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Last year as we were travelling on the New South Wales north coast we took a detour off the highway though a little town and we discovered a treasure trove. A second-hand book store and a craft cooperative shop selling spinning fibre, finished knitting and other beautifully made objects. We now make it a point of stopping in Ulmarra and visiting the bookstore and Fibre Delights whenever we are passing by. On our January visit I picked up two complimentary braids of merino fibre (very reasonably priced). With the idea of plying them together. This was so soft and spun like butter, and I seem to have neglected a picture of the braids in my eagerness to start spinning…

I spun for a traditional three-ply and split each braid into three and spun one bobbin light to dark and two bobbins dark to light. I then wound them off into a cake ready for plying.

ready to ply

Several plying sessions later I had 472 metres from 179 grams.

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I wasn’t convinced.

plied

But then I wound it into a cake.

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I upcycled an envelope to use as a tag with the yarn details on it…

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And found myself very happy with the yarn. I think it’s going to make a great pair of socks.

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Another pincushion

While Gorgeous Girl was busy stuffing the pincushion she claimed for herself I returned to the machine to work on a pincushion that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. This year I’m trying to spend some time sewing up some of the smaller items that I’ve pinned rather than just storing them in Pinterest. The pattern is from Crazy Mom Quilts.

It’s a bit wonky, but I like it.

pincushion 1

It’s teeny tiny.

pincushion 2

I’ve forgotten how nice the instant gratification of quick sewing projects is.

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Greetings

So, I didn’t mean to disappear for an age. I got overwhelmed by the end of the school year and all the marking that went along with that. Since my last post there have been quite a few finishes on the craft front as well as a trip or two.

We spent Christmas in Thailand this year which was wonderful and I’ll do some posts about that as soon as I’m reunited with the computer that likes to talk to my camera…

Right now I’m in the USA. I was privileged to be given research funding to visit some archives and so am half-way through my visit.

I did get the baby blanket finished and gifted. I’m happy with how it turned out and the baby’s mother seemed to like it very much.

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More makes to follow over the next few days and travel photos when I return to Papua New Guinea in a week or so.

I wonder if anyone is still reading after all this time.

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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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A present

Gorgeous Girl has been invited to a birthday party. We decided to make a handmade gift. I made a little pink cat. Gorgeous Girl chose the yarn because her friend likes pink.

crochet cat

It’s ears are even, my photo is wonky.

I hope Gorgeous Girl’s friend likes it.

 

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

randdbs baby

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?)

 

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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.

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