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Jean
France
We've been in France for nearly 19 years and love it. Prior to living in a 14th century dream we lived on a 12 metre sailing boat. How life changes!
Interests: knitting, spinning, weaving, running, tennis, upholstery, my family, reading, beekeeping, all things fibre
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A short time ago I saw a photo of a beautiful cardigan on the MK Facebook page. It was love at first sight and I immediately started working out how I could make something similar. Before I start I want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I truly don't know how it happened but somehow a skein of Cascade Silk Heritage sock yarn was found in my stash. This would not be so bad except that the colour was ORANGE! This is not a colour I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at The English Armchair Abroad
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2017 is turning into the year of the knitting machine. At the beginning of the year I started spinning some corriedale for a project and thanks to the bitterly cold weather I managed to do the whole lot in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at The English Armchair Abroad
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2016 was a year of baby wraps. I was fortunate to receive orders from a number of young mothers and it was a very enjoyable experience. Since the New Year the orders have dropped, not off, but away. New weavers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at The English Armchair Abroad
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Having lived in France for 23 years I have a competent level of French. Nothing like my children but I consider myself bilingual (I can't write it very well mind you). We used to drive back and forth to England... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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Once again I take no credit for this but unfortunately I can't remember where I picked up this brilliant idea. Somewhere on FB I read an afterthought comment "Thank goodness for freezer clips". That was it, but I gave it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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This tip is not mine but that of Treeditions . I stumbled across it on Facebook and discovered that they regularly post handy tips for weavers. There are a couple reasons you might use this. A broken warp thread or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I have been weaving scarves. I am doing a sale at the end of May and rather need some stock. I have three waiting to be finished but whether or not they will be good enough for the sale remains... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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As some of you know I have moved into the world of hand woven baby wraps. It is a world about which I know almost nothing but am learning fast. I never used a wrap with my babies but I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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A glimpse of the next scarf. I will be doing the finishing tomorrow and as it is made with the softest merino and a weft of cashmere and silk I think it will be a beauty. The design is by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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It behaves, it shines, it's just beautiful. I found some silk hiding in a box and quickly wound it for a scarf before it could disappear again. Such a joy to weave it. There are four colours in the silk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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Oh, what a beast! The due date was mid-February but this beauty arrived two months early, the week before Christmas! With 16 shafts it is computer controlled. I can weave more complicated patterns without worrying about the order of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at The English Armchair Abroad
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Blogging has taken second place this year. More like bottom of the pile really. I have been busy and most especially, since September, I have been working flat out. I finally took the plunge and agreed to hold a sale... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I do love using several colours to good effect. This scarf (or shawl) has two distinct sides giving more options when you wear it. I have made several of these and the length is always a pleasant surprise for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I finally did it. Max persuaded me that I had to put labels on my work to make it more professional and, of course, for better publicity. So here they are... Gold on black and I think they look great.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The English Armchair Abroad
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There aren't many and this back is taking forever. It's not bad in the sense that I can't move. It's a permanent tingling pain. Imagine holding an elastic band quite tight and then pinging it. That's what it feels like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I wanted to try the Drops Brushed Alpaca/Silk but with something quick. In the end I decided to make a waterfall cardigan that would just "take off the chill" on a summer evening. Crazy in the middle of winter I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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On my way to England for a very short visit. An easy trip up to Paris and then into the Eurostar waiting room at Paris Gare du Nord. Grumpy Americans in the waiting room who seemed to think that the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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For several years we have raised two Berkshire Black weaners and each year we celebrate with a Pig Night. This takes place about six weeks after the slaughter of the pigs as the ham takes some preparing. It is soaked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I have been idle, just a lazy blogger. So a couple of photos to catch up using a new photo app, diptic, which I'm not yet sure about! This is a small selection of the weaving I have done this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I have finally given in to the inevitable and given up the upholstery side of my business. My thumbs have become so painful that it simply isn't worth it anymore. I will continue with the paillage and the cane work.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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A fun caning project for a friend Some new towels off the loom The chapel garden looks great - ignore the weeds! Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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There are lots of good reasons for going away with like minded friends but I especially enjoy the Tricot Nordique meetings. This year we were down in Gimont, between Bordeaux and Toulouse, and there were 15 of us (plus four... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad
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I am really pleased with this little cardigan. All it needs now are some Norwegian style clasps and it will be ready for my shop. Unless it sells beforehand - let me know if you are interested! It is not... Continue reading
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Posted May 18, 2014 at The English Armchair Abroad