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WIP Wendesday

This week I have been working on my spinning, I spun up a Beautiful Camel Silk roving, the roving was so soft and stunning to spin, the silk smells so divine… Here it is spun up on my spinning wheel.

And here I have skeined it…

I am knitting an Autumn horse with it, I will post photos when he is finished…

These are the most beautilful flowers that my hubby sent me for Spring Day last week 🙂 And now that they are almost wilting, I decided to turn them into a dye bath for my organic skeins of yarn.

My girls helped me to pull off all the petals and put them into the dye pot, and I slowly brought the pot to the boil, it was a slightly murky shade, and I thought oh well… but then I added some mint leaves and lemon juice and this beautiful vibrant colour was released, it truly is vibrant… I mordanted my skeins first for half and hour and then I added them to the dye pot to simmer. I will blog the skeins when they are dry. As you can see the skein on the top of the photo is lighter than the bottom one. This is because it is organic and contains more Lanolin, the bottom skein is darker as it is not organic, contains less Lanolin and takes on more of the colour. They are both absorbing the dye beautifully though. It is still in the pot at the moment…

Happy Wednesday to you…


Winter, Summer Days…

Well done to Tammy winning my Midnight Mare knitted Horse Giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered and for all your wonderful and kind comments 🙂

Our weather has been so unpredictable lately, last weekend was like summer and today it is cold again, we have had a taste of summer and I can’t wait for the warm weather to be back again. This weekend it was glorious and warm so off we went to visit Lory Bird Park and Zoo, we saw some beautiful animals there… This zoo is a rehabilitation centre for injured animals, it is a really amazing place…

This Vulture had such beautiful colouring…

A sleeping Puma


Caiden with an Umbrella Cockatoo, their birds are all so tame.

We even got to see them taking a Honey Badger for a walk, he was so playful and decided to climb up the wall.

I have been spinning up a storm again this week and I spun this Alpapca and Merino Tensil, I called it Graphite Pearl… I have added it to my yarn shop

This is Jenna’s handspun, she is doing so well, I definately think we will be needing a second spinningwheel… LOL

Our weekend was so lovely and we all worked in the garden, here is Kye…

Erin is planting the Pansies she chose…

The chickens all came out to help…

This is our new chicken, called Puddles, she is quite a character and so friendly, if we sit down outside, she hops on our laps and goes to sleep… Erin with her knitting and Puddles on her lap…

New in the Mamma4earth shop… Pearl Unicorn

I have started spinning my own yarn to knit some of my toys, for me it just makes the creation process of my toys so much more special and really personal because they are knitted with my handspun yarn and will be one of a kind toys. This one of a kind Unicorn called Pearl, is knitted with white Alpaca that I spun up and plied with an Aquamarine Merino Tensel. She is so soft because of the Alpaca. The Aquamarine tensel gives her a shimmering magical quality, just like a Unicorn…

I am also having a Sale on my shop because of my shop’s birthday…

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂


Giveaway…Happy Birthday Mamma4earth !

Thanks for all your wonderful comments about Kye’s gnome hat, it is actually quite an amazing hat because this hat fits Kye, 3 and Erin, 10 so there is no real need to adjust the pattern as it is lovely and roomy.

We have found the first blossom on our Nectarine tree, Yay, Spring is on its way at last! We have been having rain all weekend, but that is wonderful for our veggies.

Jenna finished her knitted bag this weekend and now she is making a liner for her bag.

I have been spinning this weekend, I first spun up some Alpaca and then I spun up some varigated beige Merino and I plyed the two together, it is so soft, I might add it to my yarn shop, I’m not quite sure if I am ready to part with it yet though…, maby I will knit something with it, off to spin again today 🙂


Tomorrow is the First Birthday of my Mamma4earth Toy Shop,

Happy Birthday Mamma4earth!

I have so enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people while my business has be open during the last year and I thank you all for your support and friendship 🙂

I have decided that I am going to have a Giveaway for my shop’s First Birthday! I am giving away Midnight Mare…. She is beautiful, hand knitted in pure Merino Yarn and filled with pure Merino fleece, she has a star needlefelted on her forehead.

To enter the giveaway to win Midnight Mare:

Please become a follower of my blog

Please leave a comment and if you have time, please visit my Etsy shop and in your comment here, let me know which item from my shop is your favourite 🙂

I will choose the winner next Monday the 10th of August.

Thanks so much everyone and good luck 🙂



It has been a quiet day today, I love these days when everyone is busy around the house. It has been really cold here again today and we even had some rain, which is really out of character for our usually dry winter weather. This is a photo from our front yard.

I have been spinning more and more and I must say, I really enjoy it! The bug has bitten Jen now and first thing this morning she was spinning. She has learn’t so fast and here she is spinning away. She spun about 100 grams this morning! Jen and I will have to work out a spinning schedule, LOL…
I spun this last night, it was a varigated roving that I plyed with some Icelandic sheep wool, Have no idea what I will knit with this, any suggestions? Maby a squirrel?

I am busy knitting up my natural Merino that I spun and plyed yesterday into a shabby chic donkey, this is so exciting, my very first knitted toy in the wool I spun…

This is the area where our rabbits live, we have been fixing it up over the last week, planting plants and putting up wooden fencing. We built this little stream so that the boys could float their boats that they make from leaves.

Our chickens have all moved into a new wooden home that we had made for them this week, yesterday we fenced off a run for them and it has all turned out rather nicely. Now they are cozy and warm for the winter. The white one sitting on the fence is called Bumbles, and further down is Marigold, yes, they all have names… sweet hey…

Our chickens also range freely around the front garden most days, but at night they will stay in their house and chicken run.

A quick easy meal:

We call these pretzels, great for a Saturday lunch or evening meal:

Brown bread, toasted

Lightly butter your toast,

Slice tomoatoes and place on your brown bread,

Grate cheese over your tomatoes,

Sprinkle some fresh Bazil on the cheese,

Add salt to taste,

Place on a baking tray and grill until cheese has melted, really yummy!

Have a great week and remember, if you would like to enter the sock wool giveaway, just leave a comment on my previous blog post too.



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