Sunday, 29 December 2013

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"Let's Start The New Year Right" colourway on Merino/Seacell from Bitsy Knits.

Happy New Year everyone!

Books That Knit

Finished reading "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern today.  I quite enjoyed it, I liked the construction and the atmosphere but I thought there could have been a bit more plot development - a bit more story. And I would have been more than happy for the book to be longer so it's not like there wasn't space.  I guess it's good to be left wanting more.

Anyway, there is a thing in the book where fans of the circus, "reveurs", wear "a touch of red" and there is this knitting reference that I enjoyed:

She hands him a red wool scarf, the one she has been knitting on and off. "I can't accept this," he says. "Nonsense," Elizabeth says. "I make them all the time, I am at no loss for yarn. I started this one with no particular reveur in mind to wear it, so clearly it is meant for you."

"Thank you," Baily says, wrapping the scarf around his neck despite the warmth of the train.

Knit worthy!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

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Happy Christmas everyone!  Here is some awesome fibre that I found while searching for "Christmas" on Etsy.  I love fibre sets. 

This is a "Wonder Bundle" in  Poinsettia from Wonderland Dyeworks.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Mr Spindle Returns

The Boyfriend is currently working on an update to my electric spinner so I decided it was time to get out my Turkish spindle to spin the second half of a Maude and Me merino braid.  I really like how the first half came out so I would like to spin to match...but it was several months ago...I think I am doing ok so far.

The spindle is from Subterranean Woodworks.  I really enjoy a Turkish spindle and this one is very nice.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Etsy Update

Just added a couple of new braids of Merino/Silk to my Etsy Shop.

These are two of my favourite colourways; "Comes A-Long A-Love" and "Unchained Melody".  Here's some of the first one spun up as a chain ply.  I love these colours!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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I love Skein yarns.  Great colours and lots of awesome bases.  They make some fibre now too, this is "Briar" on Merino/Silk.  Pretty, don't you think?

Monday, 9 December 2013

Blocking on a Plate

I decided on a pattern for my Wanaka yarn, Opus Spicatum by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  I was going to post a progress pic but apparently I have finished it already.  So here is a picture of it blocking over a plate.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

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Here's some attractive Superwash merino from wskbyheather.  Love the bright colours you can get on Superwash.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Souvenir Yarn

I mentioned a little while ago that I was going to post about my trip to New Zealand.  It was just a short trip but I did manage to visit several yarnie shops as well as some of the spectacumalar scenery that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer.

I don't buy that much commercial yarn - I spin and dye my own so I don't really feel the need.  However, when I'm travelling I love to buy local yarn.  I did a bit of reseach before I went so I was able to steer our roadtrip in the direction of some good shops.

This is my favourite find:

Wanaka Station yarn from Fine Wools Wanaka.  It's undyed "wool" in about a worsted weight.  It's not supersoft (maybe a Corriedale blend?) but I love the colours and there's lots of it.  I reall want to make something with this next but I have choice anxiety.  Maybe something with stranding?  Maybe just stripes?

I've already mentioned my visit to Ashford Craft Shop and Knitcola Stitchery in Ashburton.  I got some of their Mackenzie yarn (which I made into the previously seen Tardis Socks).  They actually had a lot of New Zealandish yarn at Ashford - and they had some handspun too, as well as all the fibre.

Made a stop in Geraldine on a Sunday and they happened to be having a market day.  We went to The Alpaca Centre and I got some awesome alpaca mini skeins.  There were a whole lot in different colours in a little box and I must admit I was sucked in by the cuteness-damn you mini skeins!

In Christchurch we went to Knitworld.  It's got a good range of yarns, including New Zealand made stuff and would be the place to go if you were only visiting Christchurch.

Didn't have the time to visit Touch Yarns but their shop in Clyde is apparently very good and the place to find the possum blend yarns that NZ seems to be becoming famous for.  Most of the shops mentioned above sold the Touch Yarns brand too.