under the sea..

Just having fun and making more art yarn style yarns this Easter..

I watched Aquaman for the first time this weekend.. The colours in the movie really inspired me to dig in the stash and make some shell shaped spirals.. Im loving them, might make some more!

2ply vs Coils

so which one do you like best?.. πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ…I was thinking of knitting a beanie band with the two ply and then the main hat part with the coilsπŸ€”… or I’m going to sell both skeins together at the local beanie fest in June as they are spun from the same 2 original dyed Ramboulliet braids that I bought from the shepherd’s hut

If I had to choose… well… I personally love them bothπŸ‘πŸ˜‰

coils are my new jam!

Oh My Goodness!!.. I think art yarn style yarns are definitely going to be my new style for 2019!..

This is sad considering I’ve been spinning now for at least 14years and always stuck with making standard 2 or 3 ply yarns as that’s what most people seemed to knit with and selling my handspun yarns helps my hobby and allows me to buy more fibres to spin then sell…

I’ve realised today by doing this I’m killing my creative side and so now I’m going to spin and make yarns that I want to make..If they sell that’s great if not I’m not going to worry about it because I can afford to buy fibres to spin it’s not like I can’t and selling them is just an extra bonus..

So today is the day that I finally break free from my own creative chains and head off in a new direction doing what I want and how I want..

Well done Me! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

let’s make coils..

😊its plying day! ..I finished making the thick & thin rambouillet singles last night that I’m going to use as the coils.

Im hoping these look like rose buds when done.

also my sunflowers have decided to sprout again?πŸ€” ..and my marigold seedlings are loving this Autumn weather..they have doubled in size within the past few days..πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜πŸ’›

Ok I’m off to get these coils done..chat later..πŸ‘‹

its Autumn..

but actually it still feels like Summer..It’s too hot to sit outside in the garden and spin as it’s currently 39c out there.

So I’m inside with the aircon going and looking through my stash for something to spin while watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them..

I don’t really watch movies while I spin they are more to keep me company as background noise.

I ordered a package from Ashford a week ago and fingers crossed it will arrive this week. I’ve ordered a flicker and a mini niddy noddy.. I’ve decided to make up mini skeins to sell at the beanie festival this year instead of my usual 100g to 200g skeins.

I think from a buyers perspective that’s never used handspun yarn that buying mini skeins will give them a better idea if they like the yarn and also they are not left with a huge skein of yarn to use if they dont like it or if they are beginner knitters or crocheters.

Ok my movie has started and I need to make a nice hot drink or turn the aircon off! β„β„πŸ˜‰

Enjoy your Sunday

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.πŸ‚πŸƒπŸ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

Hello February!

My work takes up so much of my day and then going to gym afterwards doesn’t leave much time in the evenings to do everything I want so spinning hasn’t been a priority lately.

I’ve been using most of my spare time practicing on my uke but this month I want to get back to spinning up this merino fleece that I started spinning in January and then start on some new spins.

It was Imbolc yesterday or the first day of Spring in the Celtic calendar but here in Australia its our last month of Summer and its getting stormy outside so I’m hoping it rains and I wont have to water my garden.

I planted some sunflower seeds last weekend and they have sprouted and grown so much in a week! I wonder if they’ll keep growing through Autumn? I hope so. I’ll transplant them out of this pot and into the garden bed soon as these ones are the giant variety.

Ok I’m off to enjoy my day, have a great Saturday xx

woops I did it again..

…oh yeh and I’m glad I did!!..

I bought these at the start of December with my Birthday money as early Christmas presents to me! They arrived today all the way from “sunny” England..

I bought them on Etsy from the lovely Caroline of The Shepherds Hut UK.. on Instagram she’s @cjpfibres

I have to say this isn’t the first time I’ve bought from Caroline and wont be the last!.. love them all so much!

Sunshine Mellow – Rambouillet, Cabbage Patch – BFL, Acorn Yellow – Finnish, Red Leaves – Rambouillet, Lemon & Lime – Superwash Merino/Nylon

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.