I’ve just taken my Mama Qucha Swedish Lace shawl off the loom and am fairly pleased with the results. The colour is gorgeous – I think it is Karenia, but the skeins never got labelled up so it might have been one of Caerthan’s trial colours. The overall swedish lacey-ness is as I hoped for – very open, but at the same time warm and comforting – just as a shawl should be!
On the down side I could have made it a bit longer, and I don’t feel I’ve got it as fulled and fluffy as nicely as it could be. The structure is quite delicate, so I feel I need to be a gentle with it. I could work on that bit more, but Caerthan thinks it’s okay as is so I’ll probably stick with his opinion.
Well, the time to get a dedicated workshop has come a bit sooner than I anticipated. The kitchen stove and outside laundry room just aren’t cutting it anymore. Triskelion has grown so quickly over the last six months – I’m spending most of the day going in and out of the house, carrying pots of dye and yarn, and the rest of the day in the garden room (my ‘workroom’), pre- and post-processing it all. Horribly inefficient. So, we’re going have to bite the bullet, gut the garden room, and turn it into a proper dyeing studio. Only to what we can currently afford, but still… five-burner gas hob, double drainer sink plus associated plumbing and drainage, extractor, new worktops, all that good stuff.
Rick is a bloody star. He’s doing all the building and plumbing work himself, in between his own stuff, just so I can keep on top of the orders coming in. Some hard budgeting is going to be necessary, and some reuse of stuff we have sitting around in the barn. It’s not going to look like ‘Homes and Gardens’, but it’s going to save me so much work, and enable me to plan my time much more efficiently. I can’t wait. Studio ahoy!
Well, after five years of keeping and breeding alpacas, we’re finally taking the plunge and entering two of our boys into the junior category at an agricultural show in Somerset. Exciting and scary, as I’ve never done this kind of thing before.
Susan has been trying to persuade us for some time now, and I’ve finally relented. One of last year’s cria – Emrys – is such a fantastic little boy, who I think might have a shot at a rosette. Fabulous fleece, looks great, very good genetics. So, I’m about to start halter training him and Rhodri for showing in May. I’ll be going down there with Susan anyway, who’s an old hand in the show ring.
Whatever happens, it’ll be an experience!