Yarn, knitting & crochet


Bugle the Baby Elephant

Bugle the Baby Elephant

Bugle the Baby Elephant, design by Susan Claudino

This was a super enjoyable knit! I suspect he might be only the first of a whole herd… ;)

The yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Rocky Road.


Currently on the Needles

Monos Locos Socks (Countess Ablaze yarn)

Monos Locos

I’m knitting a heavily modified version of the Los Monos Locos socks (a toe-up version of Cookie A’s Monkeys), using Lady Persephone yarn hand dyed by Countess Ablaze. The colourway is Baked! Taste the Lotus and Forget the Way Home.

(Sadly, the photo doesn’t do justice at all to the amazingly deep, rich and vibrant colours.)

Currently on the Needles…

Wisteria Scarf, Malabrigo Rasta

Wisteria Scarf (modified), in Malabrigo Rasta


Yet Another Pair of Socks

7 Veljestä Socks

Snuggly sofa socks for mum


Currently on the Needles

knit your love shawlette, wip

here’s what’s on my needles at the moment. the pattern is Knit Your Love by Martina Behm.

the yarn is a merino/nylon/stellina blend, handdyed by me in a semi-solid cherry red with fuchsia undertones — yum :)


More Socks for my Mum

Taivalkoski Socks #2

yet another pair of socks…


Compliments of the Mystery

Compliments of the Mystery Self-Striping Yarn

Compliments of the Mystery

More self-striping hand-dyed sock yarn :) This one is a 3-striper: teal, purple and light gray, on a BFL/nylon high twist yarn base = my fave.


Currently Spinning…

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Spinning on Turkish Spindle

Polwarth & Baby Alpaca spinning

I’ve been working on this one since October. It’s been very very slow going so far, but I’m super delighted nevertheless :) Looking forward to plying it, and hopefully someday knitting a shawl out of the finished yarn :)

Fibre: 60% Polwarth, 40% Baby Alpaca in Trish colorway, from Picperfic.
Spindle from IST Crafts.


Being Human Stripey Socks

Housemates Socks (Redemptive Love)

Housemates Socks

This is the beginning of my Housemates Socks, knit out of a self-striping yarn I dyed in honour of the Being Human series finale. Very bittersweet, because I absolutely love that show to bits… I’m calling this colourway ‘Redemptive Love’, and if you watched the final episode, you’ll know why…

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New-To-Me: Support Spindling

Cherry Merry supported spindle

Mirkwood Arts Cherry Merry spindle & ceramic bowl from Willow Tree Pottery

New-to-me: spinning on a supported spindle :) It’s a lot of fun, and easier than I imagined. A bit hard on the body, though… hopefully I’ll learn better ergonomics with practice.

The placement of the cop might look a bit strange, and it possibly is… I wasn’t sure where to put it, because it would be nice to be able to simply slide the cop off when it’s finished, instead of having to wind it off. Had I put it lower down I don’t think sliding would be possible, seeing how the spindle is shaped. Hmm… will have a look at how others wind their cops on similarly shaped spindles.

The spindle is a Cherry Merry from Mirkwood Arts, and the fibre is superwashed Merino from All the Pretty Fibers. Ceramic spinning bowl from Willow Tree Pottery.

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