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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Handspun merino yarn, knitted up as jacket: Project no. 1 for 2015 completed.


I have now completed the first project of 2015, which is a handspun/handknitted merino yarn jacket. I blogged about it here and have made other things in between but it was really nice to make something completely from scratch.

This is the back detail, which I made in a mixture of the purple and grey yarn. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.


The collar is large, but it lies comfortably on my shoulders and will give extra warmth. I will have to wear a higher collared something or other underneath though or else I'll get a cold neck come the Autumn onwards!


Here is the pattern I used:

and these are the yarns:





so now I can think about the next project!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Handspun Shawl using some Sirdar Escape Chunky, colour 0187


I've just completed a handspun plus Sirdar Escape Chunky shawl in some of my favourite colours. The handspun is merino and the Sirdar is a mix of wool and synthetic. It feels lovely and warm around my shoulders!



Have a great Sunday?
I'd love to know what you are working on?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A New Project for a New Year - Button up cardigan using handspun yarn.

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When Larry and I were at the Festiwool wool fest recently, I bought some interesting rolags. As you can see from the picture, the rolags are multi-coloured. What you can't see very well are the sparkly bits running through them. I've been spinning them up lately, mixing them in with some of the white Polworth yarn that I spun from an original fleece in the summer. I intend to make this cardigan:

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which is available as a button-up or zip-up version. I shall make the button-up version this time. I have made a start, knitting the back, up to the armholes, in a purple yarn which I had spun up ready. I don't have enough of the sparkly rolags to make the whole cardigan.
If you would like to see more of the Festiwool get together, you can click here.

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For my new project, I am using a selection of yarns. The first is a combination of the rolags I bought at Festiwool, Hitchin and some grey merino I had in my stache.

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I am also adding in some of the very white Polworth fleece, which I hand-carded recently:

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I also have some purple and grey merino which I will work in.

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This is how the finished project will be: a short waisted button-up cardigan with a large collar:

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So far I've done the back up to the armholes in a plain purple merino. First picture gives the true colour and the second picture shows the detail with the flash turned on:

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The flash sure makes a difference, doesn't it. The first pic is very accurate.

This project will not be finished quickly. I am still spinning the wool into yarn and in between I am working on other projects. However, I will come back and show you as and when I finish each section. I don't have enough of the purple to finish the back so I may use the mixed purple and grey from the armholes up. Let's just wait and see shall we.

Meanwhile, five weeks to go until my new grandchild appears. It's getting exciting. Pity they are in South Carolina. We won't be visiting very soon!



Friday, 5 December 2014

Little hat for little head.


In nine weeks time I shall be a grandma (Oma) again. Larry' s son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child, a boy, in February so the knittting needles are out and a little hat and bootees have appeared in the last few days.




It's fun being a grandma and making lots of small things...


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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I am a big fan of Tone Finnanger who designs the most delightful things. I just bought two of her books, which I can show you another time. These garden angels are from a previous book, 'Crafting Tilda's Friends'.
If I was a little girl, I would love to play with these little farmers and there would be endless possibilities. As it is I am a big (old) girl but I still like to play.



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Saturday, 13 September 2014

What are we making this week?

What are ‘we’ making this week?

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When I was at the recent Fibre East Festival in a village near here, I had a wonderful time looking at all the yarn, fibre, spinning wheels etc., but I felt a bit sorry for Larry because he wasn’t doing anything like it. He came round with me, gallantly and seemed to enjoy it. However, little did I know that he was taking it all in, especially the weaving looms. He was quiet about it while we were there, but when we got home, he went onto Amazon.co.uk and bought a book on weaving. He read the book twice and a week later a beautiful Ashford weaving loom arrived. After that there was no stopping him and already he has made some beautiful things.
Here is the loom:
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He has mounted it on an old bookcase so it hangs and when he sits in the chair, he can have it on his lap and weave away comfortably. This was the first thing he made. It’s a beautiful table cloth for a small occasional table. He made it in blue and white and it’s ever so even. He said I could have it as a tea towel, but it’s much too nice so it’s on display.
On top of the cloth is my weekly project. It’s a baby blanket for my new grandchild – due next February! Strictly speaking it’s a step-grandchild because he/she will be born to Larry’s youngest son Brad and his wife Morgan, who live in North Carolina. We are both very excited about the new event to come.
I am working on the border at the moment, as you can see. I’ll show you again when it’s quite finished.
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Now back to Larry’s work. The second item he finished is a beautiful scarf, which he made in an all wool ecru. Here it is, all ready for the cold winds to come:
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Each item Larry makes, he tests himself to do a little more intricately. In the scarf above, he has introduced a small pattern – two vertical lines down the sides. Lovely isn’t it.
The next item was a scarf in another all wool product. This one he found a bit more troublesome because the yarn was fluffy and hard to manage, but he finished it just the same and I think it looks lovely.
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and lastly, because he had quite a bit of the grey yarns left over, he made a chair back for himself, which will no doubt help to keep his neck warm.
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While Larry was weaving, I was finishing off a wall hanging, which I started at the beginning of the summer in my Patchwork Club. Here it is:
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We can certainly do with some peace in the world at the moment!
What are you working on at the moment?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A new quilt for the Autumn.


I've just recently finished a patchwork quilt for my bed, see above. After working on Larry's American themed quilt at the beginning of the year,

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It was hard to get a picture of the quilt because it is quite big, but in the end what worked best was Larry holding it up for me. You can see his feet at the bottom!

So now I'm (almost) ready for the colder weather.

What about you? have you started squirrelling things away for the winter yet?

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