November 2013

High and far off days

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27 November, 2013 - 09:46 | Sue Blacker

I love Rudyard (slip - wrote Rudyarn to start with!) Kipling ... particularly the lovely language of the Just So Stories, and especially The Cat that Walked by Itself.  I also think Kim, essentially the same plot as The Jungle Book, but set in the dangerous political world of the edges of India and the foothills of the Himalyas, is one of my favourite books of all time, with the perfect combination of great characters, adventure, wisdom and gentleness.

Woollen and Worsted spun yarns - thoughts for Wovember

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17 November, 2013 - 16:41 | Sue Blacker

Felix asked for some thoughts and comments on woollen and worsted spun yarns (apparently, woollen is the US way and woolen the English way of spelling the former of these - you live and learn when translating stuff into French!).  So here they are, as well as being on Wovember http://wovember.com/2013/11/15/sue-blacker-on-woollen-vs-worsted-mill-spinning/.  You will also find an amazing amount of other really interesting and inspiring things on the Wovember site, which gets additions every day this  month! 

Busman's holiday

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17 November, 2013 - 16:17 | Sue Blacker

We are just back from spending a week in Brittany - my second home since childhood - mainly in the rain, but we did manage to get out a couple of times!

We walked at Le Goufre, where there is an amazing house built into the rocks.   It was unclear how the vehicle arrived - as indeed it was unclear at Mont St Michel - on our last, and gloriously warm and sunny day - how the white van got to be parked halfway up the rock, but then builders are resourceful in France it would appear!  Mont St Michel is very definitely lovely, even when "sous travaux" to restore the estuary, causeway and river flow while making it accessible to even more hordes of people. 

Hallowe'en pumpkins and fireworks?

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3 November, 2013 - 19:15 | Sue Blacker

A little bit late - but that's not unusual for me ... here are some great pumpkins to knit - and you can use our orange Jacob/mohair blend, which is the perfect colour!

http://www.curlypurly.com/pdf/pumpkin.pdf

Also do take a look at a wonderfully enthusiastic and humorous touring theatre with built-in knitting group called LipService Theatre for knitted fireworks and much more! http://www.lipservicetheatre.co.uk/knitting/item/knitted-fireworks

Wovember freeby from Blacker Yarns

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1 November, 2013 - 18:12 | Sue Blacker

Here is Bernard, who seems to get everywhere these days, sitting in a worsted rovings can, surrounded by a selection of Special Wovember Badges, hand-made with love and passion by Felix Ford. 

We have secured a special supply of 100 of these and one will accompany each of the first 100 retail orders received in November, as a free gift to celebrate the benefits of wool.  We hope you will wear them with pride! 

Blacker Yarns

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