My Hotel of Bees shawl is done ! I crocheted it in less than two weeks (new crochet speed record for me, yay !😅🤓) I used fingering weight of my hand dyed in Sunshine and Aries. I decided to use only two skeins in the end and didn’t add the 3rd color. But I am pretty happy with the result 😊💕
I finally finished editing this video of The Knitting and Stitching Show that I attended in late April. Simply click the link to view.
Enjoy the show! 🙂
I love crafting but I know that crafting makes me gain weight. I tend to sit hours and hours without moving and it feels so good to do that, comfy knitting in a comfy couch, why not, right? The problem is that I have a high cholesterol issue and I choose not to take any medication (avoiding all the side effects). Hence I have to control what I eat and try to exercise regularly. I was good at exercising until I started crafting obsessively. Oh,I don’t want to only blame the craft that causes my sedentary life style. It’s all on me too, my lack of time management and pure laziness …lol
So I thought, why don’t I just cooperate my exercise routine with my beloved craft? I did it! I tried Pilates and it worked. Although i might not burn a whole lot of calories working out on a yoga mat or get a number of rows of knitting/crocheting done, I think it’s better than nothing, isn’t it?
Here it is, a short video clip I made of my “Knit with Fitness” Episode 1 (meaning there might be more in the future..lol) I hope to try more different exercise reps that I can cooperate with knitting, crocheting, and drop spindling (that might be tricky!) and I will make sure to share them here as well with you in the future 🙂
In the meantime, happy Crafting!
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I really love this song 😀 !!
Are u ready for Edinburgh Yarn Fest ?
It’s my 3rd year volunteering at the festival. Oh, I finally finished my epic shawl The Doodler to wear to the festival too😁🐏
See you there !
How has your week been?
Mine’s been great. Busy dyeing as usual (I like saying this, it sounds funny if you don’t know the context that i dye yarn!) 😀 But this week I also spent quite some time making mini yarn ball earrings to stock up in my Etsy shop and for up-coming craft fairs in summer and autumn. I know spring is not actually official here yet in Scotland but soon ?!
Yesterday was a kickoff of MarledmagicMKAL I have joined. It’s a 4-week knit along (KAL)hosted by the knitwear designer Stephen West. So i received my first clue and started knitting a few rows already. Since we can go wild with the yarn choices, I decided to throw in some of my hand dyed yarn in the pack as well 🙂
What do you think of these beauties?
Now the needles are calling me. I’d better sign off to continue on my rows.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
No one has ever told me that once you start dyeing yarns, you just cant’t stop! It’s just like paintings on blank canvases and it’s even more amazing when you actually knit them and see how stitches turn out.
This new colourway i dyed up this week is call “Mystery ” I bet you can tell why it’s named that way. When a knitter/crocheter choose her/his yarn, the choice is just endless 🙂
I am excited to see how this yarn journey will take me. In the meantime, I still make mini yarn ball earrings . I will keep making them as well as diving into this yarn dyeing world.
Oh and good news! I almost finished with my first epic knitted shawl 🙂 More photos are posted on my Instagram if you’d like to see.
It’s never too late to say Happy New Year, everyone ! Like the title suggests, I went to the moon and now back 😀
For the past few months, I have travelled, visited families, seen new places and cultures.
Can you guess where I have been from these photos?
But now I am back to my yarn and craft world and it feels good to be back.
It feels good to be able to paint and dye (yarns) again. 🙂
This week I have been dyeing this new yarn base of 100% baby alpaca and I am so in love with how soft this fibre is. My first encounter with these lovely creatures was at YarnDale in Skipton last year. They were quite playful and didn’t mind human’s company.
Here they were smiling and enjoying having their photos taken 🙂
I have read some forum threads that discussed dyeing with alpaca yarn and fleece and a few mentioned that it didn’t take the dyes in as well as merino. But to my surprise, I dyed these two colourways and they turned out quite right, just the way I wanted 🙂
On the left is “Enchanted Garden” and on the right is “Alpaca’s Kisses”
I have set aside a few skeins to knit a project for myself this autumn (who can resist!?)and have listed a few in my shop www.handdrawnyarn.etsy.com as well.
Have you ever knitted/crocheted/worked with alpaca yarns? If so, what are your favorite projects and patterns? I have in mind that this yarn would be perfect for a shawl 🙂
I am heading to Revelry to check out some lovely shared patterns/projects now so i can get some ideas.