Lumpy space princess is the diva that inspired this bouncy hank of luxurious sock yarn. It is 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere for the softest squeeze 10% nylon (for socks that last). I only have one available at the moment, I’m only dying one/two hanks at a time until I get a feel for what people are liking. I can’t wait to give one of these a try also I’m keen to take part in the boxosoxkal2017 (box of socks knit along 2017) where at the end of the year you have a beautiful box full of hand knitted socks. I must finish my W.I.P mittens first though, and there’s that #findyourfade shawl project I want to do too. So many project such little time! Yarn available in my Etsy shop HERE. 🌈🦄
I like to handspin and handye yarn. This time I handspun a white merino wool tops then after plying I dyed it with pinks & purples. I fancied trying something different so I gave this simple crochet method a go. It creates a great rib, no increasing/decreasing and you can turn the bottom up to create a brim. All it needs now is a fluffy pompom! I will be adding some similar yarns in my Etsy shop over the next few weeks. 👀
I like to reuse packaging anyway I can so when I saw that upcycling Pringles potato chips canisters were a thing I immediately thought of knitting needles! I like the idea of covering the can with a decorative paper (or vintage knitting pictures?) Maybe there’s even a way to integrate a needle gauge on the top? But if you decide that you prefer to house your needles in an alternative receptacle the carrier bag or cookie options seems pretty good also.
To try to keep on top of all things creative here at Patchouli People HQ I want to introduce a weekly photo collage (created using POTO app). I have listed my new Orbifolia hand dyed 4ply and Lace weight yarns in my Etsy shop. I’m really loving the look of my Latvian inspired mittens on my DPN needles using my own hand dyed 4ply yarns now I can see the main body pattern emerging. On the next row from left to right I handspun a length of hand dyed wool tops (Cheviot) it’s a beautiful pastel colour! I was busy Warping up my little Ashford Sample loom, which I can highly recommend for a handspun scarf project, it is quite affordable. The last photo is of a scarf I took off the floor loom that includes Alpaca, linen and various wools on a Rosepath tie up.
What creative endeavours have you got up to in 2017? 🦄
Welcome to my first frugal Friday post, it’s here because I believe in promoting a lifestyle that is both eco-friendly and cost effective. So I thought I’d introduce frugal Friday, I like upcycling and creative ideas when it comes to saving money which may include recipes, gardening, sewing or crafting. I whole heartedly welcome any other frugal Friday suggestions you might have today to be added in the comments too…
So today is a yarnie tip for all my fiberlicious sisters out there. To make a cheap and cheerful yarn bowl. There’s a few different versions but here are my two favourites for the weight of the bowl needs to be sufficient it does it’s job properly without jiggling around when you pull out more yarn;
Our little friend thinks he’s getting his paws on my yarn …
First up is the Mason style jar & bulldog clip yarn guide. I expect most people will have these items in their home already but if not you can use a big old jam jar, biscuit tin etc I also find that a centre pull ball or cake (mmmm cake, sorry induced ‘homer’ moment) of yarn works best.
Next is the cutest idea which is the tea pot. Though I must say the perfect pot would be a ceramic one with a spout. A heavy pot and always give them a trial run first.
I also like to dig around in thrift stores occasionally and I’d like to share my most recent finds. A rug (not the most modern design but to keep the chill off the bare floor) a beautiful vintage globe and a working 1980s mini Yamaha synth as in our house we also like to have fun with music. My partner Alex has a great SoundCloud account if your looking for new music: Wou-Wou & the Wormling. Check out his weekly playlists for top picks of indie tracks from the SoundCloud as well as his own musical magic! I’ve already played the synth and tried all the different buttons, really love this gem 🌈
Have you had any thrifty finds recently?
I’ve been starting the year off with lots of spinning, I’m hoping to try using it on my chunky knitting machine. There’s a couple more hanks I haven’t got pictures yet to share but next time I sure will! Evenings are filled with hot tea and continuing with my colourwork mittens. Do you split your time between crafts/projects throughout the week or week to week? or focus on one until finished? I find it depends on my energy levels 🌈
I was so pleased with the colours on this thick & thin yarn I dyed so I knitted it up on some huge 25mm knitting needles I have. It feels quite awkward to knit with such large needles after spending some time with the 2-3mm. The advantage is that it is relatively quick to knit. I gifted this at Christmas to my partner but the weather has yet to drop enough to warrant him wearing it (though I have been wearing Woolies for weeks now).
It’s a shame but also a necessity of knitting that some projects just aren’t going to work or could work out easier crafted differently. I had tried to knit this fair isle mitten one side at a time, however I was already quite certain I wouldn’t be successful in completing 4 of the same. So alas it is a goodbye to this project and onto the new Addi DPN 3mm needles I have just received to re-cast on my hand dyed 4ply. I will be sharing progress soon…