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 :-)))))).
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!!
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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Yipeeeeee, it’s Bib and Tucker ‘Freebie Monday’ folks :-).
Here’s what’s on offer for all you lovely crafters this week……..
It started life as this:
The bowl of goodies before spinning.............
And spun into:
'Cupcakes and Fairy Sprinkles' Art Yarns
Cupcakes and Fairy Sprinkles: A 70gm hank of hand spun funky art yarn
I’ve used a range of blue/purple/pink/white merino blends, that have been core spun onto a magenta boucle yarn to create an energetic thick & thin yarn. This is super bulky, so would be suited to being used as an embelishment for a crafty project or knitted using a simple knit pattern.
How do I enter? Just leave a comment below, and if you mention my blog or link to me on your website, you receive an additional entry :-). I’ll leave each weeks freebie draw open until the following Monday, when I’ll announce the winner! I’m happy to post overseas, so pop in and say hi.
Hi all 🙂
I’m just popping in to remind you to check back at 5pm tomorrow for ‘Bib and Tucker’ Monday Madness. I’ll be releasing the first colourway in my new hand illustrated Designer Nappy Collection, AND there will be freebies. Oh yes, it’s the start of ‘Bib and Tucker’ Freebie Monday tomorrow, so I’ll be loading piccies of what’s up for offer this week.
See you tomorrow! 🙂 Kate