Once I participated in a ‘spinning longwool’ workshop of the OLG.
Amanda was our tutor.
During that time we were on holiday in England and being in Wensleydale I bought a fleece.

Beauties! The photo isn’t mine.
I got permission to use it from the owner of this website …..use the link to admire her felting.
A couple of years the wool stayed in my stash!
Not that I forgot it….oh no….time was the real reason.
Until now…..

imageIt will keep me busy for a long time!

imageAll fibers long and short are combed with a Flickr. The short ones are going on my drum carder, the long ones not. Otherwise they will be trapped on the carder.

CloudsIt feels so soft!

Once upon a time the postman brought me a parcel with beautiful tops!
They came from the UK from Amanda. My favorite colours!Thank you!!
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Merino-Cashmere 70/30.
After spinning:
The weight is 104 gram and the length is 471 meter.

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These tops are BFL (BlueFaced Lester)-Tussah silk 70/30.
After spinning:
The weight is 147 and 57 gram. The  length  is 905 and 267 meter.

The ‘single’ yarn was steamed to ‘set’ the twist.
steamNow how shall I use it….’Lace’ knitting or weaving?!

In the same parcel was this luxurious Tussah silk too….still silently waiting…..
Tussah silk

……and a happy and healthy 2016
keep on spinning and knitting and weaving and crochet and so on, and so on!!!

 WEAVING WITH VERY THIN THREADS!

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This mosaic weaving was on my ‘todo’ list for several years.

It was about time to get started……
Thin threads are my favorite and I like bright colours.

The length of the warp is for three shawls.
It was a joy to use my warping wheel again.
(Winding and beaming the warp)
Twelve threads per cm…..enough or to few….time will tell.

My Rose is very vulnerable. The timber can easily be damaged.
When you have to lift it for a long time, you get the feeling your arm is growing for at least one meter 😉
My friend Greet (together with her husband) designed a pattern to make a cover for her Rose.
When I saw her walking with her spinning wheel on top of a trolley and me sighing and sweating, carrying mine for a ten minute walk, it was easy to decide…….

She lended me her pattern! HURRAH! The sewing etc. etc.took approximately a fortnight, but now I can walk for miles with my spinning wheel save and sound’.
THANK YOU GREET 😉

My second top-down sweater. I chose a raglan sleeve and a v-neck.
I had to adjust a little, but knitting from the top that’s easy.
There is still some leftover yarn. I’m knitting a bag now.

I can wear it both sides!

The yarn is homespun

However when I wore the sweater the roll-collar flattened at the front and that irritated me!
It felt like a bib. I decided to undo the knitting and choose for the V-neck band.
From the leftover yarn I knitted a circle shawl.
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frontV-neckOn the photo it looks a little strange, but it really is a big improvement (for me).

…here is my cardigan without sleaves. Ann Budd’s book is an eye opener.
At first it felt like thinking upside down.
When I didn’t quite understand  how to continue, I visited her group on Raverlry and asked for help.

I had to finish the borders and it took me a long time to decide what colour.
Finally I choose brick-red and dyed my home spun yarn (I am not sure, but I think it was Bleu du Maine).

I made two hues, light and dark and used them both.
However when it was finished, I thought, what a pity I can’t wear it on both sides! There is no seam…
…but the edges weren’t that nice on the purl side.
After deep thinking I undid one armhole and crochetted the first row, then I started knitting.

During the Annual Spinning Day in 2013 all members got a small bag with tops.
Four different combinations of colours, called: summer-autumn-winter and spring.

I spun it in a special rhythm.
After each part of a season I added dark alpaca. I plied the single with grey cria alpaca

……and I bought this book:

 

The design with the different brown hues and white, is choosen by intuition.
It’s a plain weave. I like shawls to complete my outfit.
This one is for spring.

When finished my bobbin lace, I strenghtend it with hairspray, folded the result and attached it to cardboard. It makes me smile 😉

After several years I started again with bobbin lace.
The reason…well I found a special ‘cushion’, when I was on a ‘car boot sale’ in Denmark.
My teacher is Mariet Visser.

My 10 colour shawl is finished….
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On our Annual Spinning Day one could select a workshop.
My favorite was felting and I am so proud of the result.
The workshop was given by Alexandra and she is amazing.
Just take a look at her blog.

Every evening they show us their shimmering light.

It was a new holiday project. Easy to take with me and a lot of flowers to crochet in four weeks time.
Another great poney thanks to Heidi Bears.

Just as the first Fatty (I made for my daugher Janneke) we straightened the legs and neck
with thin sticks from the barbecue 🙂
No children are going to play with the little horse, so no danger included.
The yarn is 100 % acrylic and the colours are wonderfull.

‘Granny, will you knitt socks for me???’ Surprised I answered:”Do you really mean that?”
And yes he was serious.

“Will you wear them?”
“Yes….”

Together we went to the shop, so he could choose his own colour.
Being 4 years old he could only see what was on the lowest shelf.
He took the yarn and said: “Oh no, I don’t like this one.”
It was dark!
Now it was time to lift him and yes he saw the yarn with green….his favourite colour.
(I knew he would like it, the moment I put my eyes on it.)

Time to get started.

I knitted and  measured and kintted and measured……


They are perfect!

On his socks he went upstairs to show me something.
‘Oeh, they tickle,”he said.  So we decided to take them off.
“I think my feet need to adjust to them.” 🙂

The next day a photo showed him, walking in the garden on his socks.
He even wears them inside out.
Job done!

I am a little late with updating my website. It is all about winter….nevertheless here they are….

……the Brave African Flower Pony
Crochet Pattern by:
Heidi Bears

My daughter was linked to this pattern on a horse forum.
( http://www.ravelry.com/designers/heidi-bears )
Being a member of Ravelry, it was easy to find.

It is an amazing pattern and very nice to crochet.
Fatty has already found a place in Janneke’s home.

At the moment I am knitting a shawl, a sweater and socks.

This shawl I started yesterday!

A sweater…from recycled yarn
Toe up socks from a sock blank named  ‘stripes’

The first time….. a sock with a special pattern…Nice to do….

and after weeks……and weeks…I did finish them….

my ‘poncho’ sock blank socks…..

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