New Zealand Wool Haul!

I have finally managed to sort out all the wool I bought in New Zealand! Wow, did I buy that much??

Knit World in Dunedin is a must visit. The prices are very reasonable (and cheaper than some other shops in Dunedin) and the array is vast!

122-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 123-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 124-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 125-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 126-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 127-dunedin-knit-world-20161104 128-dunedin-knit-world-20161104I was quite tempted by these Touch Yarns Lace scarf kits using this 2ply blend of 80% alpaca / 20% merino.

touch-lace-2ply-kit-01 touch-lace-2ply-kit-02Four 50g balls of Happy Feet sock yarn never goes astray! I bought some of this yarn last year and it made a lovely pair of socks.

happy-feet-4ply-pink-blue happy-feet-4plyAnd another 100g ball of sock yarn; this time Nako Boho.nako-sock-yarnA visit to the Stuart Street Potters Co-operative in Dunedin is well worth it. As well as a huge array of pottery goods, they also sell some hand dyed yarn which I couldn’t resist. This is 200g of a 4ply Corriedale dyed in lovely shades of blue, green and plum.

4-ply-dyed-aThis 4ply blend of 15% alpaca / 55% merino / 20% nylon / 10% possum is called Roast Chestnuts 🙂
alpaca-merino-nylon-possum-4ply-02The pottery was also quite stunning and I had to have this mug which had a sheep on one side and a sheep dog on the other 🙂

130a-dunedin-20161104On arrival at The Octagon in Dunedin there were some markets setting up (I believe they set up whenever there’s a cruise ship in town). A quick look around and I found a stall run by Flagstaff Alpacas. I just couldn’t resist these 4 x 200g skeins of gorgeous hand dyed alpaca.
flagstaff-alpaca-4ply-01There were so many to pick from!

115-dunedin-20161104 117-dunedin-20161104In Wellington I, and one of my travelling companions, were very fortunate indeed as we spent the day with Mary Knox, who’s so knowledgeable when it comes to New Zealand spinning wheels and spinning in general. Mary took us to the Holland Road Yarn Company. What bliss it was to be in this shop!

99-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102 100-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102 101-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102 102-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102 103-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102 104-holland-rd-yarn-co-wellington-20161102It was so hard to select yarns from the huge array but this is what I ended up buying. Six balls of Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Sport 5ply which is a 45% alpaca / 45% wool / 10% other very soft yarn indeed.

outlaw-yarnTwo 50g skeins of Malabrigo Lace baby merino.

malabrigo-lace-02I also visited a few other shops where I managed to pick up a few different balls of yarn. This is the very popular Opal Sweet & Spicy sock yarn.

opal-sock-greenAnother kit; this time a Touch Yarns 4ply pure merino.
touch-yarns-4ply-kitA visit to the Agrodome is a must if you’re into yarn! As well as the sheep show, there’s a large Woollen Mill shop which is filled to the brim of lovely yarn and yarn garments.

26-agrodome-2016103128c-agrodome-20161031All the beautiful wool!!
58-agrodome-20161031 59-agrodome-20161031 60-agrodome-20161031 62-agrodome-20161031I’ve never heard of this particular brand of yarn called Tree Children and I was told it would no longer be available so I bought these three balls of 4ply alpaca / merino.
tree-children-4plyI’m quite exhausted after looking at everything I’ve bought. Now I just need to find the right pattern to go with the yarn, in particular the Outlaw Bohemia and the Tree Children yarn. Any pattern suggestions??

Until next time…

Melanie

New Zealand Sheep Haul!

Let me first say how saddened I was to hear of the earthquakes in New Zealand this month. They occurred days after I returned home from a wonderful 14 day cruise around that beautiful country. I do wish everyone in those affected areas all the best Aussie luck I can send Please be safe!

Although my holiday was mainly a cruise, we did stop at six lovely cities and towns so of course, I managed to add to my collection of all things sheep!

This little alpaca caught my eye and he’s the first alpaca in my collection 🙂

alpaca-toyAnd my first brown sheep!
brown-sheepWho could resist that cute face 🙂
sheep-01Another apron to add to my collection.
sheep-apronI haven’t done any cross stitch for eons so I’m going to have to start so I can complete these cute little bookmarks.
sheep-book-marksThese cute plastic cups couldn’t be left behind!
sheep-kids-cupsAnd of course, I had to add to my sheep mug collection 🙂
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sheep-mug-02This one is quite unusual.
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sheep-mug-04This little quartet of sheep is quite unusual and quite small so it was easy to pack (and buy!)
sheep-ornamentA rather unusual vinyl holdall with a zip top.
sheep-plastic-zip-caseI found these microwave/oven mitts at a market in The Octagon in Dunedin.
sheep-pot-holdersSalt and pepper shakers!
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sheep-salt-and-pepper-shakers-02A little All Blacks supporter 🙂
all-blacks-sheepI picked up these salt and pepper shakers in a one day sale on board the Sea Princess. They were the only ones there so I literally grabbed them!
sheep-salt-and-pepper-shakers-03Sheep paper serviettes…..who’d have thought!!
sheep-serviettesAs if I need more socks!
sheep-socksMore goodies from the market in The Octagon in Dunedin.
sheep-towels-01I use these hanging hand towels in the kitchen every day!
sheep-towels-02Lots of souvenirs, some of which I kept and some were given to friends.
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souvenirs-03I now have a huge collection of sheep tea towels.
tea-towel-01I’d love to make some project bags but I’m not the best at sewing.
tea-towel-02There was such a huge variety to select from.
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tea-towel-04This one matches my new apron.
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tea-towel-07Didn’t I get a great selection?
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tea-towel-09And this is how I felt after each day’s shopping 🙂
two-sleepy-sheepThe scary thing is this isn’t all I bought. There are more mugs and bits and pieces which I haven’t gotten around to photographing but the good news is that I’ve just about found a home for everything 🙂

I think I need to ease up on sheep stuff for a while by keeping away from the second hand shops I normally visit.

I wonder how long those good intentions will last 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

Bobbin Storage Solution!

I’ve just returned home after a two week cruise around New Zealand, which I’ll tell you about in the next couple of weeks. One thing I can reveal is that I bought lots of sheepy stuff and yarn 🙂 Before I left I had visited my woodturner with a request for a few things to be made for me and he’s come through with some great work.

The first was the basic threading hook. I have a few spinning wheels in my lounge/dining area and I’m always looking for a threading hook when I move from wheel to wheel so I bought five of the Ashford hooks and I took along an existing hook with a wooden handle to my woodturner and this is what he did for me 🙂

threading-hooksNow I’ll be able to hang the hooks on different wheels so I don’t have to go searching!

The second idea I had was to create a functional bobbin storage solution so that I can store all my bobbins. I based it on the Ashford Lazy Kate and changed the dimensions so it could accommodate larger bobbins and each stand can hold 10 bobbins. I had two made and these are the bare holders. I also had the small bar along the top added to add stability. This timber is lovely and light so it’s easy to carry around (even when it’s filled with bobbins).

bobbin-storage-01I bought 20 small tent pegs from Bunnings for just over $10.

bobbin-storage-05The holders were made to exact specifications so that wide bobbins (like my Peacock spinning wheel ones) would fit. Here are the pegs on the holders.

bobbin-storage-02And finally, some of my bobbins neatly stored. I’m really happy with the result. What do you think?

bobbin-storage-03And for those of you who are wondering what types of bobbins I have on each holder, here is a breakdown:

Left hand side holder: 1-3 are from an unidentified upright spinning wheel which I believe Roy McKnight may have made; 4-8 Ashford Traditional double drive; 9-10 Peacock.

Right hand side holder: 1-6 George H Young; 7-9 Sickinger Kitty; 10 Peacock.

You don’t really need a woodturner to make these; any handyman could easily do this with the right tools. Because they’re tall and don’t take much floor space, I have, for the moment stored them between the end of a wall unit and a window.

bobbin-storage-06They’re tucked out of the way and I’ll keep them there for the time being. When you live in a townhouse you have to use every available bit of space, especially when you own a lot of spinning and yarn stuff!!

PS I didn’t get all my bobbins on the two holders but I do have another small bobbin holder which I am also using. Plus of course, I have three Ashford Lazy Kates 🙂

New Bobbins 02I have also been busy rearranging some of my spinning wheels and furniture and have managed to create more space by some clever placement. Now to start on my two stash rooms to try and achieve the same outcome!

Until next time…

Melanie