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Today I visited Newbridge Farm. It's Spring (of course), so there were prancing kid goats, suckling calves and curled up lambs to see.  While walking around the grounds that surround the farm I spotted something....
Wool. I was tempted to gather it up for spinning, but considering the bulk of my fibre stash...
Perhaps some birds will have a lovely snug nest this year?

Very Simple Baby Mitts

The small human has been growing quite a bit (as they do), and my usual trick of pulling cardigan or jacket sleeves down over her hands when out & about isn't quite keeping her hands warm anymore.  I decided to whip up a pair of mittens for her. These took 2 (short) evenings to make. 
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - about 58 metres Size: These mittens fit my 11 month old, with a little room for growing. Her wrist measures 11 cm.  Needles: 4mm circular needle long enough for magic loop  (or DPNs if you prefer) Gauge: 20 st per 10 cm in stocking stitch Other bits: crochet hook, for the string; darning needle for grafting & weaving in the ends
CO 28 stitches fairly loosely.
Join for working in the round taking care not to twist the stitches.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 8 cm.
Work in stocking stitch for 8 cm.

Ensure stitches are distributed evenly between two halves of your 'magic loop'; they should be split into 2 groups of 14 stitches.
Decrease rou…

Handspun cowl

Over the past month I have turned some lovely fluff into yarn... and that yarn into a cowl.
The fibre was hand dyed organic merino tops, from LHogan. To try get a lovely soft & fluffy yarn, I hand-carded dyed tops into small batts; the resulting yarn is 2-ply and knits up as a DK weight. I cast on 110 stitches, and knit in the round until I had what seemed like a useful length for keeping necks warm.  This cowl will be in the post to its new owner in the coming days. I'm sure she won't feel the need to take daft photos while modelling it.