Spindles: Oklahoma Wildflower & Pau Amarello

Spindle: Oklahoma Wildflower by Threads Thru Time

Oklahoma Wildflower
Whorl | Dymondwood in Oklahoma Wildflower
Shaft | Dymondwood in Purple Passion
Total weight | 0.5 oz
From | Susan from Thomas Creations/Threads Thru Time

Spindle: Pau Amarello from IST Crafts

Pau Amarello
Whorl | Pau amarello, brass weighted
Shaft | Tulipwood
Total weight | (80mm) 10-14 gms
From | Ian from IST Crafts

Some new additions to my spindle collection.

These will probably one of the last few Turkish spindles that I’m getting as I have some from each weight group. I do like the look of certain woods (Bocote, Pink Ivory, burl woods, Sumac, etc) so will probably get those featured in other forms of spindles like supported spindles or my regular top whorl spindle.

I haven’t spun anything on my tiny TTT spindles nor the IST Craft one as I’m still focusing on finishing my Wensleydale on my Bosworth. It’s just faster to wind up a cop on a top whorl than making a nice “turtle” on a turkish but we’ll see how it goes. On top of that, we’re in the middle of a move – more on that later – so my entire stash is already in boxes…and yes, that includes my spindles as well!

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Peanut butter swirl brownies

Peanut butter swirl brownies

After some weeks of monitoring my calorie intake, I decided to indulge a little plus I needed to use up some pantry goods, especially my whole wheat flour and dark chocolate. Initially I wanted to whip up a banana brownie but since the kids are going through a “crazy about peanut butter” phase, I decided to try out a new recipe. It took about 25 minutes to whip everything up and I did it while the kids were taking their evening bath/going through their wind-down activity. By the time Eva came out of the bathroom, the brownie was in the oven baking away and she settled on licking the spatula. Tehehehe.

There is something sinful about the salty crunch of the peanut in the peanut butter topped off with some amazing chocolate goodness. Eva enjoyed her 1.5 slices and Noah? He actually protested when I took my time feeding him the cake! This brownie came out a little cakey so if you like yours fudgy and chewy, bake it for only 30-35 minutes tops.

Peanut butter swirl brownies

Ingredients

(A) Brownie
120 gms butter
170 gms dark chocolate chips/pieces/chunks
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup muscovado sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

(B) Peanut butter swirl
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
60 gms butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C and prepare a pan of your choice.
  2. In a separate bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in a bain marie. Once done, set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well before adding in the eggs, vanilla extract and the melted chocolate mix. Fold gently by hand until well incorporated.
  4. Pour into a pan and set aside. Mix the ingredients for (B) in a bowl until they are well-incorporated. Pour over the brownie batter and swirl in. Take care not to overswirl – you may lose the contrast of the light brown and dark brown colours.
  5. Bake for 45 mins. Once ready, remove from the oven and cool in the pan completely before slicing the brownies. Enjoy on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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Woody Grass

Woody Grass

Ply | Three
Yardage | 632.4 m
WPI |
Fibre | Simple Scarves Superwash Merino-Nylon in Woody Grass
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

It has been a while since I last worked on anything green and when I first ventured into dyeing up fiber blends, I felt that superwash merino-nylon was a good addition. The fiber blend I purchased was soft yet strong and very well blended – the nylon was barely visible which made for a “clean” and non-sparkly yarn. I don’t normally buy a lot of green fibers. Somehow green doesn’t appeal to me but you can’t exactly not dye certain colours or shades for a business. I decided on, what I would call, a mixed terrain blend of colours – olive, grass green, brown, golden brown and yellow-gold.

The end result is what you’d see here – 600 over meters of lovely sock yarn. I spun the singles on the thin side and so this wouldn’t exactly be a true-fingering weight yarn. More like light fingering. I am not too sure if I’d like to use these as socks simple because 600 or more meters is a lot of yardage and if I can stretch and make use of every inch of yarn, that would be great. So this would probably end up being a shawl of some sorts. I’ll have to figure out a pattern for it or just design one! Tehehehe.

I have another skein of handspun that I’ve just completed. I just need to let it rest of the niddy noddy before “finishing” it with a bath and lots of twacking to smooth out the twist. (Yes, this is all spinning jargon. *grin*)

Woody Grass

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Spindles: Wild Berry

Spindle: Wild Berry Spindle: Wild Berry

I have been eyeing these spindles since I first saw them in the spindlers forum on Ravelry a while back. When Susan wrote in her group forum that the manufacturers of dymondwood were phasing out certain colours, especially the pinks, I knew I had to get some in my favourite colours. I had missed out on the updates due to the time difference between Europe and California (or PDT area) and the call out for anyone who was destashing didn’t give me much results (I did snag one but that has yet to arrive in the mail). So when she announced that she was updating with some spindles, I just had to get one…even if it meant surfing the night in the middle of the night for all sorts of things (door stops, anyone?) just to catch an update. Tehehe.

I must admit that this “colourway” was not on my to-get list but I couldn’t shy away from the purple so I grabbed it. I tore into it the moment it arrived and was instantly amazed. It does live up to its name of being tiny! In fact, it’s so tiny that it fits in the palm of my hand. I am hoping to give this a go later on – I have plenty of spinning WIPs at the moment. So for now, it’ll just have to sit pretty in the spindle vase along with my other spindles. Tehehehe.

Wild Berry
Whorl | Dymondwood in Wild Berry
Shaft | Dymondwood in Purple Passion
Total weight | 0.4 oz
From | Susan from Thomas Creations/Threads Thru Time

Spindle: Wild Berry

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