Archive for October, 2013

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New-To-You Spinalong: Done!

Handspun yarn: Malabrigo Nube Cereza

My handspun yarn, made from Malabrigo Nube fibre

Here’s my finished yarn for Yarnraising’s New-To-You Spinalong! I’m overjoyed by the fact that I actually succeeded in making a knittable yarn within the timeframe :) Woohoo!! 115 grams, approx 252 meters, wpi varies but I’d say it’s about a DK weight on average.

This was a fantastic learning experience in so many ways for me, and I’ve absolutely enjoyed the sense of being part of something very fun and creative, together with so many talented and inspiring people :)

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This Week I Am…

Shiver, Groovy Shawl in handdyed Madelinetosh Merino DK

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and a Groovy shawl

This week I am:

listening to the absolutely brilliant Leap of Faith talks by Adyashanti;

wondering what my next new yarn related exploration might be… (knitting with camel fibre yarn, perhaps?);

re-reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (after abandoning Lev Grossman’s The Magicians three-fourths through, because the Fillory stuff bored the socks off me…);

watching this week’s new episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals;

already looking forward to next week’s new episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals;

wishing for good health, for myself and all my loved ones;

knitting a charcoal coloured Groovy shawl in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, hand dyed by me;

spinning a 2-ply Malabrigo Nube (100% superwash merino) DK weight yarn on my Turkish spindle, for the Yarnraising New-To-You Spinalong, Malabrigo Stockpile and Knit Girllls Halloween Craft Along;

enjoying the full moon;

contemplating something wonderful that I once heard Rupert Spira say: “suffering is an optical illusion”;

celebrating Maa winning the lottery;

drinking bucketfuls of masala chai;

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Letting Go of Fearlessness

Above the horizon

It’s been a while since I last shared my meditative musings here…

जो भी मैं कहना चाहूं, बर्बाद करें अल्फ़ाज़ मेरे
Jo bhi main kehna chahoon, barbaad kare alfaaz mere
Words destroy what I have to say

The sentence above is the first line of the song Jo Bhi Main from the soundtrack of one of my favourite films, Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. It says it all.

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New-To-You Spinalong: Week 1

Malabrigo Nube on IST Crafts Turkish Spindle

Here’s my progress so far on the New-To-You Spinalong challenge :)

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New-To-You Spinalong!

Malabrigo Nube on the Turkish

Malia of yarnraising.com is currently hosting a spinalong that runs until the end of October, and I’m joining in!

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Spinning Show & Tell

BFL/Merino Hilltop Cloud

This is my latest spindle spinning project :) I’m still just playing around and learning as I go, trying different techniques and not worrying about the result at all — so much fun!

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