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This is some malabrigo nube fibre that I picked up in Poland in last year.

polish haul

It’s the one on the left. I turned it into this:

malabrigo2

malabrigo1

Colours were hard to capture. They are brighter and there’s more purple.

Spinning is on hold for a while. Gorgeous Girl has commandeered my favourite wheel and is spinning. She’s doing about 5 minutes a day and is doing really well. This time around she’s starting to draft and we are planning to ply the yarn when she’s done. Her previous skeins have all been chunky singles. She knows how to knit now, but only picks up the needles once in a blue moon, but I’m thinking we’ll see if she can knit a hat or scarf out of this yarn, depending on how much she ends up with.

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Spinning

I made some yarn.

green yarn1

I really missed my spinning wheel.

green yarn2

It’s going to marinate in the stash for a few years while until I decide what it’s going to be when it grows up.

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Crafting

I’m currently plying two braids of this lovely goodness I got for Christmas.

green christmas fibre

I’m pretty wrecked after getting home each day and the spinning is a good way to decompress.

Since I’ve been reunited with the scrapbooking stash there has also been a little bit of scrapbooking.

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I used some techniques I learned in my art journalling class. The white flower is a stencil I picked up while in Australia. I used acrylic paint.

cairnspage stencil

I also took advantage of my extended stay in Australia to order some Stampin’ Up stamps from my friend Kerin. I used water soluble wax crayons to colour the image and then sprayed the stamp with water and stamped it off. Not the clearest image, but it works.

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Spinning

Many years ago I dyed some roving. Some of it worked really well and some got felted. The spinning below was from one of the more felted rovings, so a lot of it was unspinnable.

felted roving

I ended up with 101 metres from 57 grams and it’s sport weight, about 12 wraps per inch.

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Some Spinning

This has been a ‘few minutes here and there’ project. The fibre was Malabrigo Nube 100% Merino wool that I bought in Poland at Magic Loop. (Seriously, if you are ever in Warsaw visit their store, it is awesome).

malabrigo nube arco iris

I decided to see if I could spin to match Malabrigo’s DK weight yarn Rastita.

nube spun

Here it is with the commercially produced yarn as a comparison.

nube and rasita comparison

My yarn is on top, looking a bit rougher. The commercially spun yarn is a lot more consistent than mine. I have problems spinning a consistent thick single – consistent thin singles are much easier for me.

This was a project that I really didn’t like while it was on the wheel. I worried about how the colours were coming together. However, once off the wheel and skeined and caked I really rather like it…

nube caked

nube caked 2

nube caked 3

as evidenced by the multitude of pictures I took of it.

Unfortunately there’s not very much of it, so now I need to work out what I can make with it.

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I started this shawl just before we headed to Europe as I wanted something simple to do in the few moments of down time between conferences and sight seeing. Then it travelled with me to Australia earlier this month and I worked on it a little more, but couldn’t finish it there because I needed my little scale to make sure that I used every last ounce (towards the end I was weighing the remaining yarn after each row to see if I had enough to do another row or if I needed to cast off). Without further ado I give you my Old Lady of Poland shawlette.

shawl1

Pattern is a free Ravelry download and can be found here: Old Man of Storr Shawlette.

I’m pleased with how it came out.

shawl4

The yarn was handspun by me quite a number of years ago (2010 according to the stash entry on Ravelry) and I don’t know why I didn’t get around to knitting it up sooner.

shawl3

It’s a merino/tencel blend from Girl on the Rocks, who has wonderful laser cut knitting and sewing notions in her etsy shop. I adore the sheep WPI tool.

I made two trips into town as the passenger today, Gorgeous Girl had a role in her school assembly this morning and so Gorgeous Man and I both went in and Friday afternoon is school pick up + grocery shopping. This meant that instead of having to deal with our awful traffic I could knit. Here’s the progress from today’s journeys.

easyhat

Using up some leftover yarn from a pair of socks knitted a very long time ago. It’s a little baby hat for charity.

I’m hoping to find some crafty time this weekend: a bit of scrapbooking (I have lots of new photos to play with) and perhaps a bit of spinning, I’m hoping to replicate some Malabrigo yarn using their fibre that I purchased in Poland. Wish me luck!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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Last Poland Post

Rather than continue to bore you with a blow by blow description of our time in Poland I’ll make this the last post about the trip. After the conference finished Gorgeous Man and I drove to Lublin to visit the Majdanek concentration camp from World War II. It was a very sad and sobering experience, but I’m glad we made the time to pay our respects. You can read about the numbers in books, but until you see things like this

majdanek shoes

the scale is hard to visualize. This former prisoner dormitory is filled with four hundred thousand pairs of shoes, stacked in these containers. Looking at the shoes you could see the individuality of their owners, bright red shoes, white summer sandals, stern business-like shoes to be worn with a suit and the children’s shoes. Majdanek is one of the best preserved camps, plans to preserve it were put into place before the war was over. It was liberated by the Russian Army prior to the close of the war. Majdanek is close to the city and a wide variety of people were imprisoned here: Polish farmers being relocated, political prisoners, prisoners of war, prisoners of conscience and Jews.

After Lublin we drove back to Warsaw. Using the wizardry of Ravelry’s trip planner I discovered a yarn store only 2.8 kilometres from our accommodation. Getting there proved tricky and I owe a huge “Thank You” to Gorgeous Man who braved peak hour traffic, one way streets, a GPS battery going flat and Polish street signs to find our way there.

Magic Loop is a beautiful yarn store stocking a variety of fabulous yarns and fibre.

Magic loop 1

Mmmmmmalabrigo. The store is really lovely, beautifully laid out and the owner is really friendly and welcoming. A bonus for me was that she also spoke excellent English, because my Polish is non-existent.

magic loop 3

Some fibre came home with me my first visit. The next day Gorgeous Man and I were walking past the store’s block and made another stop to acquire some yarn and fibre for me to make him something special.

polish haul

Now to find a perfect patterns.

 

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