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A handspun shawl

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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Hexagon Monday

I’m trying something new. I’m taking photos during the week and then writing all my blog posts on the weekend when I have a little more time and scheduling them to post. I’m aiming for shorter more frequent updates rather than a massive occasional post.

Work continues on the hexagon quilt. The latest block.

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Sewn into a row ready to be added to the bottom of the quilt top.

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I went to prep some more blocks a few days ago and discovered that I’m out of two of the paper piecing shapes I use most. I will need to get this row sewn on and then spend some time removing paper from the back of the previous row for reuse.

There should be quilt top photos coming soon.

 

When we were making our way to Papua New Guinea for the first time six years ago we called in to see my good friend Lisa and her family. We hadn’t seen them for a long time as we our families had been living in different states and then Gorgeous Man and I had moved to South Africa.

Lisa, through no fault of her own, had ended up with a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabic and during that visit she cut me some pieces to take with me. I had a panel that I had bought in South Africa, but not the coordinates. About a year later I saw (for the first and last time) quilting quality fabric for sale in one of the stores here in Papua New Guinea and several metres of the white came home with me and I started cutting and sewing.

I’m a slow quilter and it’s taken me a few years, but it’s finally finished. Behold in all it’s glory.

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The quilting was done by Quilting by Fiona. This is the second quilt she has done for me and did not disappoint. If you are in Australia I don’t hesitate to recommend her for quilting, she’s great to work with, reasonably priced and does an excellent job. I’ve dealt with her via mail and in person and both times went without a hitch.

You can see her lovely work. We selected a pantograph that had a mix of stippling and butterflies to match the theme of the quilt.

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I have another centre panel and some left-overs, so a small baby quilt may appear at some point in the future. Huge thank you to Lisa for her contribution (and her husband for buying the extra fabric that she found herself with)!

One final show and tell.

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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.

Pigeon

For the Easter long weekend. Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and I travelled to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea for a short break from the heat and humidity of Port Moresby.

It was very cold and I enjoyed it tremendously. We didn’t do a great deal as it rained quite frequently while we were there, but it was nice to relax, catch up on some reading, play card games and spend time together.

Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl got up early one morning to do a bird-watching trip. I also spotted a rare bird while walking the grounds…

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Just sitting quietly on a stump minding his own business.

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In all seriousness though, we did see some fabulous native birds. There was the tiger parrot.

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The lodge puts out fruit which attracts the birds and you can then watch from the balcony of the main building.

This is one of the birds of paradise.

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Love the long tail on him.

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We took a walk around the grounds and Gorgeous Girl borrowed my camera to take pictures of ever flower she saw. That was her stated aim… There were lots of really interesting flowers around and she got some really nice photos.

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But don’t fret, I’m not going to show you all of them.

 

Dyeing fibre

Recently I broke out the Kool Aid and a local equivalent and dyed some fibre. I got Gorgeous Girl and one of her little friends to help with the colour application. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Here it is unwound. You can see the colour in all its glory. It reminds me of a sunset.

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Closeup. I’d have liked more orange patches but there were two problems. I didn’t have much and Gorgeous Girl was a little enthusiastic in her application of the pink. I wet the fibre and then the girls sprinkled the Kool Aid directly on.

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Braided up for storage.

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Gratuitous close-up.

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To be honest this only sat in the stash for about a week. It has been spun and plying is finished. It just needs to be wound off the wheel, skeined, soaked and photographed for all to enjoy.

Just popping in with another hexagon block to show. I’m really pleased with this one.

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I’m at the stage where nearly all the prepared hexagons are sewn up, so the next step is to start adding them to the quilt top. I also need to start cutting out fabric and preparing the next batch of hexagons for piecing.