Saturday, September 06, 2014

Out of the Black

Earlier this week, my friend Jill tagged me on Facebook in the comments for this picture, as she knew I think I would find it v. inspiring. 


I did indeed, and I worked hard on replicating the colours the following day, and making them play nicely together ... it turned out so well !!
I documented it on my Facebook page, and the responses to it were amazing, they gave me a real boost, so thankyou all SO MUCH for that :)
I've also been listening to a new album whilst working this week, the eponymously titled album from 'Royal Blood' ... a British 2 piece band, that sound like at least a 4 piece!! It has all the energy I need to just get on with creating... I really like it. They are definitely on my 'bands to see LIVE' list :)
The first track off the album is called 'Out of the Black', and it seems like a very apt name for this particular colourway, don't you think?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Where did he get that Hat??

A few years ago, 6 to be precise ... I spun some wonderful rovings into a very ..ahem.. bright 3 ply, and called it 'Ode to Vincent' 


I kept one skein, and made a 'Dulcie'

I sent the other skein to my friend Woolly, and she made a reverse stocking stitch Chullo with it called Noma, because really, when you are knitting with handpun, an uncomplicated pattern lets the yarn do the talking, and boy, did it talk!! The pattern originally appeared in the KCG journal 'Slipknot' in 2010 (... haha I LOVE that name. Bizarrely it conjours up, for me, images of  masked ladies knitting and crocheting to Corey Taylor's growls :P) and today, she's re-released the pattern to the world, in freebie form..... and who doesn't love a freebie? 
Here's Tom, giving it some attitude :P

 (Both photographs reproduced with the permission of their owner, Woolly Wormhead)

To find more photos, please visit Woolly's Blog :)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Method in my Madness

You may have noticed recently (especially if you like my Facebook page ) that I have been quite.. ahem... 'prolific'... posting pictures etc
There are a few reasons for this, one being I am exhibiting at the Bakewell Wool Gathering in October, and that in itself needs exposure. It's a lovely show, friendly, easy to get to and also has a MASSIVE car park :P 
So yeah, need to motivate myself to do awesome things for this, as it's the only 'show' I am doing this year.
Another reason is that I have a new android phone, and it is brilliant, so it makes posting to Facebook/Twitter etc very easy...
But, the main reason, is that I have been feeling more creative and inspired recently, and I think being able to communicate that to everyone via social media is keeping me motivated :) 
The main reason though, is keeping the Black Dog at bay. 
So please bear with me as I clutter your lives with colour... but, in my defence, who doesn't like seeing happy colours pop up on their FB news/twitter feeds every now and then?
The last couple of days have seen me documenting my method (such as it is) of dyeing fibre...
 
First of all I use some inspiration. 
This is a picture Beast took on our recent holiday to Cornwall... he took it with his phone, and this picture was one of the reasons I got a new phone, for the camera... so I can take beautiful photos like this too!

 

Next, I formulate a 'colour plan' ...


... pre-soak the fibre, then mix my dyes and add the colour.

 

Then it gets cooked, left to completely cool, rinsed and then put on to an airer to dry. This is when I have to resist poking/picking at it, and let the top open out naturally as it dries.


 And when it is dried, I get to roll it up into a circle of wonderment and share the beautiful picture with you :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sock Yarn for a TeenOgre


A little while ago, Thing 1 asked me to spin some yarn up, and make him some socks. A few minutes later, I was able to pick myself up off the floor, having recovered from the shock of it all, and agreed to do it :P
I had a look through my stash, and there wasn't anything suitable for:

a) A TeenOgre
b) A TeenOgres feet

So I put a shout out on Twitter  about it, and the lovely and most awesome Spinner Lady, Katie came to my rescue :) She sent me some BFL/Ramie tops, and I was good to go.
First of all I decided to spin it up un-dyed... then quickly realised that was a bad idea... so I dyed it up... (picture above)
 
It was lovely to dye, and spin, and I had a great plan to get it to self stripe. I weighed and measured and all that gubbins, was confident in my consistency etc... but it didn't self stripe all the way through  :P
It started well... !!!!!


...so... onto the knitting. 
It'll be interesting to watch it grow, at least >.<


Monday, July 14, 2014

Hayley Cowl

This design is something I have been working on for a couple of months now, and I finished it at KnitClub last Thursday... am pretty chuffed with it too :)
It's knit in the round,with 115g of Memerino and edged in the handspun pictured above :)
The edging is an i-cord bind-off, which gives a lovely roll to it, which mirrors the stitch pattern.

You start with a provisional cast on, work the main body part which consists of four pattern repeats... Then you change to your edging yarn, and work up to an i-cord bind off. Then you go back, undo the provisional cast on and work up to another i-cord bind off in the edging yarn.



I have every intention of writing the pattern up... honest!!




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting my Spin On

I got my spinning MoJo back... thanks largely to my very good friend Laura (Artygal on Ravelry) She goes to a couple of local guilds, and borrowed a blending board from one of them and brought it to KnitClub. Well, of course I had to have a play, and made some little rolags, and span them up as 'homework' ... and that is all it took to get me hooked again.

This 3 ply was a joy to make, due largely to the beautiful ingredients :)

(Top Left: SCF Polwarth, Top right: JulieSpins Merino and bottom is some merino I dyed aaages ago, thought I had felted it but it just needed 're-educating' :p)

I have enough of the fibre left to make maybe another 100g, so enough to do something with... maybe :P 

I am just really happy that:

a) I can still Spin
b) I actually WANT to spin again

I have called this awesome creation 'Coming Home' ... 


Monday, February 03, 2014

Dyeing Fun ...again :)


I had a lot of fun dyeing this 460g of MesMerino!! 

I did it a couple of Saturdays ago, during the most INSANE storm. It was that insane, that I had to close the door to my studio, as hail was coming in the door, horizontally :O
Outside was full of awesome, smoky colours, and I had these 4 skeins left to dye ... so I just looked out of my studio window and just went for it :)