YOP12 Week 31/52 – a quiet week



I did quite a bit of knitting on my Turtle Dove this week, especially on Thursday when I watched all 8 episodes of Marie Antoinette. I think I’ll have it finished soon so I won’t share a picture yet.


Not as much spinning done this week.  I spun ~25g each of Texel and Cheviot.  Not the softest of fibres but better than Herdwick.

The farm near us often has a Texel tup and he is a big brute of a sheep.  If we head north the most common sheep we see, in the Northern Highlands, are Cheviots.  Considering the weather they have to deal with I thought the fibres would be much rougher. Its not soft but it surprised me. Of the two I prefer the Texel to spin and the feel.

I also helped a new member make a start on her spinning journey.  Teaching isn’t something I’m very good at, but I’m happy to give some free advice and she turned some fibre to yarn πŸ˜€

Some of my bobbins were a bit dried out and shrivelled so I gave them some walnut oil…then I decided to wipe it all over my Ashford Traditional wheel and lazy Kate and now they’re all looking good as new.  Some of the bobbins will need some more “drinks” of the oil but they are already looking healthier. I’ll do my other wheel and remaining bobbins next week.

Other News

This week has flown by, with spring cleaning jobs, knitting and a touch of spinning I’m not sure where else my time went. January has been a long month but this was a quick week, strange. 

I attended the felting group AGM and did my final report as Treasurer, handed over all the bits and I’m no longer a member. 

This is a Year of Projects post.  Officially the Group is in its 12th year, but this is my 5th year participating.  If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry. 

Year 12 list.


  1. Looking forward to seeing your finished project! And really enjoying vicariously revisiting breeds with your spinning study. I found Cheviot varies WILDLY. The US ones tend to be really coarse, but I’ve spun some from the UK that are softer and fluffier.

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    • It just said Cheviot on the packet so I do wonder whether it’s from the breed of Cheviots near the Borders (bottom of Scotland), whereas the North Country Cheviots are the ones we see north of us so they may well be more coarse. I had a look in the fleece and fibre book and it does seem they vary.


  2. Hope the departure from AGM was a happy one. I often have to remind myself that “just because I can doesn’t mean I should” when accepting/rejecting things people want me to do. I’ve let go of a number of “leading” responsibilities at my church. Instead my energy is focused on trying to get a knitting group going and finding new knitting groups I like. I had no idea there were so many wools but it does make sense. I still have a lot to learn.

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    • Yes it’s all amicable, I stopped going in February and have been trying to get someone to take over as treasurer so I could officially leave. Finally someone agreed. I’m not volunteering for any more committees from now on. You just get stuck in the role, it was the same at the camera club where I was secretary for years and the Guild where I’m in my 4th year as treasurer. πŸ™„

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  3. Sorry I’m so late commenting….we have had terrible weather here and I was without power. I’m curious about the oil you use. Do you have to do anything to ensure it doesn’t mar your fibers that you spin on it? I’m in the mood to clean too. Enjoy working on your Turtle Dove.

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