Saturday, August 9, 2014

Also at Bendi

Got a hold of some new cheap buttons, and a rainbow of Landscape dyes. That should keep me going for a while.

Let's see... what else have I finished in July?

Frosty socks :)

What they look like when the frost thaws. Hehe. Love these, and in Wollmeise, too.

Did I show you these already? Nephew tops.

An experiment in Navajo 4ply. Tricky to ply, but the effect, knitted up, should be interesting.

Nice thick merino/faux cashmere. Soft and bright.

And yarn number one for my next NEWT!!!!
My next NEWT is a mix of Muggle Studies (dressing to blend in with Muggles) and Transfiguration (Vanishing some stash). Basically, I've got a kilo of fibre from Southern Cross Fibres in dark purple (600g) and this matching multicolored fibre (400g). I'm going to spin it all up, knit an Idlewood top and some gloves and a cowl, and re-study the skill of Entrelac while I'm at it. I've started knitting this one (400y of n-ply!) into entrelac gloves. Love them so far.

Friday, August 8, 2014


Well, Bendigo was about 2 weeks ago, now. My computer is being bizarre and won't let me connect to the internet, and my little ipod won't work with Blogger properly. So I'm at work, quickly putting on a few photos. :)

*crosses fingers*

Here are two lots of sock yarn I got from Fiberific! She said she's just started dyeing, and I liked these two as a pair.

And the two brown ones, well, notice the colorway is "Byron". Moseley Park had about a hundred different yarns with names as color names. I found a "Tamara" (which was a horrible pink) but this variegated brown is nice... and half silk.

From Kathy's Fibres I got some BFL in Forrestry and a grey mixed with silk. Also got some shiny and sparkley stuff for mixing :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Computer is throwing a big tantrum at the moment, and iPod won't cooperate with Blogger. Hope to figure it out before too long, though :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


They are done!

Now, I've finished 5 NEWTS and have lots of new yarn :)

L to R: Single ply (slightly fulled), 3 green skeins of 2ply, 2 skeins of Navajo ply, 2 skeins of yellow cabled 4ply, true 3ply and true 4ply. Total yards of finished yarn: 4000. (9500y of singles)

I'm most proud of this lot. 300g of batts (merino/polwarth/silk) into 1962y (about 1800m of 2ply laceweight)

The light green is my best yardage ever: 1392y/1272m per 100g of singles. Not sure I'd ever bother to knit with laceweight, but I might weave a huge green scarf with it, or something. We'll see...

So the NEWT is done, and I also finished Quidditch. When the final round started, I sat down and started spinning; 6 hours later (I watched "Oklahoma" and "The Green Mile" while I spun, and finished at 3:30am) I was the first person to hand mine in. Slytherin is doing so well in this Quidditch game that hardly any of us needed to actually compete in the Final, we were that far ahead. But I had to do All the Things...

Then the Tour de Fleece started. I started off my spinning with this colorful orangey one, which is one of Kathy's Fibres, a new mix of BFL, mohair and silk. Really nice to spin. Spun into 2 skeins of 2ply (for socks :) with a fractal pattern.

 Then I spun up this one, which was the 3ply for my NEWT. It was fiddley to ply (I like n-ply better) but I do like the way it mixes the colors up.

And then I did green laceweight for daaaaays... :)

 This is the newest club fibre from Kathy. It's the Winter edition; not very Wintery colors, but she said she was thinking of Minestrone. lol.

 I also got some more BFL/mohair. Hehe.

Jasmine had her birthday! She's 6, now, and I gave her the 'sweater dress', plus the top and leggings to go with it. She couldn't have a party with her prep friends (middle of the holidays) but she spent the day with 6 of her cousins, so she had a ball!

P.S. I measured her. She's 127cm tall. (!!)

The hood is weird, and mucks up the nice cowl neck. She doesn't care; she wanted a hood. I unpicked the top of the cowl neck, did a Fleegle heel, and some rounds of ribbing. It looks so bizarro... LOL.

Made a few more hats :)


And a "mock cable" hat.

Most fun are these little cute things. The green one was from last month, and the blue one with extra buttons is this month's work. Next month: a new nephew to put into them! Hopefully, I'll get to see at least a picture before he grows out of them (if he's not already too big... LOL)

Next time, what I got up to at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Festival last Friday!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

End of June

I spun up one of the lots of Wensleydale. Don't like the feel of it much; it's a bit coarse. It spins up pretty easily, though.

Had fun making this one. I started this one in church, as I sat there with just Zachary, and I told him I was making him a green hat. He flung his arms around me and said, "Oh, thank you, Mummy!" with lots of enthusiasm... So funny. I added some Shrek ears, too, which he loved. Really. This is his "I'm an OGRE!" face :)

 The second lot of laceweight is done. I have 150g each of the dark and light green, so I decided to spin 3 skeins, one of each, and one with a strand of each. So the one on the left here is the new one, with a strand of each, and the one on the right is the previously spun laceweight in the dark green, for comparison.

 This one turned out to be the thinnest yet: the single was 100g and measured 1240m.

I also pulled out this green "Dream in Color" yarn, leftover from Jasmine's 3rd birthday top, and made up a teeny Puerperium. Only took a few days to knit, but I washed it, and it took several days to dry! :) It's for my nephew (due soon)... and I think I'll make another in blue Rios. I've washed and de-pilled Jasmine's old top, too, which Zac has now grown out of. Might give it to Lyla (the new nephew's big 2yo sister) so they can match. Hehe.

Also spun a bit of merino. Was trying to spin this thickly (for Quidditch, where the minimum was 300 yards) but accidentally got twice that length (in singles). hehe. 

I finished spinning this one, today, again, trying to spin thickly. 648y. I just can't spin the fat stuff very well. It ended up being only a quarter of that, because this is the 4ply yarn for my NEWT. It was fiddley to keep tension on 4 plies at once, but I like how it worked out. 

The Tour de Fleece is coming up shortly. The Hogwarts Headmistress asked me to be the captain of the team this year, which is fun, and exactly 100 people are signed up so far. Think I might start with some green :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stash Wars

In the first battle of the Stash Wars, I got up at 6:45am (on a day that was my turn to sleep in) and put my little computer onto the ironing board (so as not to wake any children). 7am was battle time, and I was ready with my trigger finger. It was the battle of the Southern Cross.

It all started with a challenge between three dyers. Southern Cross Fibres, Hello Yarn and Spunky Eclectic decided to each do some special edition dyeing, based on a picture. We put a bunch of pictures into the mix, and then voted. They took the top three and chose one to base their colors on. Here's the winner:

David of Southern Cross Fibres was first. He dyed 40 lots each of Bond (a merino/lincoln mix) and Spelsau. Each fibre also had 40 lots of a coordinating color, so there were 160 lots (about 100g each). They sold out in 15 minutes :)

And I got two of these Spelsau lots

And four each of these Bond :)

I'm going to work them all into a jumper and accessories of some sort, maybe an Idlewood and some gloves and a hat... not sure yet.

The next battle was the battle of Boogie, in her shop Spunky Eclectic. This was a battle of only two fibres, and although I missed it by five hours there was still some Wensleydale left. So I nabbed two :)

The final battle was the Corriedale Rambouillet Battle of Hello Yarn. It was the first night after I did three night shifts, so I stayed up until 6am for the update. I clicked "refresh" on the shop page every 5 seconds, so was right there when the battle began. It was sold out in seconds! I missed All. The Rambo was particularly pretty, look... but never mind. I've kind of spent all my Bendigo money, now... lol. Well, I have some from Mum and from Nathan, and some Flybuys money, and 5 or 6 weeks still to save up. Hehe.

So the Tour de Fleece is coming up, and I'm trying to finish off the green laceweight at least. I've almost done another bobbin full, with one more to go after this. It's slow going, especially with silly work getting in the way :) and I've been knitting Jasmine a top, and myself a hat. But it's getting there.

The silk in this one makes the singles a bit stronger, I think, so a bit easier to keep thin. The single, folded back on itself like in the second pic, is what the finished 2ply should be like, so if I can keep it under 1mm, it should be more than 25WPI.

And now, back to spinning. I have 2 hours before picking up Zachary from kinder...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I've been finishing them.

Chocolate Socks, as I've been calling them, or Cardio Socks. I listen to a podcast made by fellow House Cuppers (and Slytherins) called "The Weasley Sisters", and they decided to run a Cardio Sock Swap. You had to make at least 25% of your socks while exercising, and then send them to your secret swapee. (I'm not sending mine to X yet, since the deadline is the end of June)

This next pair are Jaywalkers. I thought I'd make them for Kelly's birthday at the end of the month. I used some hand-dyed yarn that was supposed to be stripes of red and white and blue with sections of navy and stars... but it didn't quite work (cover your eyes):

So I did some overdyeing experiments

and decided on a darkish purple, which came out kinda reddish. Much better. These are Kelly's photos (and feet):

And as soon as I was finished those ones, I cast on these ones, using up some handspun that I've been meaning to sockify for ages. The handspun is quite thick, comparatively, probably the same as 8ply/DK. I did the foot with 2.75mm needles (very dense) and the leg with 3.5mm needles. They're waaaarm :)

And mine!

Yep, I've started some new socks. But they're cabled ones that may take me a year... so next time: New Stash. :)
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