Sunday, 29 June 2008

The owl and the pussycat went to sea....

Another day indoors trying to shake off the lurgy, and the second part of Linda Misa's online needle felting class is done! The owl now has a pussycat pal, despite breaking two needles and not getting the wool to felt round the pipe cleaner properly, I'm quite pleased with them. Now for the pea green boat...

Saturday, 28 June 2008


I've been signed up to this class for two weeks now but so busy with work that it wasn't til I had a real stay in doors 'cos I feel too ill (coldey/fluey/yeuch) to go out day that I got a chance to play. I've always loved owls. I made a pottery one in art in school, bought one in Finland and one in York, so today I made a needle felted one to add to the collection. The instructions said to wet felt the body first, but my sister broke her needles trying that so I decided just to needle felt it all! I had a bit of trouble getting the shape right, and think it's still a bit of a skinny owl really, but maybe it's a young one.

Shetland for wool!

Before June disappears completely I thought it would be good to visit my own blog for once! Life has been very busy workwise, and I also had a great two week holiday in Shetland with my mum in May -lots of wool bought there, I can assure you! We visited Jamieson's Spinning Mill in Sandness, and were lucky enough to get shown round the mill. We also had a lovely visit to the Shetland Collection - designer knitwear based near Sumburgh airport, where we were shown round the workshop and how to use a knitting belt as well as getting to see lots of samples and fair isle and lace garments. Then there were the wool shops in Lerwick ... the car was packed to the gunnels on the way home! I started a cockleshell scarf when I was there, it took me about 4 goes to understand the pattern but it's about 3/4 done now. I also got the spinning bug again and sneaked a fleece into the car too. But all in all it was a lovely peaceful and rejuvenating time - looking out on seals, lambs, lots of wildflowers and seabirds. The air was so clear, and we were very lucky with the weather too!