New and Old

It seems that it’s gift season at the moment.  Everyone is busily preparing for gift giving of some kind or another, whether it be Christmas, birthday, koha or swap related.  I am reminded that my latest wool dyeing efforts have eluded the camera, so I thought I should snap some piccies before they disappear.

 

I won’t go into too much detail as these are yet to be gifted, but they were dyed using my new powder dyes and were steamed on the stove top.  I’m finally getting my dyeing technique sussed, and LOVE the effect of using variable dye percentages and tones that steaming allows.

 

My new spinning buddy, Sam popped over a couple of days ago with her latest invention.  A swift case!!  She had one for me and one for herself to house her new swift when it arrives.  Thanks so much Sam, it is just perfect and makes a much nicer home than the brown paper wrapping :-).  Miss Sam is going into production with these I think, so support young Kiwi talent and buy one!!!  Check out her lovely blog too.

  

I finally finished spinning my first attempt at sock weight yarn.  This was the chocolate and neopolitan roving that I bought a couple of months ago from Vintage Purls.  I’m happy with it now that I have it on the needles, it’s lovely to knit with and is shaping up to be a scrummy little pair of socks.  The pattern is Up, Up and Away by Megan S. Wright.  Thanks to Kristy who gifted it to me in our latest Naki yarn swap :-).  Ooh, and I have finished my Opal socks too.  Thank goodness.  Note to self; NEVER knit a pair of plain knit socks EVER again.  B.O.R.I.N.G!!  I’ll take some piccies sometime :-).

We have finally got most of our ‘junk’ out of Mum and Dad’s garage now that we are in a larger house.  Here’s some little treasures I found amongst my folders of work from Uni days.  They are by no means the best of work, but they are nice to have around.  It’s rather strange looking back, that seems like a lifetime ago.  Those of you with children will understand what I mean.  I love being a Mum, but I should really get back into illustration and life drawing in particular.  I miss charcoal and oils and the freedom and endless possibilities that they allow.  One day.

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4 responses to “New and Old

  1. Wow socks are looking great – Yes when i get a moment i’ll whip up some more swift bags for sale 🙂

    and look at your artwork missy WOW – Go you!

  2. Wow, you’re BOTH so talented! Kate, thank you so much for the lovely yarn! My apologies for the lateness with the ‘thank you’. I just did a write up on my blog today! Can’t wait to use it!

    Sam, great idea with the swift bags! I want to do some of this ‘spinning’ myself, but have yet to try. I see these bags in every color, embroidered, painted with designs…all kinds of personalizations!!! Keep up the great work.

  3. Oh kate what gorgy wool!! And I looove the wee pukeko in your painting! Ive come across paintings I did years ago and wished Id kept painting- such is life! (do you feel a native bird series of cute characters coming on at all?? I know what theyd look good on!!)

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