called: “Warped by WoolWench” It just really appeals to my sense of humour, and that I also like to play with words, and of course, although the first items I will list have been knitted,  I will be eventually selling woven items in the shop, so having the warp connection is just perfect. Thank you Fleuropean! I will be in touch with you very soon! Here is my first banner idea: subject to fickle and random change.....

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Candy Cane, yum!

Candy Cane, yum!

Just a quick post today, to show you my new yarn for the coming season! Candy Cane, Its my one weakness you know. I loved spinning this one, everything about it is FUN! Reason one – I adore Christmas, especially the whole tinsel, candy cane, sugar plum fairy, sparkling lights on the tree kinda christmas. I grew up having a summer Christmas, the start of the looong summer holiday, the heady smell of the Christmas Lilies wafting through the house and mingling with the fresh pine of the tree, if we were lucky enough to have a ‘real’ tree – which is going to be a whole ‘nother post 😛 Since i moved to the Netherlands, I have learned a whole different kind of Christmas, closer to the pretty Disney image that I loved so much, because to me, in my New Zealand climate, it was totally magical – SNOW, icicles, and suddenly, well, all the fairy lights suddenly make a whole lot more sense as the country is plunged into a kind of (to me) semi darkness in which the sun never rises past its 9 oclock in the morning position before dropping away again at a surprisingly early afternoon tea time. Reason 2 – (I didnt forget), I love plying, and there is plenty of that here! Reason 3 – I now have an excuse to go and visit the Christmas shop to buy Candy Canes to photograph with this yarn, because without that excuse it would be ‘far to early’ to be pawing the decorations and  revelling in the sparkly stuff, right? I will have this yarn up in my Etsy store soon as made to order, I’ll post it on my Facebook page when its there, I hope it makes you smile too!...

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