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Spinning for the Show

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I’m spinnin’ around

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Patchwork Painting

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Tingle Tangle Singles

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A Sad Day

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A Rose in the Sun.

One of my spinning friends, Robina, died unexpectedly today. I am very sad and distressed for her family and close friends. I spent quite some time talking to another member of my spinners and handweavers guild on the phone this afternoon, she is shattered.

I keep thinking of that beautiful mohair/wool laceweight she was spinning, planning to knit some beautiful lace. And the Fair Isle she started last year.

Our guild is tiny, with about 12 members, and they have all made me feel so welcome, which is amazing considering I fly and and fly out during my lunch break on Wednesdays.

Robina was particularly friendly and showed interest in my projects, it was only the other day she picked me up regarding the hem of the jumper I’m knitting, advising me to knit it up rather than sewing later… it turned out so neat and I’m really pleased she took the time and effort to let me know.
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My Spinners and Handweavers Guild met for a Christmas lunch today. Pot Luck style. I cooked a potato fritatta using a recipe from Stephanie Alexanders Cooks Companion which I bought on the weekend. I can tell this will be a much used recipe book. It is all encompassing at 1100 pages it even has a chapter on parsnips LOL. I did tweak the recipe to include some moroccan spices, dill, and since I didn’t have spinach handy I threw in some frozen peas and beans (I’m not a gourmet!). It was even tastier than I imagined it would be.

We did a KrisKringle present exchange which was meant to be worth around $5. This was the gift I gave:

Robina picked it, and she seemed pleased 🙂

We had our long awaited meeting with the architect today and we are very pleased with our progress so far. He has based the colour scheme on some funky greeny bluey floor tiles which have coloured glass embedded in them.

So our renovated interior will be greeny/blue/gray. Which Riscy particularly likes. I’m going to accessorise with orange though!! I had to veto the initial light yellow splashback tiles and pale yellow walls though. I do NOT like yellow and blue together, just too kitchy marine themeish, if you get my drift.

The carpet colour (which is not decided on) is pretty far out. A dark Teal…. I’m thinking it will be too dark. especially given our dark blue couch, our dark redgum dining table and all our other dark timbered furniture! AND our dog is white and orange, this could be a real dog hair disaster!

This is fairly basic redecorating/refitting project and we could have done all this ourselves and saved money. But, we have discoved this about ourselves since we bought our house 4 years ago – we don’t like DIY. It is a wonderful thing to realise this and let go of all that weekend angst. It isn’t for us.

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Handspun Article – First!
Handspun Skein – First!

PLUS Best in Class (fancywork) for Kirishawl.

I am totally chuffed. Riscy took me out for dinner tonight to celebrate! The firsts in the handspun class were great, but I knew the competition wasn’t too fierce, but the CHAMPION of the whole class had me dancing around the place today because it was against all knitting, sewing etc. YAY!! Continue reading

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Why it is wonderful to belong to a guild!

The Latrobe Valley Spinners and Handweavers Guild has 12 members. I spend my Wednesday lunch hours with them and it is heaps of fun 🙂 I’m the youngest by a long way, which is cool.

Today I lamenting that I would have to wind the next skein of my lace wool so I can finish off the Kiri shawl. The last skein took me all night to wind into a ball. Anyway, soon I was armed with the guilds swift and ball winder.

I rushed home from work today and in about 45mins … Ta daaaa….

I also wound the lace wool and I couldn’t resist winding the recent purple/silky yarn… I have to stop because I heard that you shouldn’t keep your yarn wound up for too long. Spoil sports.

This Saturday half of us from the guild are going on a road trip to the Paynesville Spin-in. Yay!! I should make up a mixed CD to entertain us… what sort of music would be suitable for a bunch of 80 year old ladies? LOL

Did I tell you that I put my collagraphs in an open printmaking exhibition which opens on Friday night? I think I did… Anyway, I dropped them off yesterday and now I’m really looking forward to the opening… I love openings 🙂 Continue reading

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Little Gem

The silk strand is actually a silk merino blend I spun up a few months ago. The colours were brilliant but muddied up when spun. Also the silk flew all over the place when handled and I’m not keen to spin up the rest of it.

A thought just dawned on me that this might felt up beautifully. Perhaps I’ll just felt up a scarf for myself.

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I’ve Been Spinning

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