Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Spinning a Rainbow

This is part of a project that will be a gift to Emma's preschool at the end of term. I don't want to say too much but it is oh so pretty so far! The fibre is from a sample pack of commercially dyed merino, which I spun (with a little help from Emma) and chain plied on my brand new Schacht Ladybug. Emma has been learning about wool and where it comes from, about how it is spun, and she helped to decide on the colour order. We've been having a lot of fun with this! It was spun quickly so isn't the tidiest yarn ever, but that is how I wanted it for this project. More to come as soon as I make progress!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Meet Lola

As a mother to two girls who love to be carried, I often find myself giving demonstrations about how to use soft baby slings and wraps safely. I recently went on a training course with Trageschule UK to learn even more about the teaching side - it was fascinating! But for some time I've been without a demo doll. (Yes, my kids are very compliant but I don't want to use them as teaching aids!) You can buy purpose made weighted dolls, but they are expensive and quite frankly a little sinister. So I took matters into my own hands. Say hello to Lola! She is 52cm tall, weighs 3kg, and is perfectly proportioned for sling demos!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Well hello there!

At last - a quiet little corner for me to natter in! I'm Catherine - self employed work at homemother to two young girls (Emma - 4 and Lucy - 1) and wife to Brett. Spare time is hard to come by in this house, but when I get any I tend to use it for something crafty. I spin, knit, crochet, sew, and am just starting to learn about weaving.

So why start to blog now? Well why not - it seemed as good a time as any. I have a new spinning wheel to add to the family this week (more on that later), Tour de Fleece is coming up, and I'm taking part in A Year Of Projects over on Ravelry. More than anything though, I wanted a place where I can look back on my little creations and milestones, and the things that make me smile each day.