Sofa Saturday #5

I am EXHAUSTED. Ben had me awake at 6am because he thought it was a good idea to start a 6 mile hike at the crack of dawn. Seriously, the sun was only just coming up when we began our Sandlings trail walk.

But it was lovely, and it has definitely reminded me that we need to get making some coats for Jessie & Floss – they’re fine when we’re walking (and they’re running) but when we stopped for breakfast, they got cold sitting still.

So I’ve been browsing for inspiration -

I am in love with the products on offer at DGDogGear. A lot of other whippet/greyhound coats seem pretty ill-fitting and sadly you lose the beautiful shape that sighthounds are famous for (deep chested, slim waists). But DGDogGear seem to have gotten it right. With sculpted fleeces made from several tailored cuts of fabric which follow the lines of the dog, this jacket is definitely on my wishlist.

This activewear coat from PepperPetWear on Etsy is pretty awesome, too. A little less cuddly looking, but good utility wear. And a snip at <£30.

Am I alone in thinking the concept of dog pyjamas is utterly hilarious? No, I didn’t think I was… But don’t these whippet ones from majDesigns on Etsy look snuggly? I bet they’re super cosy.

And finally, I’ve been thinking about puppy’s first Christmas… I’ve already bought them some bones with turkey & cranberry filling (that should keep them entertained for all of ten minutes…) but….

HAH!! Poor sod. (via GreyBabyCrochet on Etsy)

Have a lovely weekend, folks x

You spin me right round, baby

Ok ok, I admit, I’ve been quiet this week. It’s been a bit hectic at work, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

But to relax of an evening, I’ve taken up a new hobby… SPINNING!

(via Pure Energy)

Um… no.

(via Video Jug)

Thaaaat’s more like it.

My mum has had her Ashford spinning wheel for as long as I can remember. But when we moved into our new house, I finally had space for it (ok, I nicked it whilst her back was turned, but to be fair she didn’t notice it was gone to start with, it’s not like she was using it!!) I’m hoping my mum is glad to see it back in use..? (I know you read this Mama!)

Anyway, she had previously tried to teach me to spin, and yes I managed a few frustrating drafts, but it never really clicked. But then last Friday night, I was just possessed with the urge to give it another go.

You might remember last Christmas I got some wonderful spinning related gifts from family. Well, the books have been frankly marvelous, and with their helped, the spinning process just clicked into place, as if by magic. I have done some spinning every evening this week, it’s very addictive and eats up time like you wouldn’t believe!

But enough chatter, see the fruits of my labour….

Do you spin (the good kind, har har)?


Sofa Saturday #4

It’s been a day of two halves. and I think my picks for this week reflect that…

First off, I taught myself how to spin yarn last night! So of course I am utterly obsessed right now…

From World of Wool, this gorgeous selection of merino wool tops in autumnal shades is just what I need right now, yum yum,. They also do colour palettes for the other 3 seasons, too

I love the folks from TheLittleGreySheep – they do some fantastic colourways, which are very inspiring, including this Gotland dk charmingly named “Going Down to the River to Pray”

….and then this evening I was watching Strictly, and now I need glamour in my life. Yipes.

Like this gorgeous dress from Asos. Swish, swish…

…and this serious statement piece of costume jewellery from Sandtattoo on Etsy!

That said, I have a serious itch to keep spinning, so I’ll have to clear off now… Find out more about my adventures at the wheel soon, I promise!