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 )


  1. 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

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

  2. 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

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

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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

    1. 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

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

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

  6. 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

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

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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

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


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

  10. 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,


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

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

    1. 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

  12. 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 :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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 ♥

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.


  21. 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 !

  22. 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

  23. Beautiful dolls, sweet and gentle!

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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