Sunday, 28 April 2013



 Hand spun singles and roving.

 I've been busy spinning wool. This batch is from Ebony, a 2 year old Romney sheep. I love the rich dark brown colour. I'm spinning singles at the moment. The next step is to ply the yarn to make a 2ply. This was a 5.62 lb of fleece commercially washed and made into roving for me. I'm lucky enough to live within driving distance of a small processing mill.

The girls.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Hand Dyed vest

Hand Dyed Vest

Some of the dyed wool yarn from the last post. 
I've completed the back, left side, and I'm now knitting the right side.

 Using up hand dyed yarns.

   2ply wool from my Romney sheep.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Spinning and dyeing

 Hand dyeing using acid dyes.

This method of dyeing is done in a large pot where the wet wool is placed in the pot and the dye is sprinkled on top.  The yarn is a 2ply worsted weight, from my flock of sheep.

 Bishop's Dog Hair.

Dog hair and Merino Roving.

Bishop was the beloved dog of my daughter Kim. He passed away a couple of years ago from a brain tumor. He was an Australian Shepherd. 

While organizing my wool and craft room I came across some of his fur and have decided to spin it up and knit a keepsake for my daughter.
I'm not sure what to knit yet, I'll have to spin it all up to see how much yarn I get.
We miss you Bishop.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Spring Quilt Making

 First we start with a bag of scraps. This bag is one of many stashed away in my fibre nest.

Quilt # 1

 Then we proceed to my work station. I'm able to sew and use the iron to press after the addition of each fibre strip.

The stripped squares, after sewing and cutting. The squares are 8 x 8 inches across.

Quilt # 2

 This is going to be a four patch quilt, surrounded with cream boarders.

Quilt # 3

 And now to really drive myself crazy I'm making a quilt with one inch squares.

One inch squares.

Strips of fabric.

Strips on the ironing board waiting to be added to the various quilts. 

I never do one thing at a time, I always have several things on the go.  I figure my time is too precious to waste so I cram as much as I can into everyday.

Happy Quilting to all.