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Spinning

Many years ago I dyed some roving. Some of it worked really well and some got felted. The spinning below was from one of the more felted rovings, so a lot of it was unspinnable.

felted roving

I ended up with 101 metres from 57 grams and it’s sport weight, about 12 wraps per inch.

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Some Spinning

This has been a ‘few minutes here and there’ project. The fibre was Malabrigo Nube 100% Merino wool that I bought in Poland at Magic Loop. (Seriously, if you are ever in Warsaw visit their store, it is awesome).

malabrigo nube arco iris

I decided to see if I could spin to match Malabrigo’s DK weight yarn Rastita.

nube spun

Here it is with the commercially produced yarn as a comparison.

nube and rasita comparison

My yarn is on top, looking a bit rougher. The commercially spun yarn is a lot more consistent than mine. I have problems spinning a consistent thick single – consistent thin singles are much easier for me.

This was a project that I really didn’t like while it was on the wheel. I worried about how the colours were coming together. However, once off the wheel and skeined and caked I really rather like it…

nube caked

nube caked 2

nube caked 3

as evidenced by the multitude of pictures I took of it.

Unfortunately there’s not very much of it, so now I need to work out what I can make with it.

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I started this shawl just before we headed to Europe as I wanted something simple to do in the few moments of down time between conferences and sight seeing. Then it travelled with me to Australia earlier this month and I worked on it a little more, but couldn’t finish it there because I needed my little scale to make sure that I used every last ounce (towards the end I was weighing the remaining yarn after each row to see if I had enough to do another row or if I needed to cast off). Without further ado I give you my Old Lady of Poland shawlette.

shawl1

Pattern is a free Ravelry download and can be found here: Old Man of Storr Shawlette.

I’m pleased with how it came out.

shawl4

The yarn was handspun by me quite a number of years ago (2010 according to the stash entry on Ravelry) and I don’t know why I didn’t get around to knitting it up sooner.

shawl3

It’s a merino/tencel blend from Girl on the Rocks, who has wonderful laser cut knitting and sewing notions in her etsy shop. I adore the sheep WPI tool.

I made two trips into town as the passenger today, Gorgeous Girl had a role in her school assembly this morning and so Gorgeous Man and I both went in and Friday afternoon is school pick up + grocery shopping. This meant that instead of having to deal with our awful traffic I could knit. Here’s the progress from today’s journeys.

easyhat

Using up some leftover yarn from a pair of socks knitted a very long time ago. It’s a little baby hat for charity.

I’m hoping to find some crafty time this weekend: a bit of scrapbooking (I have lots of new photos to play with) and perhaps a bit of spinning, I’m hoping to replicate some Malabrigo yarn using their fibre that I purchased in Poland. Wish me luck!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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Last Poland Post

Rather than continue to bore you with a blow by blow description of our time in Poland I’ll make this the last post about the trip. After the conference finished Gorgeous Man and I drove to Lublin to visit the Majdanek concentration camp from World War II. It was a very sad and sobering experience, but I’m glad we made the time to pay our respects. You can read about the numbers in books, but until you see things like this

majdanek shoes

the scale is hard to visualize. This former prisoner dormitory is filled with four hundred thousand pairs of shoes, stacked in these containers. Looking at the shoes you could see the individuality of their owners, bright red shoes, white summer sandals, stern business-like shoes to be worn with a suit and the children’s shoes. Majdanek is one of the best preserved camps, plans to preserve it were put into place before the war was over. It was liberated by the Russian Army prior to the close of the war. Majdanek is close to the city and a wide variety of people were imprisoned here: Polish farmers being relocated, political prisoners, prisoners of war, prisoners of conscience and Jews.

After Lublin we drove back to Warsaw. Using the wizardry of Ravelry’s trip planner I discovered a yarn store only 2.8 kilometres from our accommodation. Getting there proved tricky and I owe a huge “Thank You” to Gorgeous Man who braved peak hour traffic, one way streets, a GPS battery going flat and Polish street signs to find our way there.

Magic Loop is a beautiful yarn store stocking a variety of fabulous yarns and fibre.

Magic loop 1

Mmmmmmalabrigo. The store is really lovely, beautifully laid out and the owner is really friendly and welcoming. A bonus for me was that she also spoke excellent English, because my Polish is non-existent.

magic loop 3

Some fibre came home with me my first visit. The next day Gorgeous Man and I were walking past the store’s block and made another stop to acquire some yarn and fibre for me to make him something special.

polish haul

Now to find a perfect patterns.

 

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It’s been a hectic time since I posted last. In summary: we’ve had 20 hours without power; lost internet twice (for a period of 4 days each time); had the car in for repairs (finally seem to have found an honest and competent mechanic, so we are rejoicing over that);  while sitting in a traffic jam I also saw the car in front of mine get sideswiped by an oncoming truck (cosmetic damage only to both vehicles, but scary to watch)…

Amongst all that and the thesis writing I’ve been chipping away at some of my projects. I pulled out the crochet blanket and re-crocheted it all. I had a variation of 5 stitches along one edge, there was no way that was going to block out. I was pretty sick of this yarn by the end of the process, but I think it was worth it in the end.

An arty shot.

I’ve also had plied yarn sitting on the wheel for about 10 days. Finally got it wound off and washed this weekend.

Superfine merino, two ply from fibre I dyed myself. It’s the same dye lot. But I managed to get the colours in one of the skeins to match a little bit better than in the other and hence it looks more vibrant. I haven’t measured wraps per inch or yardage yet.

I hope life has been a bit calmer for all of you.

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Some Spinning

Recently I finished this yarn. It’s taken a few months to do. Snatched minutes here and there. It’s a three ply. Two thicker plies of merino/silk blend and one thinner ply of pure silk onto which the beads were threaded.

Fibre was a gift from Gorgeous Man.

In cake form.

Close-up.

Now to decide what to make with it. There’s 212 metres and it’s gloriously soft.

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Today is one of the hottest days we’ve had for a while (which is saying something, because everyday is hot here…). I’m hoping the neighbours didn’t see me in a wool hat standing on the balcony taking pictures of myself.

It was bright out as well.

Looking like my big 40 birthday is rapidly approaching. I don’t wear much make up here, it just sweats off, and I definitely need a haircut, but will wait another 10 days and get it done in Western Australia.

Here’s the top of the hat. I love the colours in this yarn.

Pattern is Runway . A donation of the pattern sales goes to a worthy cause. You can find more details about my hat here. 

I did this as a KAL. I might have been a bit too speedy, so far only one person in the group has posted a progress picture… I guess I have no life…

Because I’m not just a one trick pony, there has also been some sewing going on.

Finally working up some of those many placemat panels I bought before we left South Africa.

As you can see they don’t sit square – they are printed skew on the fabric. But I’m hoping that when they are around the table individually it won’t matter. These are earmarked for Christmas gifts.

Finally, one last batch of the purple merino measured and caked up. 173 metres to 75 grams.

It’s super soft and fluffy. Since I have a whole bunch  of this colourway I’m going to need to find a big project for it.

Father’s Day here today. We started the day with a cooked breakfast and will probably go out for lunch. We can’t go out for dinner because it’s too dangerous to drive back home in the dark. Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl have been down to the lake to feed the giant fish.

In other news, yesterday I went for a walk with Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl.  I managed. I did start to feel a bit sore on the homeward leg – and we didn’t go far…I did have to take some anti-inflammatories when we got home, but there were no major repercussions this morning. So I can see progress happening slowly.

This year we’ve planted a little garden. We’ve put in tomatoes, cucumber, rock melon, and courgettes. When I find some pots so that it can grow in the shade we’ll plant some basil. One thing that is a surprise to us is how fast things grow. The cucumbers came up three days after planting and I swear you can see them get bigger from one day to the next. I’ll take some pictures this afternoon when things cool down a little.

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