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Study in scarlet: making plans

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Study in scarlet: making plans

Someone already said: creativity is 90% of hard work + 10% of inspiration. I can’t agree more. Behind every (knit) idea well succeed there are plans, calculations, swatches (MANY!), sketches… And this is what I did this week. At first, I didn’t know if it’s going to work. I thought that my yarn was not regular and uniform as I imagined. But no. Washed, it was quite ok (although the irregularities do exist). The problem was my math. I never said I was good at it, did I?...

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Just in case…

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Just in case…

… you are thinking that I’ve been sleeping: 680m of a 3ply merino, worst weight, ready for my project – and I still have 3 half full bobbins to ply, in case these meters aren’t enough. I’m still thinking it’s boring spinning a plain yarn myself, when it’s possible to buy it anywhere, but I am also proud I was capable of doing with consistency. Next step: swatching and...

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Study in scarlet: so many choices…

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Study in scarlet: so many choices…

The activity of spinning fiber is basically 90% making decisions: * what is the right fiber for the project? Should I blend it or not? * which weight? * should I spin worsted or woolen? Make it compact? Fluffy? * how much spin? * how many cables should I ply? And so on. Only after you know what you want, you can finally start treadling. Apart of choosing the fiber, that I had already decided (merino, red), these were the questions I worked on this week, trying to decide how I want my yarn. As I...

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The Hobbit – costumes

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

The Hobbit – costumes

Ok, I agree. I’m kind of geek. I was waiting anxiously to watch The Hobbit, since I loved the first Tolkien’s trilogy. But I had another reason to watch it: the costumes. All wool that was used in the movie was provided by Mary Hall and her husband Selwin, of Hallblacks Natural Wool Products, from Nelson (NZ). They have been contracted over the last two and a half years by a company called ‘Three foot seven” to spin yarns that are to be used in costuming and set dressing...

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Using the yarn I made

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Using the yarn I made

Remember the yarn I made at Lexi‘s class, during the Festival de la Fibre? I thought it got so beautiful that I decided to make something with it. A bandana (knitting) Necklaces (crochet) What do you think? Would you use them?

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