AMAZING package all the way from New Zealand, I am in love!

This afternoon as I am trying to recover from the last few weeks frantic activity and sort out paperwork and loose ends (always have piles of them hanging around!) the most amazing package arrived in the post all the way from New Zealand!  I can’t emphasise how excited I was as each item was revealed from this colour swap via Ravelry, my swap partner Jayne went to HUGE trouble and expense putting together a parcel that was me to a T.  I am still in shock at how gorgeous all the items were!!! 

Incredibly beautiful Midnight Orchid batts and a stunning hand made button!


These Midnight Orchid batts are made by a lady local to Jayne and the stunning glass button is made by an Australian lady living in Sydney, how lucky am I?????

Ishbel from behind


Stunning hand dyed and knitted lace wrap, how beautiful it looks in the Irish landscape!


Felting, golf, puncture, food …..

This afternoon I had my second session with members of the Borris Active Retirement Group, we were examining all the different things that you can make with felt cords and balls.  Everyone made a layered cord using three different colours of merino and then we had fun slicing through the felt to make gorgeous beads perfect for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keyrings or whatever else takes your fancy!

Alpaca and merino necklace

Here is an image of one of my earliest necklaces made using this method, the dark chocolate fibre is alpaca and the rest is merino.  Only one of the ladies decided to leave the cord uncut, she is planning on converting the flat felt she made last week into a funky little purse and the cord is going to become a strong handle.

On Saturday I arrived back in the golf club car park from supporting some mixed matches only to find that my front wheel had a puncture. This was really annoying as I was dressed in my ‘official’ clothes and had no old trousers or anything to throw on in order to change the tyre. I can’t say that any of the men (or women!) rushed in to help so thankfully one of my friends gave me a lift home after the meal and I was able to return yesterday with Alan and get the thing sorted. This is the first time that my pick up truck has had a puncture since I bought it about 3 years ago so hopefully I will get another few years before I have to go through the trauma again. I have never had any difficulty changing tyres on any other jeep or car that I have owned but for some reason the spare is amazingly difficult to get out from under the base of this truck, at least having done it once next time should be easier!

I love the sound of this asparagus and goats cheese tart over at Maya Made, guess what I’ll be buying tomorrow???

Stimulating weekend and last chance to book fibre workshops!

We had an amazing time over the last few days experimenting and creating with Dutch felter Lyda Rump!  All the participants had a brilliant time as Lyda is both an inspirational artist and a highly accomplished tutor.  Over the next couple of days I will be uploading more images to Flickr and blogging about the workshops on Clasheen.   Pop over there if you are interested in a little more information about what we all got up to from Friday to Sunday but here is an image of Gerd’s gorgeous hand dyed silk chiffon and merino neckpiece to get you inspired. 

Gerd's beautiful silk and merino neckpiece

If this has got you interested in a bit of fibre experimenting why don’t you come along to the next ‘Pick up your Needles’ session on Sunday 21st February at the Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow?  These great sessions are organised by Irene Lundgaard and Stephanie Kennedy, felting, knitting, crochet and spinning are on offer (obviously I am facilitating the felting!) and any workshop is available for the special price of  E55 to include all materials plus ongoing tea, coffee and homemade cookies throughout the day!  If you are interested in learning a new craft or honing your skills click here to book your space or read a bit more detailed information.