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Sunday, January 25, 2009

what i have been up to

Well this is what I have been up to. Surprise, surprise spinning. But this is a mixture of the dyed silk caps and the fleece from our jack. I really had heaps of fun working with the silk. Of course I checked out a few web sites on how to prepare the silk caps and then I was away. Even though I am only a novice spinner i did find the silk harder to seperate and draft than the fleece but I love the feel of it . And the colours. I would like to try and ply it with itself, but I dont know what i would use it for.
THis is some of the brown roving I spun. It was not as smooth as the fleece but I was impressed with the colour, much nicer than I had thought.
Then i have balled up my sock wool ready and waiting for me to finish my shawl.
And during all this my old girl Lilly just looked on not sure what to think. Poor girl is starting to loose here memory and her already timid nature has moments of total unsureness. She really can not cope with anything new or different at this stage of her life and then at times she becomes strangely rebellious and wanders not really sure of what she is doing. But we still love her and hope she still remembers she is now safe.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

holidays, visitors and nature

My last few weeks have been with visitors. And this is some of the fab food they made us while they stayed with us. And just when I thought christmas was over we had lots more yummy food to eat. The kids loved the cooking and alas it is all gone.

But of course I could not spend all my time eating so I have branched out into some dyeing. I guess it is the natural progression from spinning to dyeing. Those colourful ones will become socks and the tan wool will become a jacket for number 3 child, if I can find a pattern to fit him. Now I am totally taken with the dyeing process and will have to get to and spin some more so I can dye more wool. I am eager to see what effect the sock wool will have when knitted up so I can get an idea of what type of pattern to use while dyeing. JUst lots more trial and error. Fun, fun, fun.

But in amongst all this spinning and dyeing I have been really lucky to have been visited by some great natural sights. Nature will never stop to amaze me and make the world a better place to live. This blue tongued lizard has been sunning himself in the middle of our driveway for a few days, which means stopping the car, moving him out of the way and then driving on. Luckily I have not seen any snakes yet.
While away for a beach break we were luck enough to see a stingray really close in to shore. He seemed really happy to just flap around in the shallows as we watched on. Then at the other end of the beac I saw a pacific gull drop something from high and them dive down to the sand and eat it. So of course I had to go and see what it was. He had dropped a sea urchin, the shell had brocken so he could eat the animal but what amazed me was that the spines on the shell were still moving as if it was still alive, even with nothing inside. It was one of natures amazing sights that had me captivated.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

my new obsession

This is a new hat I made for my self for those cold soccer morning . it is the noro hat and really quick and easy to make.
Well here it is, my new obsession. Yes it is a spinning wheel and I have become a little bit excited about spinning. And I must say it is relaxing and I hope that if I practice lots and lots and lots I will get really good at it and then their is the new frontier of dyeing as well. But I have not forgotten my shawl. That is still on the go, but very slowely.
And if you are wondering what I am spinning ,well here is Jack just after she has been shawn by our friendly shearer.
And this is how it all turned out. It is slowely getting there. But I will be spinning lots from now on. I have two fleeces to get through and that will take me a long time to get through.
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Friday, January 9, 2009


Well it has happened. I have started to spin. And it is great. I think it is my new passion. But I have lots of practice ahead of me to get to be a good spinner. I have a great teacher, my mum. So I am sure I will be able to knit something from it soon, or am I dreaming a bit. I am also off to do a dyeing workshop so I will be able to colour my new yarn. The only problem is that I have been neglecting my shawl while I have been spinning. I will have to find a way to share my time.
The poodle loves to eat the fleece so I have to keep him away from it.
I am spinning the wool from Jack, our beautiful sheep and it is a good fleece, so I am told.