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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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Mini Update

So there’s a lot going on in my life right now, and there’s not much time left for updating. But I did manage to get a photo of a close up of the stitchwork of the armwarmers I made with the mohair wool, and that’s what I’m posting now. So here it is!

 

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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mohair No Hair.

I have discovered that mohair is the worst fibre to work with. I won’t be making the same mistake twice, although the colour of the skein I have is just beautiful, so it’s a bit of a shame in that regard. I began working on an infinity scarf using the stitch pattern in the violet carpet shawl pattern because it was pretty–and it is. But with mohair, the yarn kept breaking, unravelling from its spun thread shape, and just was awful. 

 

I did end up winding the skein onto a drumstick that was a gift to me from a drummer friend some years ago. He gave it to me in case I needed to defend myself, and fortunately, that eventually didn’t arise, so it became a yarn holder last weekend. Winding that sucker onto the drumstick took a LONG time, and I’m very glad I had mum to help me. In the end, it looked like a big old woolly candy floss or hotdog on a stick (called dagwood dogs here). I mean, look at it:

 

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So, I finished off the first planned infinity scarf and set it aside. I did stitch up the dropped stitches due to yarn breakage and I suppose it’s okay for me, but it certainly isn’t good enough for a gift, which was the aim of the excercise. So I began again, this time using a James C. Brett yarn, which is a variegated blue-grey and lovely and easy to work with. I’m using my new Martha Stewart loom, which is fabulously versatile, and I’m on row 26 of 50, and it’s coming along very nicely, so I’m pleased. 

I’ve also taught mum four stitches on the knitting loom–the e-wrap, purl, knit and the flat knit. I’m teaching her the u-knit next, and then it’s onto the more complex stitches, but she’s enjoying it and I got her a sock loom, the one by Boye, for her birthday as she wants to loom socks and bedsocks. So that’s good too.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 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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