Sunday, 27 July 2014

Car Boot Finds

There are some great finds to be had at a car boot sale and who doesn't like a bargain? I'll admit that I've been put off them in past. Sometimes there aren't many sellers or there just hasn't been anything interesting. 

I'm looking to try out kettle dying yarn but don't want to waste a lot of money on a new pot that will never get used for cooking. Someone suggested looking at a car boot. There's one just down the road every Sunday so I had a wander that way. Below is the success find for £1.00. Not too bad.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Handspinning (Part 1 - The Wheel)

I've been so distracted lately...since purchasing a spinning wheel! I never intended to start spinning, it just kinda happened. I'd purchased a bag of alpaca fibre with the idea of turning it into pom poms but then I wasn't so sure it would work the way I was imagining. So what else could be done with it? This is what led me to start casually looking for a second hand spinning wheel. I had looked online but most were for collection only in a county far far away.

Then, on the way back from doing some food shopping on a Sunday afternoon, not long after starting the search, there, in the charity shop window opposite, was a spinning wheel. Single treadle. Single drive. Scotch tension break. One bobbin. Hardly any nicks or dents. All looked to be in working order. Nothing to suggest it was for 'decoration only'. It was like it was meant to be!

A thing of beauty

These last few weeks I have spent most of my free time do nothing but spinning and have been documenting the whole process. Next time I will talk about the raw fleece and washing methods I have been experimenting with.

Have you made any exciting purchases lately? 


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Map of Wool Shops in Yorkshire

Hi there! 

In recent months I have been on the hunt for some good wool shops and general craft stores and unfortunately have come across some real stinkers. But I've also been to some absolute gems. Some far away, some close. So today I thought I would share a list of wool shops and other craft supply stores in the Yorkshire region. Places that I have been to and would recommend to others. 

The map can be found by following the link below. I will update the list as I come across new places of note. Please let me know of any you think I should visit and add to the map.

Happy crafting.

Miranda x

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