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Deadline knitting

Like an awful lot of knitters, I spent December in a flurry of knitting gifts and a Christmas outfit for the small human. Now that Christmas deadlines are over, I feel like I have time to relax, and share some of the projects. 
Pattern: Mukluks by Tin Can Knits Yarn: Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in beige & purple. I enjoyed knitting these toddler sized slipper socks, but found sewing the outer sole on to the sock a little bit fiddley. I added little dots of Sock Stop to the soles.  It's liquid latex in a bottle, also from Rico. I've heard of people doing little hearts and flowers with sock stop, but I found it a little bit messy to apply. Perhaps I just need to spend more time with it!  When I first put these on the small human's feet, she ran around exclaiming 'Warm! Warm!'... so I think that means she likes them!

Pattern: Grand Canal by Yvonne McSwiney Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply This was a very enjoyable knit; I just flew through the lace portions! …

Spinning

I've been feeling rather guilty about neglecting the blog lately, so I'm sharing a spinning project from some weeks ago. This was an experiment in blending colours using hand carders. Originally, I wanted to mix some flashes of bright colours (pinks & reds) in with some greys - something I've admired in mixed fibre batts from LHogan, that grew up to become a hat.
In practise, the grey gotland fibre I selected was far too slippery for my liking. It did not blend at all with the brightly dyed merino.
The resulting yarn was somewhat marled & uneven in thickness & texture.
I came to the realisation that I could introduce the grey as a separate yarn in the finished knit object, whatever that may be, and carded the bright colours together in varying proportions. Some mini batts were dominated by deep purples, some pinks, and some red. I've also come to the conclusion that there is a place in my fibre stash for neon pink - it looks wonderful as a highlight with r…