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Spinning Merino

Last month I decided to try spinning with some pre-processed merino fibre I had purchased off the internet. This was going to be the first time for me to spin something which I hadn’t personally processed from the raw fibre…I was really excited…

The fibre was quite dense and was in clumps rather than in roving form…but it was a gorgeous shade of ruby red…

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I had just over a 100g of the fibre so split it in half and spun two bobbins of singles..It didn’t spin as easily or as uniformly as I had first thought it would…to be truthful it was hard work as the fibre was so dense and was difficult to draft it to spin very finely…the only good thing was that there weren’t any slubs in it..

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I was quite proud how it finely spun up and then proceeded to 2-ply it…This went very smoothly and I had a lot of fun with this stage…

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Once plied I was surprised to find that it wasn’t as soft as I had thought it would be, but after soaking it and then hanging it to dry, it did soften up and looked stunning.

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I have been asked (more than once) what I intend to do with my handspun…I haven’t quite decided..I would like to sell it (this was my original idea when I first received my spinning wheel) but don’t think it would sell as it is quite thick and thin and also there are some slubs in it!!! The other idea is to use it to knit squares into a blanket or my favourite is to use it in a handknit shawl….

Do you have any ideas what I can do with it??? Do you think there is a market for this type of handspun yarn??? Either leave a comment below or email me and let me know what you think!!!

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Fearless Knitting Workbook – Chapter Three

I am still working through the “Fearless Knitting Workbook” and am really enjoying it.

Chapter Three is entitled “Basic Shaping Techniques”…no charts in this section but lots of variations on increasing and decreasing…

The first square is entitled “Aunt Liz’s and Aunt Nadine’s Dishcloth Square” ..it goes through increasing (by using yo) and then decreasing (by using k2tog)the square into a diamond shape..I had lots of fun with this as it was not very difficult and was a light relief after the last chapter.

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The second square is entitled “Which Way Is Up?” and goes through knitting a rectangle and then picking up stitches along the edge and knitting the other way (you will see what I mean in the picture below). Again this was straight forward and I found it quite boring to do as it was all in garter stitch…

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The third square is entitled “Bordered Diagonal Garter Square”. This goes through a new way of increasing (m1) and decreasing (ssk and p2sso). This was again fun to do but I decided not to make the hanging loop on it as I intend sewing the squares together to make a blanket.

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The final project was the most interesting and most fun out of this chapter…It is entitled “Heart Shaped Leaf” and looks really pretty once completed (although I have taken a picture of it back to front, the front should be reversed stocking stitch and I have it shown as stocking stitch).

This project again goes through increasing (inc1 via k1f&b) and decreasing (k2tog and ssk). It also goes through dividing the project into two pieces and knitting each side separately.

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So far I have found the second chapter the most interesting as I enjoyed learning to read the different types of charts, chapter three was educational but quite boring…Chapter four looks like fun as it is about cables and I am looking forward to casting on for it…