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Tuff Socks Naturally Update

Compliments of the season to you all. Our Dear Girl made this card. This is my last post for 2017. Needle & Spindle will be having a wee rest over the Festive Season and probably most of the January school … Continue reading

20. December 2017 by Rebecca
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Digressions

Oh, there are so many things we should be doing…but sometimes things happen that are not procrastinations to be overcome or distractions to be ignored but digressions to be followed. I am practicing identifying and following the digressions, the little … Continue reading

14. December 2017 by Rebecca
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Finn Fleece

Shearing in Victoria seems to start in mid October and run through December. Some farms run open days where you can pick out the fleeces you want, others send out fleeces by the kilo in the post and others take … Continue reading

07. December 2017 by Rebecca
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Washing Shropshire

This is a lovely variegated Shropshire fleece that comes from Shropshire Woollies, a sheep farm in the Strathbogie Ranges of Victoria. You can see there are three separate colours here, a dark brown, a light silver grey and a mid … Continue reading

01. December 2017 by Rebecca
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My Big Gotland Spin 1

Before I got sick, before I started my thesis, I bought a big Gotland fleece from the Granite Haven Open Day. These Open Days are wonderful events, the shearing shed is stacked full of beautiful fleeces, the smell of lanolin … Continue reading

16. November 2017 by Rebecca
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Tuff Socks Naturally: Second Sock

I wish I could spin and knit faster. There are so many things I want to try out for the Tuff Socks Naturally Project. This project is a collaborative project exploring durable, non nylon, non superwash alternatives to the standard … Continue reading

14. November 2017 by Rebecca
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Tuff Socks Naturally Project: Introduction

My recent sock remaking project coalesced a number of thoughts for me around durability and sustainability, particularly of socks. Remade socks, legs are spindle spun from Jillybean, BLF braid, bottoms and cuffs are wheel spun from Corriedale x Ryeland x … Continue reading

01. November 2017 by Rebecca
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Slowtober: Remaking 2

Here is a pair of socks I love wearing but are seldom worn…perfect for my focus during Slowtober on remaking. The problem with these socks is twofold. Firstly, the cast off around the cuffs is too tight making them difficult … Continue reading

24. October 2017 by Rebecca
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Hotchpotch Basket

I made me a wee basket! It is not my usual style but its fibery contours completely beguile me and I find myself just turning it around and around in my hands, discovering new pleasing combinations of colour and texture. … Continue reading

11. October 2017 by Rebecca
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Handspun Hat

Last post, you saw my recent spin, a 3ply semi woollen Finn x Border Leicester. This was spun for a very particular pattern, A Beer on the Dock by Thea Coleman.  Spinning to substitute for millspun yarns is my new addiction. … Continue reading

26. September 2017 by Rebecca
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