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Nest

I know y’all must be getting sick of my posts about handspun yarn, but I’m well and truly lost to the world of spinning. As a friend of mine said ‘welcome to the dark side’ :) Actually, it’s more like ‘welcome home’.  When I got back into knitting as an adult, the two things I dreamt of was knitting socks and spinning my own yarn.

So some friends are expecting their first baby in April, and naturally I decided to spin some yarn. I had the perfect organic merino tops that I had dyed months ago in perfect boy colours. What could be nicer than an organic hand dyed, hand spun and hand knit cardi or vest for your first little bubba?

I was a little unsure how the mustard would go, but I like it. It’s very earthy. This has come up as an 8ply or thinner, which is great. Now to  think about some patterns….

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Fern Spindle Spun

More spindling (did I just create a word?)…sigh. I love it.

This is my hand dyed bamboo/superwash merino tops. It’s a joy to spin, I can’t explain how delightful is feels running through my fingers….. This was my last 50g lot, with 200g now spindle spun and being fulled as I type. I’m leaving it single/unplied and dreaming of a yummy lace scarf or wrap. That is, if I can manage to stop spinning long enough to consider knitting ;)

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Evokative Yarn Club

The December slots were sent out on Monday and should be arriving today. I hope everyone likes them ;) It made me realise I hadn’t posted any pics of the November club – so here they are.

Yarn: Superwash Bluefaced Leicester 4ply

Colourway: Canopy

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Evokative Yarn Club

Some shots of the October Yarn Club. I named this colourway ‘Huon’ ( I was day-dreaming about Tassie whilst dyeing :)

I love this combination of colours. When you are mixing dye from scratch you can never be completely sure of how the colours will turn out.  The yarn is an organic cotton/tencel blend – so divine. Light, soft and silky; gorgeous.

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In the dyepot

A little experimental: two-tiered dye pot :)

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Tuva Hat

The August evokative club yarn became a Tuva Hat (free pattern). It was a very quick knit, and I thoroughly enjoyed the pattern and the colour (of course). The only thing to note about the pattern is that it calls for 3.75mm needles throughout. I found that this did not produces enough slouch for my taste. It fits my daughter perfectly though :) If you want more slouch, I would suggest going up a needles size or two after the ribbing. I’ll be making another soon…

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August Yarn Club

‘Turmeric’ in BFL 8ply

The evokative yarn club slots for August were sent out last week. I’ve been thinking about this colourway for some time. These colours just ‘get’ me every time. I  ADORE retro gold. This colourway reminds me of spices and lemon grass :)

The parcels often include a little extra something, and this time it was fabric from Umbrella Prints – Starfruit Elephants.

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Caress this …..

‘Pine’ (second)

New Caress 4ply colours are instock now! Here are some of my favourites – in gorgeous Autumn tones.

‘leaf’

‘Willow’

‘Butterscotch’

‘Cinnamon’

‘Chocolate’

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Yakity Yak

‘Fireside’

Introducing a new yarn base to evoke hand dyed yarns : Yak blend

This yarn takes the dye beautifully, but the amazing thing is how it feels knitted up. The difference is incredible!

‘Rooster’

‘MerMan’

‘Bollywood’

‘Apophylite’

‘Sanctuary’

‘Skye’

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March Installment of the Evokative Yarn Club

Caress 4ply…

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