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Spinning Gradient Batts

Last week a carded a pretty gradient batt:

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And this week I’ve been spinning it up. I spun it all into laceweight singles (somewhere between 2 and 3 ply weight), then navajo plied it to make about a dk weight yarn.

Here’s a pic of the singles:

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And the plied yarn:

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Really pleased with how it turned out! I’ve got about 180m of it, think I’m going to make a cabled hat. Was planning on making a lacy hat, but I’ve got a bit too much yarn for that if I want to show off all the colours in the gradient…

Two FO’s this week too:

A hat for my aunt in twisted moss stitch. The yarn is Shilasdair luxury dk. It’s dyed with woad and it’s dyed a blue line on the index finger of my right hand where the yarn runs over it. Going to write up the pattern and stick it up on Littletheorem hopefully sometime this week.

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Also finished off a little external hard drive cover for Dunc. This is leftover Rowan Felted Tweed from knitting my brother a sweater for his 30th. It’s pretty cute I think!

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Busy Week!

So the last week of the holidays has come and gone, back to school tomorrow (booo). I’m actually pretty excited, I’ve just finished my first year of teaching and I’m incredibly lucky to have a full time job for this year. Having said that, I will miss having so much time for crafting and have spent the past week crafting like a demon.

On the needles:

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Pictures aren’t great, but this will be a lace wrap based on traditional Estonian lace stitch patterns. The nuppy bit is meant to look like a lily of the valley plant. It’s very pretty but nupps drive me up the wall! I’ve had to use a cocktail stick for the p7togs.

On the spinning wheel

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Been spinning up some fawn alpaca to make a scarf for a friend’s birthday. So soft!! I’m thinking just a simple twisted moss stitch pattern I can knit in a zombie-like state after work…

On the drumcarder

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Lots of lovely batts! Soon to be posted in my Etsy shop.

In my shopping bag…

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A beautiful (and gigantic!) batt from Spin City. It’s a lovely smooshy blend of faux cashmere, merino, soysilk and firestar. I think this one might turn into a lacy cowl… And they sent a free mini batt too! Think I might ply it with some plain coloured merino and make some slippers.

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Out and about

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And to top it off we went up a few hills. Camped out in Glen Etive on Thursday night, which ended up being pretty horrific. The midges were as bad as I’ve ever encountered which made cooking tricky (our dinner was half burned, half raw and totally inedible), and my hipflask was jammed shut so no whisky. Had a nice wee stroll up Ben Dorain the next day though, and climbed Beinn Garbh and An Stuc the day after. Pictures above are of Beinn Garbh and An Stuc.

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Summer Holidays

Just got back from a great camping trip around the highlands of Scotland.

First night we camped in the Lost Valley in Glencoe. This is a great wee walk that we’ve done several times, the walkhighlands page is here. Midges were horrific though!

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Feeling adventurous, the next day we climbed Aonach Eagach. It was pretty flipping terrifying. Swears were sworn, lives flashed before eyes, but we made it. (To be fair, Dunc neither swore nor was terrified, that was just me.) Here’s some pictures:

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Looking back, I’m glad I did it, but that was certainly one of the scariest days of my life!

Next, we went to stay with my aunt and uncle in Fort Augustus. Nice, quiet and restful. They’d recently aquired a new puppy so we had some nice walks along the canal.

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Spent the rest of the holiday up in Torridon.  Spent a lovely afternoon in Shieldaig. There’s a nice walk around the coast there and the weather was perfect (and no midges!). Walkhighlands link for the walk is here.

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Really good tea/giftshop in Shieldaig too: Nanny’s. Can highly recommend the fruit scones! Bought some wool from local sheep there too. Thinking about knitting up a Starsky and Hutch Teacosy.

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Also bought some wool from Croft Wools, a massive 230g skein of worsted from their own flock of Gotland sheep. It’s currently wound into a ball the size of a football and turning slowly into a cardigan. Here it is pictured next to a tape measure to show how gigantic it is.

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We also climbed Beinn Eighe. Sadly it was another cloudy hill day, but when the cloud lifted a little the views were stunning. More photos!

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And that’s about it. Back to sunny Glasgow!

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