The power of packaging

I ordered some indie self striping sock yarn (shut up) the other week, and it finally arrived alllll the way from New Zealand.

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At first I thought this was a dumb way to package yarn when sending it across the globe… But that was before I opened it and saw how ADORABLE the packaging was.

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And the yarn is pretty awesome too!

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Ravenclaw socks coming up

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Combing or carding?

Not sure which is best yet: Combing or carding fleece. My ambition is always to make a yarn as soft as possible. Carding doesn’t really give that result. Instead the fibers are a little dissorganized and sprawly. That is why I’ve been eyeing some wool combs online, but they aren’t exactly cheap, so for trying out combing I’m borrowing Stina’s comb (I don’t think she minds. She doesn’t approve of that comb as it is anyway).
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Washing alpaca fleece

I’m trying to wash the alpaca fleece before combing and spinning it.

Basically I just took a bin, filled it up with finger warm water, added some soapnut decoction (made that myself, boiled 50 grams of soapnuts in a couple of cups of water for about 10 minutes) and then put the fleece in.
I let it soak over night before rinsing it in fresh water. But very carefully to avoid felting.

Now it’s spread out on s towel to dry.
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This black fleece is so pretty. My mind is running wild with spinning and dying ideas. (Well, obviously I can’t dye the black, but I could combine it with another fleece…)

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Here’s Jackson!

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Fresh off the needles!

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Perhaps I went a bit overboard with the blocking… but that picot edge just forced me to. And I’m one of those weirdos who LOVES blocking, so…

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Tadaaaaah!

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I LOVE the way it drapes. The ends curl in such a pretty way. I was a bit hesitant blocking it in that shape, but I love the result.

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Taking pics of yourself modelling a shawl: a lot harder than it looks.

 

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Trying Adobe Color

During half of december I’ve been trying out the mobile app Color from Adobe. It doesn’t always combine the colors you want (or mostly never), and you have to be quick capturing the beautiful themes as they alter constantly. I also miss a feature for saving the images on my phone as well as seeing the hex. But it can definitely work as an inspiration. Here are some december catches:

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(Did I mention that I like blue…?)

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