Cornish life

Keeping our hands warm with our knitted gloves!

We just had to share this photo. Last week we spent a few days down in Cornwall after our quilt show. Pam has quite a lot of sheep so there’s always work to be done looking after them. Halfway through the day we noticed we were both wearing gloves that had been knitted from the sheep’s wool so we had to take a picture. I wonder if the sheep knew!

Knitted Gloves

Houses made of sticks and sheep with new haircuts!

What great fun we had when Nicky and family came down to Cornwall –  with all the dogs, chickens, guinea fowl and 70 sheep – there is always a lot to do and lots to look after!   Rob (Nicky’s husband) tested out his Ray Mears’ skills and built Freddie a house which he absolutely loved – as did the dogs!

Our sheep also had a much overdue haircut and what great wool we now have!  We have decided to have it spun into Aran weight and we’re thinking of producing knitted cushion kits – as soon as they are ready we will let you know!   Pictured below is Viletta sporting her new hair do.

Whilst we were down in Cornwall we of course worked (we can’t help it!) and we’ve now decided to stock an extensive collection of Kaffe Fassett as a ‘basic’ so this means that we will have it for the foreseeable future.  We love Kaffe Fassett and many of our quilt kits use his fabrics so this is a great addition to our basic fabric ranges.  They are all up online now and should all be in the shop over the next week or so.

Lambing has begun

Vera with Twins

 

We have been waiting in anticipation for the last week and at last our first lambs  have arrived. Vera is one of our original Manx Loaghtan sheep which we have had for three years now and she produced her twins without any fuss.  She is extremely proud of them.

It is now four days later and we have  got a further two pairs of twins and three singletons from the Manx Loaghtan flock and only one from the Hebrideans. It is still early days and there are lots more very fat ladies on the hillside. It is such an exciting time.

Home at Last!

 

Back in Cornwall and I do believe the sheep have missed me – I know I have missed them.

And we all know this feeling – great to be away and meeting lots of lovely people but oh how nice it is to be back curled up in a chair with quilt and cup of tea and dogs in their baskets. What joy!

 

Make the most of the summer!

Veggarden

Megarden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the hectic past weeks of judging and then sewing the variations of the gorgeous winning quilts for the Dream Challenge I'm taking some time out to enjoy the weather and the garden. The weather in Cornwall has been fantastic and the veggie patch is looking pretty good – that is more than can be said for me in my stylish garden shoes!

Basket

 

I've never grown carrots before and I can't imagine why. We have had a bumper crop of them and of course courgettes always do well. Any recipes for courgettes gratefully received – I always run out of ideas on what to do with them.

… and notice those lovely blueberries.

Golf

 

 

 

 

 

And now to impress all you golfers out there.  Playing with my friend Lesley at St. Mellion this week I  drove to about six feet of the flag on a par 3 and then not to be outdone she drove and landed right beside me. However not so impressive is the fact that we both missed our birdie puts!

It's lovely not being attached to the sewing machine or the computer for a while although there is still so much to be done both with the Challenge book and also the Antique to Heirloom book which we are working on as well. However, you've just got to make the most of the sun while it's shining. Hope you are all enjoying it as well.

Happy Easter!

Nicky

 Happy Easter to everyone. The weather couldn't have been better and I hope you all had a lovely holiday.

We have had one of those rare holidays when all the family managed to get together. Our sons Robert and Mike managed to get down plus Jack a family friend who is studying in Plymouth.

Nicky, Rob and Freddie came down with Wendy a good friend of Nicky's now living in Australia.   Nicky didn't know Wendy was arriving as Rob had planned it as a big surprise.We had such a lovely time.

 

Group Nicky managed to get just a few quiet moments to herself to sit and read her book – notice the book and bottle of beer on the ground!

It was a glorious weekend and we still have another long weekend to look forward to with the royal wedding next Friday.

Lambing Live!

Lambs

 

 

 

As if on cue when Lambing Live starts on television our girls suddenly realise it definitely is time.

Vitalia is the first this year – one of our friendliest Hebrideans. She has given birth to twin girls Bella and Blossom. Mother and babies are doing well and I will try and get some better photographs.

Forget the snow and ice!

Freddieandfish

The icy weather has been with us too long and for the last couple of days we have been totally iced in with treacherous roads. So I have been going through my summer photos trying to remember what it felt like to see green everywhere instead of white. Also I have lost the lead which connects my camera to my computer so although I've taken lots of pictures of the sheep covered in frost I can't get them on to the blog yet. Nor can I get to the shops to buy another one!!

Here is the gorgeous Freddie not being quite as impressed with Nick's salmon as Nick would have liked. Freddie is far too interested in the dogs who are trying to jump up and lick the salmon!

Bernina

 

 

At least I've managed to do a lot of sewing and the latest book is coming along well – the publishers will be very pleased to hear that. My panics are over and I actually believe we might get it to them on time!

Herding Sheep!

Robnickyfreddie Here are Nicky, Rob and Freddie who were down in Cornwall for the week. They spent a few days in a magnificent apartment overlooking the sea at Newquay and then came and spent a few days with us. They came at just the right time as we had to move all the Hebridian sheep into another field in readiness for the arrival of two very handsome rams – one a Hebridian and the other the Manx Loaghtan. Mesheep

 

 

 

 

Here you have a nice picture of the pole barn which Nick built for the sheep at the beginning of the year. My husband is extremely clever and I know the sheep really appreciate it!

Anyway with lots of energy spent we managed to split the flock and we now have the different breeds in two different fields. The fact that we have three dogs doesn't help at all as none of them have a clue how to herd sheep. We keep threatening to trade them in for proper sheep dogs – only joking – I don't think they read my blog anyway

Now you might think that herding sheep took up all our time but no. With the help of my son Mike we have been working hard on our new look website. It's looking really good.

Fingerless Gloves from My Sheep

  

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT……….A QUESTION.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THIS………………………………………   TO BECOME THIS?

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AND THE ANSWER…

It takes as long as you can order your Fingerless Glove Kit from us which contains a ball each of my Hebridean wool and my Manx Loaghtan wool together with instructions for each of the above designs. Click on to our web site www.quiltroom.co.uk and you will see our Glove Kits there for sale at £10.95.  How great is that. To think of you all out there wearing gloves made from my very own sheep. The Hebridean pictured is Vivian – yes they do all have names because they are pedigree sheep – and the Manx Loaghtan is Ursula.