And Happy Sunday to you! I’ve had a whirlwind of a week and it is so nice to be sitting here in the blogworld looking at pretty pictures and happy woolly goodness! This last week has been filled with classes, classes and more classes… new classes which are revolutionising the way I view both myself and my practice, it is wonderful. Somewhere along the week I caught a germ however, doesn’t that always happen when you are busy? So I’m a sneezing, germy, exhausted mess, coughing razor-blades all night, but I’m here and despite the germiness, very excited to show you some lovely bright colourful pictures!
About six weeks ago I asked my bosses if I could take Saturday 23rd July off, as the annual Upper Hutt Spin-In was scheduled for that day… if you’ve been reading my adventures for a long time now, you might remember THIS POST from a year ago when I went for the first time! Back then I didn’t spin, but I bought plenty for my Mum to spin on my behalf (he he) so this time, being a spinner, I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited to go… and when I get excited, I get really excited. I’ve been counting down the Saturdays, saving every spare cent, working hard to make sure I could indulge in Maria’s happy knots of colour!
As I ended up sick (boo hoo, poor me, I promise that will be my last reference to my health) I didn’t want to take my spinning wheel as we had planned, and ended up taking my knitting which I didn’t even feel like doing because I was feeling miserable (how to tell if I am really sick- I don’t feel like knitting OR eating chocolate…. someone call an ambulance!) HOWEVER, I did manage to indulge in some retail therapy.
And I felt a lot better afterwards.
Can you spot Maria’s beautiful knots, like the ones I bought last year? She is such a talented lady, I love her dying and can’t wait to have a go at spinning them myself….
This mornings task for myself was to empty my bobbins (I only have two that fit my wheel and one for plying which means I can only have one spinning WIP at a time… probably a good thing!) so I plyed (plied?) this…
This is merino roving available from the Little Wool Company, their website is HERE… it is veeeeeeery cheap and lovely to spin, it is merino in the colourway Boysenberry. I have a huge big bag of it (600gms for $24) and haven’t spun much yet… It is so lovely and soft, I highly recommend it! So my bobbins are empty, ready for some exciting colourful spinning later today!
The last thing I bought yesterday were these…
Mum and I were both keen to see the lady who sells these cold water dyes… back in January in THIS POST I did some dying with these dyes which are lovely to use, and I’m excited about now dying my own sliver. So 1kg of white merino is on its way to my place and a dying day is in the planning… watch this space!
So after all this excitement and potential spinning fun, I had to laugh when I arrived home to a parcel I ordered off the internet a week and a half ago… I was hoping to spin it for the Tour de Fleece but the postal system is quite irregular sometimes in New Zealand, so it arrived exactly on the day I had topped up my stash to bursting point!
But I do believe it is the most beautiful dye work I have ever, ever seen. I’m not really a “squeeeeeeee-er” (although when my lovely friend Tickety-Boo squee’s my socks I do quite like that!) but this roving seriously makes me squee.
It is truly stunning, better than I could have hoped for when I bought it on the net so didn’t actually really know what was coming and if you want some too, the lovely lady who dyes it sells it HERE.
Onto the Gypsy Caravan Blanket! It is coming along very nicely, I did a square count before and the grand total so far is 138 plus 34 centres waiting to be joined.
Although I am not a fan of white fur through my blanket so that will be the one and only shot of cat + blanket!
I have discovered that making a big wool blanket in Winter is a very good idea. It is very snuggly on my lap as I make it and although I want it for my bed, I can’t imagine making one like this in Summer, the itchiness! Eeks! I’m having a lot of fun with this and have decided on the next TWO blankets, colour schemes and everything already… one will be a continued de-stash blanket as I’m not really getting through the stash, especially when I have to buy more of some colours when I run out…. It is fun getting through these half and quarter balls though, finishing the merino I made my arm warmers from and the perendale I made some baby hats for a friend with…. yet the bag is still full!
It’s freezing here, whats happening in your part of the world today? Is it sunny? Icy and cold like here? And how are you all? It has been lovely to pop in and catch up, but I must go back to my real life now! Hope you’re all great and sending you lots of rainbow happiness, thank you for stopping by!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx