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greenfinch Chloris chloris

With the winter is coming feel in the air the bird feeders are alive with birds.  The tits (great, blue, long tail, and coal) seem to be especially abundant this year.  Which on the one hand I love to watch the highly entertaining circus acrobatics from the kitchen window.  On the other hand my car gets parked under this tree – so either it has to be cleaned every time I use it or I rock up to where ever with a white on blue Jackson Pollock paint job.  Which, as you can no doubt imagine, results in glances of shock and awe in the eyes of friends, family and strangers.  Have resorted to pulling a tarp over the poor wee Fiesta when not in use.

Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

We have also had the odd VIP guest not least of which was the woodpecker, but more recently we have had a regular visitations by a greenfinch (Chloris chloris).    I was inspired by its beautiful colours, subtle chartreusey greens and grays with a brilliant flash of golden yellow under its wings. NOTE: How impressed was I when I popped out with the camera just now to take above photo of tits on fat balls and the damn thing showed up as if on que! So, after moaning about lack of time in the workshop I spent a happy moment dyeing up some Romney top from  Romney Marsh Wools. More on Romney Marsh Wools in a later post.



I used a low immersion kettle method and a range of greys, two chartreuse greens and a gold yellow.  I think I used too much water in the kettle and lost the bright yellow splashes I was aiming for.  On the whole though I’m really pleased with the result.  Will definitely be repeating this one.


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Rig-a-Jig-Jig Folk Tea

Sad now the summer seems to be over, there is a definite autumn tang in the air, the sun seems to have left the building.  Fear not though, no chance of letting in the autumn blues in as things are just too busy, keeping me out of the workshop and away from fibre fun.  RigaJigJig

Saturday saw the first in a month of musical events at the village hall.  The season kicked off with a very civilised event in the village hall with An Afternoon Folk Tea with Rig-a-Jig-Jig complete with home baking and tea in real china cups and saucers.

None of your ‘finger in the ear Aran RigaJigJigAudienceJumper-ness’ nonsense here though.  Rig-a-Jig-Jig collect and play Norfolk folk songs and have many fine tales and amusing anecdotes to relate about the songs and tunes themselves, which gives the music a real sense of place.  The hall was packed so no room to manoeuvre for some dancing just sitting down foot tapping, so genteel, so English.  I fib a bit as this is not strictly true, the band also brought along a clog dancer who gave a couple of dances.

What, you ask is traditional Norfolk Clog Dancing?  Why, cry I, just watch this youtube video..

Sadly could only stay for the first half as we to go off for another party right across the other side of the county.  But we did stop for the tea with many lovely cakes baked by J and L. So many cakes, so very many lovely cakes, too many to chose from, so I didn’t and had a bit of one of every thing…Yum.

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Spinzilla 2015 is go


Spinzilla 2015 is now live and registering teams and rogues.  And for the first time the UK is fielding a team: Team HSN UK.  I’ve been lucky enough (hmm might regret that lucky statement in actual reality) to get in the team.  Hats of to the fabulous Sheila Dixon (Hand Spinning News) for firstly mooting the idea of a UK team and secondly for taking the lead and organising the Team.

Whats Spinzilla you gasp breathy with anticipation? Spinzilla is an international spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week (October 5 -11 2015). The competition aims to motivate spinners to ‘learn new skills, take risks, and spin their hearts out. It is also a fundraiser for the NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP).  NAMP connects adult mentors with school age children to teach the needle arts—spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and stitching’.

Go Team HSN UK!