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Spinning Antics 2010

Looking back through my folder of things to blog about I noticed that I hadn’t blogged about my spinning for a while…and boy is there some yummy goodness that I have spun up.

The first is some bottle green blue faced leicester fibre. I found this fibre quite sticky to spin up but I didn’t have much of it so continued with it anyway.

I spun it up into 1ply..

green bfl 1 ply b

green bfl 1ply

Of course, I then had to spin the 2 plies together to get the resulting 2ply yarn which was then skeined.

bfl 2ply

The fibre came out lovely and soft and looked really nice, although it was of course very thick/thin as per my usual style of spinning.

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Next came the welsh ewe fibre which I had hand-dyed. There was quite a bit of this fibre and it spun up lovely.

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blue welsh ewe 1ply

blue welsh ewe 1ply b

The resulting 2ply yarn was lovely and soft and was a gorgeous shade of baby blue.

blue welsh ewe 2ply

blue welsh ewe b

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Next, was some merino in a lime green and lemon. This was a real luxurious fibre to spin and spun up like a dream.

merino 1 ply b

merino 1ply

Plying it was so easy and I fell in love with this fibre.

merino 2ply

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This yummy coloured fibre is also merino and was a true joy to spin. I loved the colours and the way they spun up was gorgeous.

merino fiber (1)

meirno 1 ply b

merino 1ply (2)

Once I had 2 plied them the colours stood out a great deal and was the most gorgeous colourway I have ever spun up.

merino 2ply (2)

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The final fibre of 2010 I spun was Bamboo.

bamboo fiber

I did not get along with the bamboo. It was slippy yet surprisingly also difficult to pre-draft. It went from one extreme to the other within seconds.

bamboo 1ply

bamboo 1ply b

I was sooo relieved once I had finished plying and spinning this fibre. I don’t know whether it was my inexperience or whether it was just a really difficult fibre to spin but it was definitely a nightmare.

bamboo 2ply

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In 2011 I am hoping to spin more alpaca and to have a go at silk. If you have any words of wisdom on spinning any of the fibres I have mentioned then please please leave a comment as I need all the help I can get :DD

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(Belated) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I know I have been MIA for a while, but Christmas was really hectic and I didn’t get much time to myself, on top of that I wasn’t very well, but the good news is “I’m Back” :>>

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and received lots of lovely pressies..I did :DD I received the “KnitPro Symfonie Rose Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set”. They are gorgeous needles and can’t wait to use them, just need to find the perfect project for them.

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I also received the “KnitPro Symfonie Wood Double Pointed Needle Set”. I didn’t know they came in a set so when I saw these online they definitely made it onto my Christmas list. All I need to do now is find the perfect sock pattern.

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As well as the knitting needle sets I received a “Candle Making Kit” and also a “Soap Making Kit”. I have always wanted to learn how to make candles and soaps so am really pleased to receive these kits. I have already had a go and the candles came out really good, the soaps weren’t a huge success as I didn’t manage to melt the dye correctly so they ended up with black spots in them (I was making green soaps). I intend to remelt the soaps and have another go and will post pics soon.

I would love to hear what you received for Christmas and also if you know of any perfect projects that I can cast-on for then please let me know.

I hope that everyone has a great 2011.

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