I am participating in the NZ Fibre Swap 6.0 over on Ravelry, and have been really spoilt by Frances, my swappee. She is an organised woman, and sent me two parcels ahead of time. One as a teaser, and the second today. Thanks so much Frances, you are just lovely. I can’t wait to get started spinning. 🙂 Kate
The package: two beautiful lavender floral cards (one in each parcel), enough packets of seeds to keep the girls’ and I out of mischief for some time, ‘The Natural Confectionary Company’ Snakes (much appreciated being natural flavours & colours thankyou!), Schoppel Wolle INSilk 75% merino/25% silk (VERY spoilt receving this) and two hanks of Kate Mahoney hand dyed fibre in the most brilliant lime green/deep purple/dusky blue colourway. How I love fibre goodies!! By the way, Morag over at Vintage Purls has just got the pencil roving in, enable, enable. Happy spinning everyone!
I was lucky enough to receive a stunning package from the fantabulous Suzie (aka Deepcreek)in the recent NZFS on Ravelry. Suzie has been incredibly generous.
First, the coolest card that has had me cracking up!
We have the most divine fibre I have ever seen(MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM). Mystery wool carded with firestar (YUMMO!), and corriedale with sari silk. OMG, the photos really do not do this justice, it is just beautiful.
Mystery wool and firestar.
Cotton (How did you know I’ve been wanting some for dishcloths)
Many, many embroidery threads and holders (so scrummy!)
DMC thread holder (although I’ve been eyeing it up for needles too)
Wee childs pattern for beanie & tunic
It was all beautifully packaged in a fibreous green paper (which I’m keeping ‘cos it’s so yummy, bwaaahaahaahaahaa)
Thankyou so much Suzie, you have put a lot of thought into this and I LOVE it :-)))))).
You know how brushing your teeth is pretty much a ‘must do’ to help you avoid those nasty cavities? Well, Blendy’s NZ Yarn Sampler Box is a ‘must have’ if you want to avoid gaping holes in your fibre stash!!!
Belinda has sourced samples from two truly scrummy yarn suppliers: Touch Yarns & Fab Fibres.
Touch Yarns offer a delicious range of yarn ..‘from the finest New Zealand Merino wool ideal for knitting, weaving, embroidery, felting and embellishment of garments. All Touch Yarns and colours are designed by Marnie Kelly, inspired by the stark beauty of thyme fields, mountains and the historic goldfields of Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand’. Check out the range!
How scrummy is THAT
! Not only do they offer yarn, but also Scarf & Jumper Kits
, Hand Dyed Mohair & Merino Sliver (YUUUUMMMM!!!),
Mohair Curls (for doll making or art yarn), Bamboo Knitting Needles, a Selection of buttons, beads & threads, and Handwoven & Handknitted Garments & Rugs.
Touch Yarns are exported around the world, aswell as being snaffled up by eager NZ fibre enthusiasts. Hop over to their site!
And then there’s Fab Fibres
. One look at the divine range of fibre goodness they offer and you’ll see just why they are called ‘fab’! Their motto is “Threads with a Difference”, and just feast your eyes on this wee list:
Mixed Textural Threads
Freeform Knitting & Crochet Yarn Packs
Here’s a wee taster of the Nepalese Yarn: a Rich Orange hank of silks, cottons, rayons, and banana fibres. Drooling yet?!
The most fantastic product I found on their site was the ‘Woolpaper’
– ‘Firmer and thinner than felt. Luscious handmade sheets for embroidery, needle-felting, applique or even making small bags etc’.
Ahhh, couldn’t you just eat it up?
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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Have you heard about ‘Blendy’s NZ Yarn Sampler Box’? If you love yarn & fibre, then you must visit Belinda’s site and take a wee look. It’s super scrummy and the list of contributors is pretty fantastic!! Here’s the blurb from Belinda’s site:
“It’s a treasure-trove box containing a variety of artisan yarns and other knitting-related items in sample quantities, which you will be able to enjoy touching, feeling, knitting, spinning, felting… and then you’ll know just what to buy for your next project.
It’s a wonderful try-before-you-buy deal, because you don’t get the full touchy-feely experience with photographs when shopping online.
Blendy’s NZ Yarn Sampler Boxes are like a mini craft fair – you get a little bit of everything that knitters would enjoy, such as yarn, fibre, stitch markers, buttons, embellishments, gift cards, delicious treats – all made by fantastic (mostly) NZ creatives. I want to share my love of supporting the amazing crafts New Zealanders make with the rest of the world. There will also be a few amazing international samples, because we love them too.
If you like the samples in your box, please make sure you check out the suppliers websites and see what other great stuff you can buy!”
Belinda has created a Ravelry group, so you can keep up to date with the latest Blendy news and oogle over the scrummy goodies that have been contributed, and she has also set up a wee Blendy blog with even more piccies & yarny info. CHECK IT OUT!!
There’s nothing more satisfying than dying your own wool. It’s just such an addictive wee hobby isn’t it? Here’s yesterdays effort, some bulky handspun steam dyed with good old food colouring. I love it. It’s actually for a gift, but I don’t know if I can part with it!
I’ve been experimenting with new techniques to try to gain a little more control when dying. There’s nothing worse than spending the good part of an hour painting a hank of yarn, then to have the colours merge when ‘cooking’. So for this hank, I painted the yarn whilst steaming it over a large canning pot. It worked a treat, very minimal colour left when rinsing and the colours are rich (much richer than the photo illustrates) and most importantly have STAYED WHERE THEY WERE PUT!! Yeehaaaaa. Yay, I have sussed out my new dying technique.
The only downfall of scrummy food colouring yarn, is the bottles of dye that get soaked up during the process. But, one of the lovely spinning ladies mentioned that the kindy she works at use powdered food colouring. Ooh, ooh, I said, tell me more! So now I have ordered a batch of powdered food colouring in all 12 shades (well you need to test them all out you know), and will pick them up on Monday. How exciting is that! And best of all, the colours are so intense that you only need to use a smidge (technical term) to achieve intense yarn dyed goodness. Can you imagine how much fun it’s going to be mixing the powders together to create new colours? Mmmmmm.
The best part is, little Miss 3yr old helped with the dying yesterday. She hasn’t been able to do this with the acid dyes as they are a bit toxic. We just did the whole dying process in our kitchen using everyday equipment. Fantastic!
It seems there’s a lot happening around the place at the moment. New hobbies, new nappies, new growth in the garden (and that includes the weeds!) and new yarn swaps.
My Naki knitting girls and I decided to share in a ‘Kiwiana’ yarn swap. Here’s the parcel I prepared for Angela. I named it ‘Wave Waltz’ after the scrummy hand dyed roving I bought, which I used to spin the thick & thin single.
The contents were: 1 hank of handspun ‘Wave Waltz’ wool, a ‘Wave Waltz’ nappy kit in a recycled jar, a pair of handpainted Bib and Tucker breastpads, a handmade felt hairclip, and a wee handmade ‘shrinky dink’ brooch.
And here’s what I received from the talented Kristy……………(this is SO cool)……………….
Kristy chose a pukeko theme and hand dyed the 4ply yarn to match the colours of the pukeko. She also included a block of fair trade chocolate, a really cute book for the girls, a wee pukeko notebook, and an awesome sock pattern to match. WOW!! How lucky am I? She even presented it all in a pukeko blue box, with pukeko red ribbon and a little pukeko card. Thankyou Kristy, I really love it :-). I’m being very diligent and am finishing off the current pair of socks before I start the new pair (It’s taking some serious restraint though!).
Check out our resident Naki photographers (Sheryl, Hannah, and Sam’s )sites for more detailed piccies of the evening.
We have a new visitor at our house. He’s made himself quite at home. He visits every afternoon just after lunch, in time to finish off the bits and bobs that the kids discard. Here we have ‘baby hedgehog’. Isn’t he squishy?!!! We are calling him ‘Mr Hedgehog’ as the original Mr Hedgehog decided to depart this world last week :-(. Our new Mr Hedgehog is very tame, he is quite happy for us to sit next to him while he eats. You should see his little teeth and tongue. So cute!
I’ve been busy making custom orders this week, so there won’t be an update this Monday. But, here’s a wee peek at one of the OOAK nappies I’ve just finished for a customer. This will be winging its way overseas for an international nappy swap.
Don’t forget to enter this weeks ‘Freebie Monday draw. I’ll be back on Monday with the winner and piccies of next weeks prize. See you then!
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