Archive for January, 2013

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Yet Another First: Hand-Dyed Yarn!

Fuchsia Hand-Dyed Yarn

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at hand-dyeing yarn for quite a while now, and a couple of days ago it finally happened! Here’s the result: 1600 meters of semi-solid fuchsia laceweight yarn that I painted with a Nuvem shawl in mind. (The colours in the picture are slightly off, but this is the best that I & Photoshop could do; the yarn is a wee bit darker in real life, and leaning slightly more towards raspberry than pink-pink.)

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Soon: The ‘Next Step’ Sock Knitalong

The next Crafts from the Cwtch The 'Next Step' Sock KAL at Crafts fom the Cwtchknitalong will be starting soon, and I think I have finally decided on what I’ll be knitting :)

One of the things that I love the most about knitalongs is discovering designs and techniques that I probably wouldn’t have chosen otherwise, so I was admittedly a bit disappointed when I found out that there won’t be a fixed pattern this time.

My favourite socks to knit and wear are really simple, warm and snuggly striped toe-up wellie socks (“raggsockar”), so it took quite a while before I finally found something along the lines of ‘next step’ that excites me.

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Spinning in a Playful Direction

Handspun Shetland Merino from HilltopCloud

I started on my second handspun yarn today. A beautifully dyed handcarded batt of 50% British Shetland, 50% Merino; this too from the HilltopCloud Learn to Spin Kit.

It feels like a completely different experience than the first, probably because my mindspace is so different… no longer groping randomly in the dark, but slowly letting go, carefully starting to play around and allowing the energy to show the way.

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My Very First Handspun Yarn!

Handspun North Ronaldsay

Here’s my very first handspun yarn, yay!! It was a bit tricky, but sooo much fun :)

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Another first: Cardi!

Maa's Cardi

My first knitted cardi!

Here’s my first ever finished sweater project: a warm, snuggly cardi for my mum!

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Spinning: First Step Taken

HilltopCloud Starter Kit

Learn to Spin Kit from HilltopCloud

One of the things on my 2013 wish list of knitting related stuff is to learn spindle spinning: making yarn from wool and other fibres. Here’s the first step taken! :)

I got this Learn to Spin Kit from HilltopCloud, and I’m so excited!! There’s a drop spindle, a few different kinds of spinning fibres and some basic instructions. Wish me luck ;)

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Knits and Purls of 2012

Wisteria Scarf

knits & purls of 2012

Knitting was a huge part of 2012 for me. Countless hours and days were spent in silence and solitude, knitting away, slowly slowly… I had been knitting before, a wee bit of simple things now and then over the years, but this was the year when I took the plunge and really immersed myself in larger projects, new techniques and designing.

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