Creating Space is your monthly permission slip to be creative with fibre for a whole day.  Yes folks, a whole day for you to make, create, do and most importantly, be.  You can bring those big jobs that drive your family nuts or bring your knitting and just sit and do it in a space where no one will nag you to do the housework or clean the car.  Mostly you get to have fun playing with your stash and getting inspired.  The other great thing is that you have people around you who are excited to share their knowledge, help you if you get stuck, or just lend an extra pair of hands.  You get to express yourself and your fibre-passions in a safe space, with other folk who love fibre just as much as you – how brilliant is that?

Who can come?

Little people can get involved too!

Absolutely anyone, that’s the beauty of Creating Space. From young folks to older folks, fibre novices, knitting beginners, yarn genius dyers, sewing machine whizzes and everyone between and beyond has a place.  Each session has a different flavour be it planned or organic, depending on who arrives and with what kit.  Every session has its own personality but it will always be friendly, welcoming and a great experience, whatever your level of skill.

 

Peg loom rug making.

What do you do there?

Well, the list is varied and growing but so far there has been knitting, crochet, spinning, dying, weaving, fibre sorting, drum carding and fibre preparation, sewing machine embroidery and surface embellishment and felting.  Whoo, this is a brilliant and not exhaustive list – how cool is that?

We also share snacks, cups of coffee and fibre related fun and companionship.  There is a great sense of fellowship, of shared experiences and crafting joy and more practically there is oodles of space for you to do those big jobs that at home you really just don’t have the space to spread out and do.

 

When and where does it happen?

Alpaca and silk on hand carders.

Creating space runs once a month on the second Saturday from 9-ish in the morning to 4-ish in the afternoon.  At the moment the sessions only run at Harston Village Hall in Harston, Cambridge.  We use one of the two biggest rooms in the building so there is plenty of space for folks to spread out and do exactly what they want to do and there are tables for people to sit and work at if that is what you need for your project.  Monthly email reminders happen to give you a gentle nudge if you’ve neglected your crafting self and we also have a group for Ravelry folk to join if they wish – joining is easy, just search the groups area for Creating Space.

 

A special Happy Birthday snack array.

How can I get involved?

Creating Space is open to all ages and skill levels so you can just turn up with whatever you need – sometimes that might be your spinning wheel and sometimes just curiosity.  You don’t have to come for the whole day, and you certainly don’t have to commit in advance, although it is helpful to know so if you do plan on coming and have the time, do try to drop us an email at creatingspace @ spindependence. com – Take out the spaces and you’re sorted.

 

Don’t worry if you’re a total beginner, there is someone who is willing to show you how to get stuck in with what you want to learn, and there might even be starter equipment there for you to have a go with.  We also try to feature recently finished projects, a stuff-swap and self made sale tables.

There is a small charge for the group – £3 – just to help cover some of the costs.  There is usually instant with caffine coffee and ‘ordinary’  tea for people to drink and often people bring cakes or snacks to share with the group.

Spinning fun!

Is there anything else we should know?

A proud moment and a beautiful skein of yarn.

One of our leaders is very allergic to angora from rabbits, so if you’re coming please leave angora filled projects and clothes at home.  We don’t like to have restrictions but it would be very sad if our leading lady was allergic to her own group!  Other than that we look forward to seeing you there.  If you would like any more information about Creating Space, please email creatingspace @ spindependence. com (make sure to take out the anti-spam spaces).

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I first started thinking about learning to spin years ago.  I thought about it and dismissed it as a dream.  I thought about it and dismissed it as unfeasible and then I forgot about it – well sort of.

I had dreams.  Terrifying visions of spiders spinning silken webs of death… and then I thought – doh!  I gave myself a kick in the pants.  Listen to the whispers of the Universe, stop being so damn stubborn and DO something about it!

It took another 2 years, but I did it and I haven’t looked back since.  Aided by the wealth of experience and valuable knowledge and enthusiasm of my local spinning group, I forged forth with my heart at the helm.

It all starts with a thread...

There are many layers, multitudinous paths and a plethora of avenues that I walked down that were not the best fit for what was in my heart, but I had to walk them, had to have those experiences to get to the place I’m in now.   My calling to spinning is strengthened by need.  Needing to live a life filled with beauty, harmony, balance and and colour.  Add to that a streak of practicality, a touch of intuition, hard fought for self trust, dedication to improving my skills, embodying my spirituality, living with authenticity and following a joyful, dancing path of discovery and potential and you’ve got the beginnings of what Secret Spinner is all about.

There is so much that is beautiful in the world.  So much that is joyful, glorious and awesome.  My heart wants to add to that, to become part of what makes this world, our amazing planet, a stunning place to live.  If I’m going to live a life of creativity and manifestation the things I create have to add to the beauty of our existence, to bring joy and spread that smile right across someone’s face.  I try to make my creations beautiful.

More than that though.  For many years I’ve been involved with the practical side of the arts.  I’ve performed as part of orchestras, bands, choirs, and eek – solos, but I’ve also seen the other side.  I’ve been part of the the stuff that makes it all happen.  I’ve hauled speakers, cables, amps and steel deck.  I’ve checked levels, rigged lamps (stage lights) and grappled with unruly dimmers that change their settings in the middle of performances!  Seeing stage and screen from both of sides of the curtain has instilled in me the importance of practicality.  It has to be creative and beautiful – no question, no argument, but it also has to work.  You can sing the most heart rending and emotional song ever written on a great big stage in front of hundreds of people, but without the skill of the crew no one would see you or hear the magic you’re making.  What has all this got to do with yarn? Well, from my point of view you can make the most spectacular yarn, but if what you produce falls apart when you try to make something with it then it’s not really yarn, it doesn’t work.  Creating practical beauty takes skill and an understanding of the medium you’ve chosen to express yourself with.  I’m still pretty new to the world of spinning but my skill and understanding are growing every day.

Mmmm... squishy :)

I love colour.  You might not realise that when you first see me.  Years of sneaking around on a stage during blackouts have influenced my wardrobe more than I’d like to admit, but I’m getting better at introducing colour into all areas of my life.  I’ve always loved colour and activities both in and outside of my education have allowed me to indulge this passion.  I’m a musician by trade and education and many times during my training I’ve heard folk talk about musical colour.  Darkness, brilliance, depth can all be achieved with orchestration, harmony, tonal colour and performance skills.  I worked in my uni’s theatre.  I helped out everywhere, but I was happiest not behind a mixing desk fixing sound levels but behind a lighting desk.  Using colour, blending light I could create moods, enhance the on-stage action – evoking the forest at dawn, a ship’s deck at sunset, a dramatic fight scene (gotta love the ol’ strobe) or a poignant soliloquy.  I love to paint – watercolours, acrylics, pencils that blend when you add a little water, anything I could get my hands on.  But even with all of these things, there was always something missing, something I struggled to achieve.  I couldn’t touch it, there was no physical texture, no sensual gratification, nothing I could grab on to and squoosh.

 

Yarn gives me so many of the things that I enjoy.  Colour, texture and practicality. The potential that I create for that yarn to go on and become something, anything – a new thing that adds to the joy and richness of life.  Now, here’s where things get a little esoteric but please, stick with me.

Follow the thread - Find your way home

I see my life as a journey.  There are paths I’ve chosen to take, or not and at one time I was very controlling of that journey.  I wouldn’t even step foot on a path that I wasn’t 100% sure I could walk down easily, and I certainly wouldn’t walk where I couldn’t see the end of the road clearly before I took my first step.  I’ve learned a great deal since then, because of that way of living.  I’ve learned that I can’t always control everything.  I’m learning to truly take life as it comes and to trust myself, my intuition and my heart’s voice.  I’m stepping into the mist, following where my heart leads me and I’m really very happy.  Don’t get me wrong, this way of living is not easy for a reforming control freak like me, but my spinning and fibre journey is helping me to  rehabilitate, to start listening to my heart and honouring my divine spark.

When I buy fibre for a project, I choose the ones that speak to me.  I can’t always define why they do at that moment, they just do.  Rarely can I see the finished yarn when I buy fibre, and that has inherently become part of my process.  From beginning to end I have no expectations for what my yarn will be.  I choose the fibre, I spin it the best way I can with as much care and skill that I can and what comes out at the end is a joy and a mystery.  The fibre I have chosen gradually reveals it’s secrets as it is spun and I trust it to be honest and there is beauty in that.  I don’t know what it will look like once it’s knitted either – I can guess, but that is where the journey continues. This method of spinning doesn’t work for everyone, but it is, right now, part of my becoming.

Another big part of the specialness – I know that isn’t a real word, but it’s my blog and I’m keeping it – of my yarn is that it is spun with mindful kindness.  What’s that then I hear you cry – well… When I spin I am managing my mind, my body and my energy.  I am relaxed, my mind is still and I am fully focused on filling the yarn flowing through my fingers with love and kindness.  I’m creating something beautiful, practical and filled with positive energy – how cool is that?!

Mindfulness is something that we can all do.  It’s the process of being fully present and aware of what you are doing while you are doing it.  Being grounded in our bodies as we walk the earth, embodying our actions gives what we are doing another level of meaning, a deeper understanding that every moment is precious and presents an opportunity to create and share compassion and kindness with the universe.  And, by being mindful I am honouring my ability and my heart’s calling.

So, that’s a little bit more about what I am trying to do with Secret Spinner and my yarn journey – Congratulations if you made it this far and thank you for reading.  I hope you’ll continue to follow my adventures as I live a life of compassion and colour.

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Shades of a deep sea wonder land

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty stunning places in my life and I’ve done some pretty cool things.  One of these life opening experiences was snorkeling off the coasts of Cuba and Mexico.  It’s an amazing sight.  It’s another world down there, filled with grace and vivid beauty, so vast but connected – every being plays its part, from the smallest single celled organism to the gargantuan Blue Whale.  I love the reefs.  They are so bright, they pulse with the heart of the ocean, filled with energy and life.  The soft blues and coppers in this fibre didn’t begin to fill me with echoes of those magical underwater adventures until I started to see the singles wind onto the bobbin, but from that point on, I knew what this yarn wanted for it’s name.  So here it is, my Enchanted Reef.

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Singles on the bobbin

Spun from fibre purchased from Fiberoptic on Etsy and I have to say that I love this yarn.  I knew I would before I spun it, and so did someone else.  So much so that she snaffled it before it was even released from it’s braid.  I bought the fibre because I fell in love with the deep garnet reds that gave way to vibrant ruby and back to dense, sultry red that was almost black.

Dragon's Blood in it's skein

I chose the name because I love loose incense, you know, the stuff that you need a red hot,  smoldering charcoal block to burn.  One of my absolute favourite loose incense is dragons blood resin.  It’s collected most commonly from the Dracaena draco tree and back in the day was used for varnish (and still is for some violins), medicine and dye as well as incense.  When I was spinning this yarn the colours reminded me of dragon’s blood incense as it melts, pools and smokes, releasing it’s gorgeous and heady scent.

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Grey 'Mother of the Bride' Shawl

Well, quite a lot actually.  I took Secret Spinner to a wedding fair and was asked to make a shawl for a ‘Mother of the Bride’ outfit.  The lady in question was very happy with her finished shawl and I believe she looked a million dollars in it on the day.

I’ve also been busy with a Sekrit Project, which is only fitting I suppose – all will be revealed in due course but all I can tell you right now is that involves yummy scrummy luxury fibres and my Secret Spinner touch.

Dragon's Blood on its bobbin

I’ve finished a custom spinning project for a friend of mine who saw some fibre that was earmarked for the Etsy Shop and called dibs on the finished yarn before I’d even started it! Here’s the fibre on the bobbin, and in it’s finished state – the colours are a little off as I’m still getting aquainted with my new camera, and there are a few gremlins left in the matrix… or something.

Dragon's Blood in it's skein

I’m working on some new colourways for the shop at the moment and also on a project in celebration of the life of a dear friend who transitioned in January this year.  She was an amazingly talented artist, working with metal, fabric and anything else she could find.  She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and in honour of that I have been working on a purple sparkly lace weight yarn that I can gift some of her friends with when we meet in to celebrate our friend in May.  I’m up to 978 meters so far, so about two thirds of the way there.  The first batch is drying in the airing cupboard as I type.

Purple Sparkles

The sneaky peak pictures are of this first batch and they are still a little damp from their bath, so it doesn’t look as plump as it will once they’re dry. The flash really makes the angelina sparkles that I added to this shine and there’s some silk in there too, so the finished article will be a little more subdued than the picture suggests – still, I wanted to post some WIP shots so here it is.

In other news, I’m going away for a week in May, and the shop will be closed from the 7th to the 14th.  My partner, his mum and I are all going for a well deserved break in Fuertaventura for the week.  Hopefully there will be sun, sea, spa and bar time for all of us, and gives us some time together without the stress and concerns of everyday living.  Unfortunately, it does mean that I will miss my monthly crafty outing  – a wonderful enabling day facilitated by a friend of mine.  Watch out for a whole post dedicated to this brilliant group ‘Creating Space’.  If you’re in the Cambridge area and free on the 14th of May, the group runs from 9am-ish to 4pm-ish and is a total bargain at £3.  Everyone is super friendly and will have you involved in something in no time at all.  It’s all happening at Harston Village Hall, so enjoy the fun, and tell me all about what I missed!

Finally, keep your eyes peeled for the unveiling of Chopped Tomatoes’ new blog.  The lovely Machelle came to stay this week and a wonderful time was had by all.  We talked yarn and fibre and movies and food… oh and we went on a outing to historic Granchester and had tea and ice cream at The Orchard tea garden, famously frequented by Rupert Brooke.  Machelle is going to be featuring Secret Spinner Yarns and I’m so excited!  Earlier this year Machelle gave Silver Screen a new home and it is now a truely decadent shawl.  Look out for the give-away portion of the article – you could be the lucky winner of some unique handspun yarn made by me – Yay for free stuff!

 

 

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I don’t care though.  My beautiful business cards came this morning and I am SO pleased with how they turned out.  So pleased that I’m taking photos and posting on my blog.  Yes, this is why my beloved, who is sitting right here next to me, thinks I’m sad.  I’m just excited because my dreams are becoming reality, so ner.  The photo is a little blurred I think, or is it my eyes from the tears of joy … I don’t know but you get the idea?

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The colours in this yarn remind me of some of my favourite places in nature, up on the moors with the sheep, the sun and the wind for company.  It’s a beautiful and naked place to be at any time of the year, but I especially love it when the heather is in full bloom, all those pinks and purples against the grass and scrub.  This skein also had a lavender and cedar essential oils added to it’s bath to help keep the greedy moths at bay.

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Good Lookin' Sheep

When my friend and talented jewellery designer Rebecca asked me to write something for her blog, I have to admit I had a bit of a panic.  What is a spinner going to say about jewellery and weddings?  Then I had a thought.  How many times are you going to wear your wedding dress after your wedding day?  You can keep it in a bag or a box, take it out now and again and bemoan how you’re probably not going to fit into it in 10 years, but, I imagine, not much else.  Now, your wedding jewellery – that you can wear again and again.  You bring it out on special occasions, the perfect touch to set off a little black dress, a whisper of elegance with jeans and a jacket, or on your anniversary with not much else *wink*.  This made me think.  If you asked a spinner to spin you some yarn, knit you a beautiful shawl from it to wear as the air cools and night falls on your wedding day, wouldn’t that be special?  That wonderful piece of craft would be an heirloom, something to pass onto your daughters for generations, a little piece of your special day on hers – her ‘something old’.

Raw Fleece

Taking  a fleece from sheep to shawl is a mammoth task that takes months.  Your shawl would contain hundreds of hours of work from people who are keeping our crafting history alive.  Having a shawl or other ‘keep you warm’ garment made just for you is a totally customisable experience.  I’ll hold up my hands right now and say that I can’t process raw fleeces – I’m allergic to lanolin – that’s the stuff that keeps sheep’s skin in good condition and has been used as a lubricant and emollient since people started shearing and washing sheep fleece.  Anything that I spun for you would have to have been through the scouring (washing) and picking process.   Picking is where you get rid of all the bits of grass and seeds and plant matter that doesn’t get washed away in the scouring phase.  After that however, I can do whatever you like.  I can help you to choose and blend different fibres together to give you exactly the feel you want, spin the fibre into yarn exactly as you wish it to be and knit you the pattern your heart desires.  I can advise you of the best way to get the result that you want and I will keep you as involved in the process as you want to be.

Clean and Combed

Just as an example – I can take a naturally coloured cream fleece that has been washed and combed and blend it with silk, or alpaca, or baby camel or whatever you like really (I draw the line at cat hair – sorry folks I’m allergic to that too).  Then I can spin it into fine laceweight yarn – light as air but warm and soft.  I can add beads and metallic threads, pearls or crystals – the combinations are endless.  I can have someone dye the fibre to whatever colour you fancy, or have them dye the yarn once it’s spun for a totally different feel.  At the end of it you’ll have something totally unique – just yours – made with love, care and scrupulous attention to detail.

Laceweight Wool and Silk

I realise you might not want a purple wedding shawl, but this is an example of the kind of result that you can get, it just happens that this one I knitted is purple.  You don’t have to have a shawl either – the variety of knitting patterns out there is staggering, and part of the Sheep to Shawl service is the consultation.  I’ll guide and advise you so that the end result is as close to your dream as possible.   The service is also flexible – if you know a knitter that you’d like to knit your shawl, or would like to knit it yourself, I can still help you to choose fibre and spin it for you so that your special day hug of a shawl is totally unique. The Sheep to Shawl Service isn’t only limited to weddings – I can help you to create a christening blanket that can be passed down through your family with each new arrival, a special shrug or shawl for a first communion or confimation service, a coming of age celebration, a naming, handfasting, or prayer shawl – the possibilites are endless and the final result will be uniquely yours.

Siren Song

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Talking to a friend at the weekend I was reminded of the redemptive power of blocking your knitting.  My friend has made a lovely cowl neck floaty drapey cardigan.  She tried it on, decided she hated it and that she was going to pull it out and start again – again.  Thankfully, she brought it to a crafty day for a second opinion.  “Have you blocked it yet?” says I.  “No”, says she.  Hmmm.  What followed was me extolling the virtues of blocking something before you decide that you hate it and pull it to pieces.

So what is blocking?

Friendship's Flame - Blocking

Blocking is something that you can do to fibres after they have been knitted to help them achieve the shape and finish they are capable of having.  I like to think of it as releasing the potential of the thing I’ve knitted.  I knit a lot of lace which can look screwed up and nasty until it’s blocked.  If you’re making a garment where pattern pieces have to reach specific measurements, blocking is the way to get them there.  In my friend’s case, she thought that there wasn’t enough fabric to  drape the way she wanted.  I suspect that when she blocks her piece there will be at least another square metre of potential fabric hiding in there.  Blocking can also hide multitude of indescretions, particuarly if you’ve had to repair a mistake and you’re left with uneaven stitches – in the main these even out during the blocking process. There are 3 main ways to block something: Wet, Spray and Steam.  They all have their merits and are used in different situations depending on the fibre content of your yarn and the design you’ve knitted.

Wet blocking is the most ‘agressive’ method of blocking and can be used for natural and man-made fibres although the man-made ones don’t block terribly well.  Fibres that should never be wet blocked are super delicates and ones that have ‘dry clean only’ on their care labels.  Water can be the kiss of death for some novelty and fashion yarns so please check the label before soaking it.  You can use wet blocking for wool and wool blends, but remember to be gentle – the water should be warm not hot, place the pieces in gently after you turn the taps off and definately don’t swish them – heat and friction can cause natural fibres to felt.

Friendship's Flame - Finished

Run yourself a bath or bowlful of warm water depending on the size of your piece and submerge your fabric gently allowing the water to fully penetrate the fibres. Leave the piece for half an hour or so.  This allows the fibres to relax.  Carefully lift out your piece and press the water out gently – don’t wring it out.  The fabric will be most vunerable when it is in this state.  I like to lay mine on a towel, roll it up and press hard.  This squeezes out the water without agitating the work and leaves enough water in the fabric for the next stage of the process.  I then lay out white plastic liners on the floor – I’m lucky, in that I can pin straight into the carpet but there are other things that you can pin into, like a spare bed, or blocking board (plywood board that has a foam layer on top and fabric stretched over the top).  Children’s play tiles and interlocking home gym mats are good too.  The plastic layer will stop the water soaking into whatever is underneath and your piece will dry out more quickly than if you pin it straight onto a towel.  Once you’ve pinned out the piece you’ll need to make sure that it is undisturbed until it’s toally dry so do keep this in mind when choosing your blocking camp.  Next, you can gently stretch out your piece as you need to reach the size and effect you desire.  A rule, tape measure or pattern piece might help with this.  I find that pinning provisionally and then tinkering with the positions of the pins when you have a rough size is the best way to achive an even finish.

There are blocking kits available to buy that contain wires and rust-proof T-pins that can make this process much easier, but whatver you use to pin out your piece make sure they are rust proof and won’t snag delicate fibres.  As the piece dries, the pins will hold the piece of knitted fabric in the shape you gave it. Fabric blocked this way will have a little ‘relaxing’ potential, so if you have to reach a particular size bear in mind that you might get a little shrinkage once you pull out the pins.

Steam Blocking is similar to wet blocking in that you’re using water to relax the fibres, it’s just that in this case the water takes the form of steam.  This is one of the best ways to block fibres that shouldn’t really get wet, as well as for cotton which stretches unbelievably once it’s soaked.  It’s not suitable for man-made fibres as heat/steam are likely to destroy them, turning all of your hard work into a scary ball of melty mess.

Summer Night - Before Blocking

Fibre artists use different techniques when it comes to steam blocking and it’s a technique that is easily adapted for many purposes.  Often people stretch and pin their work to the desired shape and then begin steaming, using the steam to encourage the fibre to set the new shape. Others steam first and then pin out while the fabric is still warm, allowing the steam to relax the fibers and make it more pliable, which can be difficult for larger projects, but is quicker than wet blocking for smaller pieces.  Which way round you do this rests largely on the pliability of your fabric. If you can get it into the size and shape you need without the steam, pin first. If not, steam and then pin out, re-warming the fibres as you go if you need to.  The steaming method can be achieved in two ways.  In the first, slightly dampen a clean sheet, pillow case or other piece of plain fabric and place it over the piece you’re blocking.  Using a hot iron with the steam setting off, press very lightly on the sheet. You don’t need to press like you are actually ironing, the pressure needs to be just enough to heat the damp sheet and push the steam through to the knitting. You carry on doing this until the piece has relaxed into the shape you’re after or the sheet is dry.  You can also steam block without a protective layer of fabric. All that is needed is to your iron on steam and pass the iron slowly over the fabric being blocked, being careful not to touch the work with the iron, then pin it out if you haven’t already and leave it to cool and dry.

Summer Night - Blocking

Spray blocking is the most gentle blocking process and is great for expensive and delicate fibers like silk and cashmere, although I have to admit that I tend to use a very careful and gentle wet block even for cashmere, as I get a better result – I have however, found this out through trial and error and suggest you adopt a ‘gently does it’ approach in the first instance.  Spray blocking is also a  good method to use when you aren’t sure what kind of fibre content is in the yarn you’re dealing with or are suspicious of the instructions on the ball band.  For spray blocking all you need to do is pin the piece to the desired dimensions and spritz the whole thing lightly with water from a spray bottle. This way you can get it damp enough to relax the fibers, but not soak it wet through.  Once it’s dry you’re done.  If you can’t get your piece to the dimensions you want while it’s dry, try dampening it a little, pinning it out and then dampening again.  I find that this method can be tricky to keep consistant, and you can end up with areas that are more relaxed and have stretched further during the process than others.

Summer Night - Finished

Blocking can be a very time consuming and intensive process, especially if you’re like me and want to have everything just right.  Trust me though, the time you take to get the blocking right really is reflected in the finished piece and can make lace pieces really sing.  As to writing off an experimental or freeform design before you’ve blocked it – try to think of blocking as part of the creative process – a painter wouldn’t declare a painting finished until the thing was dry, or a jeweller before the metal was polished and this is a very similar thing.  Skipping the blocking process denies your work the opportunity to fulfill it’s full potential and prevents it from being as beautiful as it could be – you owe it to yourself and your work to spend a little extra time on the finishing process.

That said – some items don’t need much blocking at all – my Winter Landscape Cowl had a quick dunk and was left to dry out without pins, just to release the lace and allow it to find it’s true length.  So, go with your gut, see what your creative heart tells you and have fun 🙂

 

Friendship’s Flame was knitted by me from Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel Pattern.  Summer Night was knitted by me from Asami Kawa’s Summer Stream Scarf Pattern.
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The colours in this yarn are so evocative of the golden age of black and white cinema, the subtle shades and shadows of grey. This classic combination of colours is both understated and elegant and the softeness of the fibre will surely make it a delight to knit. I was feeling super decadent, what with all the talk of movie stars that I added a little Ylang Ylang essential oil to the bath this skein soaked in for that added touch of luxury.

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