Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wool News....

Thank you so much everyone for the
kind birthday wishes in the last post

A happy time was had and lovely daughters
made my all time favourite carrot cake
(I have new needles too which I'll show you next time)

...and here's my new yarn swift....actually my new best friend...
your loved ones will be forever grateful for this too :-) 
If you haven't seen one before it's a simple and 
very practical Amish design...easy to use then pack away...
with a non-slip base so it will sit firmly on a table top
while spinning around.

It's made by ChiaoGoo
and you can find it here and lots of other places online
Basically a wheel with pegs to slot in to fit your skein size
(all the sizes are clearly marked) 
and whether winding by hand or using a yarn winder
(like the one here in the sidebar)
it's very quick and efficient...much better I think 
than using an umbrella version (cheaper too)
...and it beats using the back of a chair any day
when there's no one around to lend a hand :-)

...which means I'm all ready to make my aran sweater
(no...I haven't even started it yet...but I am very much 
looking forward to making it when I have some quiet it's all good 
and it may become a perfect winter project :-) )

....and finally...

if you are lucky to be visiting

The Knitting and Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace
(8th - 12th October 2014)

for anyone planning to knit a 
the wonderful 
Jamieson's of Shetland
have put together some doll kits
using their beautiful 100% Shetland Wool
along with some very lovely hair yarn from
Little Oke Dolls

(plus printed copies of the original pattern
and the TEAROOM Doll Hat pattern)

to be found at

Stand Number J45

(from Wednesday!!)

If you have the chance to call and say hello
there will be all kinds of lovely things
to tempt you on their stand...x

...time to go...
...hope you're having a lovely week...
...wherever you may be...

...happy crafting...

x  x x

P.S I hope the pics are ok...still using my dodgy laptop
which I don't wish to be parted from :-) definitely must go for repair tomorrow!

(Any links in my posts are never sponsored
...I just happen to think they are lovely x )


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Susan! By chance, I refreshed my page and there was your new post. Luckily, I caught it before I had to go off to school.

I adore all of your creations and to see the tools you use in order to create them is like unlocking a mystery of some of nature's phenomenons....lovely, full of charm and care. Have a fabulous day! Anita

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Susan
Belated birthday wishes ...missed your last post ...just too much going on here :-) Mmmm carrot cake one of my favourites too!
How about that sometimes the old ways are the best and they do say the Amish are very practical people. Actually I had never heard of a Yarn swift before!
Lovely,lovely flowers!!!

keep well

Amanda x

Martina said...

Sear Susann, that carrot cake looks so delocious -am sure it was very yummy! I want ti ask, if you could send me some high res. images of your tearoom dolls. I thought i could present them in the coming issue of iur magazine, KidsLfe. I'd publish a link to your Etsy shop, so redaers can get instructions. Are you interested? Let me know! Best wishes for a happy day, M.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Love your yarn swift Susan, just think no more achy arms for all those concerned! ;)
Glad you had a lovely birthday and had lots of treats.
I think it's wonderful that your doll patterns have been made into kits, I hope they have lots of them on their stand as they will sell like hot cakes!!!!
V x

crazydazy said...

Thats good you had a great birthday. The yarn swift looks like a beautifully designed item.....I may invest in one!

Sharron said...

Hi Susan, Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you! and guess what? we share the same birthday I think?!!! Lovely post today full of gorgeous things as usual x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The yarn swift looks great - my husband and son are very long suffering when it comes to winding wool. I think the doll kits will be a huge success - what a great idea.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Anita...hope you have a lovely day too ♥..xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Amanda...yes, it's definitely very simple and easy to use....(I'll be coming to visit you later :-) )..xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, how lovely dear Martina! :-)...shall be in touch...Hope you have a lovely day too ... xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Yes, no volunteers required any longer...much to everyone's relief ...although everyone was kind and put up with me! :-) Thank you so much too Vivienne for your lovely comment about the kits <3...xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

I can highly recommend it Ali...mine sits on top of the magic cupboard but it's very easy to store away...x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you too Sharron!...Hope you had a lovely day :-)..xx

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Hello and belated happy birthday! I've just found you whilst blog-hopping, your blog is sooooo pretty, I love the dolls, too cute :)
Would be lovely to see you over on my blog

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Susan! All your work is always lovely. Have a pleasant day,


Lynda Harrison said...

Hello Susan!
Lovely to read your post - always SO inspiring!

I wish I could get to Alexander Palace this year - would love to see Jamiesons of Scotland's stand!

Have a happy evening,


♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Jill...will visit you later :-)..x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Marianne!...Hope you're having a good day too :-)...xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Lynda....and yes, the show looks really wonderful this year..xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Ann (and yes, I definitely sense a sigh of relief around here...although a quiet one :-) )...x

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy Birthday! Your pictures are great! Hope you have a great time at the show. xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my friend! So exciting that you'll be at Ally Pally.. I sure wish I could go! Where else can you get the kits? I've always admired your sweet little animals and would love to make one.. but I'm not the most talented knitter.. but I'd like to try. Have fun and I hope you sell a lot!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Crafted by Carly said...

Happy belated birthday to you!!! Love the photos - they're very atmospheric! :-)
Have fun at the show.....

nélinha said...

tout est magnifique et si doux, don't be worried your photos are superb
bisous de la France
Thanks for sharing

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Amy...and it's good to know the pics are ok!...Unfortunately, I can't be at the show myself but I know it will be a brilliant day out :-) ...xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lovely Teresa thank you x ....(and I will have kits available myself soon :-) )

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Carly...(Ooh, I like 'atmospheric.'..that sounds very reassuring :-) )..x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you lovely Nélinha x

Maggie said...

A belated happy birthday. Is there any cake left for me? Could you send me some?! Love the look of your yarn swift. X

my4lilgirls said...

Hi Susan belated happy birthday, the cake looks very, very YUM, daughter made cakes are the best :)
Have a great weekend
Karen x

Lovejoy Bears said...

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday Susan!! Carrot cake is one of my faves too :) The cake your daughters made looks so yummy :)
Every time I visit your blog it makes me really wish I could knit. Your dolls are too adorable for words :) Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

Jennifer Hays said...

I'm so glad you had a nice birthday. Such pretty photos of your special day. Your swift is beautiful, enjoy it. I've been thinking lately that I'd like to have one someday so it's nice to have a good recommendation. Hope you have a good weekend.

Annie Cholewa said...

Gorgeous photos as always. And that cake looks scrummy.

I have a similar swift, but mine is not marked with skein sizes. How useful to have one that is.

millefeuilles said...

I so wish I could come visit you at Alexander Palace, Susan! How exciting! Many, many moons ago, when I was still living in England, I visited my favourite teddy bear designer there. Oh, the display of Christmas themed bears she had made. I had commissioned a special Jack Frost bear, which I still love to bits, and in addition I purchased one of Santa's Elves AND a Snowflake bear too.

And breathe...

I usually wind my skeins of yarn on two dining table chairs but I must confess a swift would be so very appreciated in our home!

Happy Autumn to you dear Susan. And happy knitting too.


Géraldine B. said...

I'm just discovering your blog and I like it !!! So belated happy birthday and I wish you a great show ! Wish you a lovely week end !

Helen Philipps said...

Your photos are just beautiful, I so enjoyed them all! I am glad you had a lovely birthday with such delicious cake and gorgeous flowers, dear Susan. Your yarn winder is a marvellous idea.....every knitter should have one :) congratulations on your sweet doll kits, they will have reached many more people now and I am sure they will be amazingly popular.
Wishing you a very happy week ahead.
Helen xox

Milena said...

Beautiful dolls, sweet and gentle!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

happy birthday Susan. Your yarn winder is great, and much better than trying to use a chair or door or on your own. My friend at school had a granny with dementia who was happy to sit for hours whilst wool was wound.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

I'm playing catch up, so a belated Happy Birthday to you. xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Susan! HOW fabulous it is to see you here again, as I just read your kind comment. Thank you for visiting! I bet you are super busy with your art to get ready for the holidays! Have all the fun your dear heart can hold....big hugs from across the ocean, Anita

Marcia said...

Happy belated birthday, Susan. In our home it's two October babies, our son and myself, and we had loads of fun celebrating last month.
Always dreamy stopping by to catch up on your beautiful creations.
Much love!

Suzanne said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you! Just stopping by to snoop around and see if I have missed anything new...LOL! This is such a happy little nook, I do love visiting you:-) Take care! Suzanne