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Plying ball and spin-in-progress of Sheepy Time Knits merino/silk blend for Spindlers monthly challenge by irieknit


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Luck of the draw for my spindles

A new spinning project was inspired by this month’s challenge theme in the Spindlers group on Ravelry:  favourite places.

Favourite places spinning project with merino silk dyed top, Moosie and Tabachek spindles by irieknit

So much good in this

This special 50% merino/ 50% silk braid is hand-dyed by Mandie at Sheepy Time Knits, and was a door prize that I amazingly won at the 2013 String Thing event.  With some more discipline to keep equally special spindles clear, I was able to leap to a plan of action!

The Plan

It was actually a half-plan.  Off, I ran with the fibre & my 28 g Moosie to a spinning morning visit with my good friend, Margaret.  We last saw each other sometime last year with one thing & another.

Even with every confidence in what my eyes can see of this braid plus Mandie’s known skills as a dyer, I was floored.  It’s that open &  fabulous to spin almost 4 years later.

Simply put, this is the best of its kind that I have been fortunate enough to spin.  The spindle was hard to put down at Margaret’s – sorry if you were behind on your day!

For such a gentle gradient, I am tearing fairly fat strips of fibre consistently across the top.  When that length of top was spun, I arrived at the second half of planning.  Out came this 26 g Tabachek with a Lacewood whorl.  The rhythm is to alternate spindles at the end of each width of top.

Spinning project with handdyed merino silk fibre, plying ball, Moosie and Tabachek spindles by irieknit

Current situation: favourite place deeply imagined

The inspiration place is again, Frenchman’s Cove in Portland, Jamaica.  Specifically, where the river meets the white sand beach.

Marcel Holyoak Frenchman's Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica

Credit: Marcel Holyoak under Creative Commons licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

This image shows the rope swing.  It was the best fun to swing off into the confluence of river and Caribbean Sea as children.

The plying ball is of the two singles wound together by hand.  It is 27 g.  So far, the plan is a good one.  I go by feel for the lengths that I spin in each round.  There was only a small amount left on one spindle after winding this plying ball.  It is kept with the project, and off I went with clear spindles again.

With pauses for knitting, I am happily spinning along.  Other Spindlers members have shared beautiful places with just lovely projects.  It all adds up to a very lucky thing to be doing this month.

Play doh design at irieknit's

New family creating

Happy Family Day weekend, Ontario readers.  Unless T returns from school with the missing Peace Fleece mitten, I may be back to the remnants with a purpose!

We have coughs due to colds, and our own outings may take a hit – be well!


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Six years and counting

We have just blown past the 6-year mark since I first registered this blog!  The ever-creative “First post:)” was on March 3, 2009.

Handspinning Abby Batt on Tabachek holly drop spindle

We’ve come a long way, Baby!

Happy 6th blogiversary!

The traditional year 6 gift is candy.  To celebrate, we decided to clear the decks of random ads.  It’s one of the changes that I have talked about behind the scenes for quite some time.

A clean format guarantee for you the readers is important to me.  It is clean on the back-end because we don’t book ads of any kind.  Any ads shown were never going to match your interest or ours.

This space is simply about information, and hopefully is a source of interaction as well.  Now what you see is in step with this intention.  Our site hits are growing, and this is in part thanks to 200+ followers to the @irieknit Twitter feed.

Not your average give away but here’s to ad-free posting!  Hope you like the virtual candy for our 6th!

Handspun alpaca yarn with Andean pushka and Melvin the cat

The boss of my yarn

Under Melvin’s supervision this Alpaca spin on my carved Andean pushka went on to become approx. 379 yds of 2-ply yarn.

Just a slice of the busy month of knits, spins and even a weave that I want to process for sharing… ad-free!