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Name the chick -The winner
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Ok firstly I just want to thank everyone who entered my name the chick competition and for all the fantastic names that were suggested both for a hen and a rooster. The chicks have grown enormously since my original post back in April, as you can see from the cover picture. Secondly I also have to apologise for this entry being late but as you read...

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Wonderwool 2013
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Wonderwool 2013

Apr 28, 2013 by

Yesterday was that time of the year again… Wonderwool Time!! I was a bit naughty last year and didn’t take any photographs so I didn’t end up blogging about it, I was quite mad at myself. This year however I had a plan, to take my big bulky camera so that it could annoy me in the following ways; Because its huge and bulky...

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My first yarn giveaway competition
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In celebration of my fantastic new website, and also getting some new chicks (again) I’ve decided that it was about time that I gave something away.  So as part of my new quarterly giveaways I’ve decided to put a skein of my hand spun up for grabs. so what do you have to do in order to be in with a chance of winning?...

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Rebekka Leigh Handspun at The Wool Croft
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I’m very excited to announce that some of my yarns are now being stocked at The Wool Croft which is a boutique wool shop in the heart of Abergavenny. I’ve been very busy the past few weeks spinning up a custom order for owner Ginevra Croft, and there are a variety of skeins to choose from. From Art yarns which include ladybird beads, mohair cocoons...

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When Roosters Attack!!
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You can probably guess from the title of this post whats been going on at Cluckingham palace. Firstly let me just explain that  as far as his rooster duties go, he’s a complete sweetie. He calls the girls when he finds a treat, tells them when its bedtime, breaks up squabbles and ah-hem! takes his chicken loving quite seriously. We’ve had Yoda since he...

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Fun with wool combs
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Last year I managed to find a very reliable source for Jacob fleece. It’s great quality, bred and raised in Wales so what more could I ask for? I have quite a large quantity of fleece and although its all washed its not prepared to my liking for spinning as yet. I’ve been playing around with different fiber prep techniques as there’s lots of brown...

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Cream Tea cowl project, Part 1
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I’ve been toying with the idea of writing some patterns for my hand-spun nothing too intricate, just some simple accessories which don’t require intense concentration to complete. Now to the subject of what accessory to knit first? well considering the bashing that Wales has taken with the crazy weather I think a cowl is called for first. Your probably wondering why I’ve decided to call...

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Ashford Vs Louet Drum Carder..
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I’ve had a chance to think about things over the past few months, mainly about how I can help new spinners with their questions, in particular which wheel? or which Drum Carder? When I was a new  spinner I was blown away by the amount of choice that was available, and when I got my first wheel I didn’t really know what to expect...

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A Lacy Learning Curve
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Back in 2010 I decided that it would be a really good idea to attempt lace knitting. I decided that the Laminaria from Knitty.com by Elizabeth Freeman would be an ideal first project….oops! When i say oops, its not in the sense that the stitches or the pattern was too hard, it was in the sense of when you knit your first lace project...

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Welcome to the Thomas residence
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Yesterday as an early Easter present and in keeping with my mad chicken ways hubby took me to a nearby farm and treated me to an Eggstra special present. Can you guess what it was? No? Well take a look at this picture…. Its one of three sweet little 2 week old Buff Sussex hens that will eventually move into Cluckingham Palace when their...

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Bwark!
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Bwark!

Feb 29, 2012 by

Gosh! is it a New Year already? It seems as though I was only just thinking about the build at Cluckingham Palace and then WHAMMY! its built, the chooks old and new are in and we’re getting eggs like no ones business! I’d be fibbing if I said that it was an easy build. Hubby however, has excelled in his woodwork building type skills...

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Cluckingham Palace, It begins…..
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So we’ve had our chicken’s for 10 weeks and their all laying and settling in nicely. At first we weren’t sure how we would take to looking after our feathery friends but, we have no regrets and a day hasn’t gone by where they haven’t kept us amused. So with this in mind and after a long discussion me and hubby decided to move...

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Fleece Washing 101
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Ok, I know I’ve been absent for a really long time. It was mainly due to a horrendous study schedule, exams and whatnot, but now that I’ve officially finished college I’m BAAAAACK!!! So I thought I’d kick off the summer in style and cover one of the most mundane jobs that we spinners either love or hate, washing a fleece. A few of my...

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Our new Friends have moved in……
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During the last three weeks, hubby has been working hard on building a chicken coop. We’re not sure what made us decide that we wanted to keep chickens, maybe its because we’re making an effort to grow our own fruit and veg and be a bit more self sufficient…who knows! Hubby has worked for the last three weeks on designing and creating the perfect...

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Wonderwool 2011….another success!
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Yesterday I ventured out to Wonderwool Wales which is held at the Royal Welsh Show ground. Me and my travel buddy Snowberrylime, took off at 9am to get there in time for it to open at 10am. I had a plan…well sort of! I decided that I wanted to try my hand at scouring a fleece, but in order to do this I needed...

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Creative Spinning – with Andrew Johnson.
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I’ve been looking forward to attending this workshop since my friend Kirsten told me about it. I’ve been attending some of the meetings of the Glamorgan Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guild, and when I was told about this workshop I put my name down Immediately. Art Yarn is a personal favourite of mine so the idea of spinning crazy yarns from 10-4 was pure...

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A new year and a new wheel!
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone. Well as Christmas’s come and go I have to say that this Christmas I think that due to the horrific weather everyone who wasn’t able to go out and shop as learned a valuable lesson (no, not go and do it earlier) but that Christmas is NOT about presents. I like to think that for this...

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Busy Bee!
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Busy Bee!

Oct 29, 2010 by

Wow! how much does my blogging suck right now? I can’t believe that its been nearly two months since I last blogged. So in my defense I have been majorly busy, what with spinning, going on holiday, more spinning, starting my second year at college, getting my etsy-shop and branding for my yarn sorted. But I’m back now so those of you who thought...

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