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Barbara's Blog - Take Two

I've just done my Blog and somehow managed to lose the lot, so here I go for another attempt. I had the same problem as before in that after 5 photos, it wouldn't let me add any more, so we shall see what happens this time.

First of all I would like to thank those of you who left such kind messages on my last Blog. It was very much appreciated and to know that I have such caring friends on this site.

I don't plan to show any scarves this time for a change!!

My first…


Added by Barbara Longley on August 31, 2011 at 6:52am — 3 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Scarves and more Scarves

Although I haven't had time to do my blog, I did manage some time to have a look at everybody elses and you all seem to be doing such exciting things, especially the quilters.

When I rounded up all my 'makes', I discovered that I too had been quite productive without actually realising it.

The past 2 months have been centred around my elder son (both sons still live at home with me) having an Iliostomy, so times have been very fraught, but now he seems to be making good…


Added by Barbara Longley on August 22, 2011 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Catching Up

It seems absolutely ages since I last had time to do a Blog. It's been all vets, hospitals,doctors, Hay Fever, bad hips and terrible tiredness.

I did manage to get some knitting done, and a bit of weaving, but I am not quite up to date with the photographing of all my makes yet.

This is the Leonora…


Added by Barbara Longley on May 5, 2011 at 5:10am — 5 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Buying More Goodies Again

Just when you think you have more than enough of everything, you see something else you would like. My first purchase was carded Sari Silk which I had been trying to find for ages. It arrived in a huge carded sheet of glorious colours. I couldn't resist having a little spin straight away, and it was incredibly easy to spin really finely. I haven't got any plans for it yet. It would probably look just as good and go further, plied with a plain coloured wool. I'm not even sure what to make…


Added by Barbara Longley on February 11, 2011 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

Barbara's Blog - I've got the weaving bug!!!


I can now reveal the Christmas present socks I made now they have arrived on the Isle of Man and no longer a secret.…


Added by Barbara Longley on January 26, 2011 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Back In The Swing of Things

We seem to be getting back into a routine now that Maisie our new Scottie puppy is housetrained. I've even had the spinning wheel out this week. The first day she barked at it. The next day she tried to operate the foot pedal herself, then fell asleep with her head right underneath the foot pedal which wasn't very helpful. Now she just falls asleep by the side of it.

I decided I really must finish all the half spun bags of fleece & fibres that I started last year, so I can start…


Added by Barbara Longley on November 5, 2010 at 7:18am — 8 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Hello Maisie

Following the loss of Alfie one of our 7 year old Scotties, his brother Macintosh now has a new playmate. Her name is Maisie and she is a brindle coloured Scottie.Pictured here with younger son Richard.

She is into everything and I dread to think what life will be like when she discovers all my knitting and spinning.…


Added by Barbara Longley on September 29, 2010 at 6:20am — 10 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Mainly Berets

I actually found time at last to read everyone else's blog's and was inspired to turn Pickle Sue's 'Lille Rund Serviette' into a beret. It was fairly easy. Using DK thickness wool I just knit the doily pattern without crochet edging, and then knit 22 more rows in stocking stitch and then knit 2 together all along the row. This was 56 stitches, and I did an inch of K2 P2 rib and cast off very loosely by increasing into every stitch and then cast off and it was perfect.… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on June 23, 2010 at 7:39am — 3 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Busy Bobbins

At last! 'Do Blog' managed to find its way to top of my To Do List. From my bargain bags, I've been trying out blending my own wools. My favourite was this one that reminded me of Rhubarb & Custard.

My other favourite was shades of lavender, blues andMauve

I then got hooked on making Crumpet Berets designed by Maura Kirk. My first was a blend of Pink Merino and Samoyed fur (A white fluffy dog).… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on June 8, 2010 at 9:24am — 9 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Mostly Spinning

I have been having a lovely time trying out spinning up all the different types of yarns in my bargain bags. I'm getting along fine with the new spinning wheel now and think the results are better than with my old wheel as far as tension is concerned and it is easier to treadle. I'm finding that I'm spinning finer and finer so the small intake orifice isn't much of a problem now. Here I am relaxing at the wheel.



Added by Barbara Longley on April 26, 2010 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Having A Spinning Spree

At last I got myself a new spinning wheel and will be able to reburbish the old Ashford when I get time. My new one is an olde worlde upright. Despite looking at 30 photos of it from various angles, it had its problems. It has taken time, but all are fixed one way or another, apart from it having a small intake orifice which makes a rasping noise as wool goes through sometimes. However, now I have it working, it spins really well so long as I'm not spinning something thick. I think I will have… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on April 15, 2010 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

Barbara's Blog

Well, after weeks and weeks of flu and other niggles I'm back. Thank You to all those who sent Get Well messages, and

apologies to anyone I didn't get back to, as the brain wasn't functioning properly at the time. I haven't been making anything very exciting as I needed to do things that required very little concentration and I was quite tired most of the time.

I haven't done much… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on February 26, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Killer Socks!!!

Well it nearly killed me getting these finished!!

These started off as The Caspian Sea Socks in the KnittingDaily Newsletter free Sock Booklet last week. I'm not that happy working from charts as it taxes my eyesight somewhat. Well I made it to the heel, then decided enough was enough, so made up my own pattern from there on. This wasn't too bad, as I was knitting 2 socks at same time on DPNs, so was able to mirror whatever I decided to do. When… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on January 14, 2010 at 4:23am — 5 Comments

Barbara's Blog - New Year Knits

It's not much fun here in Southern England at the moment as life as we know it has ceased due to the snow and ice BUT I have still been able to knit and spin!! Firstly, I was able to get a Skype link up with Carole on the Isle of Man ( I'm "barbara.longley" if anyone wants to Skype me- it's free to anywhere in the world) and managed to take Skype snapshots of her in the secret Christmas Hats I knit for her. The photo quality isn't that good especially as she can't keep still, but here goes with… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on January 8, 2010 at 4:42am — 4 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Christmas Wishes

I'd like to to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and many hours of knitting and spinning in the new decade.

I'd also like to say how wonderful it has been making friends with all of you and sharing our creative experiences. I would like to thank the Knitpicks site and Kelley's wonderful Podcasts for teaching me so many new things to try.

Amid the chaos of preparing for Christmas I have had to quickly finish a few presents off, and my friend Mary sent me a photo to… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on December 24, 2009 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Too Much Partying!!!

I have been in a social whirl with two virtual parties in the past two weeks. One was Peggy's Cast Off party and the other was Mrs K's UFO party. Great fun and with no travelling whatsoever involved. I've decided to host a Weigh In Party sometime next year. The idea will be to see how much in total weight of yarn we can knit, crochet or spin during the party. Maybe we can have a guess at weight beforehand to see who comes nearest!! I only had some spinning to do for the UFO party and only did… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on December 16, 2009 at 5:13am — 5 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Hats and More Hats

Earlier in the week I finished the' Fit For A Princess' hat from a free pattern on Ravelry. I adapted it by adding a K2,P2 rib band for a snug fit. After the first pattern repeat I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not, but persevered, and on completion I can say that I really do like it a lot.

I then saw the 'Aviator Jack or Jill' child's hat on Ravelry, another free pattern designed by Terri Kruse. I just had to knit this one, and decided that my… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on November 27, 2009 at 9:15am — 8 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Too Many Chores - Not Enough Knitting!!

At last I managed to find some new couches that would come through the modern British narrow doorways. It's quite common these days to have to remove a window to get a couch in, and I didn't want to have to do this. I had recovered the old one so many times and now the foam was beginning to crumble in places. It was the last thing in the house to be replaced since my retirement 5 years ago. My son and I spent a day demolishing it ready to dispose of at the tip. All manner of chores, basically… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on November 18, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Christmas Present Ideas - Dolls House Knits

Until recently I had about 3 Dolls Houses which I had fully furnished. I thought some of the knitted items I had made might give somebody the idea to be creative and make their own versions as wonderful Christmas gifts for children and grandchildren. These items were all 1/12th scale.

For the bathroom items, I used some very fine boucle knit in garter stitch for making miniature towels and flannels. I embroiderd a tiny motif on a corner of the flannels, and rolled up a matching towel and… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on November 9, 2009 at 5:17am — 2 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Knitting and Unpicking

I seem to have spent more time unpicking than knitting the past week, but have managed to complete a few things despite this setback.

The Plum coloured neck cowl, or whatever you care to call it, made with the Wheat-Ear Border pattern has turned out suitable for another Christmas gift. I added 8 more garter stitches to the garter stitch edge, and did short rows every 6 rows on just the pattern part, so it curved a bit more to lie nicely around the neck..… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on November 5, 2009 at 5:15am — 2 Comments

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