Category Archives: spinning

Night time drink

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If like me you like to have a hot milky drink in the evening then you may like my bedtime drink. It is apparently a version of a chai latte but I started to make it as an alternate to cocoa (minus the tea) without realising. Once I discovered recipes for chai latte’s I tried adding some tea to my recipe and haven’t looked back. I use soy milk (alpro soy light) but any milk of your choice should work fine, it is also worth mentioning that I use a pretty large mug (larger than normal mug) so you may need to adjust accordingly. (I will try to remember to measure capacity of my mug tomorrow).

Ingredients

1 teaspoon loose tea
1/2 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon sweetner

Place a mug full of milk into a saucepan.
Add dried ingredients
Heat, stirring or whisking occasionally
Strain into manual milk frother, froth, pour into mug and sprinkle with either cinnamon, nutmeg or choc.

Can easily be drunk without frothing or can be frothed in any other manner.

In other news, I have cast on a sweater with my handspun (I have already completed the first sleeve) and love the rustic look of the knitted fabric. To mask any inconsistencies between skeins I am alternating every other row.

I am still having pain issues with my hip but have to sit and wait for my appointment for the hospital. I’m not confident of being seen this side of Xmas, which is going to make a miserable Xmas. 😦

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One Row Handspun Scarf

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My creation, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Handspun from Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino in Stand by Me. 2ply fingering weight, used approximately 100g from 200g bump.
Mods: Pattern is written for aran/worsted weight yarn, so I used 3.25mm needles instead of 5mm written, I also increased the number of stitches but can’t remember by how many off hand. I kind of played it by ear as I knew i had plenty of yarn to play with.

I love this scarf, it turned exactly as I wanted. I had bought a new autumn jacket and didn’t have a scarf that would look right with it. I wanted something simple and practical that I could wear on a day to day basis. The scarf is soft, smooshy and warm but not bulky. I have already cast on some mittens in with the leftover yarn, in fact I have finished one and am 1/3rd through the second.

photos were taken…

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but the new USB cable I purchased doesn’t seem to like my mac or vice versa as when I plugged it in up came an error message about USB drawing too much power – will try it in Karl’s PC tomorrow.

I was planning on showing off a new FO – One Row Handspun Scarf in my handspun from Crown Mountain Farms (Stand By Me) and a new wip – podster gloves cast on this evening in the remaining yarn. Oh well, just hope they will be worth the wait.

I finished listening to Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton last night and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It is a lot shorter than most of the audiobooks I buy, but still an good cosy mystery and I can definitely see me buying more in the series. Tonight I will start listening to Cure of Souls by Phil Rickman, I have listened to the previous books in this series and love them. A great mix of old-fashioned murder mystery with new age/spiritual overtones. The only problem is that for some strange reason the next two books (numbers 6 & 7) aren’t available on audible but book 8 is, something that really confuses me. Why not have the entire series instead of random books from a series?
Hopefully I will bring photos tomorrow – fingers crossed!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

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Today was a perfect autumnal Sunday. It started with a nice lie-in (with no guilt as all the housework was done on Saturday), followed by a breakfast and coffee. I then spent most of the day spinning and finished off watching season 4 of Supernatural. We had beef stew and dumplings cooked in the slow cooker for dinner and then started watching season4 of Bones.
Spinning was fantastic, I hadn’t spent that long in front of the wheel for ages and forgot just how relaxing it is. I started by finishing of last bobbin of singles for my sweater yarn (hopefully I can get it plied this week) and then started spinning the roving in the picture – scrumptious (merino/silk) from Fyberspates. I had never spun anything with silk in before and it took a little getting used to. I am spinning it on the second for fastest ratio on my wheel and it is spinning up like a dream, and nice and fine. The two braids whilst no identical are fraternal twins and I plan to ply the them together, so one ply will be lighter and more green than the other darker more blue one. If I could find mt camera cable I would post photos of the singles on the bobbin. They have so much shine and lustre, and the dark blue/purple is reminiscent of the colour of ink from a biro when it leaks out of the top.

People always remark that knitting/spinning is relaxing and calming, and I do find it is, which is why I can see alot of fibre play happening our house over the next few weeks – Karl is going to try and quit smoking. He has an appointment with the nurse at our GP clinic tomorrow to discuss the best plan for him, but has being trying to cut down this weekend and decided to ‘make do’ with the baccy he had rather than buy some more. this meant that come early afternoon he ran out. Even after a few hours without a cigarette he started to become short tempered, but i managed to hold my tongue and not retaliate to anything I would normally, especially as I was mindful that I am suffering from PMS at the moment. I swear if it wasn’t DVD boxsets keeping us occupied there may have been bloodshed. 😉 I am actually really proud of him for even trying as he has been smoking for over 10 years. If anyone has any advice about quitting smoking or supporting someone trying to quit it would be gratefully received.
In other news my hip has started to hurt again, not as bad as before but it is definitely the same pain in the same place. If it gets worse again then I will go back to my GP and see if anyone has any idea what it causing it. So far I just have a list of things that it isn’t. Iit is nearly 28 days since the pain started last time, so I am waiting to see if it follows the same pattern as before, over the next 5-6days, (getting gradually worse then going away for 21days) in which case it may be gynae related as fits my cycle. (TMI? sorry)
Tomorrow I plan to scour the house in search of my camera cable and if I can’t find it then i think I’ll just buy a replacement from Tesco when I go to pick up dinner, as I really need update my stash and projects page on Ravelry.

busy busy busy

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I may not have been busy blogging but I have been busy spinning.

Purple/Pink BFL – handdyed by me. 2 ply (one variagated pink, turquoise, purple, other semi-solid purple) Fingering weight

Turquoise/Green BFL – handdyed by me. 2 ply fingering weight

The Dyeing Art Dazzling Duos Superwash merino in King of Hearts. 2ply fingering/sport weight

The Yarn Yard BFL in Aurora. 2ply light fingering/lace weight

I am really pleased with these yarns and can’t believe how quickly I’ve improved over a reasonable small amount of time.

handspun yarn

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100_2252, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

After a spinning meet up I was in the groove, so plied to of my almost the same bobbins and got this. It’s fresh from the bobbin so needs soaking and the lights isn’t great – but I LOVE it! Really pleased with this and I still have 1/4 bobbin of singles and another bump (in top of pic) to play with.

You spin me right round….

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Ashford Traveller, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

…baby right round

Here is my new wheel!!!!
My parents bought me Dougal (as named by Karl, because it igoes around like the Magic Roundabout and a similar colour) last weekend. It was a total surprise. I had mentioned that I would like a spinning wheel and maybe they could chip in for one as a joint birthday/Xmas present.
They had a wedding to attend near us and said they would pop in on there way home and turned up with this. I’m not normally lost for words but was completely gobsmaked by this.
Apparently it was bought for me ‘just because’ and because I had done well at university last year.
Dougal is an Ashford Traveller in unfinished wood (but is now all waxed a lovely). I haven’t spun much on him as I have wedding knitting that needs to be finished, but am loving the time I have spent spinning.

Knitting is happening, I have completed the body of the wedding stole and started the knitted on border last night. Progress pics to follow, although as with all lace in progress it just looks like a red blob.

I have had some stash enhancment and will post pics in another post.

Sorry to have neglected the blog but I have been over on plurk, and that along with monogamous lace knitting makes for dull blog fodder.

I hereby promise to blog more, even it isn’t the most exciting.