Monday, 9 February 2015

This Week

This week there are some things in progress and some things finished which is a nice place to be.

First, I finished my Diving In Shawelette.  A lot of people say it is a boring knit as it is all garter stitch, well I guess I'm in the mood for boring as it went really fast.  I was thinking of making it larger as I do have more yarn but in the end I decided it was big enough. It has a basic triangle shape and I didn't want it to be too shawl like, this way I can block it quite long and thin.  Much preferred.

I went to visit Cat and Sparrow at the Gisborne Markets last week and got some of their Amethyst Mystery fibre.  It's a blend of Merino, Shetland, Alpaca and Bamboo in dark greens and purples and blacks, really soft.  It's spinning up quite dark, but in the right light it has glints of the green and purple.  It's kinda awesome.

And last but not least not one of my projects.  My Mum has (re)learnt to knit and she made me a beanie.  I had to make my own pompom though!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Etsy Team Promotion

I'm on Etsy a lot, buying and selling stuff.  I think it's great and spend a lot of time on the site just browsing shops or reading the forums about crafting and selling handmade online.

As part of that I'm a member of a few Teams, which are basically groups on Etsy with similar interests.  One of my favourite Teams is Australian Wandarrah.  It's a really active Team, with helpful, friendly members.  And although it has lots of promotional opportunities it is mainly about chatting and discussing stuff not just blindly favouriting things.

So, anyway, an Australian Wandarrah promotional opportunity.  The Team has been accepted for an Etsy Fellowship for February and there is a promo code for discounts at all the stores involved, including mine.  Just use "WandarrahsFriend" at the Etsy checkout to get 10% off anything in my shop.

And here's a few of the groups' items - including one of my hand dyed sock yarns - yay!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Too Many Books

These days I usually read books on my Kindle.  I love my Kindle.  Books are cheaper (or free) and you don't have to do that annoying thing of carrying a second book around with you in case you finish the current one.

However, I am a sucker for secondhand bookshops.  I like the randomness, I like just picking out books because of an interesting title and judging them by their covers.  I like the dedications to people in the front covers and finding a bus ticket used as a bookmark halfway through.

So, my physical books to read stack is getting a little out of hand. Time to read some of these.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

This Week's WIPs

My stranded socks are done!

Next up on the needles is a "Diving In" Shawl with Drops Alpaca.  Yep, red and brown again.  I like red and brown! It's not going to be the most exciting knit as it's all garter stitch but it it's got stripes so at least I might wear it!

The "Blue Tango"  handspun is drying after it's wash so no finished pictures yet, but I am just about to start this Corriedale.  I kettle dyed it which is not my usual method and I am not at all sure how it is going to spin up.  I have a feeling the colours are going to go muddy...we'll see.  Pretty fibre though!

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Week's WIPs

This week I've been working on my first Spin the Bin fibre. It's all plied up and ready for washing,  it should come out about a DK weight.  Filled up my bobbin to about bursting point!

Also, my stranded socks are so close to being finished...
I'm going to have to think of what to knit next, that's the fun bit, right?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

This Week's WIPs

What's happening this week?

I've joined the Spin the Bin 2015 Challenge in the "Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Spinning Group" on Ravelry.  Basically you commit to spinning a minimum of 2oz of fibre a month for the year.  Here is my starting "bin" and the first spin happening which is my "Blue Tango" colourway on Merino/Silk.

Knitting project on the go is the previously mentioned stranded socks.  I've just turned the heel on the second one, so after the hated picking up of stitches, it shouldn't be too long until they are finished.

Should I write up the pattern?  It's pretty simple but it might help someone?