Month: May 2011

Spinning around!

Spinning Wheel at Dusk

Image Details: ‘Spinning Wheel at Dusk’ by mtsofan, via Flickr

As you may have already noticed, I have taken my first step into the world of spinning. Unlike Kylie, I will not be wearing gold hotpants whilst conducting my yarny business, as I’m afraid gold simply isn’t my colour…
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From Ewe to Yarn: Short back and sides.

Warning Sheep!

Image details: ‘Warning Sheep!’, by pearsongraphics, via Flickr

Sheep shearing and wool production has been an important part of the UK’s sheep industry for the past 6000 years. Sheep are usually sheared at the beginning of the summer months, as they no longer naturally moult, to prevent them overheating in the warm weather. For many centuries, wool was the UK’s most important export and the cloth trade led to the development of many of the nation’s industrial towns. Today, the UK is the 7th largest producer of wool in the world, exporting around a third of its annual clip, however with wool prices around 50p per kg, the value of the wool for most farmers does not cover the cost of shearing.
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Mobile me…

{11} The view from the cot

Image Details: “{11} The view from the cot”, by scribbletaylor, via Flickr

Now you may be as surprised as me to discover that it is really hard to find anything on Google to tell me the origin of the baby mobile. I can buy swathes of horrid plastic mobiles in varying price ranges from seemingly every purveyor of goods on the planet, but yet no-one wants to tell me why we have them or, indeed, whose idea it was in the first place!
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