International Goodies

International Goodies

The world is an amazing place, and I love it when it all comes together on my kitchen table. Today I got this in the post! Some seriously bigass knitting needles, ordered and sent to me from Israel. I got 10 of these lovely shiny reels of different coloured thread, which arrived to me from India, rather exotically packed in a cloth envelope which was sewn by hand at the end. (I love that). Also on my table was, a funky piece of Rimu – a native tree of New Zealand which produces wonderful rich reddish hard wood (and my Aura is made of out it!) that my mum sent me and I am using as a coffee cup coaster. Bamboo Merino blend roving from World of Wool in the UK, some USA origin Root Beer, my Kuala Lumper Starbucks coffee cup, and a plastic shopping bag from the Naturalis Museum here in Holland. It suddenly struck me how all this stuff from so many places was so casually sitting here together on my very own kitchen table!. I am not sure what to think of this, only that I AM thinking of this XD I am also thinking that I cant wait to start using my needles but I dont want to raid my Etsy shop Stock to do it and I am eyeing all that roving I dyed today somewhat more greedily than I should be, it was all earmarked for shop stock and a custom order (Deidre, its possible I might steal your yarn before its even spun!). Its so easy to get sidetracked from the original goal sometimes isnt it?! So, two things – is it insane that we have these casual collections of global items in our immediate environment? Or is it a wonderful thing that the world is so interdependant and we can experience so much of it like this in our modern lives? And What am I going to make with these amazing...

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Experimentation

Experimentation

So often we see only the end (and best) results of peoples experimentation. It makes it look effortless doesnt it? My daughter once complained that her sketches didnt look as good as the ‘sketches’ shown in her How to Draw Manga book, but of course they all had their rough sketch lines removed, the mistakes rubbed out, and what was left was a perfect looking line drawing presented as progress images as details were added in stages. It looked like they started out able to draw perfect lines already. That kind of thing sometimes makes me feel… inadequate. Its even easier to feel that way these days, with online groups, Facebook, Twitter, people posting a steady stream of wonderful  ‘look what I just made’ images of beautiful finished items. In the online groups I frequent I see amazing yarns pictured on bobbins, incredible knits, beautiful dye jobs, total eye candy and the poster (quite rightly) proudly sharing their creation. Its enough to make you want to just stick to what you know you can do well so you also have something to bring to show and tell! I know I can dye pretty rainbow rovings and make nice yarns with it. So I do that. Often. I also know I can spin a nice coil yarn, and people seem to like those! So I do that too. But sometimes its too easy to get in a rut, staying with the things we feel safe with. As a fiber hoarder collector its also difficult to imagine wasting any of the wonderful fibers in my possession, I dont want to risk a single staple to some weird idea that I dont know if it will work or not! Crazy right? But sometimes I get ideas (usually after my third coffee) and occasionally retain them in my head long enough to start thinking I want to do them and planning how. It requires experimentation. I saw it work for the cat once. She saw the pond and glimpsed that flash of gold as the fish darted under a lilypad. It must have caught her imagination, because she sat there just watching. I know she was thinking because the tip of her tail was twitching. She sat there a long time. I got bored and left. She still sat there, but the next time I looked she had changed her  position. Much closer to the pond and on the shady side. Clearly she was after the fish. The risk involved was of course a fate worse than death for a cat, getting wet. She could have stuck with her usual activities, sleeping, eating, meowing for food, waiting by the fridge for food, sneaking...

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And the Winner is…..!!!

And the Winner is…..!!!

Thank you everyone who came and commented on my brand new website and Welcome post! It has been a huge effort to put the website together but I think everything is working now and your comments and feedback have been brilliant! I am pleased to announce that the winner of the draw is Monica of Craftwich Creations on Etsy!! She is selling the most stunning hand crafted crochet hooks ever too, I was just totally sidetracked browsing her shop 🙂  Congratulations Monica! I will be emailing you too. If it wasnt you this time, I wish I could choose everyone who took the time to say hello.. but I will be doing more giveaways in future.. so keep entering when you see one, as we say in New Zealand.. you gotta be in to win! I appreciate all the positive feedback and suggestions, I already added a ‘creations’ gallery to show some of the things I have been making with my yarns, and still to come is a free e-book section with woolie information for spinners and a soon to come booklet of designs and patterns to use with my yarns! Thank you for all your support, hope to see you back soon 🙂   Suzy...

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Welcome!!

Welcome!!

So this is it! The culmination of some days (did I say days? maybe it was more a couple of weeks) of work by me and my husband, creating my new and even-better-than-before website!! I hope youre going to really enjoy it! I wanted to make it as utterly visual as possible, because I am a very visual person and I suspect you are too, since you’re here 🙂 You probably love yarn too, love looking at it, snuggling it, knitting it, crocheting it, spinning it. I draw the line at eating it but anything else goes! I wanted a place to share stuff, where I could allow my talk to muchiness free reign, where I can make my projects and ideas available for others, and later (in a couple of weeks) where I will be hosting my upcoming free E-Books and the soon to be created Newsletter archive so you can catch up on any you might have missed. This is still then a work in progress, and I have lots of ideas for building more cool stuff into the site. I can’t wait! And since today is the first live website day!!! I am celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!!! Leave your comment here on this post to be in the draw, but first, explore my pages and galleries, then come back here and tell me what you think of the new website, and about anything you’d like to see that isnt here yet.  If you’d like to subscribe and get updates on new stuff I would love that too! The subsription stuff is here on the bottom right of the page. If youre drawn as the winner  you can choose to receive either a wonderful fluffy ART BATT or a SKEIN OF HANDSPUN WoolWench Yarn! And let me just say this, I have in my possession right now the most gorgeous white Alpaca fleece 😛 Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy the site Suzy xxxxx...

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A Few of My Favourite Art Yarns

A Few of My Favourite Art Yarns

I am sure that everyone who makes and sells handspun yarn always has a few all time favourites, it can sometimes be hard to let them go! However having great photos of them does take up a LOT less room than keeping them all, and its a great way to keep a record of what I have made and especially what I would like to make again! Here are a few of my favourites. To view, click on the thumbnail, for a close up view, click again!    ...

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