Nells Garden

My last yarn for Spring…

It’s 100%Corriedale and 100%Finn..spun as singles and then plied together..A photo of the corridale fibre I used is posted few posts back…Now to soak and set the twist and later tonight Ill start spinning up something new…I’m digging in the stash for Autumn colours.๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒ

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

now to ply

Last night I finished spinning the merino fleece from yesterdays post.

I spun it lumpy and bumpy. I didn’t want to spin it too thin as I want a slight chunky textured yarn when I ply it..

My garden herbs are loving this summer weather but I have no idea why I am growing basil. If I’m honest with myself I don’t like the taste of it so tomorrow I’ll ask someone from work if they want some.

Eddie’s yarn

My first yarn for 2019! I really want to keep this yarn but I plan on giving it away as a surprise gift tomorrow to my workmate who wants to knit some woolies for her first grandchild who just happened to be born in December on my birthday!…hes obviously going to be an awesome person like me!..wink wink..

2ply 200g, 246 meters, 11wpi/DK, merino bamboo & shetland fibres.

smooshy soft merino fleece

I’ve purchased a beautiful merino fleece from a farmer in Tasmania. I want to spin up some of this fleece to gift to a friend at work as she’s just become a grandmother for the first time and she’s thinking of knitting her grandchild some winter woolies.

She knows I’m a spinner and has said she’ll buy some yarns from me, but I’ll give her the yarns for free as I know she’ll appreciate it.

This is a beautiful fine coloured coated merino fleece, white with smoky grey and light grey speckles.

I only purchased 700g but I’m also gifting 200g of this to another overseas spinner I met through Instagram.

I dont think she’s ever spun fleece before and I want her to have a great experience spinning with a lovely fleece as theres nothing worse when learning to spin fleece and getting a dirty matted fleece and having to spend hours cleaning and flicking it before even starting to spin it.

If I have to spend time cleaning a fleece then I dont even buy it. I dont mind dirt on the tips but lifes too short to waste time on crappy dirty fleeces especially when there are farmers who sell beautiful coated fleeces that I can buy, flick and spin as soon as I get it.

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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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!๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

Wool Museum…

read about the scarf festival here

“At the National Wool Museum, you will discover why fleece from Australia’s sheep was at the heart of our economy for nearly 200 years.

Since the arrival of sheep with the First Fleet in 1788, the wool industry has dominated our economy, our agriculture and our reputation as a quality wool-growing nation throughout the world.

Geelong is a city synonymous with wool and the wool industry โ€“ sheep farming began here in 1835 and the first of many woollen mills opened here in 1868. For many years the city was known as the ‘wool centre of the world’.

Two hundred years later, in 1988, the National Wool Museum was established as Australiaโ€™s only comprehensive museum of wool.”

my handspun handknit corriedale and Romney scarf gifted to a friend.