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Moving, Wollmeise Red Hot Chili, Recycled Yarn, and Yarrrn.

It’s been a hectic month and a bit here. I’ve moved to the other side of town, unpacked and helped my mum, dealt with random dramas that have popped up, and so I’ve let things slide online. Mind you, I’ve had VERY limited access (and that was hell,) so I didn’t really have much choice. Needless to say that I cannot cope well without the internet at my fingertips.

So I’ve bought some things, one of which was a Christmas gift from my mother, five balls of Mid-Century Modern Yarn Vibrant Teal, Pink, Royal Blue, Purple & Green Combo from etsy seller RecycleandRepurpose. Aren’t they lovely? Not sure what I’m going to do with this yet, but the colour combo is just gorgeous and I love it. So five balls of that and I have many ideas, but not a plan. That will come.

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I’m so behind on the wrap with tassels I’m weaving for a friend for her present, again, see moving. This was due to the fact that I wasn’t actually sure where I’d packed it, so finding it while unpacking took a while. Still, it’ll be finished, and hopefully before it’s Christmas of 2014!

My friend Lucy posted a photo of herself wearing a truly awesome t-shirt and I knew I had to have it. It’s so cool. So I bought one as a present to myself and it’s en route as we speak. I understand that there are no more being made so what’s left in shop is pretty much it. If you’re interested in this awesome thing, go here.

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Finally, I continue my search for the Holy Grail of yarn: Wollmeise Red Hot Chili. Preferably in a thicker weight than lace or fingering, but at this point, I could be tempted. I just love how rich and vibrant the colours are, and I’ve seen things worked up in this yarn and they are stunning–the colours work together to make the finished product look like flames. I love it. 

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And that’s pretty much it for now. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!

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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Adventures in Inkle Looming.

So, it’s cooled down sufficiently that I can start weaving. I’ve been spending more time with the Knifty Knitter, because it’s more compact, admittedly, and figuring out different stitches and the like, but the call of the inkle was strong. First though, a quick look at the first thing I did on the Knifty. It’s not terribly pretty, but it’s neat, which is something, hahahaha.

 

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So that’s the beginning of things. Now, onto the inkle.

 

First time I tried to warp it, I realised I’d made a mistake. Needless to say, I was quite peeved by this, and uttered quite a lot of swear words as I shook my fist at the thing. I did remember to take a photo though, to document my level of fail as a beginning inkler. 

 

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Can you see what I did wrong? It took me a bit to figure it out, even with the help of YouTube vids, etc, but then I realised that, d’oh! I’d heddled the wrong threads. Yeah, clever me. In my defence, my previous weaving adventures have been with tablet weaving, which is a different kettle of yarn altogether.

 

Anyway, today, I finally decided that enough procrastinating was enough, so I sat down and got to work with re-warping. I changed up the whole thing, and I have to say, never have I been so relieved when something worked out as I was when this did! 

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And this is a close up of the weave so far. Nothing special, but this is my first go, so I’m quite pleased with myself. Yeah, it’s the little things.

 

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And there we have it. First post with actual weaving done by me! 

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Latest Yarn Acquisition.

I love this, I really do. It’s lace-weight, 50% baby merino, 50% silk, from the Malabrigo spinners in Uruguay. The colour lot/dye lot is called “Archangel.” It’s so gorgeous. I can’t wait to work with it, although it would be good if I could figure out what I was going to make with it, too! I’ve got 4 x 50g hanks of this awesomely beautiful fibre.

 

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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Handweavers and Spinners Guild of SA Open Day / 50th Birthday.

So, I went, I saw, I chatted, I photographed. And it was a good morning. Here are some photos!

 

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And a photo of the swag I bought: An inkle woven bookmark, and a skein of gorgeous merino/lambswool blend that I think I’ll weave into a lap blanket.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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50 Years of the SA Handspinners and Weavers Guild.

So this year is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the local Handspinners and Weavers Guild. As part of the About Time History Festival, the Guild is having three open days this week and I’ve planned to go on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to it. 

 

More about the event is here

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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