Category: Home life

Toadstool art yarn

Toadstool art yarn is named after some fungi that appeared this week in my stable yard. When Mary arrived for knitting yesterday she would not drive over the fungi to park in her usual place: ‘It’s so beautiful – I can’t bear to drive over, and spoil it’ she said. The colour of the fungi […]

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messing about on the river

‘There are long boats and short boats and ALL KINDS OF CRAFT…’ I am moored at Warmington Mill where there are all kinds of craft as the song goes; I have never seen anything like this craft*in the foreground. The pilot, who built the top part of this amazing feat of engineering, from a redundant […]

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Pothole outside Spinning studio

Pothole outside Spinning studio is very dangerous and took out a front and back tyre of the same car this last bank holiday weekend. The county council’s method of dealing with this hazard is astonishing…

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Robin in the greenhouse

Robin in the greenhouse nesting in a bag I left on the staging during the winter. There are five white, brown speckled eggs in a beautiful nest made with only a beak. And we spinners make a fuss about making yarn when we have two hands and a host of technology to help us! Clever […]

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twill weave

Twill weave

Twill weave, my house-pigeon must like twill weave – here he is inspecting two of my oldest rugs dating from the late 1980s and still going strong. I have not seen pigeon for several days now – nor found feathers or remains in the garden so hoping he has made a success of his bid […]

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nature's best

Nature’s best

Nature’s Best Nature’s best things are virtually free – this plateful was picked this morning.  I planted the Conference pear tree at the millennium along with a vine and a Brown Monkey Turkey fig – they continue to give me free harvest every year and every year the bounty seems to be more plentiful. What better […]

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A moment of enlightenment

A moment of enlightenment. I bought some new picture lights and decided that I would put them up myself – but will stick to the knitting in future…  I did put one up – it was not easy, I needed three hands and being up a step ladder that was a bit wobbly gave me […]

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Life changes

Life changes

Life Changes Life changes and change is about the only certainty in life – and with bereavement comes massive change. And unexpected pleasures. I commissioned this headstone from the Cordazzo Kindersley workshop in Cambridge. It was fixed in place on Monday 21st August. It brings me enormous pleasure.  The stone is perfect, my final act of love. It is […]

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Socks with meaning

Socks with meaning make delightful gifts and now is the time to start on knitting unique Christmas gifts. These socks are called Meadow and knitted with my own art yarn. All yarn has basic elements which can be used in the design process; these are fibre, spinning method, colour and yarn structure. The fibre choice […]

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Colour in spinning

Colour in Spinning and weaving was the theme for Wednesday’s Summer School this year. I love colour. If I’m feeling a bit low I turn to my dye box  – its far healthier than popping a pill. The results of our dye were so luscious one wanted to eat them…still better than popping a pill. […]

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Messing about on the river

Messing about on the river was idyllic on Saturday. took my three youngest grandchildren from Titchmarsh Mill to Wadenhoe on the river Nene. Grandson was pilot and very good at it too. A lovely green dragon fly settled on Bronwyn’s knee – but flew off before she got time to take a picture. We caught […]

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Mme Gregoire du Staechelin.

Mme Gregoire du Staechelin is blooming in our garden – much to our delight and joy. She has not been pruned or interfered with for three years and obviously likes it that way…Now that I have retired from working for the nhs and work at my Spinning School full time which I love doing, I have ‘time […]

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Wildflowers Chelsea week print

Widlflowers Chelsea week print has arrived. (this photo is just a small part of it) Fabulous to have 1/50 to this limited edition by Del Jones. Can’t stop looking at it. I have always loved wild flowers and this painting captures them in a way I’ve never seen done before. Its a magical piece of work –  took […]

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pam austin with big fleece

Spinners raise £204 for Nepal

Spinners raise £204 for Nepal at ‘Know your Fleece’ workshop. We held a Woolly Bring and Buy and had a good day among last years’  fleece – learning what to choose, and what to avoid, when selecting fleece for handspinning. Hopefully new spinners will be able to avoid some of the mistakes we have all […]

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Wishing you a Happy Easter

I made Hot Cross Buns with my three youngest grandchildren on  Thursday – it was a lovely occasion.

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woolly socks day

woolly Socks day

Woolly Socks Day – There was a heavy footfall of hand spun and hand knitted and hand dyed, spun and knitted socks on Saturday’s woolly sock day. My star pupil Mary modelled a lovely pair of socks knitted by Julie – she looked so good in them that Julie gave them to her. What a […]

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Woolly socks day

Woolly socks day this coming Saturday at Loddington LE7 9XE. Wear your woolly socks and join the photoshoot, bring your knitting, spinning, weaving or craft and treat yourself to some quality time with like minded people – and join the sock parade! You don’t have to be an expert – most people are just learning and you […]

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Broody hen in January

Broody hen in January sitting on 15 eggs on  top of a 4 foot wall bordering the B669 in Stoke Albany is not a happy prospect and it came at a very unhappy time in my life too. Even if she could keep any of the chicks warm they can’t get off the wall! One […]

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Helping and Inspiring

Helping and inspiring others is how see my role as a teacher and share my passion for spinning and woolly things. But….I don’t feel inspired at the moment so  have cancelled Barnsdale on 3rd Feb and Spinning School on 10th Feb. My mother died last night  – she was 87 and worn out, and it comes […]

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Make Onion Soup

Make Onion soup is my way of coping with cold weather – it means I stand over a low heat gently frying thinly sliced onions in beef dripping with 3 teaspoons of demerara sugar and some sea salt. I start off with a big pan full and after about 20 minutes they are reduced to […]

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