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The end of the year was, as previously mentioned, a bit frantic but I did want to make something personal to tuck into the gifts for Gorgeous Girl’s teachers this year. In the end I settled on making some crocheted bookmarks. This Radiant Rose bookmark was crocheted out of handspun. You can find the pattern here.

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I hot glued the rose to a large paperclip.

The second bookmark I made was a bird. I really loved how this turned out, it was lots of fun. Pattern can be found here.

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This was made from sock yarn scraps. Many moons ago I made Gorgeous Girl a cardigan from this yarn and there’s still yarn left over. She liked the bird so much she asked for one of her own. I don’t have a picture of that one though.

I like the bird so much that I think when I get back to Papua New Guinea I’m going to make myself one.

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Spinning

I have finally spun up the last of they fibre I dyed myself when I first started spinning in 2008. I split the braid in half and then split one half in half again to get a blend of mixed and plain colours.

Here it is before its bath.

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It bloomed nicely.

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All caked and ready to knit. my dye

It’s going to marinate in the stash for a while though. Hopefully not as long (8 years) as the fibre did…

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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).

 

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Spinning

When I was in the USA in April for a conference I was lucky enough to be able to spend time with a very old friend that I hadn’t seen in person for more than 20 years. As we were strolling around her neighbourhood I spotted a yarn store and some fibre came home with me.

LA fibre

It turned into a really lovely tweedy yarn.

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These are pre-wash photos. I ended up with just under 200 metres, so not the best yardage. It’s a bit scratchy, so I’m not sure what I’m going to make with it just yet. I’m thinking some sort of toy perhaps.

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I bought this fibre in Poland in 2014. The two braids on the left have been spun already, but the one on the right marinated in the stash for a while.

polish haul

It’s all spun up now.

malabrigo nube glitter2Pretty…

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Love how this turned out.

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I found some snails hanging out on the kitchen table.

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I love how they have turned out.

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One for Gorgeous Girl and one for her friend.

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Purple is handspun. Pattern can be found here.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I love to knit. One of the great ironies of my life is that right now I live in a place where it is never, ever, cool enough to wear knitted items. Knits get carefully stored in anticipation of a visit to a cold place. I’m a process knitter, in that I enjoy the process and the finished item is of secondary importance, but still, it’s nice to actually wear the things I’ve made from time to time.

Looking through some photos of me on our trip I was happy to see the knitwear appearing.

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Hat is handspun and hand knit and the shawl is knitted in Nurturing Fibres sock yarn. This shawl is reflective of my life in the last few years. The yarn was bought in South Africa, the shawl was knitted while on a research trip to the USA in 2013 (collecting material for my thesis) and finished once I got home to Papua New Guinea…

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This is handspun. The fibre was from Nurturing Fibres. I spun this several years ago, but didn’t get around to knitting it up until last year.

Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl also sported hand knit hats (sadly Gorgeous Man’s hat got lost in Atlanta). Gorgeous Girl’s hat was handspun and it always makes me happy to see her wearing things I’ve made.

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