Its a WoolWench Giveaway!

Its a WoolWench Giveaway!

Oh my! I am not one for numbers, quite honestly, I don’t even know how old I am most of the time, and I don’t usually look at my Facebook stats or website numbers, but today I did and imagine this, we are over 24000 likes on my Woolwench facebook page! Wheeee! When did that happen?! I think its time to celebrate our growth and share some inspiration, so I would like to offer something special, something I have made… It is also my birthday soon too! So lets call this a double celebration! I thought about this for a little while, and what I would like to offer is a one off thing and also something that was a first for me, and I have a tradition of always giving away the first of anything I make. This was the first scarf I designed and created using circular weaving! I made this as a weave along project on the Majacraft blog complete with tutorial videos and written instructions – they are all still there in a series on the Majacraft blog if you would like to try one of these yourself! Majacraft makes the original wooden circular weaving looms and you can find out more about how to use these with their free tutorials and pattern book at the bottom of the loom page, and for more inspiration you can also visit the Circle Weaving Facebook page . We started that group way back when we had just brought out this new ‘circle weaving thing’ with our Fiberygoodness Creative Spinning course Journey to the Golden Fleece, – which we are about to relaunch for the fourth time! (wow time flies!). Since then, circular weaving has really taken off! Lots more people are joining in on this wonderfully simple and portable weaving, its just one of those mysterious things that once you start you cant stop! So here is the end result of the Circle Weave Along example that you can see me making through all the instruction videos! Modelled for me by my beautiful daughter 🙂 Scroll down to read how to get in the giveaway draw! And since this is a double celebration I will also pick  a second winner and send you your own Majacraft mini circle loom too 😉 I will ship to you anywhere in the world.. Enter with a comment below to be in the draw to win ! Please share this post and leave me a message to tell me what treats you like on your birthday! I’ll close this on (my) Sunday! GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to see how far this scarf will travel!...

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Fibery Colouring Book!

Fibery Colouring Book!

A couple of years ago we brought out our Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity course, (soon to be open for new registrations again, woot!) and along with it we created the Colouring Book featuring the cover page illustrations from each of the 7 modules plus the cover. Since then, adult colouring has become really big, I mean REALLY big. And yet.. I couldn’t find what I was really looking for, fiber art related colouring.. because I might be a little… obsessed… with all things fiber. So I decided to bring out a second colouring book, and this time really focus on the fiber, I did some yarn drawings, a woven pattern, a spindle with magical fiber flowing.. and created an 8 page downloadable colouring book for Fiberista’s. I have also been colouring 🙂 I printed it onto a light cardboard and went for it with my pens… I am hoping other people are going to enjoy these too! We have it in our FiberyshoppingGoodness shop page. And my plan is to bring out add on packs with new drawings every once in a while 🙂  ...

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Open Day with Woool! Yarn Store The Hague

Open Day with Woool! Yarn Store The Hague

It only takes about an hour to drive from here to The Hague. Its a really nice city, Dutch center of government, home of many embassies and diplomats, site of the wonderful Peace Palace, a truly international city. And this extends even to the yarn stores! Woool is a lovely little shop packed with fibery goodies and creative activities, Pauline runs regular workshops and knitting groups, and she has a great eye for colour, its a visual feast as soon as you walk off the narrow street and into this cosy shop. And today it was truly an international hub of creativity. During the open day today the shop was buzzing with activity, I found myself speaking to people from all over the globe, UK, US, Holland (of course!) I heard a South African accent, me the only Kiwi, and did I hear a Scottish lilt at some point? And the focus of the day, fibery creations. There were people poring over knitting patterns and books, discussion about stitches and designs, others browsing the yarns and making their selections, and there was a lot of interest in the activities of myself, doing some corespinning from a multi-mixed up batt, Victoria Logan was there with her stunning animal creations ( http://www.victorialogan.co.uk) Andre was spinning on his Louet, from various bags of raw wool originating from, among others,  the Dutch Blauwe Texelaar breed, and Patty, with her wonderful Saori looms, a great attraction that took everyones interest young and er, less young! In the above picture you can see Patti demonstrating the Saori Piccolo loom, it was a major hit with the kids that had come along with their mums, and it was impressive to see how fast they picked it up and started creating fabric! I am quite seriously wanting this loom pictured below, (this VERY LOOM) to be my own. See my name written all over it? SEE? Patty is a Saori Dealer, her website is still under construction but she can be contacted via the email address listed on her page Here . She is a very knowledgeable weaver and happy to answer questions (at least, she hasn’t gotten sick of me asking them all the time, yet!) Anyway, I did more than just drool over the loom, really! Here is the proof! Above is my spinning from the afternoon, a soft and super bulky chain ply (navajo ply) made from one of my batts, which I especially packed with extra sparkle! And here below, are some of the yarns that are now in stock at Woool, hanging on the wall! I do believe there were some sales involving my yarn, and some batts too I think, and I know Pauline...

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Holiday update

Holiday update

What an awesome vacation. I really love England, particularly rural England, the countryside is so pretty, dotted with gorgeous little villages and farmhouses, just like out of a storybook! We have been out driving around taking in the scenery, took the little guy on a Gruffalo hunt in a pretty forest (and he even made a nice little mouse house!). We walked Salisbury and of course, visited the Cathedral, what an awe inspiring place that is, I love being somewhere like that and imagining all the people who have been there before me, almost a thousand years worth of people living their lives in and around that Cathedral. Its humbling but refreshes my whole perspective on life the universe, and everything.. I am also a history geek, progressing from my teen  years of reading romanticised historic fiction to studying it at university, its so endlessly fascinating!  I also found a real modern treasure in Salisbury, a rebfurbished Mill House that now houses  a gallery, and many artist studios; jewellery makers, a glass blower, milliner, weaver, painters and photographer, AND a fabulous little yarn store! I was so inspired, its exactly the kind of place I would love to have my own studio, it had such an open and creative atmosphere there. I bought some excellent knitting needles and had a nice yak with Heather. She runs lots of workshops there as well as a couple of Knit and Knatter groups each week. It was great to hear that knitting is just getting more and more popular here, particularly among the 20 somethings generation, and I could see in her shop that there is plenty of local inspiration here to get people started as well as all the practical help needed.  I was feeling really inspired after my visit to Born to Knit, and so I finished off knitting up that Gotland lockspun Gandalf the Grey Firework yarn I started earlier, and it ended up a nice cowl/hood, I wanted it to be somewhat LOTR-ish 🙂 I am pretty pleased with it and love the texture and chunkiness of it. Yesterday we went to Bath and spent some time with the wonderful Virginia (my kiwi mate who sews like you wouldnt believe).  Bath is beautiful. Coming over the hill towards the city you get a stunning view of a city spread out below you along a river, almost glowing as every building is created with the local Bath Stone, which ages into a light creamy rusty colour. It felt a lot like Florence actually!  We drove into the center and went in search of the Baths, ancient roman bath houses which must have helped them feel just  little bit at...

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International Goodies

International Goodies

The world is an amazing place, and I love it when it all comes together on my kitchen table. Today I got this in the post! Some seriously bigass knitting needles, ordered and sent to me from Israel. I got 10 of these lovely shiny reels of different coloured thread, which arrived to me from India, rather exotically packed in a cloth envelope which was sewn by hand at the end. (I love that). Also on my table was, a funky piece of Rimu – a native tree of New Zealand which produces wonderful rich reddish hard wood (and my Aura is made of out it!) that my mum sent me and I am using as a coffee cup coaster. Bamboo Merino blend roving from World of Wool in the UK, some USA origin Root Beer, my Kuala Lumper Starbucks coffee cup, and a plastic shopping bag from the Naturalis Museum here in Holland. It suddenly struck me how all this stuff from so many places was so casually sitting here together on my very own kitchen table!. I am not sure what to think of this, only that I AM thinking of this XD I am also thinking that I cant wait to start using my needles but I dont want to raid my Etsy shop Stock to do it and I am eyeing all that roving I dyed today somewhat more greedily than I should be, it was all earmarked for shop stock and a custom order (Deidre, its possible I might steal your yarn before its even spun!). Its so easy to get sidetracked from the original goal sometimes isnt it?! So, two things – is it insane that we have these casual collections of global items in our immediate environment? Or is it a wonderful thing that the world is so interdependant and we can experience so much of it like this in our modern lives? And What am I going to make with these amazing...

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