I have taken the time while I’ve been on knit-rest to do some sorting out, and am now starting to spin all the things! I’ve been doing a lot of YouTube videos rather than blog posts recently has been because even typing has been enough to make my RSI flare up, and I’ve been trying to give myself a Proper Rest. If you want to catch up on all of the stuff on YouTube, my channel is over here.
Spin all the things!
Part of the urge to spin again was kick-started by my lovely friend, Matt. He is a wood-turner living in Bristol, and at my request he designed some drop spindles for me. They’re made of beautiful woods, all made in his garage, and are absolutely stunning. They’ll be available on Etsy soon – we are just fine-tuning the design – so head over to the shop if you’d like to follow me and find out when they arrive!
I started demonstrating how they work to him while I was in Bristol this weekend, and realised that drop-spindling used my left hand more than my right hand, and it didn’t hurt at all. So, although I’ve been gentle about it, I have been taking out lots of time to spin. I have also done some on my Ashford Traditional, which I’ve been enjoying a lot but it has been a bit cold as my wheel is in my studio!
The brown wool is some Exmoor Blueface that I dyed using red onion. I left it on the stove for over three weeks, so it became super dark. The other fibre has been a mixture that I’ve bought at fairs. The beautiful pink is a braid of Cheviot that I bought at Unravel in 2013, the pink and black mixture is Dolly Mixture from my lovely friend Louise of Spin City UK, and the rainbow is my own Blazing Rainbows.
On a non-crafty note, I will soon be on the move again. My time on the farm is drawing to a close, and by the end of May I will be living in Bristol with John, enjoying life in a new city! I can’t express just how excited I am about this. It will be the end of nine years living in London (with occasional stints in Devon) and the next big step in my journey. There’s a lot to do before then, that’s for sure!
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who visits, comments and interacts with me via my blog. I’ve met a lot of people recently who have talked about how much they enjoy Plutonium Muffins, and it feels amazing to know that there are so many people who can enjoy my crafting along with me. If you’re reading this, I’m talking to you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
A soppy Corrie xx