Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Big Pants!!!!

Dyed with food grade dyes.....both XL :)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hair Cut Boys :)

The messy herberts got their hair cut today....***sighs*** they are growing up way too fast.......
Dan's got his "Am I bothered" face on.....and Joel is , well....just Joel, as always :D


Monday, April 28, 2008

It's Monday...AGAIN!!!

How did that happen??? I can't believe how time is flying at the moment, it's quite scary.
Had a poorly DH at home for the most of last week, but I have managed to get quite a bit of work done. I spun up some Corriedale and BFL into an aran-ish weight.....and then over dyed it....
"Rainbow through the Clouds"


I am really happy with how it turned out. The different base colours of the yarn means the dyes are taken up differently, its a really interesting effect :)

I shall definitely be spinning more!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday Murmours :)

More handspun from me....I am really enjoying the spin at the moment :)

At the top, we have "April Showers II", made from a single of hand dyed Corriedale roving, and a single of blue merino...
The middle one is superwash merino, spun from Eater Egg roving bought at etsy from Freyalyn , called "Sweeties" and the one above is called "Fire in the Sky", and its one single of black Merino and one of hand dyed Corriedale....

So, another week begins.....I dunno where the time is going at the moment!!!

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Swap Bag :)

My swappee has recieved her bag now, so I can show you wot I made :)

This is the second incarnation of my bag pattern, and I really enjoyed knitting it… I used 300g of variegated aran, that I dyed myself, to match 150g of block coloured pure wool from my stash. I worked with the variegated and the block coloured wool stranded together, then changed the block coloured wool every 10 rows, so there are subtle colour changes throughout…the different block colours bringing out the matching colour in the variegated.
I had enough of the variegated to make a little purse too…..

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I got post!!!

I am participating in a bag swap on Ravelry and my swap came today!!! Its fab :) Theres an across the body bag, and its a perfect fit, sits right on my hip....and some fruit and nut fair trade chocolate, which is yummy.....and some lovely scented cedar wood hearts, to put in with my stash to make it smell nice!!

Thankyou swappee!!! I Love it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Arty-Farty mama?

"April Showers"

Inspired by the changeable weather over here at the moment, I explored the reactions of greens and blues with each other and how everything looks before and after the rain, with some yellow thrown in for a little sunshine :) It's made from 100% Merino, and will self stripe, as one single was spun from an array of blues and greens, and the other single is a blue throughout……I’d approximate the colour changes will last between 3 and 4 yards each... It's one of my most consistently spun yarns yet I reckon.....and I am very pleased with it :)

"Lipstick, Powder and Paint"

This one reminds me of those cosmetics counters you find in department stores, all the eyeshadows and lipsticks lined up in colour families. It was spun in the same way as "April Showers", each different coloured piece of roving spit into 3, then lined up in order, and then this single plied with a rather electric pink! I was hoping the other colours might calm it down a bit....but it won out in the end! Anyway, this one is for lovers of pink and warpaint everywhere!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Owwwwww :(

Was moving some boxes around the other day, trying to clear our life laundry from the old loft, and have aggravated my poorly shoulder :( So thats meant no knitting, or spinning for a few days, which as you can imagine has driven me loopy.

I have also realised that sock knitting aggravates it too, which saddens me BIG TIME, as I love knitting socks :(

We also have another poorly in the house, my eldest son has tonsillitis. He's well on the way to recovery now though, as we caught it early and he was on anti B's within hours of looking ill. I suffered with it a lot as a child, recurrently at one point in fact, so I recognised the signs.

On a brighter note, I am participating in a bag swap on Ravelry and I've finished mine!! Well, the knitting part anyway. Its in the washing machine as I type...hope I don't ruin it *wink*
I am so pleased with it!!! When I have posted it and my swappee has recieved it, I will blog it on my shared WoollyMamas blog. I am even contemplating writing up the pattern and submitting it to Ravelry....... shock horror! It'll be painful extracting the pattern from my head, but I am willing to suffer for my art......hehehehe

Working hard!

Been working very hard this week, to get my Etsy Shop full of hand dyed goodness again! I have been really lucky recently, I've managed to get hold of some discontinued Wendy Merino DK, which is machine washable and a lovely yarn to work with. I use it quite frequently in my ribbed longies, when I can get hold of it!

Here's what I've done with the Wendy Merino sofar:



Caramel Candy

Berries and Blue Sky

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Friday, April 04, 2008

More sock Yarn :)

This one was a custom dye, and I am so pleased with how it turned out!!! Its called "Pennant", as the colour remind me of Medieval regalia :)

This one is "Autumn Leaves", with short colour repeats.

This is "Lagoon", again with short colour repeats :)

This colourway was inspired by one of my best friends :) The depth of colour represents her generous nature and her love of purple. Its called "LottieRu"

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