Monday, July 24, 2006


I just managed to spin the 1450 plus a bit meters of yarn for my partners jumper. I was plying the last bit as the tele announced the winner. I hope this counts.

I will post a photo as soon as I find the camera again.

Nothing else got done yesterday. the family was not happy but I am!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

TOUR DE FLEECE spinning on

Well I was a late starter but I am at the halfway point. I need to spin 1450metres for my partners jumper. I have spun 800mts so far and have another bobbin filled so I am halfway to another 250mt.!

Yay! I do think that I will succeed. Or I will be very close. I am determined to do this (plus with our current cold weather his gripes about being cold are wearing thin.) I also have to fix his burnt jumper too. But MUST SPIN.

Back to the chookies and eggs then more spinning!

I will complete my challenge ON TIME!

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Lesson One. Do not put sock weight handspun fine merino in the dryer on low or else!!

I felted this beautiful skein of handspun. It took me a combined effort of 12 hours to spin and ply. Only 10mins in the dryer to FELT.

I have been ripping to save the yarn and have discovered that I now have handspun boucle! It looks and feels sooo soft. I will put this in the Good Mistake bag. I may even do this intentionally in the future. My only problem is that this was going to be the yarn for my KitSwap sister. The knitted sample was knitted on 3.75mm needles and I do think that it doesn't want to be socks any more. I am now thinking a lovely baby jacket and hat set.

Comments and suggestions please.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Winner Is

.....................PBnJ who guessed 5.5 hrs. The actual time was 5hours and 40mins. I will be sending some of my hand spun yarn. fine white merino slubby spun 2 skeins. Quite enough for a shawl/stole I think. This yarn takes dying beautifully.

Thankyou for joining in.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Oh no! it has started! And what have I been doing? Spinning yes but not on my challange. I have been spinning sock yarn. Knitting socks, 1pair for me? 1 pair for swap, writing a pattern for the Knit Sock Kit Swap and making the bag etc....

As well as my normal programming. Boys fed, school, chooks fed/let out, eggs collected and processed, lunch, play with younger, collect eggs and process, elder home from high, Tea and last collection and shutting the sheds up. Bed time for younger, older , parent time housework and bed for parents.

Oy! when I write it up there is a bit to do. Oh yeah, I have discovered that I no longer have the prepared fleece I was going to spin for the challenge so NOW I have to spin RAW fleece.

Lucky I have 30plus fleeces to choose from. Oh what an embarresment of riches.


Monday, July 03, 2006

School is BACK

Thank the powers that be. School is back. The 13yo is in high school and the 3yo has kinder. At least 1 hour of peace. The computer is fixed thanks to the 19yo wizz.

Now I just have socks to knit (3yo is nagging again). The third mystery shawl and the fouth mystery shawl also. I had to start this again.

Spinning a good yarn with my white merino but I have to start spinning for the blokes next jumper. I don't have any tops left so I will have to spin some raw fleece. Poor me. Nothing like a greazy fleece. I like it.

Unfortunately I awoke this morning and my left wrist is hurting, as if someone stepped on it. I wouldn't mind if I had been overdoing something but all I have been doing is watching Stargate Atlantis. No wrist action at all! Well I am now knitting and spinning and doing farm work. Hopefully the work will sort this wrist out as a rest hasn't.

Waiting for friday to see who wins the yarn. Keep your guesses coming as no one is on the spot yet. close though.

I am working on my Knit socks kit swap, needles yarn and almost the pattern. The bag is drafted up and I just have to sew it. I will post a picci a few weeks after I send it. Just in case my recipient has a look here. I don't think she knows who I am. I hope not anyway.

Bye, off to collect eggs now and hope that our new chookies have started laying!
Fingers crossed.