Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wool Miles.

There are some very exciting developments going on here at Misty Cottage. My neighbour’s youngest son, Philip, has a small flock of Blue Faced Leicester sheep which are in the field across the lane from Misty Cottage and when I was walking the aged dog the other evening I saw Philip out checking his sheep. 

I asked him what he does with the fleeces from his beautiful sheep and it turns out that they are all in the barn waiting to be taken to the Wool Marketing Board. I mulled over this information for a day or two, thinking about maybe buying a couple of fleeces from him but then feeling guilty about my ‘Stash Shame’ (c.f. previous blog post).

I popped into a local craft fair last Sunday at Treworra Barton (where I would very much like to have a stall next year) and there was The Natural Fibre Company with a stall. This company is based in a nearby town and will take fleeces and process them for you, either scouring and carding, so you can spin them yourself, or continuing the process and sending balls of yarn back to you. The smallest amount of fibre they will take for scouring and carding is 10kg, so I am now thinking of buying several fleeces from my neighbour and having them scoured and carded by The Natural Fibre Company so I get them back ready to dye and spin.

For those of you yet to experience the delight that is Blue Faced Leicester wool, it is a very high quality fibre and is soft enough to wear next to your skin – not scratchy at all. So Misty Cottage Crafts may soon be able to offer Cornish sourced and processed fibres and yarns – that is what passes for excitement here at Misty Cottage!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Stash Shame.

People look East, the time is near,
Of the crowning of the year,
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and deck the table,
People look East and sing today,
Love the guest is on the way.

Advent is a big deal here at Misty Cottage, there is much to be done to make this house ‘fair as we are able’! This process begun on the first Sunday afternoon of Advent when my son went to collect greenery for the Advent Nature table – but where should we put the table?

The dreadful realisation that part of my stash was going to have to be moved in order to have an undisturbed space for the Advent table dawned. Oh my, what a journey of discovery ensued! I found a Black Welsh Mountain fleece that I had forgotten about, a white alpaca fleece and parts of three different fawn alpaca fleeces and some yarn I had dyed with lichen a few years ago. I have got a lot to do if I am not going to just put it all back there after 12th night.

I have washed the Black Welsh Mountain fleece and it is now hanging on my drying rack next to my worktop so I feel like I have made a start but I think the theme of this Christmas will be CARDING!

I will also have to rediscover my beautiful, clear worktop space if I am going to do anything with all this stash - they say that nature abhors a vacuum and nowhere is this more evident than in Misty Cottage!