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Another blanket

I’m working on another blanket. Pattern is on Ravelry here.

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If you’re not a member of Ravelry, you can find it here.

I’ve adapted the pattern to join-as-you-go because I’m not a fan of sewing lots of squares together.

I’m really loving how this is coming together. Hopefully the recipient will like it just as much as I do. I’m a bit worried that I might need to buy more yarn for it as I changed my original plan…

I’m a self-taught crocheter and I’d really love to be able to take a class or three as I’m sure that there are things I’m doing wrong, or that there are things that I do which I could do better. Perhaps when we move to our next place there will be a local yarn store with classes. (One can dream right?)

 

Spinning

I’ve spun up the first of the fibre purchases from Nunoco. This was a dream to spin. Practically spun itself.

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This is agate, a blend of silk and 21 micron merino wool.

Spun worsted and finished up a light fingering weight at roughly 20 wraps per inch (some bits are thinner than others). I’m very, very happy with this.

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Can’t wait to spin more of the fibre from this store.

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Right now Gorgeous Girl has commandeered my spinning wheel for her own spinning, she’s doing really well, it’s looking much more even than her other efforts and she seems to be getting the hang of drafting (proud parenting moment).

 

It seems that our latest trip to Australia was a great one for stash enhancement. I discovered a new store on etsy recently: Nunoco  and when I saw that they had a blend of fibres I hadn’t spun before (merino, silk and flax) I placed an order.

Shipping was really quick, it was waiting for me at my long suffering sister-in-law’s place when we arrived in Australia. The fibre was beautifully packaged (but I didn’t get photos of that…).

This has now been spun up and is waiting to come off the wheel for a bath and reskeining. It’s turned into a lovely dark green with shots of yellow and teal peeking through.

I also bought 300 grams of this blend I haven’t spun before.

This is a merino, linen (flax) and silk blend. I’m hoping to spin enough to make a light weight cardigan.

Butterfly

This project took far too long to finish. It got waylaid by the crochet blanket.

It’s a finger puppet.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out and it had the added bonus of using up the tiny left over balls of yarn in both the orange and the blue. Free pattern from ChemKnits.

Very clever friends

A few years ago Gorgeous Girl was a flower girl in a family wedding. A good friend of mine took the pictures from my facebook feed and made a present for me.

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Kerin sent me the tiles and then, on my last trip to Australia my sister-in-law, who makes wonderful things helped me attach the silver thingies (she did tell me the proper name for them but I forget) and I visited a local beading store to find a way to wear them.

I’ve worn both of them a few times since I put them all together. Thankful for friends who send surprises and for collaborative projects.

Photos don’t do them justice, but it’s very grey and cloudy outside, so indoor pics it is.

During our time away we drove down to Gorgeous Man’s father’s place. It’s a drive we’ve taken many, many times. On the way back to Brisbane, instead of passing straight through one of the small towns along the way Gorgeous Man turned the wheels of the car towards the Town Centre. We hadn’t driven more than 20 metres down the side street when I spotted what looked like a yarn store.

Once the car had stopped I hightailed it to the store to investigate while Gorgeous Girl and Gorgeous Man amused themselves in a secondhand books store.

Fibre Delights is a charming little store which sells a variety of handknit and crochet items as well as a small range of spinning fibre and yarn.

The stash grew as a result of this little visit. Some spinning fibre found its way home with me.

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I’m looking forward to spinning this up.

If you are passing through Ulmarra in north New South Wales, this little store is well worth a visit.

 

Do you read Red Pepper Quilts? If you don’t you really should, lots of eye candy and wonderful inspiration. She also hosts wonderful give-aways. A few weeks ago she hosted a giveaway from Little Crafty Shop, an Australian based store which sells both yarn and fabric.

The night before we flew to Australia I received an email from Rita telling me that I’d won a $50 gift certificate to spend in the store. I perused the website carefully and when I arrived in Australia placed my order.

The website was really easy to navigate and shipping was really quick. We only had 13 days in Australia and the package reached me before we had to come home.

I purchased both yarn and fabric. Since it was a gift certificate I splashed out and got yarn that was more expensive than I’d usually buy for myself.

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I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about over the Madelinetosh yarns…

There was also fabric.

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The two on the left will go into the hand-pieced hexagon quilt and the sheep will make a knitting bag at some point.

Shipping is free for orders over $50, this came to just over $50 so I qualified for free shipping.

Thank you Rita and Little Crafty Shop. I’m looking forward to using my purchases.

 

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