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Tuff Socks Naturally: Ryeland the Socks

Today’s post is one in a series called Tuff Socks Naturally, an open, collaborative project exploring more sustainable alternatives to superwash and nylon in sock yarn. You can join in on the discussion, share pics and projects on this blog or Local and Bespoke or on instagram using the hashtag #tuffsocksnaturally. They are done! Knitted up and on […]

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Tuff Socks Naturally: Ryeland the Sheep

Thanks for all your encouraging, supportive comments on my last post. Sometimes the gap between what we want to do and what we are able to do is frustratingly wide. Today’s post is one in a series called Tuff Socks Naturally, an open, collaborative project exploring more sustainable alternatives to superwash and nylon in sock […]

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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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Dyeing with Australian Natives

It is school holidays here. There is not much time for making so instead, I thought I would share with you some treats that came my way on Instagram recently about natural dyeing with Australian natives. Firstly, I wanted everyone to know about the extraordinarily valuable resource that Sally Blake has developed with the Australian National […]

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Final Project: Part One

The Spinning Certificate I have been undertaking every month for the past 15 months is drawing to a close. The course is run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria and coordinated by the exceptionally experienced Carmel Hanna. As part of our assessment, we are required to produce a final project that demonstrates our […]

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Montbretia Again

There is no good reason why I have made another Montbretia shawl other than this one is the one I always meant to make but didn’t quite have enough yarn. Montbretia is designed by Carol Feller for The Book of Haps. It is a very wide, asymmetrically curved shawl that is surprisingly easily to wear in […]

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Spring Cardigan

Look! Something finished to share with you! The cardigan called is Ferris Wheel by Georgie Nicolson. I thought it was a simple, top-down, raglan cardigan pattern and maybe it still is but it really challenged me. The pattern contains a huge number of sizes and options, some sections are sized by chest size and others by […]

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A Little Laundry on the Prairie

As I have mentioned at various times on this blog, Our Dear Girl loves the Little House on the Prairie books. These are the recollections of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneering childhood in the Midwest US in the latter part of the nineteenth century. As we were reading These Happy Golden Years (1943) for bedtime reading recently, we came […]

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Freshly Laid Plans

And now is the time for the laying of plans. I would like to try weaving my own plaid with hand spun yarn from local sheep that we will somehow have managed to convince the Council to run, instead of tractors to keep the grass down on our ovals and parkland. But since I have some study […]

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New Year Old Year

Happy New Year Readers and welcome back to Needle and Spindle! I hope you had some enjoyable holidays and if you did not, then let us be done with them and embrace the year ahead. With my resolution to find balance in all aspects of life still freshly sown, it seems apt to begin another blogging […]

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