Every now & again I have a marvellous idea that I somehow just don’t think through, yesterday was a fine example :- Beloved had a days annual leave and as Moo was still on half term, I piped up “lets all go to the Peak District” firstly I wasn’t expecting ..
Lets go down Blue Johns Cavern I suggested … it’s been years since I’d been down the mine & I was sure Moo would love it so off we skipped. Moo was full of wonder and to be fair so was Beloved & I
In my hazy childhood recollection I had some how ‘forgotten’ the 250ish steps to descend / ascend said mine ….on the way back up we paused a while for a little safety tip ~ the guide informed us “The next 92 steps are a little steep & wet so please hold onto the rail” WHAT THE FOX … I stood there full of fears of not getting out of there ALIVE, my breathing was a little … how shall I say it …. NON EXISTANT all I could envision was the rescue team pilling down said hole in the ground and having to haul my backside out of there with a pulley system, and the trauma team waiting to revive me. Trying to contain my thoughts of being the first full time resident of the mine & having to survive on scraps of food thrown to me by passing visitors I bought a little time by taking ‘artistic’ photos
Anyhoo making out I was some sort of professional artistic photographer bought me enough time to gather my wits about me to get out of there. On reaching daylight once more (albeit feeling sick, sweating like piglet and feeling like I’d cheated death) I have made a vow to turn my lifestyle around ~ I need to improve my diet (YES I ‘may’ have put on a pound or 2 over Christmas !! ) plus regain my fitness (it’s surprising how since loosing K9 and not walking everyday my fitness has declined) After my ordeal Beloved took for us lunch to celebrate the fact I was still in the land of the living, when it came to time for desert I relived the mornings events in my mind …. and chose a huge slice of carrot cake (without cream) instead of chocolate cake … well carrot cake IS healthier I mean it had carrots & raisins in which are 2 of my 5 a day right
Today is Pancake day … a day my family celebrate to the full extent ~ WHY ??
This year Moo is old enough to make the batter himself .. which the poor lamb had to hand mix with a balloon whisk because the mixer wasn’t working … later when I came to turn on the cooker I realised the mixer wasn’t in fact broken, but the electricity box had ‘tripped’ D’oh
Anyhoo his batter was made to perfection
Post pancake would be an ideal time to photograph my latest yarn dyeing experiments I thought to myself … here I am all geared up with a photoshoot to rival David Bailey when this happens
I have been holding out on you all, I’ve been knitting away on a couple of mini projects and I haven’t shared, anyhoo here’s what I’ve been up to
To ring the changes I deviated from socks
Soooooo the reason I’ve been knitting for a small person ?? …….. I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA AGAIN. Baby aka ‘Podge’ should be making an entrance in the early summer, something tells me life is going to get a whole lot busier & exciting 🙂
So it’s now decided I NEED a Niddy Noddy to re -skein my hand dyed yarn I was all set to storm march into town when Beloved informed me we have bit’s & bobs in his man cave to make a PVC pipe one ~ but before he could find the pieces there was some ‘stuff’ he needed to first…..with Moo’s help
Being the patient person I am ….. please read that as “Just get on with your project so I can get on with mine” I busied myself with a new yarn dyeing project & a little knitting ~ Beloved took an age then early evening announced ” I can’t find all the bits you need” perhaps you will have to go into town tomorrow after all …a veil of disappointment descended.
This morning as I was wrestling into my coat to go into town Beloved came rushing into the cottage declaring “Ta Dah”
WOW not only is it reusing pieces from his man cave it actually looks like a vintage piece ~ I will be using it as a decorative item in my crafting den when not in use.
Beloved has pointed out he has 3 spindles left should a Niddy Noddy be this years must have item ….. he’s not expecting a rush LOL
You may feel the need to see my previous post as to why on earth I’m rabbiting on about Not Spaghetti, anyhoo the yarn dyeing goddess has blessed me with another lovely skein of hand dyed goodness
If I turn it over you can see slightly different hues, that is one of the joys of hand dyeing, you never quite know what you are going to get …. yet it’s never a disappointment
I’m wondering if the yarn will look even more delicious if it’s re- skeined ?? yes I know I COULD do this by hand but then I’d have no excuse for coveting a niddy noddy, when I mentioned said utensil to Beloved the poor man was in bits thinking I’d been making words up AGAIN. … as if 🙂
I’ve taken to ‘the google’ & apparently it’s simple enough to make my own ~ I feel a trip to the hardware store may be ‘essential’ in the morning for the required bits & pieces …Moo has offered to help in the construction ………
On my quest to conquer some sort of success at yarn dyeing I thought I’d give immersion or as I call it ‘pan dyeing’ a go
At this precise moment Beloved strolled through the kitchen peeped in the pan and exclaimed “Oooo spaghetti” … bless him he didn’t have his glasses on … When I replied “No ~ I’m not cooking spaghetti” the poor chap looked quite bewildered
Next time Beloved wandered by he looked in the pan once again then muttered ” Mmmm shall we eat out ? your spaghetti has seen better days” ~ D’oh put your specs on man !!!
Obviously I’m a total ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ newbie to yarn dyeing and rely totally on the ‘Yarn Goddess’ who conjures up the finished result in spite of my helping hand … photos to follow soon on all her hard work
For anyone who read my post on hand painting yarn well my yarn had dried and now I’m ready for a ……
Seriously here is my yarn 🙂
Another shot ….. you know just because I can LOL
This is where I need your input ~ I’m undecided whether to name it ‘Autumn Leaf” or ‘Autumn Time’ …. or if you can recommend a suitable moniker I’m all ears. For anyone thinking of trying yarn dyeing for themselves give it a go ~ you have absolutely nothing to loose and everything to gain ~ you will have a bespoke yarn that lets your creativeness shine and in my humble opinion there is no such thing as a yarn dyeing fail 🙂