Friday, June 22, 2012

Hand Spun Yarn and Flower Pins


This is my new favorite yarn.Its superfine Merino wool, two ply. Its a whopping  192  yards and 9.6 ounces!! Spun on my Louet s51. I wanted to keep it to snuggle, but decided to add it to the inventory so it will go have a life and its own adventure in the world.

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Yesterday I made 7 new flower brooches, and there will be more to come. I am playing with various techniques, so some are crocheted and some needle felted (top right) and many with sequins, beads and stamen stitched onto the centers. Most everything is hand spun yarn with a tiny bit of cotton (bottom right flower is black silk/merino handspun edged in cotton)

I use a premade felt sheet and cut circles for backing using a large circle punch, 2.5 or 3” diameter depending on flower size.  I punch two 1/4 in holes in felt circle for pin back and place the ends of pin back through the holes, this locks it in place behind the felt. I attach everything with E600 and clamp them while they dry. It is a little bit labor intensive but I love the result!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summertime projects

I may have mentioned knitting linen hats…well that is not all that I enjoy for Summer knitting. I also love my US 13 needles and my US 35 turkey baster needles.

This is what's been coming off my needles:

(and hooks) I did crochet the edging of top tunic piece, it is one size fits many, and very lightweight. (As are the pieces below!)


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Oh and the linen hats…

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and some recent spinning….

Alpaca plied w/merino & mohiair locks
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Superfine Merino plied w/ alpaca merino silk batt
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