time to ply!

I spun up these blue green fibres over the weekend. The blue is called Lightening – its 70% merino and 30% bamboo from Cat and Sparrow fibres, the green is called Green Jersey its 100% Shetland from The Shepherds Hut.

I’m making this yarn for a friend at work. I’m hoping it doesn’t have the barber pole effect too much when I ply it.

I also noticed on my Instagram last night that the first yarn I finished on January 1st 2018 was also made with blue and green 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.

Howdy!

I’ve finally got a finished skein of yarn to share…the fibre I showed two posts ago well it’s taken me forever to get it spun due to everyday life getting in the way…

this yarn was meant to be coils and when it came time to ply I completely forgot to ply the way my spinoff 2009 magazine showed me, so now my coils are what I like to call witchettygrubs๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ …oh well its plyed and balanced so I’m sure someone will love it and buy it at the 2019 beanie festival…

Tonight I’ll get out some more fibre & my copy of The spinners book of yarn designs and try some of the yarn ideas in it as I’m thinking of making more art style yarns coming into this new year..

I need to start spinning..and stop buying!..

I’ve turned into the type of spinner that buys all these gorgeous fibres and then doesn’t have enough time on the weekend to ACTUALLY spin them!..

So no more wasting most of my weekend on Instagram..because I spend a heck of a lot of time looking at spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving etc that other fibre artists out there post.

So what did I buy… I bought some gorgeous handdyed fibres from The Shepherds Hut ..some are shetland and some are merino/bamboo..

Love em..now to spin them!

new fibres and my latest spin

this yarn was spun with my catandsparrow fibre club rolags some finnx fleece from kathys fibres and merino I dyed…

next up I’ve bought more fibre from New Zealand from the lovely Heavenly Wools…I’ll post the fibre breeds and names when I spin them.. Have a great Sunday!โœŒ๐Ÿ’›

Haunui

my haunui fibre purchased from heavenlywools.co.nz came today!!๐Ÿ˜… I just love the colours and the fibres are fairyfloss soft!๐Ÿ˜..

I’m going to get the wheel set up and have a quick spin tonight.. this fibre is a new spin for me and so far I love the feel of it! ๐Ÿ˜..

The left braid is 23.7micron in the colourway Bollywood dyed on a charcoal base..the other is 26 micron in the colourway Cindis dyed on dark moorit base..

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!