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I realised that I didn’t have a take along project and I was wasting an hour a week travelling in the car to town to do the grocery shopping. (It’s 30 minutes each way and Gorgeous Man drives). I went stash diving and came up with this yarn I bought while visiting Colorado in January 2016 (in terms of my stash it’s a very young yarn).

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I cast on for the Multidirectional dishcloth (but I’m going to use it on my face – too nice for dishes).

Two car trips later I had a finish.

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I love the colours.

Here it is in all its glory.

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Such a clever easy pattern! This used just under half the ball of yarn, so I have another facewasher on the needles, but the next one is just a simple linen stitch.

However, not all my recent knitting has been a success. This next project got pulled out.

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The yarn is a handspun, and I like the yarn. I like the pattern. What I did not like was the way the two were working together.

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The good news is that after years of silence, the yarn has let me know that it would like to be a hat.

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I think a ribbed beanie will be a much better use for it.

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Remember this fibre that Gorgeous Girl, her friend and I dyed?

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It became this yarn.

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I love the subtle hints of orange, it reminds me of a PNG sunset.

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Not the look I was aiming for, but I’m happy with it.

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Photos taken pre-washing, so I’ve yet to weigh and measure.

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A looong time ago I spun some silk. It languished marinated in the stash for several years until Adamas bubbled to the top of my Ravelry queue and I decided the two would be a good match.

I think I was right.

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I’m loving how this is turning out.

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This final picture shows the colour most accurately.

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Spinning

I fell in love with the picture of this fibre on etsy and ordered 400 grams. I was hoping to spin enough to make a cardigan. It’s from Nunoco.

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Close-up.

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I was not expecting quite the amount of sparkle in it. This is a blend of merino, silk and firestar. It wasn’t as well blended as some of the other braids I’ve spun from nunoco, so it was a bit of a challenging spin.

However, the resulting yarn is very pretty.

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I need to swatch, but I suspect it’s a bit too sparkly for a woman of a certain age, and Gorgeous Girl tells me it’s too itchy for her super sensitive skin.

It’s marinating in the stash while I decide what to do with it.

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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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