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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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Anyone Can Slay A Dragon…

Anyone can slay a dragon...

via debcquilts on instagram

love love love

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This Week I Am…

Heavenly Lakrits

This week I am:

reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, because I want to read the book before I watch the film, and I want to watch the film only because of Aidan Turner (aka Mitchell from Being Human UK, one of my all-time favourite vampires!);

watching the television miniseries Top of the Lake;

looking forward to the release of the book The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (part 2 of The Raven Cycle) on 17 Sept;

drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and fresh chili from my parents’ garden;

golluming over my Heavenly Lakrits tin (perfect for stitch markers, darning needles and seed beads!);

sleeping, so much;

*~

The format of this post is inspired by a post my favourite author Maggie O’Farrell made a while back.

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Life Happens

Mooji

Mooji ♥

“Everything happens in a presence that does not happen.”
~ Mooji

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Hand dyed: Gothic Byzantium, Again

Visjö Gothic Byzantium

Visjö Gothic Byzantium

More yarn out of the dye pot! 100% wool this time, sport weight. I’m very happy :)

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Mishtik Sweet Dreams, Done!

Sweet Dreams lace detail

Sweet Dreams shawl in hand dyed mulberry silk

Yet another shawl off the needles! I absolutely love this design, this pattern :) This was my second Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits, and I will most definitely knit this pattern again, soon..!

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Byzantium Dreams, Done!

Sweet Dreams in Gothic Byzantium

Byzantium Dreams

My first Sweet Dreams shawl is finished, yay!

I absolutely love this design, this pattern, and I will most definitely knit more of these :) Looks great, very enjoyable to knit, perfect size and shape, and in this particular yarn it’s soo snuggly and looked lovely even before it was blocked..!

I’m very happy with the mods I made (see details below), and would do the same next time. Next time I would probably use much fewer beads though, and place the beads a bit differently (especially the chart c/border ones).

The Pick A Boo! Knitalong continues until the end of August, and I will keep working on my other half-finished Boo shawls :)

More pictures below the cut..!

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Pick A Boo! Knitalong: Byzantium Dreams

Byzantium Dreams

Sweet Dreams in Gothic Byzantium

Here’s yet another shawl for the Pick A Boo! Knitalong :)

I’ve been on an involuntary break for a few weeks, and am now trying to carefully ease back into it. The other half-finished knitalong shawls are too demanding for me at the moment (slippery super-thin yarn, intricate lace patterns, beads, slithery silk etc), so the obvious solution was – of course! – to cast on a new one ;)

The first Sweet Dreams shawl will eventually be gifted to my mum, so I decided to make another Sweet Dreams for myself. I wasn’t 100% happy with the colour of the first shawl (very pretty, but not exactly like I had imagined it), so I dyed this skein a bit differently. This yarn is such a joy to work with, yum! And it’s best friends with Addi Naturals (bamboo) circular needles :)

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