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Midnight Clear

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Midnight Clear

Background:

These mini skeins were spun as part of¬†January’s rolag club. January’s rolags were inspired by the seasonal skies, and the “Midnight Clear” minis complemented the theme, inspired by the clear starry night skies that we are treated to on those cold winter nights.

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Story:

Watch the universe:

Star scenes play ancient dramas.

A winter night’s gift.

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Information:

Title: Midnight Clear

Composition: 70% Merino, 30% Trilobal

Weight: 15 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 40m per mini skein

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: January 2016

Skein code: 0084

Fibre: 23 micron merino and rainbow-dyed trilobal nylon

Source: World of Wool – “Glitzy Ocean”

Status: Sold

Jack Frost

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Jack Frost

Background:

These minis were spun to accompany¬†December’s rolag club, and are seen in action here:

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Story:

Wake to frosted land,

A world of washed-out colour.

It cracks under foot.

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Information:

Title: Jack Frost

Composition: Falkland plied with glitter thread.

Weight: Sports weight to heavy laceweight

Length: 40m per mini skein.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: December 2015

Skein code: 0081

Fibre: 100% Organic Falkland

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

Champagne and Bouncy Castles

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Champagne and Bouncy Castles

Background:

This is “Champagne & Bouncy Castles”, so called because as I was spinning it all I could think of was parties. The fibre was unlabelled, but I suspect it is a merino/silk/angelina mix. There were so many beautiful colours blended together, I wanted to preserve that in the yarn and not over-complicate it. This is a lovely singles yarn, and the colours remain as clearly defined swirls in the twist.

Story:

Time to let our hair down

Time to have some fun.

Time to let our worries go now that the work is done.

Time to be a kid again,

Responsibility-free!

Time to do the things we do when nobody can see:

Rule the bouncy castle,

Dance like no-one’s there.

Realise what life is like without a single care.

Soon we’ll don the mantles

Once more of adult roles.

But for tonight be wild and free – those are our only goals.

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Information:

Title: Champagne and Bouncy Castles

Composition: Fibre Supplied

Weight: 60g / 15 WPI average / gently thick and thin sports to DK weight

Length: 196m / 215yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: December 2015

Skein code: 0083

Fibre: Supplied

Source: Gillian Gladrag

Status: Swapped

Orchard

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Orchard

Background:

This batt from Bits and Hobs was a joy to work with. It was called “Fruit and Flowers,” and inspired the idea of orchards. I spun it as a sports weight, gently thick and thin, singles yarn. As I wound the finished skein into a yarn cake, it transformed itself into a beautiful rose!

Story:

I grew up with orchards. They were, are, and always will be special, almost sacred, places. Like a secret garden, I could get away from everyday hustle and let nature envelop and balm. They took me through each season – from bare twigs to buds, from buds to flowers, from flowers to fruit, playing out the evolution of each year. Calm, peaceful and unforced productivity was a great model for life.

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Information:

Title: Orchard

Composition: Super-fine merino, Silk, Angelina

Weight: 100g / 17 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 318m / 348yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: November 2015

Skein code: 0079

Fibre: 18.5 micron merino, silk, angelina blended as a carded batt.

Source: Bits and Hobs

Status: Swapped

Eat Your Greens

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Eat Your Greens

Background:

This was another swap with a lovely and talented lady. She wanted a complete surprise so I thought I’d spoil her with a Hilltop Cloud gradient set. The fibre was called “Cabbage Leaf” and inspired the concept behind “Eat Your Greens.”

Story:

I saw a cabbage flower once, in the place I’d least expect it. Nestling, hiding its face, but placed at the centre of everything, radiating nature’s elegance.

It was in a flower display in a church. And it wasn’t even harvest! It had been picked for its subtle beauty.

Was this the cabbage I knew? From school dinners and uneaten meals. The two ideas didn’t go together. Incongruous was the word.

But now I have a new idea of what ‘cabbage’ is.

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Information:

Title: Eat Your Greens

Composition: 55% Merino, 30% Corriedale, 15% Bamboo.

Weight: 140g / 16 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 539m / 590yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: November 2015

Skein code: 0077

Fibre: Handblended Merino, Corriedale and Bamboo.

Source: Hilltop Cloud

Status: Swapped

Citrus Leaves

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Citrus Leaves

Background:

These mini skeins were spun as part of the first installment of my monthly rolag club. The theme was St. Clement’s Day, which was a great excuse for some fun, citrus-themed fibre.

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Story:

Waxy green leaves sit

Atop fresh astringent baubles

Hiding citrus zing!

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Information:

Title: Citrus Leaves

Composition: 100% Merino

Weight: 150g in total / 15 WPI / Spots weight.

Length: 40m per mini skein.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: November 2015

Skein code: 0076

Fibre: 21 micron merino.

Source: Wingham Wool Work.

Status: Sold

Arctic Equinox

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Arctic Equinox

Background:

Another chance to revel in the beauty of a Hilltop Cloud gradient pack, this yarn was commissioned as a gift for a new knitter.

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Story:

The fibre flows through my hands. Rippled and vivid, depths of colour for senses to dive into.

Clear turquoises and deep blues, like a river cutting the landscape, meandering to and fro.

Looking up from the landscape to the broad horizon. Sun dipping down, glowing deep, burnished gold. Soon to give way to the rich, dark night.

This equality happens but twice a year; time giving equal attention to its day and night children. Winter is on its way. And the arctic landscape embraces it.

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Information:

Title: Arctic Equinox

Composition: 50% Merino, 37.5% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk.

Weight: 140g / 16 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 523m / 572yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: November 2015

Skein code: 0078

Fibre: Handblended Merino, Shetland and Mulberry Silk

Source: Hilltop Cloud

Status: Sold

The Walk to Weyland’s

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The Walk to Weyland’s

Background:

This skein was created from divine fibre, handdyed by Hilltop Cloud. The luxury combed top came as a dyed rainbow gradient in beautiful harvest shades. I decided to spin it as a fractal yarn, so split the fibre lengthwise into halves, split one half into quarters, split one quarter into eighths and split one eighth into sixteenths. The fibre was spun finely in sequence from the half to the last sixteenth, and the single was navajo plied to preserve the colour changes. Combined with the luxury fibre, this was a very special skein indeed.

Story:

Crisp autumn day. Frost dances with sunbeams in a perfect pas de deux.

2.2 kilometers says the sign.

Set off up the hill, to the ancient trackway, passing the signs of autumn, harvest just around the corner.

Leaves give up their vibrant green life and mellow to chestnut shades. Showers of red hawthorns peek through and purple sloes gather in abundance.

The sky shifts – from clear, bright blue to purple-grey clouds rolling in.

We pass the abundance of the hedgerow – leaves, trees, berries, shrubs, flowers, fruit, crab apples.

The hedgerow parts, allowing views across the farmland. A copse of trees in the distance surrounds our destination.

More than five-and-a-half thousand years old and still revered today.

The path comes to an end and the trees form the entrance. I lay eyes on the long barrow, and wonder at my ancestors.

I shall rest a while at Weyland’s Smithy.

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Information:

Title: The Walk to Weyland’s

Composition: 33% Camel, 33% Seacell, 33% Faux Cashmere.

Weight: 100g / 16 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 265m / 290yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0069

Fibre: Combed blend of camel, seacell, and faux cashmere.

Source: Hilltop Cloud

Status: Sold

Devon Memories

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Devon Memories

Background:

I ran a competition for one winner to receive a rolag set, with the offer to spin them if requested. The theme of the competition was food and drink. The entrants suggested their favourite teats as inspiration for their rolag sets. The lucky winner chose the theme of a traditional cream tea for her rolags, and asked me to spin them. I had such fun with this project.

Story:

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Long, lazy days in the precious summer break. Time to indulge: A famous cream tea.

Freshly baked scones, still soft and warm from the oven.

Made by hand as a labour of love, by hands that have worked the dough for a lifetime.

The same hands that took the time to pick, clean and boil the fruit into jam. To heat the cream, slowly and steadily until it gives up its richest, golden crust.

Exotic tea: not of this continent, but still picked by hands. Knowledgeable hands, searching out the tender leaves. Plucking, drying, roasting, packing.

To be brought back to life with freshly boiled Devon water.

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Information:

Title: Devon Memories

Composition: 50% Merino, 15% Milk protein fibre, 15% Soya bean fibre, 20% Ramie.

Weight: 100g / 17 WPI av. / irregular sports weight

Length: 224m / 245yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0073

Fibre: Merino, Milk Protein, Soya Bean, Ramie

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Gifted/Won

Royalty

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Royalty

Background:

This was one half of a skill swap. In return for hooking up a crochet pattern for me, I received two beautiful rolag sets to spin into yarn. This is one of those rolag sets.

Story:

I’m in the presence of royalty. Quite unexpected. I’m a stranger here. I don’t know who this person is, but I know their position. How? It’s called “royal purple” for a reason. The most precious of all colours. Harvested from sea snails, each tiny mollusc giving up a single drop of purple dye. And look around. Flowers from the hot house, colours rarely seen in nature. Servants to tend the orchids and fine, saffron-spiced food. Only the best here. Only the best for the fewest people.

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Information:

Title: Royalty

Composition: 100% Merino

Weight: 60g / 15 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 161m / 176yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0071

Fibre: Merino

Source: Fibre supplied

Status: Swapped