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Lots of Wonderful Things to Talk About
Filed under: Knitting/ Spinning

Warning this could be a long post :-)

You know how it goes, for weeks you rack your brains for blog fodder and then suddenly half a dozen blog worthy things seem to pop up at once!

So where to start.

I have um taken um delivery of a few parcels over the last few days…

I am trying to keep them hidden from hubby cos he thinks I might be going a bit overboard on this spinning lark:-)

First up there was this dyer on Etsy – I made the mistake of wandering round her site while writing a whole bunch of CD’s for a collegue.

Next thing I know this had fallen into my basket!


It is called Pixie Dust and it is 4 oz of 85% merino 15% tencel in shades of lilac and plum with a sprinkling of bling.

There was also this


2 1/2 oz of tussah silk in copper, teal, peacock blue….

I could have bought more but I restrained myself but I thoroughly recommend her stuff and her service.

Then there was these little auctions that I found on Ebay that resulted in




Mauves this

2x 4oz of Superwash merino

Both will need plenty of carding or combing before I can use them but at 99p per pack it was a bargain I couldn’t resist :-)

And then there was the order from Crown Mountain Farms……


8oz Correidale pencil roving in Tourmaline ( for Lady Eleanor)

8oz Great Balls of Fire superwash merino

8oz It Takes Two Baby superwash merino

I don’t think I need to buy anymore fibre for a while :-)

Right that’s all the purchases out of the way

What’s on the needles?

Well the first hidden sock is just past the heel and I have to amend the title. It seems that I was in error, I’m actually knitting the Lichen rib sock – not the Yarrow. It was only when I came to do the heel flap that I realised something was wrong, the pattern was telling me to play with 66st and I only had 60! The patterns face each other across a double page and I had looked at one picture and promptly cast on for the other duh!

The Canal Du Midi socks are creeping along. The first one is done and the second one is about 1" long. I also have a new sock design on the needles that I can’t tell you about yet.

However yesterday I didn’t get any knitting or spinning done at all!

I spent the entire day wandering around this!

Ravelry I read about it on a blog and recieved an invite to join them.

The best desciption I have heard of it is Myspace for fibre addicts :-)

It is fantastic. From my point of view as a designer even more so. You have an online notebook where you can upload details of past and present projects in knitting and crochet (they are working on a spinning one too) and as a designer I have an online portfolio containing all my designs and where to get them – there will be an online shop to purchase pattern too.

You can keep details of your stash, needles, hooks, you can message other users, search for patterns and probably dozens of other things that I haven’t got my head round yet and best of all it is completely free!

All you will need is a Flickr account ( it took me all of 2 minutes to join) and to sign up on the front page for an invite to join. ( it may take them a day or two to get back to you – they have been swamped with requests) I can see this taking off in a big way

Pop over and say hello. Just remember it is still in Beta testing mode and there are a few minor glitches but you don’t need to be a techie to find your way around.

See you there :-)

I’m off for an extremely long weekend. Monday and Wednesday are bank holidays here in Guernsey so, in their wisdom school has decided to make Tuesday our half term. Hopefully there will be some FO’s in a few days.

Have a good weekend :-)

janle @ 3:39 pm

6 Comments for 'Lots of Wonderful Things to Talk About'

    May 4, 2007 | 4:32 pm

    You are full of fibery goodness! Happy spinnig…see you on Ravelry;-)

    May 4, 2007 | 7:10 pm

    I just bought Indian Summer and Black Roses! lol What beautiful roving! Now, any suggestions for dinner?

    May 5, 2007 | 3:43 pm

    Oh, I just finished spinning my fiber from Copper Pot Woolies, great stuff! And more Crown Mountain pencil roving? I love that fiber too. You’re going to be one busy little spinner. :)
    I’m on the waiting list for raverly, can’t wait to get in and look around!

    May 6, 2007 | 4:14 pm

    That Pixie Dust is lovely! And I’ve heard nothing but good about Teyani’s stuff (Crown Mountain Farms).
    *sniff* Someday I’ll get a Ravelry invite and be able to join the cool kids! ;)

    May 7, 2007 | 4:26 am

    What will you play with first? I still say you’re going to have a second wheel before you know it, just so you can play with different rovings at the same time.

    May 7, 2007 | 10:31 pm

    copperpot dyes some beautiful fibre….i can see some purchases on the horizon(might have to wait till after woolfest tho!)
    dont forget we need to see some pics of these fibres spun up….hidden is stunning by the way!
    take care
    love n hugs
    mel x

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