Handspun galore!

I’ve been spinning A LOT! And by this, I mean A LOT. Last year, my wheel barely saw any action as I juggled soaping, the kids and other aspects of my life.

This time around, I try to squeeze in as much spin-time as I possible can in between soaping. Making bigger batches of soap at a time has helped a lot! Anyway, thanks to this, I have churned out – since January this year – at least 12 bundles of fiber and finished off a really old spin WIP. That totals up to over 1.5kg of fiber and around 7204.96 meters! And it’s only April! WHOA!…

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New additions!

And it’s all from one of my favourite dyers – Julie from JulieSpins. All pics are taken from her store (she takes superb pics!). Hehehehe.

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These are mostly 50-50 merino-silk with the exception of one of them which is a gorgeous superwash merino-nylon blend which I’m planning to turn into socks. I like the sheen and softness that 50-50 merino-silk gives and it’s my new favourite fiber blends. I reckon these would be just nice for a shawl – laceweight, me thinks! *grin*

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New stash additions!

First batch of handdyed yummies in three years!

I have been on a yarn and fiber diet for quite some time (it’s been two years!) and since my birthday last year, I’ve been treating myself to a one or two braids of roving here and there. Trouble with that is that since I left France, US postage plus the foreign exchange has not been favourable and fibers from my favourite dyers have been become rather expensive. At RM80-110 per roving (prices here excluding shipping which is at least another RM40 per braid), you could say that spinning and knitting has become an expensive hobby…

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Nutty thins!

Mixed nut brittle

With Chinese New Year fast approaching (I have under two weeks to go!!!), I had to get cracking on some CNY goodies. While I was in a flurry of baking last year (for the open house at my mother’s place), this year, things got off to a very hazy and slow start. I couldn’t figure out if it was the soaping or just distractions in the form of spinning, lazing in front of the computer and knitting…

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Spinning well into 2015!

SS Handspun: Millefiori Lace

Wow, this blog has been quite for the longest time ever! I blame it on the soaping! Tehehehe. Anyway, I don’t ever recall spinning this much in three months, let alone a year. Somehow, during the Christmas break (and a few weeks prior to my Christmas vacation), I decided to focus on my other hobbies – spinning and knitting. The knitting didn’t fare so well but the spinning turned out to be quite fruitful. (At the rate I’m going, I may just decide to do a little spin challenge of my own…or something.) I managed to dive into my stash, decide what I wanted to focus on for the next couple of months and put my wheel to very good use…

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WIP: Wensleydale

SS Handspun Wes Skein I

Ply | Single
Yardage | 483.1 m
Fibre | Simple Scarves Wensleydale in Magical Forest
Tool | Paua & amazon rosewood turkish spindles

This is still very much a stalled or on-going (depending on how you want to look at it) spin in progress. I did try working on the wheel with this but found out after a while that my spin style gave me rather wiry than soft halo-ish yarn so it’s pretty much on the spindle.

Anyway, I’m sharing it again because I simply love looking at it…the halo is utterly divine!

I do wish I had more time to spin and knit…am seriously missing it. I doubt I’d have a chance to do much of it – I need to get started on Christmas soaps and gift packs. O’well…

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Knit: Thinking of Spring

Thinking of Spring shawl in action

Thinking of Spring
Pattern | Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen
Yarn | JulieSpins Vera Lace in Thinking of Spring
Needles | 4.5mm and 6.0mm circulars

This knit took me about a month to complete – in between managing the kids, a spin project plus soaping (and churning out balms). It’s a gorgeous pattern but not for those who hate nupps. You can replace them with beads but they don’t quite give the same impact.

Thinking of Spring shawl in action

This project is a beaded one – I used Miyuki 8/0 Opaque Khaki AB beads in the pattern repeat and true to form, I got pretty tired of it towards the 11th repeat (which is the size of my shawl – 2 short of the recommended 13 repeats for a shawl). The beads are not very obvious; I didn’t want them to stand out too much and since they have a matt appearance rather than glossy, they don’t really stand out. No biggies…it is visible up close in real life and that’s good enough for me.

Thinking of Spring shawl in action

The yarn is a Vera wool laceweight single dyed by JulieSpins; her Vera yarns are gorgeously dyed and the colours come together quite well without ever really getting muddy. The pattern would pop even more if you were to knit it in a solid-coloured yarn; I’m quite happy with the colour choice for this pattern – very refreshing.

I have casted on another shawl but this one is just garter stitch so it’s more for a “bored to death, nothing to do” knit. I might work on another lace shawl…Eva wants to play eagle with them so it looks like I’m not off the hook until I come up with something. O’well…

Ravelry Project Page Ravelry info available here.

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