Sunday, January 4, 2015

Maeves Baby Surpise Jacket

Baby Meave Rose arrived in September.
A great reason to try knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket
Here is the pattern;
This Jacket is knitted in one piece in such a way which leaves you thinking; How on earth is this going to be a Jacket???? And then it does....surprise surprise! 

Isn't it gorgeous?

The little bonnet is kitted from this pattern

I am so happy with how this turned out.

The colour pattern is very striking!

Tokoroa group Colour Day

In Dec '14 The South Waikato Fiber Twiddlers held their first ever colour day.
Which was enjoyed by all.


We had great fun and lovely results as you can see.
This time we used only Acid dyes providing us with vibrant colours.

First long draw spinning effort

In spinning fiber one can use different techniques to draft while spinning. There is a difference in the resulting yarn resulting from the technique used.
In short;
With a short draw technique the yarn will look very controlled, sleek and tidy and usually is more dense and heavy.
With a long draw technique the yarn ends up being more fluffy, light and lofty which creates a light and airy yarn that could trap more air and be more warm in for instance a jersey.

I have until recently only spun using the short draw technique. But am experimenting with and starting to enjoy and appreciate the long draw technique and resulting yarn.
My big Grace Wheel I have found to be ultimately suitable for the longdraw, with its relaxed action and big fly wheel. So I am using her more again. Also because I can finally, finally with this technique easier produce thicker yarn again. Yippee!!!

This photo shows the quality of the long draw spun yarn well, I think.

Kiki's shawl......finally

Kiki's  pet lamb called Barney grew big and strong

And his wool was used to dye and spin and make her a shawl.

You can see the yarn here as I posted about this quite some time ago

A summer surprise dye experiment resulted in a lovely colour combination mix of yarn and has finally, finally made it into this shawl.


It is done!

Pattern used but bigger needles;

Little yarn scraps dolly

No need to waste left over bits of yarn. There is a little girl waiting for this doll I'm sure.

Fancy Fair

These photos say it all.
Merino fibre Hand dyed by me and spun. I Navajo Plied it into a 3 ply yarn and think I'll use it for a "Milo" baby vest.


Purple merino on spindle

I have been adding spindle spinning to my repertoire.

It is an even older craft tradition that goes before the Spinning wheel spinning technique.
It is more mobile way of spinning, as you can take a spindle easily in a bag with some fibre to enjoy spinning anywhere you wish.
To me at this stage, because I'm not too fluent in the technique as yet, it is a slower process to achieve a yarn result. But I've been told that with practice as with everything one will become faster at it and experienced spindle spinners can achieve staggering meterage in surprisingly short time.

This is some Merino I hand dyed a while back. The colours are stunning, if I say so myself. And it has come up quite a nice yarn for a beginner spindler like I am.


The gift of Green Clouds

I was gifted two small batts of soft Merino fibre in a very soft apple green, mixed with gittery, silky and odd bits and bobs.

What else to do but spin it into some fun Arty yarn!

Waiting for a project to be used in.....It will come along I'm sure.

Air Deluxe

This Shawlette feels literally like Air, it is so light! The Alpaca used was incredibly soft. Delicious all round.

Pattern used;

from "Alpaca Sunset" yarn in the post here;

Eventually a pattern and occasion always come along and a stashed yarn does get used. It became a gift including a shawl pin, for my sister in law in Holland.

A Blanket Square for a friend

And this is how special the Ravelry community is....
A Ravelry friend was struggling badly with her health and someone had the idea of uniting all her Ravelry friends in each knitting a few blanket squares in specified yarns and colours. These squares were send to a central person who lovingly connected them up to become a blanket of love the friend would find comfort in during Chemotherapy sessions at the Hospital. 
Crafters are lovely people!

Opa's das

Ik knitted this scarf for my dad's 75th birthday using a gorgeous and soft blend of homespun Alpaca and Perendale.
The pattern is "Voltaire", on Ravelry, you find it here;
Unfortunately the photo doesn't do it justice but believe me it turned out lovely. I enjoyed the pattern. Easy enough to take along and knit without getting confused.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Baby Boys Jersey

I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of the finished product and never got a photo of it on the baby boy I made it for but believe e it was gorgeous!
This was the pattern I used;

Thursday, March 6, 2014

My first Arty Yarn

I had a go at creating some art yarn not long ago but I haven't got round to posting about it. So here it is.
Art Yarn is yarn that is different. Not the smooth even en neatly plied stuff you usually spin. It is yarn that is great to use to add some extra dimension to your finished project. It makes nice edges around hats, scarves or cuffs etc. But if you feel so inclined you could also opt to make the whole project with this sort of yarn.
The sky is the limit really you can make anything into yarn, add any bits and pieces to make it interesting or you can use to bobbins of singles that you ply together in a more creative way to create bobbles, loops or funky effects.
This was my first experiment.
I used the drum carder to blend my 'ingredients'.
A layer of black wool
Sprinkle of cut offs and scraps of yarn, string, ribbon or fabric.
Then a layer of fawn wool
Creating a sandwich which is carded, twice.

That created these batts

That were then spun into this single

Then I plied it with a light blue Rayon sparkly thread
to create this very different funky yarn.

And now I need to find a way of using it in a project.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

felted bag

Another use-up-your-stash project.
No pattern, just some yarn leftovers and an idea to make a little bag to hang of my spinning wheel to hold some accessories for spinning.
I knitted the bag which turned out about double the size of that in the photo, then threw it in the washing machine, which felted it for me.
Very cute and useful little bag.
Just nice how these things turn out just as you wanted it to sometimes.

Little gnomes

I always take my crafts with me on holidays. Sometimes my spinning wheel, always some knitting or other project.
I find that it often attracts attention and comments and is a great conversation point.
This last time at the campsite I brought my spindle  as I am learning to use that more confidently and my knitting. I was planning on using up little scraps of wool for whimsical things. I don't like wasting oddments of yarn. So I had some patterns for small projects with me too.
A small girl at the campsite came every day to see me and watch me spin or knit and came to check on the growing herd of little gnomes I was making out of corks.
She was so fascinated with the knitting and the yarn.....delightful!
I let her take two gnomes home, they are going to live in her dolls house.

A bright and happy blanket

What can I say?
This is one of those projects that just grew without much planning.
I had no idea at the start of the process what I would end up with.
First I just felt like dyeing some wool, for the fun of it.

Then the result of that was so bright and sweet that it stunned me.

No idea what to use it for......

That fiber (which is of our sheep Barney) was spun, because I needed some fiber to spin for a spinning demonstration during an agricultural show in town.
It sure attracted a lot of comments and caught the eye of the public. I mean with those colours it is hard not to notice it.

Plied up this was the final resulting colourway. I had 200g of it.
Then I found a pattern idea I wanted to try out. A blanket with mitred squares. Something I had never done before.
Yet the resulting blanket was not large enough to be useful.
So I had to try and dye more fiber in a matching hue, which proved difficult to achieve.
After the dye bath it was very patchy in colour.

But I used my drum carder to get some practice at carding and the dyed sliver turned into 200g of  gorgeous and more even coloured batts;

The colour was perfect. And a border was knitted to complete the blanket which made it about a meter square. Perfect for a baby blanket or a lap blanket or throw.



If I may say so myself.