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!
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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Sorry for my tardiness, life with kiddies is busy!
So, our winner of last weeks ‘Bib and Tucker’ handpainted breastpads is:
NOVA!! With her ‘boobie monster’ design. Love it! Email me your details and I’ll get them in the mail for you :-).
THIS WEEK we have something for all you wool nuts – a thick & thin hand dyed hank of subtle pastel scrumminess.
Simply leave me a message saying ‘hi’ and you are in the draw. Don’t forget to blog etc for another entry. Good luck :-).
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.