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Spinning

I’ve been playing with my spinning wheel. This was a batt dropping from Nunoco. I was so eager to start spinning that I forgot to take a picture until the batt was almost finished.

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It had lovely pops of silk through it.

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On the wheel.

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Wound into a cake ready to ply.

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I was seriously tempted to keep this as a single.

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But in the end I plied it. This is pre-washing.

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Gorgeous Girl has requested fingerless gloves from this. I only have 50 grams, but she has little hands, so I should be OK.

This was wonderful to spin.

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I have some travel coming up, so have cast on another easy project. I’m using this pattern and some yarn that I spun earlier in the year. Traditional three-ply sock yarn.

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“Unfortunately” I’m so enthralled with how it’s knitting up that I’m almost at the heel of the first sock and I haven’t left home yet. Hopefully I won’t run out of knitting while I’m away. I’ve packed this, the lace shawl and the crochet bag.

Should give me something to do.

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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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Life is pretty busy for me at the moment, I’m working full-time and studying part-time and we are heading in to the end of the semester so there are exams to write and marking to do. However, I’ve learned that I cope much better with life if I’m doing something creative every day. My very wise sister-in-law calls this filling your bucket. So I’ve divided up my week into different crafts and aim to spend 20 minutes before bedtime making something.

Wednesdays are for crochet. This little crochet flower headband was completed in one evening (a little longer than 20 minutes).

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Yarn is handspun merino silk.

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Details on Ravelry.

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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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