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Dragonfly Wings Shawl

Dragonfly Wings Shawl

Dragonfly Wings Shawl

Yet another Boo Knits shawl done! This time a Dragonfly Wings, a small and quick knit.

The yarn is Fyberspates Sheila’s Sparkle Sock in Purple Haze, one of my favourites :)

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Because the Night: Stripey Socks

Because the Night Stripey Socks

Because the Night Stripey Socks

Do you remember the yarn I showed you the other day, my first attempt at dyeing self striping sock yarn? Here’s what it looks like knit up :)

I’m using 1.75mm/US00 needles, and the design is my own.

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New Spinning Project!

ThreadsThruTime / Merino Superwash

ThreadsThruTime / Merino Superwash

This is my current spinning project! Undyed superwash merino top from All the Pretty Fibers, on a Threads Thru Time/Thomas Creations Turkish spindle :)

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This Week I Am…

Shiva

This week I am:

(re)listening to the recordings from Adyashanti’s study course, that I took part in last month (absolutely brilliant!);

eating red bell peppers and crackers/savoury biscuits;

reading the vampire novel Sunshine by Robin McKinley, and I’m really enjoying it;

(re)watching the tv-series Legend of the Seeker, which definitely holds up to lots and lots of rewatches (love, Love, LOVE!);

looking forward to Maggie Stiefvater’s novel Sinner (to be released 1 July 2014), a stand-alone sequel to the Shiver trilogy;

wishing this bloody legal process would be over already, and that they will decide in my favour;

contemplating what it’s like to open up and staying open while the body is shutting down;

learning how to hand dye self striping sock yarn (yay! so much fun!);

knitting a pair of self striping socks in 4ply/fingering weight yarn;

golluming over my new camera! :) what a wonderful, fabulous, amazing b’day pressie!;

drinking masala chai and vanilla matcha latte.

*~

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Self Striping Sock Yarn!

Because the Night

Because the Night

Here’s my very first attempt at hand dyeing self striping yarn for socks! I’m super happy with how it came out :)

Vampire inspired :) Four colours, 6 rows each in my fave gauge for 4ply/fingering weight socks.

I had so many other ideas for colours and colour combos before I finally decided on this one, so I have a feeling this might be the first in a little collection :) The ‘Mystic Falls’ collection, perhaps? ;)

The yarn base is Super Sock from Bluefaced (425m/100g ; 75% superwashed bluefaced leicester, 25% nylon), and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I love Love LOVE it :) I will most definitely be using it again! I used acid dyes, as usual.

I already have a sock design in mind, can’t wait to get it on the needles..! :)

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Currently Spinning…

Enid Ascroft Turkish Spindle

Enid Ashcroft Turkish Spindle

I was gifted this adorable little spindle for my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to start using it! :)

It’s a Mini Turkish Spindle in African Padauk with a Tulipwood shaft, made by Enid Ashcroft, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It weighs only 15g, isn’t it cute! :) It spins very evenly and for a very long time, it’s really really lovely.

The fibre is 70% merino, 30% mulberry silk top from All the Pretty Fibers on Etsy. Wonderful colours, beautifully dyed, and it drafts beautifully too.

I’m aiming for a thin, worsted style 2-ply yarn this time, hopefully 4ply/fingering weight or so. I only have 100g of this particular fibre, but perhaps I could stripe it with something else, because I’d love to knit a shawl out if it :)

 

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Currently Spinning…

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Handspun

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Handspun

My current spinning project! This colour makes me so happy, and the yarn has some thick-and-thin:ness to it, which I love :)

The fibre is a very delicious 60% polwarth, 40% baby alpaca blend from Picperfic, in the Trish colourway. I love these gorgeous rich shades of burgundy, plum, cerise and raspberry :) The spindle is my favourite one, from IST Crafts.

Yesterday I found out that the skein of Malabrigo Nube handspun yarn I entered into Malabrigo’s Stockpile 2013 You Can Do It Contest won the Popular Vote! Totally unexpected and hugely surprising, I’m stunned but absolutely overjoyed and deeply grateful..! :) I don’t yet know what the prize will be, but I’m guessing yarn or spinning fibre, yay! :)

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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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