Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

So, the Blog has suffered that common Blog condition of being ignored for too long because of other things going on in life.

For me, one of those things was shoulder surgery that slowed down (but didn't stop) my knitting and spinning.

With the new year comes a new start and more blogging. 

To get things going here is the latest Finished Object: Ravello by Isabell Kraemer. I actually had it almost finished months ago but finishing the neck ribbing required picking up 120 stitches and I hate picking up stitches, so it languished.  Silly really, because it took about half an hour to complete when I got around to it.  It's a comfy jumper and a design that I might actually wear.  Yarn is three different colours of Bendigo Woolen Mills Luxury 4ply.  Love their 200g balls!


 The Etsy shop has been fun this year.  I've been gradually adding some naturally coloured, breed specific sample packs.  So  far there is Shetland, Corriedale, Baby Alpaca and Polwarth, I'm looking to add more this year.  I love spinning undyed fibre and something I've always wanted to try was a breed study so I've put together a few sets of 25g fibre samples.  There's 25 different sheep breeds in each set and they come with little cards to record your spinning notes.  Lotsa fun!

And this is what I'm working on now.  This is a sock pattern that I'm making up.  It's a simple stranded pattern that I thought would make good use of this highly variegated yarn I got in a Ravelry swap.  I love the colours but I just thik it's too busy to use straight up.  This design is just what I wanted.  They're gonna be very warm socks though!





 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Holiday Spinning

Yes, I've been blog absent for a little while.  That is because I went on an awesome holiday to Wales and Ireland - and to the European Juggling Convention.  It was so good.  Saw lots of things, touched old things, spotted critters, learnt some juggling things, caught up with some people.  And of course, I bought a bit of yarn and fibre (more on that in a later post).

For now I just wanted to share a few photos of my Tour de Fleece spinning.  I was travelling for the whole time it was on so I didn't get much done.  I did spin a little bit everyday, and I took my spindle to lots of amazing places.  This is just a few of the pics.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tuesday top

Very soon it is time for our trip to Wales and Ireland.  I'm quite looking forward to it!  I'm really hoping I can find some Welsh or Irish fibre to buy as a souvenir of my trip.

Maybe something like this:

Black Welsh Mountain from The Double Ewe.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Project Bags

Have I mentioned my Mother in Law before?  Well,  anyway, she's pretty awesome.  We share a love of all things crafty and we've decided a bit of collaboration is in order.

She sews and sells her stuff at various markets, including Mundaring and Midland in Perth.  I hand dye and hand spin and sell my stuff on Etsy.  Now if you go to one of the markets in Perth you'll also be able to pick up some of my hand spun yarn or hand dyed fibre that she is going to sell for me.  And if you visit my Etsy shop you'll be able to buy some of the awesome knitting totes and project bags that she has made.

Here's a little preview:







Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tuesday Top

Look at this pretty roving!  Love the colours but be aware it's a one of a kind so this is all you get.

  Superwash Merino/silk from UrbanGypZ.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

I Really Should Finish Something...

I have been making progress on several projects this weekend but I just haven't managed to get anything finished.

My spinning is moving along. I'm  plying my Squoosh Fiberarts "Cowboy Dreams" today, which is taking ages.  I'm feeling confident that I'm going to get yarn I actually want to use to make socks!

I've also been really pushing to finish my spindle spin.  As I am going to be travelling for the entire TDF this year I am going to be spinning exclusively on my spindle.  I'd really like to take a new spin with me so I have to finish at least the singles of this one before I go.  I have about an ounce to go so I don't know if I'm going to make it or not!


In regards to knitting, I have almost finished my Ravello sweater.  In fact I could actually call it finished if I was happy with the unfinished neckline specified in the pattern.  However, I know I won't wear it like that so I'm going to go with an alternative ribbed neckline.  Unfortunately that means I'm going to have to pick up 120 or so stitches and, well, I just can't be bothered at the moment...So I cast on this cable hat instead.


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuesday Top

This Tuesday some great purples and blues from Wee Chickadee Woolery.

The fibre is kettle dyed and it has the lovely name of "Last Light of Day".  Love the depth of colour!


Monday, 2 June 2014

Flourish

I'm a bit excited this week that a friend of mine has started an Organic store in Perth and she's going to be selling my fibre!  No, it's not actually organic but she has other handmade products and wanted to sell some felting fibre and that's where I come in!  This is heading over this week:



The store is called "Flourish Organics", it has a Facebook page or you can visit in person at the Mundaring Wellness Centre.








Also, I've just added a whole heap of handspun to my Etsy shop.  You may have seen a couple of them in progress earlier in the blog!


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tuesday Top

And now, purple and orange.  Purple and orange go great together.  Although I must admit that I would probably avoid mixing the fibre at colour changes.  Purple and orange mixed together usually makes some kind of ick brown.

"Japanese Plum" on Merino from Nina's Threads.


Monday, 26 May 2014

Learn all the Craft!

Went to the Lilydale Trash and Treasure market for the second time and for the second time it wasn't actually there.  We are becoming suspicious that maybe the internet lies and the market doesn't actually exist anymore.

It's ok though because we moved on to the Wantirna Trash and Treasure market which as far as I can tell is always there.

Even though we got there pretty late I still scored this awesome "Creative Craft" tome.



It's amazing, it has all the craft.  Want to try tatting, yep, that's there.  Rugmaking? Pottery? Kites?  yep, yep, yep. Upholstery? Basket Weaving? Shell Craft?  Of course, all of them!  I especially like that you can learn all these things in just a page or two.


Being from the 70's it of course has an extensive section on crochet...and macrame..

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Etsy Update

Just added some Superwash BFL/Nylon tops to my Etsy Shop.



I have reserved some for me to spin as I have been meaning to spin some sock yarn for ages and have been looking for a fibre blend that would be good for hard wearing but comfy socks.  I love plain Superwash BFL for socks but I think the addition of Nylon, as long as it is well blended, makes for a longer lasting sock.

Everything I seem to dye at the moment seems to involve purple - I might have to address that in my next dyeing session.  But I love purple so much!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blocked.

Finally got around to blocking my handspun Dragonfly Wings. 

I spun the yarn last year during the TDF on my Turkish spindle. It's lighter than the fingering yarn called for in the pattern but I prefer shawlettes to full size shawls so I made it as specified in the pattern, knowing that it would come out smaller.  I think the yarn knitted up nicely - nice soft colour transitions.


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Tuesday Top

I've been stalking the SAL in the Completely Twisted and Arbitrary group on Ravelry.  This time they are featuring Three Waters Farm, so I've seen lots of amazing fibre being turned into amazing yarn.

This one isn't the SAL colourway but you get the idea of the pretty colour mixes that Three Waters Farm make.

"Positive Outlook" on BFL:


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

In Progress

I really like knitting sweaters but I always seem to end up not wearing them.  This doesn't actually surprise me too much, I do tend to like the process more than the finished item.

Here's hoping this project will be different.  I've chosen "Ravello" by Isabell Kraemer. It's a simple, top down raglan with a casual fit.  And it's got stripes, so, yay!  It's an easy knit and I'm getting through it pretty quick, can't wait to finish!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tuesday Top

I'm excited about Mohair at the moment, so...Mohair!  Pink Mohair in fact.  From La Fiaba Russa.


Squooshy Things

I've got lotsa new fibre to try out at the moment.  I love BFL yarn for socks and so I acquired some Superwash BFL/Nylon to try and spin some sock yarn for myself.  I've already dyed up several lots but I'm going to leave some undyed and either do a gradient or selfstripe dye job on my finished yarn




The next lot of fibre that I'm going to dye up is this Mohair/Merino blend from WA.  I've never dyed Mohair before but I hear that it comes out bright and shiny.  That's something to look forward to!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday Top

This week here is some pretty Superwash Merino/Nylon from Mustardseed Yarn Lab in "Kaleidoscope".  Great colours!


Monday, 14 April 2014

Finished Things

I'm actually keeping up with the Spin the Bin Challenge.  This is the latest thing I finished:  Superwash Merino from Squoosh Fiberarts in the "Cowboy Dreams" colourway. 

 This is actually some of the oldest fibre in my stash.  I bought it when I first started spinning and had that beginner thing of "I'll wait until I'm better at spinning so I don't ruin it".  Unfortunately that feeling persisted. I love the colours so much in the fibre that I don't think I'll ever be happy with how the colours translate into yarn.  However, I went with a chain ply in my favourite fingering weight and I think it came out pretty good.  I am quite happy...

 There has been quite a bit of knitting recently too.  I finished these Dither socks out of Shibui Sock.  They came out great and the pattern is so much fun.







And then I made these basic mitts out of awesome yarn from Tuulia I got in a Ravelry swap.  As referred to above, I love brown and blue together and this yarn comes as 50g of two complimentary colours, such a great idea.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tuesday Top

This week some hand dyed mohair from Motomo in in the "Blue Wings" colourway. It's so shiny and I'm such a sucker for blue and brown together.


Monday, 7 April 2014

Win!

Look what I won from the wonderful Cat and Sparrow! Merino/Silk/Flax in "Come Rain or Shine". 


Cat and Sparrow are a pair of Aussie fibre artists that make batts, hand dyed top and handspun yarn.  They have a spin a long in their Ravelry group.  You don't have to spin their fiber you just have to submit a photo of a skein that you spun in that month and you can win fiber from their shop.  How good is that?

As a bonus photo, this is the yarn I spun.  2 ply merino.




Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Tuesday Top

I love brown fibre - natural or dyed - and I love the different shades in this weeks top:




"Mr Bates" on Falkland from Cloudlover.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Etsy Update

Just added these hand dyed Shetland braids to my Etsy Shop.  There is also some of the undyed fibre available for anyone out there who likes to dye their own.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tuesday Top

This week we have some batts, rather than top.   This is Kainuu Grey Wool.  It's grown and processed in Finland and then hand dyed and carded.  I love how they come in little matched sets like this too.

Nothern Lights trio from Wool Grey.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Beer and Bomb 5

Well, this confirms it.  There is definately a link between yarn bombing and craft beer. 

We went to check out the new Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong. 

Little Creatures is getting ridiculous and I'm kinda with you when you say that it can no longer be classed as "craft" beer.  Their Geelong Brewery is like some kinda theme park.  It's massive, has it's own craft market, there were bands, long lines and nowhere to sit. It was actually all a bit much for me as I like to enjoy my beers while sitting quietly at a comfortable table.  It would probably be fine on a quiet weekday but we were there on a sunny weekend lunchtime.

 So, in relation to the "bomb", there was this. 

It's obviously not actually yarn bombed but part of the planned decor.  The whole place had a bit of a hipster tone and I think that may be the link that I've been noticing. 

Craft beer and craft, hipster?

I think that may be a developing stereotype.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Holiday Knitting

After recent successes and in need for places to ride our motorbikes to, we have taken up visiting secondhand markets on the weekends.  We went to the Belmont Sunday Market in Geelong and it was awesome!  I got all sorts of crafty stuff and I could have got more.

This was the winner:

It is a little coffee stained (well, I hope it's coffee) but it's in pretty good shape, the print is good, it's got a tape measure attached to the back and the zipper works.  In fact, open the zipper up and what's inside but all this  "holiday" knitting.  Someone was working on some acrylic baby awesomeness apparently.
How much did this all cost me?  Three dollars, yep, and I reckon I could have got it cheaper if I had haggled.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tuesday Top

This week some natural coloured top from The Old Ewe.  I think these "Feathering" tops would be great for blending.  And they come in a couple of different colour combos.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Yarn Sculpture

Went to the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.  There was some stuff to look at.  There was this yarn one, I'm not sure if you can call it yarn bombing.  It had some good colours, can't go wrong with bright blue and flourescent green can you?



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tuesday Top

I love dyeing with Koolaid and I'd love to put more time into it and come up with a range of Koolaid dyed fibres to sell.  But too many other things to dye at the moment, so please enjoy this Rainbow Kid Mohair dyed with koolaid by 44clovers. So awesome!


Monday, 3 March 2014

Some Spinning

My new e-spinner is working a treat.  There was a slight hiccup with plying and bobbin movement but apparently a pvc pipe spacer was all that was needed to alleviate the issue.  Is there anything that pvc pipe can't fix?  Well, if there is, I'm sure it would be fixable with gaffa tape...

So, I have finished two new yarns. 





One is the first from the Spin the Bin Challenge that I'm taking part in on Ravelry.  It came out lovely and soft but that's not that surprising when it is a BFL and Angora blend.  The fibre was from Ixchel Bunny.










The second is Merino that was dyed with Koolaid and Wiltons food dye with some friends a few weeks ago.  It came out great.  I love the colours - pinky red with a little bit of brown - so I chain plyed to keep them separate.  There was some other Merino that we dyed at the same time that was quite unattractive.  I swore to my friends that it would be fine once spun and I'd combine the two yarns to make a hat.  We'll see...