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.

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 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..

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.

Tour de Fleece 2018

Let the fibre prep begin!😁…it’s too cold to sit outside today and make rolags so inside it is!..getting these ready for #tourdefleece this year that starts July7th. I’ve joined team #kathysfibres on Ravelry because all my stash at the moment is from her..actually most of my yarns I make are.

The fibres consist of white sparkle, finn fleece x a finn x corriedale /romney fleece, some banana silk threads and I’m contemplating mixing in some alpaca I have too..

If I don’t make rolags I might make batts instead?

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!😉