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Jan. 30th, 2010

Spinning again

I just can't help myself - more spinning
It's a peaceful activity after working in a hectic environment during the day.




Jan. 14th, 2010

A great way to start 2010

I was so excited to discover that I'd made it into the craftster best of 2009!
Not once, but twice!
Definately a motivator to keep on doing my thing ^_^


Craftster Best of 2009 Winner
I'm a Craftster Best of 2009 Winner!

If you click on the picture, it should take you to the site.

in the felting section, my nuno-felted tree wrap
Nuno tree wrap</a>

and in the spinning, a collection of art yarns
Electro handspun</a>

Dec. 20th, 2009

I'm free!

Although I've been forgetting to post, I have still been a busy little bee over the last six months. I've finished a massive accreditation assignment (hurrah!) which has been taking up much of my time.
I'm so happy to have my life back for now.
Bring on Christmas :)

We couldn't afford a christmas tree this year, so this is what we're using.
Incidentally it's a great space saver.

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Jul. 14th, 2009

Cactus part 2

I've dyed, spun, and almost finished knitting a Cactus Hat for my good friend Susie.
I'm loving these Cactus yarns, so I plan to spin up a few more to pop in my etsy store

Dyed....



Spun....





Knitting...


but I think I like the underside of this hat best.
Photos of the under side when I'm finished :)

Jul. 12th, 2009

My cactus hat

Hurrah! The cactus hat is complete.
I'm planning to make another for a friend, in a grey/red/silver color scheme.
While I'm wearing my hat, I've commenced dying the reds & greys


Jun. 5th, 2009

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So I started from plain white merino fleece, and I’m going all the way to hat.

I was inspired to do as much of the process as I can after going to a back-to-back challenge.
http://www.ballaratweb.net/wdennis/story.html
(The Aussies are in 1st & second place! Go Aussie pride)

So I started with dying...




Then I've spun it up with a few add-ins, and an uneven texture.
I'm a fan of nature and of natural textures



....and I've just started knitting the yarn into a hat.
So far so good
I'm very excited to see it start to come together, so I'll be kitting like a mad woman this weekend



Maybe I’ll one day learn how to go from sheep -> clean fleece :)


Apr. 16th, 2009

Reddy, Candy, and Mog

Spinning helps to clear my head and for some reason, travel always gives me more to think about.
I realise I haven't posted about my NZ trip since returning, but hopefully that'll be my next post.
I've had a lot on my mind etc
As you can see, I've been doing a bit of spin therapy since returning home ;)

First up is Reddy. I was given a batt as a gift so I just had to spin it up.
I'm not sure what the fibers were, but they felt different to my local Aussie Merino to spin up.
I've sent Reddy off to an online friend and I'll be curious to see what it gets turned into





Next, Candy.
I loved how much the blue & yellow just popped! I don't usually use those colors so it was surprising to see how good they looked together when I saw them used in a wig.
I had some pink that was just begging to be used with it, and that just needed the wrapping thread in a neon pink to put the whole color scheme together nicely.
My husband saw the color combo before I started spinning and said there definitely needed to be some white. So in it went.
The gauzy looking bits are soft nylon and are also UV reactant along with the glow-in-the-dark raver beads.





UV shot


And lastly Mog - named so because the color-scheme reminds me of the kids book.
I'm not quite sure how Mog came about. I just started digging around in my fiber... and out came Mog.
I really like the long tufts that look like eye-lashes on Mog







Mog under UV light

Mar. 10th, 2009

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Now this one took a while to figure out.
Spring ocean



It's corespun using mostly merino, with a dash of BFL.
There's silk, felted flowers, cotton threads, angelina, thicker shiny fibers, pearly beads, dolphin charms, pewter beads spelling the word "rain"




and I just had to wear it.
Hmm, I think I'll spin up a red & green one for myself this winter to wear as is.

Mar. 1st, 2009

Punk-Rock

The most recent commissioned art yarn, was "punk-rock yarn, in red, lilac and black".
I really like how it turned out so I don't want to send what I made.
I want to knit it up into wrist warmers *pout*



I thought up a few things for "metal studs", but settled on these big metal buttons.
There's also little bits of chain, rubber rings, silk thread, black silk fabric, and other bits & pieces.

Feb. 21st, 2009

Spinning up the BFL

I'm doing some more of the regular spinning at the moment.
It's a beautiful handpainted BFL wool that I do plan to ply.
I think I'll be able to make 4 skeins of yarn with the amount of wool I have :)


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