Thursday, February 28, 2008

A 107 year long life has come to an end!

My mother said "we can´t expect having her around forever", but somehow she has become the one we always expected to have around. When my great grandmother turned 100 years old we had a big party for her and thought it was amazing she had turned the 100. Then the years went by and she had her 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 and 106th birthday. I was lucky to go visit her this past summer, together with my kids and parents. It was just amazing meeting her again. She still had a good sense of humor and a very charismatic personality. According to an article in the newspaper in 2004, she had 33 greatgreatgrandchildren. Above is a picture of her from July 2007 next to her granddaughter (my mother) and one of her greatgreatgranddaughter (my daughter).
And here is a picture of me, the kids and the amazing 106 year old Hilda. I am very thankful for having her around for such a long time. A bit sad that she has spoken her last words, but happy for her because she was very tired now. Thank you for all the good years, greatgrandma!

After that it is a bit hard to go back to the crafts. But here is a picture of my new spinning wheel. I will talk more about it later.

And her is a picture of my daughter hiding behind a skein of yarn I have dyed. She wanted me to start knitting from it right away.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My handdyed yarns!

I just re-skeined the pink yarn and figured it was time for some pictures of my handpainted BFL. I like these colors and it is the first time I have dyed with Landscape dyes. 

I will be doing some more dying this upcoming week. 

Thank you, for all the comments on the January-post. I was not aware of them all. 
Yes, I will be selling a little yarn soon. I will get back to that soon!

It´s about time I blog...

So where do I begin...I think I will start with my only finished knitting. It was started in October. The pattern is easy and I only used two skeins, but I have not been very good at finishing anything lately. I have started working and I am busy with a spinning-related "event". I will tell more about it, soon.

Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Artfibers Kyoto in green (don´t remember the color name/number)
Needles: 5 mm straight rosewood Lantern Moon.

I have been looking at all the lovely fibers and yarns over at Ravelry and finally had to ´ trow in the blanket` and order some lovely hand blended batts from the redhead and her shop Red Stone yarns. The purple is 20% silk, 80% merino and a dash of Angelina. And the green is alpaca and silk. They are very lovely and I could just keep them like this without having to do anything with them, but then again I really wanted to try them, too.

And here is the purple spun and made into a 2ply. It is skeined up on my new Niddy Noddy I made myself. I am very happy with this new home made accessory. It does not have the looks of the more fancy ones, but it works just perfect. It gives me 180 cm long skeins.

I have done some spinning lately. Here is the purple 2 ply from above and the other bobbins are commercial blended merino-silk, too. The pink is very bright pink and my daughter want me to make her a scarf from it. What a surprise :-)

Here is another picture of the purple 2-ply.

And the Seamist colored 2ply.

And the so very pink 2-ply.

And here they are again together with a few other skeins of handspun and the last two at right is handdyed yarns. All hanging to dry. From left to right: 2-ply white merino (16 micron and unbelievably soft), the three skeins of merino-silk from above, 2ply bulky Norwegian wool, almost solid handpainted and last a handpainted in shades of pink (both DK weight Blue faced leicester). I hang them up in our office and HE pointed out "I guess I will have to move out of here soon". I do like having him around, but it sure would be nice to have more space here, too.