Saturday, 29 December 2012

SunSpun

So this week my day off excursion was to Sunspun in Canterbury. 

It's a nice little yarn store with lots of yarn choices.  It also had a lot of magazines and books but I averted my eyes as I do not need more patterns.  I did buy some supersoft yarn for an upcoming swap (no peeking swap partners!) and some purple Jitterbug sock yarn for me....not that I don't have enough sock yarn already.

I was interested to see that they had some Gotland yarn from Granite Haven Llamas. The Gotland breed originally comes from the Swedish Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Granite Haven is the first to breed some in Australia.  I knew they had fleeces but wasn't aware that they had processed any of the fibre. The yarn felt good, soft and springy and the natural colours were really pretty. 

There doesn't appear to be anything about the Gotlands on their website yet but interestingly from their Flikr account  "Happy to send samples of yarn, roving to any interested knitter, spinner, felter world wide, contact me: gotland@bigpond.com". So if you can't get to Sunspun maybe that will help!


Monday, 24 December 2012

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Happy Christmas everyone.  Who got something yarnie?

Well, I kinda did because I picked up a package from one of my swap groups on Ravelry.  I scored big and got some nice yarn and some awesome vintage knitting pamphlets.

Todays spinning fibre:



"Jelly Beans" by  ShadawynFiberArts. It is a Superwash Merino/bamboo/nylon mix.

Once the craziness of moving is finished I've been planning to spin some sock yarns and I think a 3ply of a blend like this is on the cards.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Beer and Bomb

Exploring Melbourne today I had myself an excursion to Bridge Rd in Richmond.  My main goal was Slow Beer - purveyors of fine beers.  I also found another craft beer store, Purvis Beer that was awesome.  Got myself some Beer Here and some 8 Wires.  Will be going back for more sometime soon.

However, to keep this interesting for the yarn folk, some yarn bombing.  Yarra Council has commissioned some yarn art for Christmas.  I'm not sure if I approve of this "legal" yarn bombing, it seems to me it's partly the illegality that appeals. Still pretty cool though. I didn't take my camera but here are some lovely phone photos.



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

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I have been planning a more "traditional" fairisle project for ages and apparently Shetland is the way to go (really, how can that be?).

I love that you can get fibre samplers big enough that you can spin and knit a decent sized project.

This one is from Woolgatherings.


Friday, 14 December 2012

Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria

I had the day off work today so thought I would make the most of it and go down to join the Victorian Spinners Guild.  I had been spinning for ages before I joined the NSW Guild and when I finally did join I realised I should have done so earlier. Not only did they sell me my Ashford Traditional wheel for $50 but the first spinning day I went to I scored fibre that was being given away.  And the library of spinning and knitting books and magazines is worth the membership fees alone.  And all that is nothing compared to the wealth of knowledge the Guild members are all happy to share.

So, The Victorian Guild is at 655 Nicholson St, Carlton North.  They have an awesome spot, with street frontage for their shopfront.  Yes, I did say shopfront.  Members can sell their yarns and crafted items for commission through the Guild Shop.  I should have taken pictures of all the amazing handspun yarn.  I hope the Guild won't mind me borrowing one from their site.

I was quite overcome by the yarn fumes.  But not quite enough to buy one of the beautiful spindles in the supplies store.  That is one addiction that I am refusing to succumb to, I have seen too many others fall to the neverending spindle acquiring habit. There was lotsa fibre to buy too, and Landscape dyes.

All this and I was offered cake and tea the minute I walked through the door.  I will be back!

Monday, 10 December 2012

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Still looking for Christmas presents for the spinners in your life?  What could be better than some Christmas themed fibre.

This is "Christmas Memories" from TurquoiseOwlFibers.100% Merino Christmas! 

 

Friday, 7 December 2012

Melbourne Public Transport

So, my first week as a resident of Melbourne and I've been catching public transport happily (well, pretty happily) and on this, my fourth public transport day I encountered my first Train Knitter.  So exciting!  The lovely lady sat next to me and pulled out her project.  She saw me looking and smiled and I flashed my handknit socks.

I usually read on public transport, I don't think my knitting style is conducive to travel.  I tend to knit things that require me to have the pattern, and a tape measure, and a row counter, and stitch markers, and...well, anyway, I quite like reading on public transport.

So this is the new sock I have started from Ann Budd's "Sock Knitting Master Class" that requires all of the above accessories. I am doing Cookie A's Asymmetrical Cables. The yarn is "Burnt Cinnamon Roll" on BFL Superwash from Dye for Yarn.

I am so slow at cables but this seems to be going well. First repeat:


Monday, 3 December 2012

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This week some natural Gotland roving from Spyn.  Look at the colour and shine - it looks like it's dyed, but no!



The Gotland breed is Swedish in origin but they are now bred in lots of different places including Australia.  Sweet!