Saturday, 27 May 2017

Etsy Update

I've finally got around to having another go at dyeing some yarn, this time with some acid dyes from Colourcraft. I bought a starter kit at Yarndale a couple of years ago, but when I wanted to use it a few months back, I just couldn't find it anywhere! I don't know what I did with it - I can only assume that it was in a carrier bag which then got thrown away 😢.

So I bought some more dyes and I've now got a few skeins of yarn in my Etsy shop.

These four are 75% superwash wool / 25% nylon on DK, 100g:

"Accidental Superhero"

"Pansy"

"Under The Lilac Tree"

"Pepper"

The following four are 100% Merino Wool 4ply:

"Grellow"

"Butterfly Butterfly"

"Spring"

"Out Of Blue Comes Green"

I reskeined the DK yarns, and also Out Of Blue Comes Green, however the other three 4ply yarns haven't been reskeined, so they are as they were just after dyeing. I'm kind of in two minds about whether to reskein my yarns - do you have a preference?

I've also decided to have a go at making a few stitch markers/progress keepers; I only have 4 listings so far, but I'll hopefully be adding more in the near future:

bees

elephants

owls

hearts

That's all for now!


Monday, 1 May 2017

Holibobs

We've recently returned from a holiday in East Lothian.

The cottage we stayed in was lovely, with far reaching views.


The sofa had it's 'back' to this window, so I turned it round and spent the whole week gazing out at the view whenever we were at home. The hill you can see in the distance is Traprain Law, which is about 221m in elevation. It's the site of a hill fort, and was a burial ground as far back as 1500BC. Interestingly, thirteen Exmoor ponies are 'employed' to graze the hill and keep the grass under control!

In our infinite wisdom, we decided to have a torture session walk up this hill. I think we made it about a third of the way up, if that. Little Hare was off like a rocket - he would've gladly climbed all the way to the top I think, if mum and dad had been able to keep up! Actually, dad did keep up fairly well, but mum's legs gave up and turned to jelly - I couldn't take another step. But the views were still pretty spectacular, even if we didn't get right to the top.

That's the road, next to the yellow oilseed rape field in the bottom left


The green arrow is pointing to North Berwick Law, another big hill, and the blue arrow is pointing to the Bass Rock. Bizarrely, we could actually see the top of the Bass Rock from the cottage. I couldn't work out how that could be, but we must have been in a more elevated position than I realised.


This was the first holiday since... I can't even remember, when I - shock! horror! - didn't take any crochet with me!! 😲 But I did take some knitting 😀. I sat on that sofa every evening, looking out at that view, and knitting on the two socks that I currently have on the go until the light faded and my eyes grew tired. Bliss!


My second Spring Meadow sock

My first Mojito sock

I tried to get up early every morning to watch the sunrise - I did see one pretty spectacular one. It was also interesting watching the 'weather' move across the sky, like this rain in the distance


The Bass Rock was 'behind' this tree, although I don't think you can see it in this photo


We had some lovely days out. If you're in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is always worth a visit - it's free entry and it's absolutely huge so there is bound to be something of interest in there. It has lots of interactive exhibits too, great for kids and adults alike. This was our second visit, and we made it up to the roof terrace this time, which has great panoramic views, including of the Castle.


If you want to avoid the jostling crowds of Edinburgh Zoo, try the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder. Not as big as Edinburgh, but still a good size with an impressive collection of over 180 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Lemur, sunbathing

Pile of lemurs

That is a bear, in the woods

Scottish Wildcat

This is actually called a 'Fishing Cat'
We also had a visit to the National Museum of Flight, in East Fortune. It was interesting, although obviously it helps if you have a particular interest in planes and other forms of air travel. They have a few planes that you can board, although you can only walk down the centre aisle - no sitting in the seats, or entering the cockpit.

The biggest draw, arguably, is Concorde. The museum has one of the 7 still owned by British Airways.




Strangely, it didn't seem as big as I was expecting, and for what was supposed to be such a superior form of travel, it all seemed very tiny and claustrophobic inside.

I've never flown on a plane, because I have a fear of flying (=crashing), and going on board the planes at the museum confirmed to me that I'm in no rush to do so!

We also visited Butterfly World and Insect House just outside Edinburgh, which is always enjoyable thanks to the very friendly staff, and we went to Blair Drummond Safari Park, but I used a different camera there and I haven't uploaded my photos yet!

All in all, a great relaxing week away!