Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fab weekend

Had a fab open weekend at mr Bluefaced's HQ, yummy scones and lots of woolly freinds and lots of new woolly freinds.
Spent the evenings with extra special woolly freinds and laughed a lot.
Just what I needed after leaving my last baby in Bolton.
Thank you extra special woolly friends for helping us get through the first couple of day's of being childrenless parents.
Would show you lots of photo's but was too busy eating scones and talking.
So have a look at Claire's blog and Mr Bluefaced's raverly group

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ba Ba Black Sheep where did all the wool go?

Want to know what happened to last weeks 100 kilo's?
Well here it is...

Half of stock that is off to the Bluefaced.com open weekend tomorrow.

Some of the Ally Pally stock, which is still building

What came off the line yesterday and still isn't dry.

And a dye room with about another 8 - 10 kilos left to dye.

Bad, Naughty Merino Roving

Normally Merino sheep don’t grow in this country - they don’t like the weather, however somewhere in the UK there is a small flock or maybe a slightly small medium flock. They only produce a small quantity of fleece and I know a man, who knows a man who has all of last years (I think) crop.

And now I have some roving!!!!!

It will be going to The Bluefaced. com weekend and will be unveiled in all its full glory at Ally Pally and if there is any left; then home to the website mid October.

But it is very naughty!!! So fluffy I can’t get it in its bag, I end up in a huge fight, with the Merino winning, takes about 10 mins to get it in its bag and then when I have I discover it is full of bits, which it has picked up from the clean table.

I think it secretly calls to the bits which fall out of the sky when I am not concentrating. I don’t notice them until the bag is sealed, so then I have to go through the whole bag shoving trauma again!

And here is the bad, naughty Merino pre-bag.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


And as I haven't posted a photo for ages, I have chosen one at random from my files, its Bracken - The Natural Dye Studio's sponsored sheep, she lives on the heathland in the forest and is a very good mum.


Far too much work to do, have to write invoices, dye roving, organise the yarn for this weekend's open day at Bluefaced.com's HQ, labeling, dry 8 kilos in the wet rain, be inspired for next month's club photo, dye for the club and sell my house contents on ebay - :-)

And I am bored!!! going to drink tea and look at wet wool.

Before I go to drink tea, here are the Bluefaced open weekend details....

In Mr Bluefaced's own words

"Hi All

Jeni is joining in the bluefaced open weekend on the 27th and 28th of this month in Chester.

Amanda from the Natural Dye Studio will also be there with their hand painted yarns and fibres

DT Crafts will be bringing along their dyes

Laughing Hens will have all their goodies as well.

So everyone is welcome to come and sit and knit or spin chat and relax , and of course spend a little cash if something takes your fancy.

There will be scones and tea on each day.

Hope that loads of you can make it , cant wait !!

Andy PS

The full address is The Croft Stables Station Lane Great Barrow Cheshire CH3 7JN Its easy to find , its next to the cricket ground."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dazzle Aran & Alpaca/Merino

I have about 5 kilo's of BFL Dazzle Aran to take to Ally Pally this year, again it is a wholesale yarn.

BUT if you ask for it nicely I might put it on the site when we get back - :-)
I have decided to discontinue our alpaca/merino sock and DK yarns, as I have far too many different retail yarns to cope with.

As with the Nino Merino and Mirage sock yarns the alpaca/merino will still feature in the clubs and will also be sold wholesale.
The alpaca/merino will be on the site until we go to Ally Pally and will be removed sometime on the 6th or 7th of october.
So if you were thinking of buying some, now is the time before it disappears -:-)

Alpaca/Merino Sock

Alpaca/Merino DK

Friday, September 19, 2008


We took Precious to I Knit with us and when we came home it was left on the showroom floor.

Diane wrote a review on her blog which made me remember it was hiding under a set of shelves.
So you have Diane to thank for Precious being in the Weekly Sale, I will let you read her review - :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Not hysterical

This post was going to be me screaming hysterically and tearing all my hair out.

I have or rather had 100 kilos (give or take) to dye for Ally Pally, as you can see from the photo below I still have an awful lot of wool to dye, each one of the skeins is 500 gms. I think I have probably dyed 30 or 40 kilos this week already.
And today I heard a click and went into a huge panic as I thought another one of my dye vat's had blown up, as it is I am down to only 3 out of 5, was being lazy and keep forgetting to tell Phil they need mending. If no 3 went today I would have been hysterical. As it was the click was when the vat came up to temperature - why do I not know this, why am I so stupid at times??????
Guess I have a head full of steam and blue feet...............

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

And the winners are..............

The Toilet Dolly competition was judged on saturday at I Knit, by a very exhausted Gerard. We had a collection of 28 dollys all of them stunning as you can see from the photo's on tuesdays blog.
Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners.

Don't forget the auctions start the first week of november on ebay, I will load the auction links on the individual dolly pages on the web site. That way you can find them easily. There will be 3 prizes for the 3 dolly's who raise the most money, so please do lots and lots of bidding.

Bogpuss by Jane

And The Shearer by Gill

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

As promised

How not to save the planet!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I Knit 2008

What can I say....
Fantastic day, wonderful to meet so many new faces and all the old ones too - I know that sounds like you are all old, but you know what I mean - :-)

I only took 3 photos, rushed off our feet all day, didn't see the Yarn Harlot, didn't have lunch, but Yvette bought us some yummy french biscuits which were devoured in seconds - :-)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Show Panic

Have just calculated its only 33 days until Ally Pally!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And during that 33 days we have i Knit tomorrow and Blueface.com's open weekend in Chester. However am I going to be able to dye enough and prepare enough to fill the giant stand we booked this year???

And Heidi is leaving to start her sparkly new job on the 23rd of sept, Val will be her replacement, but Val does all the winding too, who knows how she is going to fit it all in.

Plus there is september's club yarn to finish dyeing, october's to get out before Ally pally and several huge wholesale orders.

And on the personal front we have sold the house and the sale will be complete at the end of October, we still don't have anywhere to move to.
The planning permission saga is on-going with lots of meetings.
Fred is starting uni, so I become childless for the first time in 22 years, have already had several nights of feeling the pain of being an empty nester. Although there isn't going to be a nest soon.

Think I am going to self destruct or find a nice big warm stone to hid under.....

Shop update - 5/9/08

Only a little update today, preparing for i Knit tomorrow.
We are not taking the stand as we all have market stalls, Phil is a tortured soul, no stall to construct, can either of us cope without our comfort zone. It will be interesting - :-)
So hopefully we will see lots of you tomorrow

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Dasiy & Mark

Daisy and Mark were handfasted on saturday, as usual for the Perkins family it was all very chaotic, but did happen and was a very special occassion. I am a bit lost for words and know the photos don't tell the whole story, but they tell the important part.
I am sure you have heard me moaning about my rubbish camera, well I have a brand new sparkly one. Phil was sent off to buy a couple of disposable cameras and came back with a brand new sexy, shiny pink camera that he informed me the business had bought!

The handfast in photos.....................

Daisy maisy in the dress we had bought 2 hours earlier, I had to sit in Liverpoool city centre doing the alterations so it would be ready in time.

This photo is called "Dad, of course I know where Formby beach is I have been twice before!"

After following Dais for 20 mins in the wrong direction we eventually arrive at the beach 1 hour late.

The oath keepers or maybe its promise keepers.

My baby Girls

The big one & her man (incidently you may not believe it, but her hair is 100% natural colour & curls)

The camera decided to focus on the wine rather than the faces, who are my big baby and my little baby who is leaving at the end of the month and I will then be a childless mother.

The morning after.