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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.

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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.

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Visiting

I have been reading Sam’s blog Madfabriholic for a number of years now. I really admire her quilts and knitting, and was thrilled to be able to meet up with her when we visited the USA.

She graciously set aside a day and, along with her lovely daughter, took me to her favourite yarn and fabric stores. Our first stop was Fancy Tiger Crafts. I have to admit that I was a tad overwhelmed by the selection available and only ended up with some fabric and a few stitch markers.  I only got two because I haven’t tried this kind before and wanted to make sure I liked them before buying a whole stack.

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I’m not sure what I’ll make with it yet, so it’s going to marinate in the stash for a while.

Next up we visited Colorful Yarns. I was feeling a little less overwhelmed by then and some yarn came home with me. I also found the type of stitch markers that I had been looking for and so added a packet of them as well.

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This is yak yarn. I’m really excited to give this a try! Just need to find the perfect pattern for it.

We then had a very tasty meal at a Mexican restaurant whose name escapes me and a wander around a mall for a while.

visiting with a blogging friend

Thanks for the wonderful day Sam it was great to meet you.

 

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