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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 trickles of enthusiasm that lead ultimately to the sea of creativity, inspiration and life flow. […]

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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 orders prior to shearing. I’ve had a special fleece on order for months and months. During […]

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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 grey. I purchased a kilo of this as part of the Tuff Socks Naturally project […]

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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 is intoxicating, the eucalypts shimmer and the place is packed with excited spinners, knitters and […]

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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 sock yarns and fibres around at the moment. It is an open project, so please […]

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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 Finn fleece from Lucinvale Fleeces. Socks are such a humble item, trod on daily and […]

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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 to pull up and stay up. Secondly, I spun these socks early in my spinning […]

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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. The basket is made like a child’s first clay coil pot, a long sausage going round […]

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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.  Listening to what a fleece wants to be has its own pleasures but right now […]

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Spinning All The Spins

One of the most enjoyable things about spinning is that once you have made your decisions about the kind of yarn you want to spin, you just spin, and spin, and spin. My previous post on sampling explored the decision making process if you are curious about I approach this. Amidst the tumult of moving […]

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