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tirsdag 8. januar 2013

New Year - New Possibilities! =)

Hopefully 2013 will be a better year for me healthwise, and then I might manage to get this blog up and running again... =)

I have gotten some stuff done, though - here I will show some of the things I finished.

This summer I finally got around to spin some more Chiengora = dogs wool. I have spun it with predrafted silk hankies, and I like the result very much. Some of the singles I plied with f.i. Merino or Polwarth like this - Chiengora Samojed + Mulberry silk hankies plied with Merino-silk.






These supersoft and fuzzy skeins were given to the owner of the Samojeds. She was very happy! =) This summer I also tried weaving for the first time, and I whipped up some scarfs! Who had thought that weaving would be so much fun?! =) Here is scarf number 3 - using mostly handspun silk yarns.








































I also spun some Chiengora Samojed with dyed silk hankies that I kept as a singles, and I used that singles as weft and handspun silk yarn and some commercial silk yarn as warp. I wondered how the energized singles would behave in weaving, and I think it turned out great! The more the scarf is handled, the softer it gets! =)








































When I first started spinning 2 years ago, I thought I would never spin crazy artyarn. But after I tried I realized it is SO cool and that the possibilities are endless!! =)

Corespun organic merino








































Corespun Cormo locks with silk add-ins





...that turned into this buttoned cowl/scarf. =)







































I have wanted to dye my fiber and yarns for a long time, and I finally got around to try. This is organic Merino I dyed myself before corespinning it.



My sister wanted a blue hat, so I made this for her out of the corespun yarn. I made it reversible and with a doubled brim. =)








































Another corespun yarn turned into a bouclé type yarn when I plied it a special way.







































This corespun BFL - at least some of it








































..turned into a cool buttoned cowl for myself. =)





































This scarf with very long fringes were made of corespun Cormo locks. Supersoft and cool! =)





























































I also entered the Longest Thread Competition 2013 (Electric spinner) with my attempt to spin as thin as I managed. I used raw Cormo locks, and my second attempt got ca. 270 meters 2-ply from ca. 12 grams wool. Even though that is really thin and a lot thinner than I thought I could do, it is not even close to what the winners manage... *lol*

But it was a new experience, and it is cool to be a part of the competition. Hopefully the thread will hold together to be measured correctly... =)




























































I have spun a lot more yarns in 2012 and crafted more projects, but this was a little summary of the new things I have tried. =)


And as most of us are getting a little older, what better to start this new year with a beautiful song?

Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac - Landslide - Live 1975.
Enjoy! =)


søndag 30. september 2012

Keeping Me Alive Fingerless Mitts - Pattern available in norwegian now! =)

Keeping Me Alive Fingerless Mitts (norwegian only) download now Here shown in handspun Chiengora Eurasier & Silk:


And handspun merino:

Keeping Me Alive Fingerless Mitts - håndspunnet merino, Bruised Grapes      IMG_7151

Handspun BFL+silk:

Keeping Me Alive Handspun Fingerless Mitts - BFL-silk fra Friends in Fibers, Blue Moon     IMG_6901


DSA Hverdags:

Keeping Me Alive Fingerless Mitts - Hverdags fra DSA, lys mint   IMG_6895

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in the Iris colorway:

Pulsvarmere - Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light - Iris IMG_6828


Editet to add more photos. =)



Name of this pattern is as usual inspired by great music! Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song Keeping Me Alive. Enjoy! =)


søndag 12. februar 2012

Keeping Me Alive...

onsdag 25. januar 2012

Ikke spis regnskogen! Do not eat the Rainforest!

Regnskogens planter, insekter og dyreliv er viktig for både menneskene som bor der og andre steder samt for resten av kloden. Vær snill å signer oppropet på Regnskogens nettsider her - det tar mindre enn 1 minutt av din tid. Takk! =)

Edit: Da har jeg endret linken - håper det funker nå! =)



Bildet er lånt fra Regnskog.no sin nettside. Mer info om hvorfor du bør signere oppropet (og bli Regnskogsvokter!) finner du på samme side. =)

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The Rainforests are extremely important for us all. Please sign the petition! Thanks! =)

mandag 2. januar 2012

Does it freak You out? =)

Happy New Year! =)

lørdag 24. desember 2011

Same Procedure As Last Year, Joe! =)

 From All Of Us To All Of You - I Wish You A Happy Holiday! =)
Take it away, Joe Pesci!

onsdag 30. november 2011

The Waiting Is The Charm! =)

Om du vil ha hjelp til å korte ned ventetida frem til jul OG ha mulighet til å vinne masse kjekke premier - sjekk ut denne siden nå! =)

Dette er et par av de fristende premiene:






søndag 9. oktober 2011

Midnight Sky Handspun Boyfriend Scarf! =)

It`s been quiet on this front lately, but I am keeping busy with spinning. And now I finally have a finished project to show you! *yay*

It is the Midnight Sky Handspun Boyfriend Scarf - knit in supersoft and silky handspun baby alpaca fiber from Upstream Alpacas. I love that fiber! I can`t get enough of that fiber! *lol*

I just C-O 60 sts on a 5 mm circular needle (40 cm long) and knit a tube untill I ran out of yarn. The 2 first and last rows were knit like this: k1, p1 throughout. I had a big ass skein of 530 meters and 229 grams, and the scarf is ca. 216 cm long. My boyfriend loves it so I am very happy! =)











Here is the yarn!




tirsdag 2. august 2011

Cigarettes & Violets? =)

Not that I have ever smoked, but I love the song Cigarettes & Violets by Jesse Malin. I can`t seem to find a video that is not a live recording, so the sound is not the best... =)

I had an idea of a shawl with the petals of a flower around the edge, and this is the first try. I am quite happy with it, but I am not a fan of the yarn... Everyone seems to love it, but I just can`t understand why... *lol*

Facts:
Pattern: My design - Cigarettes and Violets Shawlette
Usage: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash on 4,5 mm needles.


Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - 
Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6179
Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6173

Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - 
Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6145

Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - 
Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6140
Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6161

Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6149

Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6146

Cigarettes & Violets Shawlette - Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash    IMG_6137
Sjal i Wollmeise 100% Superwash merino     IMG_6127

søndag 3. juli 2011

Darling Darling Stay With Me Shawlette - pattern published! =)

Here is the lace version of the Darling Darling Stay With Me Shawlette! *yey*

Facts:
Pattern - my design: Darling Darling Stay With Me Shawlette
Materials: 51 grams lace weight yarn - tULLiBaLL`s I en tynn tråd; 4,5 mm needles.

I chose to block this shawl, and it is cool to see how different the same pattern can turn out using different yarns. =)













































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As usual, the shawlette is named after a songtitle! I like the Hellacopters cover the best, so here it is - Darling Darling:
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