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 witchettygrubs😂🤣 …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!

fish and spins

last night I spun up this merino that I dyed ages ago…not sure what fibre I’ll spin and ply this with?.. I’ll dig through my fibre stash tonight and see what I have…

Today on my way home from the gym I pulled into the pet store and bought some goldfish for my garden pond..I’m happy to report that so far all 6 are swimming around and enjoying life!

Haunui

my haunui fibre purchased from heavenlywools.co.nz came today!!😁… I just love the colours and the fibres are fairyfloss soft!😍..

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! 😍..

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..

Day 8 Tour de Fleece 2018

Finally I have daylight and time to post a pic of my first finished yarn for TDF 2018. Heres Lucinda.. she measures 220.5meters, 12 to 13 wpi, weighs 90grams.

I 2plyed from 2 bobbins, one bobbin still has some single leftovers on it so I’ll add that in the next braid of this same fibre colourway that I spin, but I’m going to prep the next one different before spinning it.

Sea Shades

This is one bag of Finn x Corridale/Romney fleece that I was prepping for Tour de Fleece, but I decided to spin it up yesterday as a test run.. It spun up so soft and squishy..

I’ve put the rest of my fleece away as I can’t trust myself not to spin it before the Tour starts..

So tonight instead of continuing on my crochet wave blanket I’ve started on another blanket that Im making with leftover assorted pink and purple yarns.. pics soon.

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!😉