04 July 2014

A Game of Thrones Addiction

Happy Fibre Arts Friday! :D

My apologies if this post sounds much like an advertisement, but I just couldn't contain my excitement: my business partner Rachael and I have been plotting a new collection theme over the last few weeks and it is now finally ready to be revealed. Drum roll please... ... ta da! May I present you our new Game of Thrones inspired collection:

From top left: Lannister Gold, Mother of Dragons, Khal Drogo, Cersei, Margaery, Lord Varys, Ser Loras, The Red Woman, The Iron Islands.

That's the first release, more are coming.

Sorry for the plugging, but that's all I have to show this week ;)

Thanks for dropping by, please hop over to Andrea's at Wisdom Begins in Wonder for more fibre fun.

27 June 2014

Preparing for Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show

Happy Fibre Arts Friday! There are so much going on in the fibre world at the moment, the Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show is only three weeks away, Sparrow and I are busy planning and preparing for the stock. This will be our first show as Cat & Sparrow because last year I piggy backed with her, we are so excited and slightly panicky, but mainly excited!

Here are some sneak peak of what we are taking to the show:

This is a new colourway called Brass Monkey. I like the funkiness of it and the fibre base is a luxurious blend of Polwarth, Baby Camel and Silk, the same base as the 'Go Lassie Go' I showed you last week - it's our favourite blend, so easy to spin.
Here's another one, which is part of a theme we are bringing out, think Game of Thrones (yes we are both obsessed!) it's all I can say for the time being ;)
Now show us what you have been up to!

Oh, yes, I also got this...
... but I'd better not start on these just yet or I'll never get anything done, besides, hubby and son number one are both champing at the bits to lay their hands on these, so maybe I'll just let them fight over it for now ;-)

Thanks for dropping by, please hop over to Andrea's at Wisdom Begins in Wonder for more fibre fun.

20 June 2014

Back to normal :)

Happy Fibre Arts Friday! Finally my study has come to an end, I had my last exam this week and it is all done. Right now I don't even care about the result, I'm just glad it is over, which means I can play with fibre again. Yippee!

Actually I've been catching up on Game of Thrones, and it is very conducive to get some serious knitting done when watching TV, especially with plain knitting. Remember the Heathery Moors sock yarn I spun last month? It's now a pair of very cosy socks, I really needed them today as winter has well and truly set in here in Melbourne.

I also have a couple of skeins to show off, these were finished in the last several weeks but I was too busy to update the blog so here they are...

The first is a commission spin for a customer, it's a blend of Polwarth, baby camel & silk in the "Go Lassie Go" colourway, dyed by my business partner Rachael (a.k.a. Sparrow), it was a dream to spin.
The second one is from an IxChelBunny top I bought at last year's Bendigo show, it was a gorgeous blend of Cashmere, Angora & Tencel, not the easiest to spin but the result is delightful.
Well, that's my lot for this week, it's great to be back :D

Thanks for dropping by, please hop over to Andrea's at Wisdom Begins in Wonder for more fibre fun.

23 May 2014

Shrop-A-Sock Heathery Moors

Happy Firbre Arts Friday! I'm still battling on with my study which is gradually coming to an end, there is definitely lights at the end of the tunnel, I just need to hang on in there a wee while longer. In an effort to keep my sanity and calm those hyper-go-crazy grey cells inflicted by the said study, I spin a little everyday - it's my ultimate meditation.

I finished spinning a bump of Shrop-A-Sock carded fleece, it's from a breed called Shropshire. Apparently Shropshire used to be the number one sheep breed in England, US and Canada (ShropshireSheep.org), it's origin can trace back to the 1700s. It is a down type fleece which means it's hard to felt, and that makes it a perfect choice for socks. I got my bumps from an Aussie breeder, unfortunately she doesn't have a website so I can't link it to her.

The bump was divided in half and spun separately then plied, I then dyed the yarn in the crockpot.
This will become a pair of socks for myself.... one day :)

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09 May 2014

The Little Yellow Duck Project

It's been a while since I posted anything, just been so busy lately. Today's I would like to share with you a very meaningful initiative called The Little Yellow Duck Project. If you hang around Ralvery a lot you'll probably have seen it already.

So what is The Little Yellow Duck Project?
"The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit this website to register where they found their gift. We hope that the stories and information found here will encourage them to pledge their own random act of kindness by registering to donate blood, bone marrow, organs tissues. " - copied from their website
There are some free patterns on their website you can use, so whether your craft is knitting (pattern by Allan Dart no less), crochet or sewing, there is a pattern for you.  

I made a crochet one today, during my study break, ahem.... it's a quick and easy make, but the only yellow yarn I have is some 4ply/fingering cotton yarn, so I doubled the strands and used a 4mm hook. It came out smaller than I thought, but it's rather cute.
There is even a special tag. I named her Yaya - Chinese for little duck, or can also mean little girl. Now I just need to find somewhere to leave her to be found :)
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