A Upcycled Gift From Beloved

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

Moo and protective mask
Apparently Moo needed a protective mask for the very important ‘man’s work’

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”

Not a vintage Niddy Noddy
He had only gone and crafted me a Niddy Noddy ~ upcycled from an old table leg and a couple of pieces of off cuts of wood

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.

Heather Yarn plus Niddy Noddy
My Heather yarn has been re skeined ~ I thought it looked pretty good before ~ but now ?? WOW I’m doing a happy dance

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




A Not Spaghetti Update And A Quest For A Niddy Noddy

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

Heather Yarn
I’m beyond thrilled how this chunky yarn had dyed ~ hence forth this yarn shall be known as ‘Heather’

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 

flip side Heather yarn
There are hints of chocolate, pinks, purple even orange and grey

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 🙂 

short intermission
There may be a short intermission while I set out on my quest to seek the Holy Grail of ye Niddy Noddy

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 ……… 



“No ~ I’m Not Cooking Spaghetti”

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

Chunky yarn in the pot
Chunky yarn was popped into the pan to warm through before I chose which colours to throw in from afar

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

dye added
I added splashes of dye in various colours and left the ‘Yarn Goddess’ to work her magic

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



Yarn Update

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 🙂

Autumn Time hand painted yarn
I’m rather jolly pleased with the final product

Another shot ….. you know just because I can LOL

Autumn Time
It’s a 4 ply yarn, dyed with Jacquard Acid Dyes in Teal, Chocolate, Brown, Aztec Gold & Pumpkin

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 🙂

Woman, Child and an Imminent Arrest

Luckily Moo enjoys being outside, this came to the fore this morning as the log man has made his delivery and at that precise moment Beloved announced he had to go into town!! as the weather is due to deteriorate overnight Moo & I took control and set to work

Moo the mini helper
Needless to say Moo was in charge of the barrow, which left me to carry and stack the logs

Although it was grey and damp each time I walked past my grotesque ~ obviously bought because of the similarities to the late K9 did I chuckle to myself

K9 inspired grotesque
The moss looks like a superpower cape casually draped over one shoulder 🙂

Just before the 2nd log bag was emptied I could tell Moo was beginning to feel weary, I suggested he went indoors and get his toy cars out as I would only be another 15 mins or so, my it was nice to see my little log store stocked up

Topped up log store
The weather man has predicted snow tomorrow ~ bring it on I say I’m ready

When I went back indoors there was a trail of mud from Moo’s wellies (not totally unexpected) so I set about with the hoover, then I happened to glance out of the kitchen window ~ only to see a dog walker staring intently at the cottage, hand on hip ….what on earth could be wrong with her ??? on entering the lounge I found out

Moo the spy
OMGOODNESS Moo is only spying / stalking her !!!!!

I’m hoping she can see the funny side and there isn’t an arrest imminent, obviously if there is I’ve never seen Moo before in my life LOL



I Smell Sheep

I have a morning to spend doing exactly what I want  ….HURRAH … so I thought I’d put my time to good use & have another go at this yarn dyeing malarkey, safety first all you lovely folks ~apron, mask and gloves. Guess what you can all breath a sigh of relief ~ no selfie

dye stock
Once I’d mixed my range of dyes I could remove my mask ~which was just as well as my glasses kept steaming up !!

Dyes were sloshed onto my 4 ply yarn, and a quick wish & prayer sent to the ‘Yarn Goddess’ for some sort of success

hand painted Autumn Time
I’m after a ‘Autumn Leaf’ type of colour way ~ which this ‘may or may not’ represent 

A quick blast in ye olde microwave and voila

cooked to perfection
A bundle of hand painted yarn cooked to perfection ….I hope

I now waiting patiently for my package to cool down so I can rinse it, then hang it to dry. Beloved has just bellowed through from the lounge ~ “What on earth are you doing ?… I can smell sheep … please for the love of all that’s holy tell me you don’t have one in the kitchen”

Me I’m more concerned he knows what a sheep smells like !!!!!!!

I’ll give up an update in a few days on my yarn dyeing experiment

Something new

I’ve been at a lost the last few weeks, sadness over K9 ( see previous post) then Beloved decided to partake of the Lurgy pre Christmas ….and well … seeing as it was free I decided I’d give in and try said Lurgy myself, I’ll not be so eager to share next time let me tell you !! So this left me feeling I ought to leave my comfort zone and try a little something I’ve not had a go at before YARN DYEING !!!!!!

Beloved did happen to mention I had a passing resemblance to a witch brewing up a storm ~ Jealousy must be such a terrible thing LOL

I needed a little inspiration so took to hunting through some of my photos and came up with this one

Anderby Creek
A winter coastal walk ~ the beach is approx. 30 miles from the cottage and we don’t go nearly as often as we should 

Now to turn this vision into a hand panted yarn extravaganza, much throwing of dye and holding of breath was involved to create this

Ta Dah my gorgeous ‘Shoreline’ hand painted yarn ….. a new obsession calls