DyeNamic Yarn!

Very recently, my friend Kim opened an Etsy store. She hand-dyes wool in every which kind of way and is very talented. I’m so happy for her!

She gave me a ball to knit a sample sock.

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Even her labels are awesome. I’ll come back and show it off to you when I’m finished!

Five in Paris

My annual sweater is in the works. I’m making $5 in Paris. It cost a little more than that for me but still on the cheap. I got the black tweed Artful Yarns, and the dark teal one is Loops & Threads Luxury Wool from Michaels that I got on clearance.

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It’s a top down which is new to me since I’m more of a cardigan dame myself. I must admit that trying it on as I go is a huge pain in the butt, but a no sew sweater has its own advantages.
Sorry for no links but I’m writing this from my phone so Young Me would still be mighty impressed.

Spinning Mermaid

So way back when, I was in a Christmas swap on Ravelry. After some postal setbacks, I finally received my fluff!

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It is so soft and fluffy and sparkly and just perfect! There’s even fun mohair locks for my drum-carding adventures! The wooden sheep you see is a wraps per inch gauge. All in all, I was tickled pink by all my fabulous goodies. I’ll share them with you again when the spinning begins!

Now I know that Spinning Mermaid is a business, but the professional look of the batts is amazing. The label and the way she lets you know of the content, it’s just all fantastic. I can’t wait to start spinning it!

Crobots by Nelly Pailloux

Today I’m going to be telling you about the adorable Crobots by Nelly Pailloux.

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What is a Crobot you may be wondering. It’s a crocheted robot, naturally, which is an adorable idea. Of all of the cute robots, I chose Zombiebot. Because of course I did.

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He only took about an evening to make and a total of maybe 20 cents. One ball of yarn would probably make you 3 zombiebots, so you could start a small army.

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I thought the pen spring for the popped out eye effect was wonderful. I added barley to the bottom of his body so that he would sit up on his own.

The instructions were simple, well-written and easy to follow. To be honest, that is a huge relief. Too many times I’ve tried to follow a pattern only to find it overly-complicated. Not with this though. I never had to second guess myself.

So if you’re looking to add some cuddly robots to your life, which, why wouldn’t you, pick up Crobots by Nelly Pailloux. It’s a unique and fun book that will definitely keep you busy.

[originally posted on GeekCrafts.com]

Birthday!!

It was my 30th birthday on Wednesday. My sister is crazy talented in many ways. One of those ways is cake decorating. Check this out:

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Like the TARDIS, it’s even better on the inside:

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To make it better, my sister planned a surprise party for me! What a great start to 2013!

Secret Santa!

So I’m taking part in a x-mas exchange on Ravelry and I want to show you the goodies I’m sending off!

We had to send an ornament, my son inspired me by making shrink art ornaments so I got in on the fun!

 

Next up I made a 3oz batt using merino, sari silk, soy silk, firestar, mohair and some mystery bits. I love love love how it turned out!

I also included a couple of stitch markers for good measure. I can’t wait for her to get it and I can’t wait to get and share whatever goodies I get! Stay tuned!

We have our family holiday, Christmakah, tomorrow. My parents are coming in from Ottawa and my brother and her wife are coming and we’ll be hanging out at my sister’s. I’ll be sure to share any fibre fun I may get!

Spinning Fever!

I don’t know about you, but autumn makes me want to spin. I’ve been posting pictures over on my twitter (that you should totally be following). If you haven’t been following along, here are some highlights! They aren’t the best pictures (curse you iPod!) but they give you an idea anyway!

This one is an unknown wool from Estonia with black Merino wool and multi-red Firestar. It’s actually a darker red. It has some joins in it, so it’s mine. I just have to figure out what to make with it.

 

Next up is a surprisingly soft Corriedale. I love the summer feel that I get from these colours. It’ll be up for grabs in the shop soon.

Here we have a super soft Merino and banana fibre. This one *just* came off the wheel. It will also be going into the shop.

And finally, for something completely different, here is my new gerbil, Jenkins, in all his Instagram glory!