Spinning, The Studio and a Giveaway…

Yesterday I started spinning on my new Joy Spinning Wheel, wow, I love it! It’s quite different to my Traditional Ashfords, but once you get the hang of it you’re on your way. I am busy sorting out my studio at the moment, I can’t wait for everything to be in order, I really need shelves and we have been looking all over, you know the ones that are attached to the wall and not free standing? Well we gave up trying to find them today and then I remembered a few years ago, someone gave us some really old Oregon pine shelves! We have pulled them out and my love (Richard) has been sanding them down for me this afternoon. I can’t wait for them to be finished, I will post photos soon. It is so wonderful to have a room where I can work… at least all my fabric and yarn can be in one place and hopefully, tidy:)  It is so sweet how my little ones pop in to visit while I am working in the studio and then they like to also be busy with some or other craft or handwork. Caiden made a felt wallet yesterday while I was spinning, he enjoys sewing so much. While we were out yesterday we went to a thrift shop and  I found the perfect chair for my sewing table, I just adore thrift shops, I could spend hours in them. 
I bought this beautiful Camel Silk roving form Felt Studio UK and have so enjoyed spinning it.
Me spinning BFL Mohair…

Here is the spun up roving…
I am also having a small giveaway for the lovely and very much appreciated people who visit here and leave such wonderful messages, I feel very blessed and honoured that you take the time to visit this space, thank you:)
I would love to gift this skein of handspun Camel Silk yarn to someone:) If you would like to enter please just leave a comment, there is no need to follow or do anything else, just leave a few words. I will draw a winner on Wednesday:)
xo xo

Giveaway Winner:
Anna said…

That yarn is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope I win!

Congratulations Anna! Please could you email me your postal details:)

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77 Responses to Spinning, The Studio and a Giveaway…

  1. Polar Bear Creations January 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    That spinning wheel does look a bit different. :0)
    The wool is beautiful. Love the color combo.
    Thank you for having the give away!
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. TwigandToadstool January 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I am drooling over this yarn ~ so gorgeous!!
    Thank you for the generous giveaway. Shanti

  3. Sunshine Mama January 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    I would love to be entered! The yarn is so beautiful, I just love this mix of colors together. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  4. Ivy Mae January 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Love the pictures of your wheels! That yarn is gorgeous–awesome work.

  5. Julie January 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous yarn! Enter me, please!

  6. Grupo Mãos Dadas January 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    i was impressed with your boy, he seemed concentrated in what he was doing
    kissws from brasil

  7. sminiatures January 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Linda would love to enter, thank you


  8. CWPoppets January 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    I’ve only “found” you lately and love to follow your blog. Please count me in! Thank you.

  9. cypress January 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Oh my goodness! How beautiful (the wheels, the roving , the yarn)! I love the picture of you spinning in the garden. You look like a beautiful maiden from another time. I’m convinced you could spin straw into gold..have you tried? 🙂

  10. CloseAcademy January 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    That is such pretty yarn. I love seeing all the pictures you take.

  11. eidolons January 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    So lovely! I wish I could afford a wheel to learn to spin. Of course, then I’d have to be able to afford the roving. And have the space for it all! (:

  12. gardenmama January 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    what a beautiful way to spend time out in the sunshine spinning such glorious yarns! what a generous gift to share linda, the work of your hands is stunning i would be so honored to knit with something so beautiful created by you!

  13. sarah in the woods January 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Beautiful yarn! I’d love to try spinning camel – looks so soft. Glad you’re enjoying your new wheel. 🙂

  14. sarah in the woods January 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Beautiful yarn! I’d love to try spinning camel – looks so soft. Glad you’re enjoying your new wheel. 🙂

  15. Gea January 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    o.i love these yarn!!!
    and a very happy 2011 :))

  16. LJ January 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    such a beautiful skein!

  17. Ann January 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Wow! what a great give-away and such a beautiful colour. Fingers crossed for this one.

  18. Jessica January 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Lovely yarn. Thank you for the photos and opportunity.

  19. Carol Browne January 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I LOVE that you spin your own yarn. Very cool!

  20. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings January 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Thrift store finds are some of the best treasures. Your post is lovely and makes me pine for work that is fed by creativity. And the yarn — oh the possibilities!

  21. K January 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Oh, yes, yes, yes – if only to hold it in my lap and touch the colors!! Yip-EEEE!

  22. momma rae January 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    it is so beautiful and just begs to be touched! i loved that you spun it with your very own hands. what a treat to see that picture of you spinning outside!

  23. Anna January 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    That yarn is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope I win!

  24. Dawn January 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Your new spinning wheel is gorgeous! I would love a chance to win that beautiful yarn. Thank you!

  25. Susan January 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Your yarn is beautiful! I keep telling myself that I DO NOT need to learn to spin, but posts like this really tempt me.

  26. Honey Pumpkin Mama January 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi Linda,
    Please enter me in your lovely giveaway! Thanks. Maria Weinert

  27. Mary January 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  28. Hallie January 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    New yarn is heaven!! I would love to win!


  29. suzana January 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Dear Linda, for a long time I have been following your blog and I admire your creativity and beauty of your life from Croatia, small country from Mediteran part of Europe.

  30. Domestic Diva January 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

  31. WonderWhyGal January 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Hooray for your Joy! A few of my friends have them and love them. I still think my Lendrum is the best but a Joy is a wee bit lighter when traveling.

    Love the roving you were spinning…ah, fiber love.

    Looking forward to seeing what other yarns you create.

  32. stephka January 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    during my childhood, spinning wheels were only used as decoration. and i have never ever seen someone really spinning – though we even had one at home! i have to add that i grew up on a small village in east germany – which was by far not that much industrialized like the western hemishpere was -.so, linda, i am so very impressed how you get to introduce this so very old and at the same time so modern kind of art to us. that skein of wool turned out to be fantastic. you are doing a great job!!!

  33. Teje January 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Hello Linda! Thank you again for a lovely post and especially for the lovely giveaway!
    It’s always enjoy to visit you!
    Wishes from Crete! Teje

  34. Leah January 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    How lovely it is to see your beautiful warm weather when we are in the middle of winter. Lovely post!

  35. anna January 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I especially love the picture of you spinning wool in your garden. It looks like a peaceful, focused kind of meditation. The word I have to type in today to verify my comment on your blog is ‘plead’! I won’t do that, but I think your giveaway looks just lovely 🙂

  36. Ramona Burke January 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    please oh please oh please!

  37. Bart en Kaya January 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I love your blog,
    since a while i have been folowing it with the most admiration! Wow how many crafts can one person do and understand so well.
    I especially love the creative friday, picked that up now too.
    I enjoy your dayly life like i know you personally.
    Just wanted to let you know this, and wish you the best for 2011.
    The possibility to be drawn from a hat for this amazing skein of yarn is ofcaurse an amazing idea. Would love to enter for that too.
    thanks for sharing all your great ideas with us!

  38. goldenbird January 4, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Happy new year, Linda. Thank you for the giveaway, the yarn is lovely.

  39. April January 4, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Beautiful!! I would love the chance to turn your beautiful creation in to a creation of my own!

  40. Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Hello there, I ran across your amzaing shop on etsy a few days and go and have since then discoverd your amazing blog. One one very taleneted lady. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize…the yarn is beautiful! :o) Thanks again!
    Tabatha D

  41. Bishop Stone January 4, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    I love the photo of you spinning outside on the grass. It makes me want to drop everything and take my spinning wheel out and start spinning. Not that our weather is as nice as your looks.

  42. Kelly January 4, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    How good to see all those spinning wheel pictures, especially you at your new wheel – outside. That picture will stay with me. Wonderful! Really beautiful giveaway but please don’t enter me, just wanted to comment on spinning. Happy day to you, dear friend.

  43. Pamela January 4, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    I just love reading your blog. Someday, when my children are older (the smallest is almost 2) I want to tackle spinning. But for now I live vicariously through you and some other super mamas.

  44. One Acre Homestead January 4, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    The yarn and wheel are both lovely! I’m still spinning on a drop spindle & would love to see a post on your tips if you have any for this type of spinning. Thank you for your lovely posts and a look into a inspiring life. 🙂

    Stephanie of One Acre Homestead

  45. Grace January 4, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    How wonderful to use your new wheel outside! I love the color of this pinky purple-

  46. Wildfiremoon01 January 4, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    I am loving the new wheel and this gorgeous yarn you have spun off it. I love your blog it gives me such inspiration to keep going in the way I am raising my kids. THank you!

  47. Fabiana January 4, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    lovely 🙂

  48. The Handmaden January 4, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    What a lovely new spinning wheel, I can see it’s going to get a lot of use!
    P.S. I want to be in your header picture – it looks so beautiful!

  49. Vikki January 4, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    I love the picture of you in your garden spinning! It looks so peaceful!

  50. Wiszynski January 4, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Such beautiful yarn, and a beautiful setting that you are spinning in! Nice to see the brightness – we’re in the cold, dark, depths of winter over here.

  51. Elaine January 4, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    The skein looks so beautiful. It would be wonderful to knit it into something lovely!

    And thank you for the patterns for your little Christmas boot and hat. I made several for Christmas. My sister-in-law and I give each other Xmas decorations for Christmas each year, so I was able to give her something I had made this time!

  52. Beth January 4, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    I always love to peek into your studio dear Linda! So much creativity and love there. Your new wheel looks amazing, and I can’t wait to see how the shelves turn out.
    Happy New Year!

  53. Rene' Sharp January 4, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Well you know I am a regular stalker here! LOL!! Wow how beautifully spun my friend, how is Camil Silk to knit? It looks absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing some photos of your studio, maybe when you do your post on your new shelves you could post some photos of the whole room?? Have a wonderful week ahead, I had to go back to work yesterday, argh!! 🙂

  54. Simone January 4, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Ohhhh I’d love to win this skein of handspun yarn!
    Looks like your new wheel is a big success 🙂

    I also have a Ashford wheel, but not a foldable one.

    So have great fun with it and all the best from Switzerland!


  55. milkymumma January 4, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Beautiful colours! Thank you for the opportunity.

  56. faith January 4, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    the yarn is simply stunning. and having a giveaway for it is wonderfully generous. thank you!

  57. Carli January 4, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Your posts are such an inspiration to me. I hope someday to be able to spin such beautiful yarn as well 🙂 Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  58. Jen January 4, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Linda, I would love to be entered 🙂 It is so wonderful to see how much at home you are in your beautiful new chair, spinning on your gorgeous wheel. You deserve it, my friend!

  59. Antonietta January 4, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    cara Linda, ti leggo dall’Italia, pur non conoscendo l’inglese (mi aiuto con il traduttore di Google), ma a volte mi basta guardare le immagini che parlano da sole. Adoro i vostri lavori e la vostra bella famiglia. Grazie a voi di condividere con il mondo.

  60. erin January 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    That yarn is just beautiful! I appreciate your space with so much inspiration. I love coming here each friday and being filled throughout the weekend with all kinds of creative ideas from many different people. Thanks!

  61. Gellybean January 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Thank you for letting us “peek” into your world! It is a joy!

  62. Elizabeth January 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Oh Linda what a wonderfu lgift you will be sending someones way. Your yarns are always so beautiful. I would love to learn to spin. The photo of you spinning outside is wonderful. What a lovely way to spend a day. Looking forward to seeing your studio shelves.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  63. Baa-Me Kniits January 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I will be keeping my fingers crossed for this one, your Joy does a beautiful job and such lovely colours 🙂

    PS I have a clucky mother hen sitting on 12 guines fowl eggs, fingers crossed Mr Python doesn’t get this lot…they should hatch in just under 3 weeks 🙂

  64. PleaseRecycle January 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I love the look of that yarn- I have never knit with handspun yarn before… maybe I’ll get the chance!

    I love all your little Christmas ornament patterns- I have them tucked away to work on bit by bit for next Christmas.

  65. Andrea January 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I’ve just started reading your blog recently (Advent), and enjoy it so much. And now, such lovely yarn to look at as well. I’d love to be lucky enough to do something with it.

  66. Kathy January 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I have just recently subscribed to your blog and have been enjoying reading it so much. Your generous offer of a giveaway has prompted me to stop lurking and finally comment. Regardless of whether I win the beautiful yarn, I shall continue to read your blog for the wonderful photos and well-written tutorials.

  67. Noell January 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    It amazes me to see what the yarn looks like before and after. I can only imagine what it would look like knit. I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now, and it’s truly inspiring.

  68. Cait January 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    You have done such a wonderful job spinning! I am inspired to try it myself one day. Thanks for a generous giveaway!

  69. Joy January 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    What beautiful yarn! I love the colors! You look like you’re enjoying your new spinning wheel. 🙂 Thanks for your generosity, Linda!

  70. Elisa January 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Beautiful yarn! I have never spun before, but it looks like so much fun.

  71. Helen January 5, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    such a pretty color! looks like fun.

  72. Seaside Siblings January 5, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Beautiful spinning wheel and beautiful yarn. Always enjoy checking in on your lovely blog 🙂

  73. Elisa January 5, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    I love your blog, and have read it (via email) since stumbling across your advent garland bags. LOVE them so much, almost as much as my little boy. Thanks for sharing your wealth of creativity so often!

  74. the little gnomes home January 5, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you for the chance. Such beautiful yarn! On a recent trip to a family members farm in the UK I had a go at spinning – much harder than it looks!!

  75. SusieKnits January 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I am a fairly new follower and have so enjoyed your blog and your creations. Thanks for blessing us with your creativity and lovely photos.

  76. Karyn January 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    The picture of the weaver and nest is an awesome picture! What an eye you have.

    The yarn is beautiful!

  77. Rachel January 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Two years ago when Kristen and I went to a huge craft fair, I saw for the first time in my life spinning wheels like your Joy. My mother had the typical one that you see like your Ashfords but I had never seen one and couldn’t figure out how the dang thing worked. 😀 I was mesmerized. The local yarn shop has spinning classes. I wonder if I can get Kristen to take some with me! 😀 I bet I can……

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