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

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

nature’s art

Ugggh I’ve been finishing work late each day and by the time I get home the winter sun just hasn’t been bright enough to take a pic of my first finished TDF yarn.

I’ll pop a pic on here by the weekend.

Meanwhile look at my pretty cineraria flowers πŸ’•πŸ’•.. this pic was taken tonight after I re-potted and watered them. I love how the water on the petals and leaves made the flowers look to me like they are a painting.

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 – 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 Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool.”

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

bye Wednesday…

Today I was so busy at work and I just didn’t have the energy to go to the gym afterwards. I can barely keep my eyes open but tonight I want to knit on my mini beanies that I’m making. Last night I made 1 in about 3 hours …

I know that’s pretty funny as according to utube you can knit one in 30 mins!.. I am not that fast a knitter and actually I did really make 2 but wasn’t happy with the way my handspun looked so I frogged it and started again. 

I’ll make a few more before I pop some pics on here. I have a few pics of the sunset from the back yard tonight..

It’s starting to get really windy so maybe we will get a light shower out of the storm clouds that are building up. 

speak soon!