I've gone a little nuts on my new wheel, I'm still MOST definitely in the realm of 'new spinner' (LOL), but I can feel myself getting a bit better...and I tried plying for the first time/s and adore it!
More piccies on the blog but here are some, with a group shot to start...
And on the right is 'Fireworks at Night', my first time plying and first time spinning from a batt, which was way fun 78 yards of merino, tussah and glitz, 2 ply.
'Neptune' - 120 yards tussah single ply, I LOVE silk, oh my goodness It was hell on the spindle but as soon as I got the wheel, I was right back at it and it worked out fine. On the right is an unnamed 2 ply with its single ply version on the right, I much prefer the two ply. This is merino and I love the colours.
'Carnival' I think is my favourite, 133 yards of 2 ply merino. And on the right is 'Brown Paper Packages' which is 2 ply Western Australian melanin wool, natural undyed in grey.
Yay, lovely yarns This is my first fiber friday post! I've done a few skeins on drop spindles in the last twoish weeks, at this post here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167178.0 but yesterday we brought home our new wheel (), a second hand Ashford Traditional and I was working on these two this morning.
I'm really loving the blue/purple merino and I'm going to spin up the other half of the roving soon and ply it, the multicoloured one is straight from a batt. I can't believe how much easier drafting is on a wheel than it is on a spindle, I had to predraft the heck out of my fiber for it to work with the spindles. So I'm going to keep going with this one, and I don't know whether I want to ply it or not, hmm.
Unfortunately, after I did these two the wheel broke! The metal pin holding the thingybob (you know ) broke and now it can't treadle...so I've got to get another pin. Such torture to only just get to have a first play today and then it's taken away from me already! I hate waiting
Hey lovelies! Soooo...I decided to have a play with spinning, and of COURSE I love it to bits Oh I just adore it, I am kicking myself for waiting this long to try it! I have been an avid Fiber Fridays reader forever and ever and I'm so glad that now I can play
Here's a little 'first spinning' showoff...
So here's my wee collection of spindles, all from Etsy, a lightweight top whorl, a bottom whorl (I think this one is my favourite) and a convertible (which I prefer as a top whorl). And the little white thang is my first yarn! It's so strange looking but I was tres proud
Theennnn, on the right are the yarns I've done so far, from top to bottom in the order that I spun them in. I'm allowing myself to call the last one yarn, I'm not sure if any of the others 'count', tehe, they are lumpy and bumpy but I still love them. I find my favourite part is setting the twist, so fun!
So these three are the first three I did after the little white one, the top is tencel/merino, the middle is merino that I tried to keep thick and the bottom is some of the practice roving that came with one of the spindles (I think that was go number 2).
Then I had a play with some more of my white merino which I was really quite happy with, it was lush to spin too, and looks much nicer than the first time I used it
Then some green something, which is quite slubby and bumpy because I mixed a few rovings together as well as some silk (eep, hard! ), it's not got a name yet. I am getting better at joining as I do more though.
And the one on the right is my fave, I called it Fern Gully. This one is merino too and the most even one of the lot
And the seventh go went to the lovely catpants in the choose your partner swap, and she received today so I can include it in this post, yay! This is 130 yards of Merino, 'The Royal Jewels'. It was hard to photograph, it's darker than it shows up here. I'm really happy with this one, real yarn, yay!
And this is what I'm playing with at the moment, some Bluefaced Leicester, trying to keep it thin and even on the new light spindle.
Thanks for letting me share, I love looking at all your work so much! We're looking at getting a wheel in the near future too, so very excited about that!
K! I've got piccies of what I sent lovely Ms Catpants Of course it is impossible to live up to wonderful knitted goodness, but I tried, tehe
So the two quilted cushion covers were the main thang. One is a log cabin with greens, blues and brown's which Ms C likes. I also found out that she likes black and white so I decided to mix it with a fabric that she said she liked, and added some pink/beige/green. This one I did in triangles with a border.
Then I did a little piecing from the log cabin leftovers and put it in a frame with some trim and vintage lace.
And here's another view of the cushion covers. The log cabin is quilted with straight lines in various directions, and the squares of the other are done and the pink/green border stippled.
Then a set of either napkins, tea towels or placemats in green with some cooking fabric from catpants's Wists, and a Denise Schmidt she told me she loved. I thought these came out cute! And a little owl canvas, the owl is a linocut print on teadyed envelope. And a squashed cube pincushion in another Denise print.
And I was so excited to include this! We have been chatting about learning to spin whilst the swap was going on, and I finally produced something that I will allow myself to call 'yarn' haha This is called 'The Royal Jewels' and is 130 yards of one ply merino. It was hard to take a piccie of, it's a little darker than these came out. I hope it's not horrible to knit with!
Then a big covered canvas, I love making these, this is the first quilted one I've done, I usually just do pieced ones. My family told me not to send it as they think it's ugly but I'm glad I did because catpants said she likes it This was mainly using reds and greens which are some of her fave colours, with some trim and buttons and stitching/quilting.
Then two 8" quilt blocks for her craftster quilt, which I tried to put a little 'me' into, one with my love of log cabins and pink and green, and the other for my love of the red/blue/aqua combo That one is a little bit bigger than 8" because someone doesn't know how to measure
And some bits and bobs, some Australian lollies, Whip bar, Violet Crumble, Natural confectionary snakes and Fantales, some postcards from Etsy, Knit Happens patches and a framed print of one of my photographs from a series I did on nostalgia
So glad you like it Ms C! I LOVED our swap, I'm prancing around in all my knitted gear and I'm so glad you like your sewn goodies
Now just one package to finish and then back to my swap ban, meep
Myyyy goodness, this beautiful package from the lovely catpants took my breath away! We pretty much did a stalking-esque knitted goods for sewn goods swap, with other bits and bobs thrown in. Here's what catpants sent me!
So Ms Stalker did a GREAT job on my Wists! She made me a one skein wonder , woohoo! And you'll also notice that this package consists of the most lovely dusty greyish blues which I described and she TOTALLY read my mind in the colour department with her beautiful yarn choices...
ANYHOO, do you know how hard it is to take a photograph of your own back!? Sheesh. So shoulder action shots will have to do I absolutely adore it.
And THEN...another shrug! I am a shrug freak, this one is from my wists too! It's also around here somewhere I am so, so, so lucky...this one is also such a gorgeous blue/grey, and the yarn is so soft. It closes with a cute button brooch! I am totally wearing this when I'm on the desk shift in the library, very quirky librarian-esque no?
Manon: Do you like my horns? Oh, I mean...my cat ears? *cough*
Manon was totally spoiled too! She got the most adorable kitty hat, ALSO from my Wists...in Blythe version! (how on earth? You knitters amaze me) She also got a shrug of her own, ha! And a gorgeous scarf. She is very pleased, she also now loves catpants better than she loves me because one lazy person hasn't made her any clothes yet
Now excuse the crappy picture of the LOVELY slippers! The only place I can take pics in my house is on the washing machine, so here is me perched on top of said washing machine trying to a) Not break it. b) Not fall off and c) Take rocking piccy of slippers! They are SO soft and squishy, love this yarn to bits! These are also from my Wists!
And then (my other favourite colour is pink), a fan-freaking tastic cotton grocery bag, I am in LOVE with this. I have wanted one for so long and Ms smarty pants stalker didn't even know!
And then probably the most stunning pieces of jewellery I've seen, this gorgeous cluster ring (I love cluster rings!), which is my first, it is so beautiful and tres comfy. And these absolutely smashing earrings with gorgeous little hummingbirds, chain and beautiful beads...never taking these off!
And wonderful studs! I am obsessed with red and buttons And the most GORGEOUS, gorgeous napkin holders from knitted wire and beads, aren't they divine!? I could stare at these all day.
Thank you Ms catpants for being a super duper wonderful swap partner! I only hope you like your package half as much as I love yours!
And I totally blame you (and esmerelda) for my new addiction to yarn, crochet, knitting and spinning.
I've told avi I'll post a few piccies, just because I'm too excited So here is some of the crafted portion of the package...
Here's the stocking, I thought it was hilarious that we sent stockings of almost exactly the same shape without even talking about it! We basically just surprised each other with the stockings On the right are Christmas log cabin coasters and two decorations.
The main pressie was the wreath which was inspired by the funky one on her wists, this was so fun to make!
More coasters These ones on wood with acrylic and varnish, with felt backs, these were mucho fun too! On the right is a squashed cube pincushion with a fabric covered button, i love this fabric
Stretched fabric canvas with vintage buttons and trim
Another thing inspired by her wists (she has great wists! ), a little wristlet purse.
Err...and this strange looking reindeer (I'm afraid the one poor Nixie got looked worse tehehe), I'm sticking to sewing!
And there's Aussie candy and some storebought goodies and a few more small crafts, Anyhoo, shall leave the other bits and bobs for avi, I'm SO glad you liked your package! Funnest swap EVER.
Be prepared for a massive post! (I'm SO sorry to those on dialup, eep!) because I got a massive package!
Where to start? With the fabulous stocking of course!
It is just beautiful, red velvet with this amazing patterned fabric, which has been TOTALLY quilted and is such a lovely texture, and it has my NAME on it! eeee! hehe I am so in love
Then, MASSES of lollies, oh my! I'm in Australia so this is all new and so exciting, check out the gorgeous pop rocks lilttle lunchbox tin! Woohoo And something that I most definitely have tried before are my most favourite in the world lollies, Caramel Apple Pops, which I have coerced many an American swap partner into buying for me, hehe, you are such a great stalker avi!
Some of the wonderful storebought goodies, all absolutely PERFECT and again showing what a fabulous blog/post stalker av is, some fabulous Anne Taintor napkins and postcards for my collection, as well as a Betty Boop nightlight and Andy's Marylin cards(!!!)...plus three of the most delicious smelling candles EVER, Holly Berries, Miseltoe and Cinnamon Stick, this was the best smelling package I have ever received On the bottom right is the cutest thing ever, a christmas 'magic towel' that I totally need to expand at the nearest opportunity!
Then the crafty supplies, yummy! These two gorgeous christmas bags (look at those embroidered mittens!) on the left held lollypops and TRIM! *faint* Avi sent me the most wonderful trims from her collection, check out the retro fish and the gorgeous handmade lace from her grandmother, my goodness! And then there are mini christmas sharpies for my addiction, and an absolute TON of buttons in two absolutely gorgeous tins. Then on the right are felted christmas present soaps! OH MY! These are so perfect and cute, and her first time felting, they are WONDERFUL
This is so special, she found out (stalking again! ) that I was looking for American and international Christmas recipes, especially sugar cookies, to bake this Christmas so she sent me her own sugar cookies recipe as well as three cookie cutters, a cat for my Asta, a bone for my two dogs and a christmas stocking to remember this swap by...Awwwwwwwwww, how special is that? Fabulous
Theh...best Christmas decorations, EVER! Retro bottlecaps with beads, I FREAKING LOVE them, oh my! And now that I've taken my piccies I can at last run and put them on my tree...they are SO me, you are the best!
These beautiful little hairpins (crochet! yummy) are one of my favourite things, they are so, so tiny and gorgeous, I can't wait to wear them
Marble magnets! Woohoo! (I can't find the right marbles for these over here )
Everyone who works in a library needs beautiful bookmarks! I just adore reading and so does avi, these are just so perfect, check out the vintage Christmas one!
And then there is this amazing book! It is absolutely seamless and perfect, just fantastic, I had to stop myself taking 10 million photos because it has SO many beautiful coloured pages and all these different ways of folding out, I LOVE it! Thank you so much
And then lucky last...i think my rambling PMs have rubbed off because I got an awesome three page letter (hehe)! And I got my own christmas sock monkey in card form! LOL, It's fabulous
Thank you SO much avi, this was the funnest swap ever and just an amazing package, I am SO happy to have had you as a partner and I only hope you like your package as much as I loved yours, I hope you get it soon and now I'm super nervous!
And now that this post is done I'm off to stuff myself with candy and put everything in its rightful place
1. Merry Christmas Baby - BB King. 2. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - The Drifters 3. Let it Snow - Frank Sinatra. 4. Scrooge - from The Muppet Christmas Carol. 5. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - The Beatles. 6. Run, Run Rudolf - Chuck Berry. 7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland. 8. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky. 9. Carol of the Bells - from the Home Alone Soundtrack. 10. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt. 11. I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas - Shirley Temple. 12. Little Jack Frost Get Lost - Pottery Barn. 13. Here We Come A-Caroling - from Disney Christmas Favourites. 14. The Twelve Days of Christmas - The Disney Characters. 15. Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks. 16. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms. 17. You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 18. Baby it's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone and Zoey Deschanel. 19. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - Elvis Presley. 20. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Frank Sinatra. 21. All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth - Alvin and the Chipmunks. 22. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Jack Johnson. 23. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys. 24. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra. 25. March of the Toy Soldiers - Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky. 26. It's Christmas Time Pretty Baby - Elvis Presley. 27. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis. 28. O Christmas Tree - Charlie Brown Christmas. 29. An Australian Christmas Medley.
And I also sent a card and one of these ornaments that I've been working on
Here are the two other cards I have received The first one is from one crafty bitch and is gorgeous! I love the design
This one is from MariskaLovesCrafts and I LOVE it! She knew I loved illustration, especially vintage looking or children's illustrations...and the best part, this postcard decided to go on a holiday to Japan before it came to Australia, how awesome! I'm totally keeping the sticker on it