Azules – from fleece to yarn

Tove gave me a skein of Malabrigo’s Nube Azules. My fingers have been itching to get started spinning again. First I had to provide Clara with a proper string, i.e. splicing the ends of a string together. (I cut those ugly ends away afterwards).

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And then separating the fleece into proper parts.

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And so finally some yarn…

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I don’t know the proper way of doing it, but I put the finished yarn on my winder.

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Then for each full bobbin (I only have one bobbin on the spinning wheel) I could easily spin the end of the yarn on the winder together with the end of the yarn on the bobbin providing me with oneĀ artistic skein of Azules.

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Caspian

I’m not dead, I promise! Just busybusybusy and have had no time to knit. But look what Santa brought me!

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Actually, Santa had little to do with it, as the cable needle was from the Americans I’m currently housing, and the DPNs from myself. But they’re the new Caspian wood needles from KnitPicks and they are soooooooooo pretty. I kind of want to replace all my needles with them. Would be very silly. But pretty.

Oh, and if the DPNs look huge, it’s because they are.

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I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I ordered them. They may be great for hat knitting, actually. If nothing else, they’re pretty.

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Snow goddess (minus snow…)

So the Madelinetosh A.S.A.P might have been too good to resist… aaand really quickly knitted. So my own birthday gift to myself is ready in good time!

The pattern is called Snow Goddess Khione Braid Hat by Grace Rose. It is just as practical as it looks with a kind of built in scarf. Knitted in a super bulky weight it’s both warm and stays put on my head. It’s probably the first item I’ve knitted that I don’t think I will block.

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Knitting sleeves

I’m decided to finish my Secret garden now before starting something new and/or continuing on my Silver Belle.

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I couldn’t resist adding the moss green i-cord at the bottom just to see the result.

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But knitting on an i-cord to the end of the sleeve wasn’t my cup of tea. In fact I don’t think it’s very practical. Babies have small hands and very likely short arms (especially if the cardi will be something to grow in). Should the sleeve be too long an i-cord cuff will not remain on the wrist. So I ripped the i-cord cuff and knitted on a ribbed cuff instead.

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Only the rest of the second sleeve and the ribbons to tie with left!

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Black Friday find

eatsleepknit.com had an exciting offer for Black Friday with a percentage off lottery so I decided to go for some Madelinetosh A.S.A.P which I’ve never tried before. In fact I’ve never knitted anything in a super bulky weight before. I’m thinking of a nice warm winter hat and I just might have a pattern in mind.

I had intended to buy Mica which is a favorite color… but it was out of stock before I made it to the site. Well water seemed like a nice option and kind of close in color.

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I had to wait for about 15 minutes at the post office because they had made a mistake in numbering the packages… So they had to go through all packages. Which is great now close to Christmas when all Swedes send and receive lots of packages.

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