Saturday, November 20, 2010
Once my surprise parcel arrived, I found my swap partner was Matt, or Craftykiwi as he is known on Ravelry. He had put together a really superb parcel for me all beautifully wrapped in tissue tied up with multi-coloured string. The finishing details were lovely and something that, sadly, I fail at dreadfully.
Inside the package I found two wheels of braided fibre - 100g of polwarth (Spring Fever) and 100g of perendale (Jonquil Blush) with a silk hanky dyed to co-ordinate. Matt was the very able dyer of all the fibre! There was also a very yummy gingerbread man (mmm, ask me how I know that!!) as well as some packets of seeds which will eventually look very pretty in the garden - Forget Me Not (Marine Blue); Salvia (Victoria Blue); Petunia (Primetime Blues mixed).
Matt also included a sweet little gift card explaining the contents, the colours of which co-ordinated with everything perfectly!
Now wasn't I just the most spoilt one?
I have already spun up the perendale which I may make into a pair of fingerless mitts. Maybe. The colours came out into a lovely tweedy blend without going muddy at all. Really nice!
Thank you, Matt!!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Monday, July 05, 2010
On Day One I focused on the hand combed, hand dyed mystery wool. I found that I only had one bobbin already spun so I was able to begin on a fresh bobbin. I didn't spin up a whole bobbin's worth, but then that is a fair bit of spinning on a Majacraft bobbin! You can see below what I did manage.
Day Two was the even shorter day for spinning in which I spun up a little more of the merino dyed by Jan Gibb. Before and after photos, if you look closely, show a little progress on the bobbin.
I think I've broken Blogger - it doesn't seem to want to add my photos! If I can't get them up any time soon, look on Ravelry (my name is KathyR).
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In December of last year, members of the New Zealand Fibre Swap Ravelry group had a secret swap which I joined in on for the first time. My swapee (the one whom I received a parcel from) was Kate and if you look at the photos of the gorgeous items she sent you will see just how spoilt I was! Thank you again, Kate!
Blendy's Yarn Sampler Box
In January I joined in with many others and bought a box in Blendy's New Zealand Yarn Sampler Box with what I felt, at the time, was a mixed success. I felt that $35.00 (plus postage for a rather oversized box for what what inside) was a little steep considering what was contained in the package.
After I got over my initial disappointment, I did a bit of maths and sort of realised that maybe the cost wasn't too bad but I still feel that it is a lot considering that it is really hard to use up very little samples in a useful way. I guess it is a way, though, to put my creative hat on - if I can find it, that is!
Both the Fibre Swap and the Sampler Box have just had, or are into, their next round but I have decided not to join up with either this time. Financial restraints, time restraints etc, etc.
Time's fast running out so this will have to be it, for now. I have a horrible feeling that no photos will appear. Not sure why but I don't have the time now to try and fix it. Will try and do that in the weekend. Till then, cheerio!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I want to win the Spinning A Yarn Tussah Silk! Thanks to http://spinayarn.felt.co.nz & www.blendy.co.nz. @blendy
Be sure to take a look at Blendy's blog and even sign up for a Box! Lots of lovely goodies to be found here from all over New Zealand.
I am still around and will be back soon to tell of a few things I've been up to since I was last around. So, until then...