Monday, July 30, 2007

First Spinning

Here is my first spinning attempt and I'm pretty happy with it. It's not quite even, and it's both overspun and underspun (and overplied and underplied) but at the moment I'm pretty sure it's useable! It's made from about half? of one of the Nundle Cheeses, which were pretty easy to work with because it was just one loooooooooong string of roving. The hardest parts were connecting a new bit when it broke a couple of times.

At some point I made even roll it into a ball.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Post Office Hat

My sister kept borrowing/stealing the last beanie I made so I said I'd make her a beanie if she bought me the yarn...three months later she did (when I went to Southland with her - she actually works there) and I made this.

It's the Post Office Hat which I've been looking for an excuse to make, and she initially said she wanted something really lacey so version 1 (not photographed)got frogged because it had really big holes in it (by that stage she'd forgotten she wanted something lacey). I've still got enough yarn to make her a narrow scarf, but she has to wait for that one (as she got the beanie the day after she bought the yarn).

Done in Patons Caressa DK - lovely and soft. Now I've just got to make her a matching scarf with the left over yarn.

Monday, July 23, 2007

More Pretty

Here's some more gorgeous roving that Meshell sent me. This one is from Celia's Basket and the colour is Jungle Flowers and it's lovely and soft and ever so pretty.

The cheeses I ordered from Nundle Wool Mills have also arrived so you should see some spinning from me soon...and I may have also won a couple of lots on ebay as well so I better get to work!

I've just counted the Nundle stuff - and it looks like while I ordered a kilo, I've got one and a half. Lucky me!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I've just sent the lovely Meshell some books for her 110 Books to Read List (which has some great books on it) and she was naughty kind enough to order me some beautiful roving.

It's from Copperpot Woolies and the colours are gorgeous. I did however shred the paperwork that came with it (I was giving my desk a much needed tidy up and shredding anything that I didn't need and was the least bit personal - but now my desk is lovely and neat!) so I don't know the colour names.

This stuff is so soft I could use it as a pillow - except that I'd probably dribble on it and wreck it, so it's going to be spun up. Except, because Meshell has done this, she made me get a move on and I've ordered some plain roving to practice on first, so that should arrive soon too.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

TAST Week 9: Cross Stitch

Week 9 in the TAST challenge was Cross Stitch which I've used a bit of in the past.

I started off with some plans for maybe some Assisi Work but I wasn't really happy with the design I came up with, so I went with a simple tree, which I think is quite cute!

Monday, July 09, 2007

TAST Week 8: Fly Stitch

I'm certainly starting to amass some bookmarks! Week 8 is Fly Stitch.

It was quite fun exploring this stitch and after doodling a little I came up with doing a dandelion (which is interesting because librarylass said my Week 3 bookmark looked like a dandelion). I ended up stitching this one at the craftster meet in the city (so it was a little while ago), but it seems the sewing together is taking a little longer than the actual embroidery.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Crocheted ATCs

I thought I'd have a go at making some crocheted ATCs the other day and came up with this series.

It's called 'The many browns of Australia' and clockwise from the left we have the beach (which is my favourite), the desert (with rocks) and a paddock (with sheep and trees). Even though they're not as obvious as I'd hoped they were still fun to make.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

TAST Week 7: Feather Stitch

I'm really enjoying the way the TAST challenge is not only making me use more stitches, but I'm also looking at using different threads and looking more at designs.

While this week's design is fairly simple and admittedly I haven't branched out that much on the stitch, I have started using some Perle cotton, previously I've only really used the six stranded embroidery thread so it's nice to go in a bit of a different direction.

I ended up giving this to my mum as part of her birthday present and she really liked it.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Birthday Card

A bit of a break from all that embroidery today!

I whipped this card up quickly for my mum's birthday the other day. No real pattern, just made up (and frogged back!) as I went along, and glued to a card.