Spinning Weekend Catch Up

I had a lovely long weekend which started last Thursday (Anzac Day), flex day on Friday and then Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday, I drove for about half an hour to pick up my Tarra Carousel that I purchased on Ebay recently and then spent part of Thursday and Friday cleaning and oiling my three latest spinning wheels to get them ready to start using. A trip to Bunnings found some suitable jute to use as drive belts and then I managed to get all three up and spinning!

On Friday afternoon I practised some spinning on my Wee Peggy wheel to try and get my yarn thickness a bit finer and more consistent. I had some yellow and pale yellow wool rovings that I used.

Yellow Handspun 01

All I can say is that it’s going to take a lot of practise to get where I want to go! Believe it or not this is actually a bit better than my first lot of handspun yarn. The close up photo makes it look quite thick (that’s my excuse anyway 🙂 ).

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All wound onto the niddy noddy….not much there but I will have two skeins.

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Two skeins….just need to soak them and hang out to dry before they can be used.

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Another close up photo…I quite like the two colours together.

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I had a little of the pale yellow left over so I spun it…..more practise!

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Yesterday I went along to the first get together for the Redland Spinners and Weavers that was held at The Artist Tree. There were only three of us there however there was not a silent moment for the whole two and half hours we were there! That’s one thing that women can do so well….meet and talk and bond.

Michelle was spinning on her Ashford Traveller wheel and I was astounded at how fine her yarn was. That is what I am aspiring towards. She spun so effortlessly…the wheel was just gliding around and there was an aura of calmness and serenity just watching her. Along with a natural talent she has, there’s lots of practise there as well.

I took along my knitting (a shawl in garter stitch so I didn’t have to concentrate on the pattern) and Gillian came along and gave me lots of hints and tips as I asked a myriad of questions. I found out the Queensland Spinners and Weavers open day is 26 May so I will have to put that in my diary.

I was all fired up today so I got out my Tarra Carousel and tried her out. This is the result….still trying to get my yarn a bit finer. I find I’m going along quite well and then suddenly I think about what I’m doing and I get all flustered and confused…my foot starts pedalling faster, I have trouble drafting the wool and have to stop….take a breath and start again.

Pink Handspun 01

Check out the nasty thick bits and where the twist is a bit too tight! Sigh! As I was spinning this I was saying to myself “I must spin nice and fine like Michelle”. It doesn’t appear to have worked….maybe next time.

Pink Handspun 02

I love spinning on my new Tarra Carousel….she is such a beautiful wheel to look at and spins like a dream. Why do I have to take such close up photos….they only enhance the irregularities in my spinning!!

Pink Handspun 03

Just to finish off…I’ve been knitting a couple of things for a friend’s grandchildren…a baby boy due any minute will be getting this cute little Mock Cable Hat and Mock Cable Socks made with Patons Big Baby 8ply.

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And his big sister who is about 13 months old will be getting this cute pink Ribbed Pumpkin Hat made with Ashford Tekapo 8ply.

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Now I MUST go and do some ironing that has been gathering over the last month!!! I hate ironing….I would much rather be spinning or knitting.

Until next time….

Melanie

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My Latest….the Tarra Carousel Spinning Wheel

Yes, you could say I am officially addicted to spinning wheels. Just managed to buy my third one in as many weeks! I am now the proud owner of a Tarra Carousel spinning wheel which brings my total to four wheels. There are always lots of second hand spinning wheels for sale on Ebay however most of them are generally located in Victoria so when I manage to source them close to my home, I feel I’d be mad not to take advtange of that! That’s my rationale for buying them 🙂

Tarra wheels were made in Yarram, Victoria; by 1984 they had produced
over 10,000. Tarra made a variety of models, and changes were made over time: in
general the construction became lighter and the treadle smaller. Their horizontal wheels have characteristic rectangular tops to the maidens and wheel support posts. Most are made of Tasmanian Myrtle, nothofagus cunninghamii. Tarra uprights included the Carousel with horizontal maidens. There was  also a plainer model just called “Upright”.(From New Zealand Spinning Wheels website).

As mentioned, I bought her on Ebay and this time only had a 30 minute drive to pick her up. She cost me $170 (Australian dollars) and here’s the photo that appeared on Ebay. Look at all that excess wool that’s hanging off her. Makes for a great photo doesn’t it?

Tarra Carousel wheel

It took me a while to get rid of all that wool and this is her before the big clean up. The flyer has a bit of surface rust.

Tarra Carousel Before 01

Bobbins minus all the wool…

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She was very dusty…

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All the bits and pieces…five bobbins and even a threading hook! I RP7 (WD40) and a kitchen dish scrubber was used to clean the metal rods and the flyer.

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After the clean up. Unfortunately one tiny part is missing (blue arrow). As you can see from the green arrow, there’s a small locking mechanism which is missing from the other side. It is needed to tighten the hook onto the flyer. I have emailed the seller on the off chance it fell off in the box while he was lifting it out but I’m not optimistic. I will have a chat to the staff at Bunnings tomorrow to get some ideas as what I could use as a substitute. Any ideas?

Tarra Carousel After 02a

Nice and shiny after a bit of cedar oil. Note the three weights at the bottom of the wheel….they allow the wheel to always return to the same position. Very clever.

Tarra Carousel After 03

Nice clean and polished bobbins…

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The threading hook sits in that little hole. I have since widened the gap between the top handle and the mother of all so the threading hook doesn’t hit the mother of all.

Tarra Carousel After 08

The leather that joins the footman to the treadle board…

Tarra Carousel After 09

Three of my four girls…from left to right….Little Peggy, Wee Peggy and Tarra Carousel. Don’t they match my wall unit? They all look so ‘at home’.

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In all her shining glory….

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Now, I’ve saved the best for last…she came with the original manuals!!!! Yes, that’s right I have these lovely manuals about Tarra Spinning Wheels: How to care for, maintain and spin on your Tarra Spinning Wheel.

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Tarra Manual 02

Tarra Manual 03

Tarra Manual 04

Tarra Manual 05

She also came with these photocoped instructions on Learn to Spin that were published by Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand. They’re photocopied on foolscap paper so I’m assuming we’re looking at the 1970s / early 1980s. I remember typing on foolscap and quarto paper in 1974 when I started working in the State Government 🙂

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And finally, a bound book called Wool Gathering published by the Hamilton Wool and Craft Guild in New Zealand. It is in very good condition. Originally published in 1974 and the fourteenth reprint was in 1985, it has chapters on everything imaginable about spinning, dyeing, tanning, knitting patterns, recipes for bread, rearing a pet lamb, hand papermaking and introduction to a herb garden. Talk about a cornucopia of information! It contains just over 90 pages.

Wool Gathering 01

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You know I feel quite privileged to own such a beautiful piece of Australian history. Now I just need to start using all these wheels rather than keep buying them.

Oh and one more piece of good news. The Redlands Spinners and Weavers meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month just around the corner from where I live. I could practically walk there but would look funny carrying my spinning wheel down the street. Anyway, they have now added additional meetings: every second and fourth Saturday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at The Artist Tree which is also in the same suburb that I live in. So that’s where I’m going this Saturday afternoon. So excited!!

Talk soon…

Melanie

My Gorgeous Wee Peggy Spinning Wheel

A while ago I posted a story about my luck finding a Little Peggy spinning wheel on Ebay. Well I’ve been lucky again and managed to buy a Wee Peggy on Gumtree. I spotted her about three weeks ago and contacted the seller only to find she lived over an hour’s drive from my home and in an area where I never generally travel to.

I was all geared up to drive over to Wights Mountain (near Samford Village) last Saturday but it rained solidly nearly all day and I just wasn’t brave enough to travel that far in the rain. I hate driving at the best of times but when driving to an area that I’m not familiar with I hate it even more.

Anyway we planned for me to drive over this Saturday just gone and at the last moment it was changed to the Sunday. Thank goodness for my Navman is all I can say. It got me there in one piece and relatively unscathed. It was a lovely drive once you left suburbia….very rural with long roads and few homes.

Here she is….my gorgeous Wee Peggy. This is the photo that appeared in the Gumtree ad. Note the yarn still around some of the bobbins. It completely disintegrated when I tried to take it off. I think it had been sitting there for many years. She’s a bit dusty.

Wee Peggy maybe

But after a bit of a clean up and some oiling, here she is…

Wee Peggy 01

I will need to replace the hooks with brand new ones as these are a bit rusty and rough. I’ll also need to buy some string to use as a drive belt.

Wee Peggy 02

She came with all four bobbins as opposed to my Little Peggy which only came with two. Between the two of them I now have six bobbins!

Wee Peggy 03

Wee Peggy 04

You can get a glimpse of the original wood colour where the paint was not applied too thickly in this area of the wheel.

Wee Peggy 05

She even came with the original threader hook. These are usually misplaced over the years. It’s a bit rough and rusty too but I may be able to replace it with another piece of wire.

Wee Peggy 06

Here are my two babies….Little Peggy on the left and Wee Peggy on the right. Don’t they make lovely conversation pieces?

Wee Peggy and Little Peggy

And here’s their big sister, Ashford Traditional…

Ashford Traditional

There’s a fantastic website about Little Peggies and Wee Peggies which can be accessed here. It has lots of great photos and shows the history of the wheels and their subtle changes over the years.

I would love to totally restore the Wee Peggy but I think stripping the paint from her would be a mammoth job as there are so many nooks and crannies. Maybe I should just learn to love her dark walnut colour.

By the way, the website also describes how Wee Peggy differs from Little Peggy: the flyer assembly is central over the wheel, with the orifice resting on top of a truncated front maiden, which would have made it easier and safer to ship across the world.

Off to get some dinner. Hope you’ve enjoyed my story about my Peggies.

Until next time….

Melanie

The Birth of a Cushion

Once upon a time there was a merino sheep that lived in Australia…

Merino sheep

It ate lovely green grass and breathed in lots of fresh Australian air to help it grow lots and lots of lovely fleece…

Merino grazing

When it was time, this lovely fleece had to come off. Who better to do that than an Australian sheep shearer…

Merino sheep shearing

Off came the fleece!

Merino sheep fleece

It was washed…

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and set out to dry…

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It was then carded and ready to be dyed…

Merino roving-wool-detail

It eventually found its way to a spinner who dyed it and sold it at the Redlands Spinners and Weavers open day in June 2012. This is how I bought it.

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'Rustic' Roving 02

I used this wool top to spin my first ever bit of wool which was a huge learning experience trying to keep it a consistent size….I wasn’t very successful but I loved every moment of the experience.

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Soon after I learned to ply my yarn, wind it on a niddy noddy and wind it into a skein…

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I then wound it into two balls on my wool winder and swift…

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Note the resemblance to something that could be used to tie the Queen Mary II to the dock. It didn’t take long to fill the wool winder! Back to the story….

I started to knit on size 10mm needles…

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It was so rustic and chunky I had to resort to using a safety pin as a needle!

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Another picture just to show you how resourceful you need to be when knitting!

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And voila!….after a bit of stuffing a cushion is born!

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It might not be big or even but it’s a genuine handmade article and I’m very proud of it. I may even crochet something to embellish it….maybe some sort of flower. I’ll think about it.

Rustic Charm Cushion 07

Of course, this was a very tongue in cheek and simplistic view of the journey from the sheep to the finished product. I probably missed some important steps but I think you get my drift.

This story is dedicated to Julie from The Mountain Spinnery in Brisbane who taught me how to spin. Thanks Julie! Here’s the finished product. And now I will keep practising 🙂

Happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and all other crafty bits and pieces that you enjoy.

Have a great week. Until next time…

Melanie

A Weekend Yarn Catch Up

You’re probably thinking you’ve not read a post from me for a while about any recent yarn purchases which would logically mean I haven’t bought any yarn. Well the answer is – you’re wrong! How could I not have purchased any yarn I ask you? You should know by now this is one of my weaknesses 🙂

So I’m going to regale you with my stash additions over the last month or so.

We’ll start off with the Canadian Zen Yarn Garden ART WALK Series – The Dream which is the second offering in the new ART WALK Series and features a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled “The Dream” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity 20, Mr. Zen has captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!

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Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Serenity 20 is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon blend, weighs 100g and contains 400 yards. I purchsased two skeins of this gorgeous yarn and still haven’t decided what to make so of course I always welcome any suggestions from you. Yarn Glorius Yarn is the Australian distributor of Zen Yarn Garden and lucky for me they’re situated in Indooroopilly in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

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This is the ‘official’ picture of the yarn.

Zen Yarn Garden art-walk-series-The Dream

Dyed by Hand Yarns Tough Stocking is a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon blend, weighs 100g and contains 423 metres (463 yards). It’s a fingering/sock weight with a 4ply construction. Strong without the scratchy feeling, you don’t notice the nylon in this yarn. Merino wool is well known for its warmth and elasticity, whilst the nylon provides strength. The tight twist means great stitch definition. I can personally guarantee how soft this yarn is. I knitted my In the Limelight socks with Tough Stocking and they are so, so soft.

The following two skeins of yarn are the first offering in this year’s 2013 Simply Sock Club which I discovered while looking through Dyed By Hand Yarn’s website recently. This is how the sock club works: Two skeins of sock yarn are posted out in the last week in March, May and July. Yarns included are 2 x Tough Stocking, 2 x Mother’s Love, 1 x Silk Stocking and 1x Blue Chip Stocking.

What I love about it is that each skein of yarn is dyed in a colour inspired by something Australian. These colours are exclusive to yarn club members for 12 months and custom dyeing of these colours on any yarn base may be ordered by yarn club members for the duration of the club. The following colourway is Spotted Gum and I’m in love with the beautiful blends that are contained in this skein.

Dyed By Hand Yarn Spotted Gum

They certainly contain those Australian Spotted Gum hues don’t they?

Dyed By Hand Yarn Spotted Gum Flower

The following colourway is called Vegemite. Julie certainly has a wonderful imagination. Who’d have thought to produce such a colourway. I’m thinking of making a nice shawl with this yarn.

Dyed By Hand Yarn Vegemite

I bet you thought this yarn was initially just black. Well look closely at all those lovely colours throughout the yarn. Gorgeous aren’t they?

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I purchased the following yarn during Yay for Yarn’s recent Easter Sale. The first yarn is Pico Accuardi and the limited edition colourway ‘Sneaker Wave’ was produced especially for Yarns on Stage. It’s a 100% superwash merino, weighs 100g, is 347.5 metres (380 yards) in length and is a 4ply yarn. It’s quite different from the usual autumn shades that I usually buy however I was quite taken with these blends of colours.

Pico Accuardi 2

This yarn is Three Irish Girls Carys BFL – Padraig. It’s a smooth yarn that’s easy to knit with and the long staple length of BFL helps Carys wear well and maintain its shape better than other soft wools. This yarn is made in the UK using wool which is humanely raised in an environmentally consicious manner. A DK/light worsted weight, this yarn may be suitable for projects requiring 8-10ply weight yarns. It’s a 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool that weighs 100g and contains 210 metres (230 yards).

I’m thinking maybe a hat and cowl for winter.

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Alchemy Yarns Migration (Meadowlark) is a luxurious blend of wool and silk. Migration is top dyed and spun into a soft single ply DK/8ply weight yarn that moves through subtle gradations of colour. The colourways are inspired by and named after migrating birds and will produce softly blended bands of harmonious shades without a regular repeat. It’s a 30% silk / 70% wool blend, weighs 50g and contains 155 metres (170 yards). I bought two skeins of this yarn. The colours are beautiful!

Alchemy Yarns Migration - Meadowlark

This Shorn Fibres yarn is a 40% Baby Alpaca / 40% Merino Wool / 20% Silk blend and is Singles DK and weighs 100g. Each skein contains 252 yards.

I only discovered Shorn Fibres last week while I was delving in one of Ravelry’s Groups and just couldn’t resist purchasing some of Angela’s yarn. Angela is an Indie Dyer based in semi rural Queensland (near the Lockyer Valley), Australia. She dyes yarn in small batches using professional grade dyes. I love this Autumn Leaves colourway.

Shorn Fibres Autumn Leaves

Here’s a different aspect of the colourway…..the wound ball of yarn. That reddish colour is actually more orange…must be a combination of the camera and photographer! The photo above reflects the true colours of the yarn.

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I plan to knit a hat and scarf with this yarn in a fairly plain pattern so show off the lovely autumn shades.

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Cascade 220 Superwash is a 10 ply worsted weight, machine washable, 100% pure wool yarn. It comes in 100 gram balls of 220 yards/201 metres. One ball is enough to make a hat. 1-2 for a childrens cardigan or sweater. Two for a scarf. 4-5 for a baby blanket.

This yarn is also great for making blankets and afghans which is what I am aiming to make…..a crocheted chevron blanket. I have used a bit of this yarn to knit two baby hats which I blogged about here and here. One is the mock cable baby hat and the other is the ribbed pumpkin hat.

I picked up these balls of yarn for $9 each as they’re the end of the dyelot. Another great buy from Yarn Glorious Yarn. I must have been logged onto my computer when the email first arrived advising of the sale as I managed to get all the colours I liked….they certainly didn’t last long!

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And now for something completely different to finish off….here’s a mosaic of all the socks I’ve knitted to date. You haven’t seen the last pair (bottom right hand corner) but I will be posting a blog about them very, very soon. There’ll be a photo in that blog that I guarantee will make your mouth water. That will keep you wondering now won’t it?

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That’s all for now. I’m off to get some dinner ready…..marinated salmon in sweet chilli and lime and some salad and then finish off another pair of socks I have on the go.

Have a great weekend. Until next time…

Melanie

More Adorable Knitted Baby Hats

I’ve been having so much fun knitting these adorable baby hats. The results are almost instantaneous as they don’t take long to knit up at all. I found all but one of these patterns on Ravelry…..such a wonderful source of patterns for knitters and crocheters alike.

This little hat is from the pattern Three Textured Baby Hats that features three hats of which I have made two. This one is the King Charles Brocade pattern. I used this lovely pink Bella Baby Honey DK yarn which is so incredibly soft and snuggly. The pattern definition is quite striking.

Baby Pink Textured Hat 01

This is the second hat from the same pattern called English Diamond Block. It is knitted from Patons Big Baby 8ply in a lovely mid green colour although the camera has captured the colour as blue. Both these patterns are knitted from the brim up and are so easy once you’ve got the hang of knitting with dpns which I now have.

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This intricate looking pattern hat is called Baby Leaves Hat and is designed by Paula Dean Nevison. This pattern took a bit more concentration but if you look closely you can clearly see the leaf design. Very clever I must say. I used Patons Big Baby 8ply in a nice bold red colour which would suit either a baby boy or girl. The hat starts from the crown with 8 stitches – 2 stitches on each of four needles….a bit fiddly to start with.

Baby Red Leaves Hat 01

Because I loved the Mock Cable Baby Hat that I blogged about previously, I decided to make another one using Patons Big Baby 8ply in this lovely soft baby blue colour.

Baby Mock Cable Hat Blue

I just love this pattern so I entered the words ‘mock cable’ in the pattern search engine in Ravelry and found this adorable pattern called Mock Cable Baby Socks.

Baby Mock Cable Socks

I used the same yarn to make a hat and sock set. I couldn’t believe how quickly each sock knitted up compared to knitting socks for big people!

Baby Mock Cable Hat and Socks

Now this hat is the pièce de résistance. The pattern is from the ‘Knitting: 100+ Patterns Throughout the Year: 2012 Day-to-Day Calendar’ and is called Ribbed Pumpkin Hat. It’s sized for a toddler so I’ll be giving it to a little boy called Reid who turns one in July this year. Isn’t it just as cute as a button!

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The pumpkin hat is made from Cascade 220 Superwash which is a pleasure to knit with……so soft.

I loved this hat so much I decided to adapt the pattern to make a pumpkin hat for a newborn so I cast on 70 stitches (instead of 80) and only knitted the ribbed section for 4.5 inches as opposed to 5.5 inches for the toddler size. I’m so happy at how it has turned out.

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I used Patons Big Baby 8ply using pale blue for the main part and white for the top. This hat is sooo easy to make. If you know how to cast on, knit, purl, knit through the back of the loop, knit 2 together and cast off, you can each make this hat. Plus, of course you also need to know how to knit with 5 dpns.

And of course, I had to make a pink and white hat too…

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Did you notice the five rings on the brick? If you look closely you’ll see ‘1956’ as well. That’s right this brick was made especially for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games which makes it 57 years old this year!

How about a red and white hat….reminds me a bit of Christmas.

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And just to finish off…..here’s a collection of all the baby hats I’ve made so far. I love them all and can’t wait to see them on two little babies.

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I probably should make a couple of jackets and finish the baby pram blanket I started but I’m having so much fun knitting these hats. Luckily, I’m knitting for two babies. At the rate I’m going they’ll both have a hat for each day of the week! And that’s exactly how many I have knitted to date!

Talk to you soon. Have a wonderful week….

Melanie

I Am Officially – A Spinner!!!

I didn’t say I was a great spinner or an experienced spinner but I can officialy say I have spun and plied my first two skeins of yarn. Phew!

Spinning is not as easy as it looks. You need to keep the treadle going with your foot so the wheel turns in a clockwise direction, feed the wool top/roving through the orifice with your left hand while separating the fibres with your right hand….plus keep the tension correct so there’s not too much twist……plus keep feeding the wool so it’s nice and even…something I struggled with. On top of that, when you’re plying your yarn you need to spin the wheel anti-clockwise!!

This is the set up….spinning wheel waiting to go……spun wool on the lazy kate beside my Ashford traditional spinning wheel that I bought on Gumtree last year for a handy $40! Waiting for spinning teacher to teach me how to ply the wool.

Spinning 1I have called my first attempt ‘Rustic Charm’ as that’s what it is to me. It’s very rustic, knobbly, with a tendency to try to turn into rope!….but full of character.

Spinning 2

You’ll never be able to buy this wool commercially which makes it even more special and sought after!

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This is how it started out before I spun it.

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And here’s the plied wool after being wound on a niddy noddy and tied into a nice skein.

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Winding wool on a niddy noddy is so much fun. The trick is not to think about what you’re doing….as soon as you do……you start winding crookedly. How a skein is formed is not a big secret to me now. It always looked so complicated to me…..now I know how to do it too!

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Thanks to my spinning teacher Julie from The Mountain Spinnery for being patient with me and giving me lots of tips and hints.

Now I must practise, practise, practise and when I’ve done that I must practise some more!!!

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Because my skeins are not exactly precise I’m going to make a cushion cover which can be displayed in my lounge room. Julie told me to always keep my first spinning project as I would look back on it with fondness. Just need to figure out what size needles to use….7 or 8mm maybe.

Now back to knitting to so I can work through my stash!

Have a great crafty weekend. Until next time…

Melanie