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Summers here!

Lovely time of the year with everything growing really well in the polycrub – we’re eating salad, beets, carrots, courgettes, beans, tatties, beans, herbs and fruit. Waiting for the toms to ripen and the squash of course. 

 

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The new season garlic harvest.

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Once harvested we need to air dry to cure each bulb for storage through the winter.

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Heidi and Jasmine with their lovely kids Eva and Tilly enjoying the lovely summer sunshine.

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This is what I’m making with their milk. Vanilla ice cream and meringues and

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Soft cheese which I’ve flavoured with toasted fennel seed and lemon rind then rolled in cracked black pepper. Delicious!

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New ideas

Its been so busy here on the ol’ Creative Croft, tending to all the flora and fauna we’ve hardly had time to think. I did manage to get in a little bit of experimentation which I think has worked well and I’m looking forward to developing the whole felt direction.

Some new scarf pins and brooches.

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New Additions

After a reasonably successful lambing following the disappearance of our ram Romeo, who only stayed with our ewes for two weeks only 3 of our ewes were lambless if that’s a word, so not quite the disaster we first thought.

Then a few days ago we had two more surprises (although expected), after our maiden goats Heidi and Jasmine produced two gorgeous doelings.

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The girl on my left, little Tully, is a day older than little Eva on my right. Little Tully gave us a bit of a scare as she was overdue and large although quite weak and didn’t really want to feed. So after the vet came the next day we were feeding her every two hours with her mother’s milk, she had some shots too and yesterday she (thankfully) decided that she prefers to drink straight from her Ma, thank you very much!

They’ve all been outside for a few minutes only, the mum’s seeming quite nervous to  be out with them.

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Fair Isle with a twist

I’ve been busy developing a new pattern in polymer clay which I’m quite excited about. Its my contribution to the wealth of Fair Isle patterns that abound these days.WP_20170501_003

All ready and waiting to be made into pendants and matching earrings.

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Blending colours

I’ve been playing around with my mini louet hand combs to see how versatile they are in terms of colour blending. I initially got them to help remove the many neps I seem to get in some of our fleeces, but they are actually invaluable for fine colour blending. Its a real pleasure working with them and I feel inspired to blend many more combinations – 

So I start with some fleece I dyed earlier, lashing on the colours in layers and begin blending.

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It took about 4 goes of transferring the fibre from comb to comb, then I was left with lovely fluffy pink clouds of soft stuff ready for spinning

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This is the leftover ‘waste’ full of neps and other stuff!

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Carding and cowls

Beginning to work my way through the fleeces I dyed earlier with my new mini louet hand combs and my trusty jumbo drum carder. I blend the separate colours together until they form a pleasing colour (to my eyes) combination, full of neps I know but for this particular yarn they add just the right amount of texture –

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Once spun this is what these lovely batts turn into – not sure where to put these yet Etsy or Folksy or sell them locally.

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New Year resolutions

These days I almost never make any NY resolutions because I invariably forget and lapse into my old wicked ways, but this year in January I felt a surge of ‘destash and get things finished’ energy. So as I needed to make a new topper for our bed and a lap quilt to keep out the drafts in our old croft house, I began sorting through my  hoarded stash of fabric remnants (many of which have been collected for decades) and with the help of my rotary cutter, sewing machine and iron produced these two –

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I didn’t realise until I photographed the quilts just how much the one on the left reminds me of a tablecloth my mother had on the kitchen table when I was about 4 years, strange what we retain. The quilt on the right fits very comfortably on our king size bed and is just there as an extra protection for when the nights are really cold!

I am now down to one bin liner bag full of treasured bits of fabric and feeling quite pious about the whole thing. Not so my fleece stash – so having dusted off my lovely jumbo carder and armed with mini Louet hand combs which I got from Neil for  Christmas, I’m beginning to sort through all the portions of dyed fleece ready for spinning. Pics to follow.

 

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So much to do

Things are really revving up down here at the old Creative Croft, no time to sit around – lots to plant out

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Our first little lambs Samson and Delilah having a nap and the goatlings Heidi and Jasmine are a year old and growing.

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Before I begin the watercolour section of the botanical art  course I’m doing I just need to work on flowers of a different kind to make more needles and buttons etc.

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Jasmine is a very curious goat!

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Galanthus Elwesii

Must admit to having put this off out of fear – such a relief to be able to submit my final graphite assignment. Now I’ll be able to work on the watercolour module which is what I’m really interested in, but I’ve surprised myself at how much I enjoyed  the graphite section of the course. I’ve even had ideas for graphite sketches depicting eggs from various breeds of birds and such like. Apologies for the quality of the pic taken with my Nokia.

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Relief! Galanthus Elwesii

Must admit to having put this off out of fear – such a relief to be able to submit my final graphite assignment. Now I’ll be able to work on the watercolour module which is what I’m really interested in, but I’ve surprised myself at how much I enjoyed  the graphite section of the course. I’ve even had ideas for graphite sketches depicting eggs from various breeds of birds and such like.

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