there’s so much lanolin in this yarn!

These two skeins are from merino fleece mixed with baby Alpaca, baby Camel, Super fine merino and silk. My last post shows a pic of the singles on the bobbins.

You can see how dirty that fleece colour looks compared to how lovely and grey and clean it looks now. That fleece was a beautiful coated fleece so I think most of that creamy colour must be from the lanolin in it.

I’ve soaked it and even now you get that lanolin feel on your hands. It’s not a sticky horrible feel it’s a really soft like you’ve lightly touched skin cream feeling? Its hard for me to describe but this feels amazing soft and has zero itch near my skin..

So I had to take a pic of them near my chili plants (no chili’s yet but lots of flowers) and my 4 sunflower seedlings that are going strong!.

I’m going to plant them out in the garden bed on the weekend. I’m planning my next fibres to spin and once I’ve decided what type of yarn I’m going to make I’ll get cracking on that..

Chat soon xx

vals beanie

I just finished knitting this beanie for me to wear to the local beanie festival in July.

I’ve made it with my leftover handspun yarns and just made the pattern up as I went along.

You can wear it as a slouchy beanie or a rolled brim beanie.

Here’s my pattern but you can change how you do the stripes if you want.

My handspun is DK/8ply in thickness.

cast on 92sts with a cable cast on..
using size 4.5mm circ needle

knit rim in k1, p1 for 4.5 inches

change to 5mm circ needles knit pattern as follows
1. pink knit 3 rows

2. grey knit 4 rows

3. pink knit 3 rows

4. grey knit 2 rows

5. pink knit 1 row

6. grey knit 1 row

7. pink knit 2 rows

8. grey knit 3 rows

9. pink knit 1 row

10. grey knit 1 row

11. pink knit 1 row

12. grey knit 1 row

13. pink knit 1 row

second repeat..
1. grey knit 3 rows

2. pink knit 3 rows

3. grey knit 2 rows

4. pink knit 1 row

5. grey knit 1 row

6. pink knit 2 rows

7. grey knit 3 rows

8. pink knit 1 row

9. grey knit 1 row

10. pink knit 1 row

11. grey knit 1 row

12. pink knit 1 row

start decrease rounds
change to grey yarn

k2 ,knit 2tog.. for 1 row
then knit 2 rows
69 sts remain

change to pink yarn
k1,knit 2tog .. for 1 row
then knit 2 rows
46 sts remain

still in pink yarn (I changed to double pointed needles now)

k2tog for 1 row
23 sts remain.. cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.

beanie completed 👍😊

choose any yarn colours you like..I used pink merino and grey alpaca..

The alpaca I held two strands together when knitting because when I spun this yarn it was more of a fingering weight than a DK weight like the pink merino is.

come to my Instagram @spinning_scribbles to see me in it!😉

sick, sick, sick

ugggh I’ve come down with a cold and it started just before this Finke long weekend here in the Territory, which is a total bummer as I’ve spent the past two days mostly asleep in bed!

I knitted a beanie from my handspun yarns..its grey alpaca fleece and dyed black merino top.

I gifted it to one of the butchers I work with as it’s his first Finke race that he’s going to as he’s from New Zealand..

He loves it but I only have a pic of me wearing it for you..

just a basic 3×1 rib beanie..

I’ve started on another beanie with some of this leftover grey alpaca handspun and some dyed pink handspun merino to make a hat for me that I’ll wear when I’m at the Beanie festival in July..

To all my Facebook friends I permanently set the account for deletion as I hardly use it anymore.

I’m mainly on Instagram or popping on here…ok bye!