Video Podcast Episode 21

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

  • Amelia Beret Prototype #1 my project page
  • My own handspun from Hilltop Cloud Time Traveller Fibre in Illuminated Manuscript (merino, alpaca, silk and stellina)
  • 134 yards
  • 3.75mm & 4mm generic 16″ circular
  • Amelia Beret Prototype #2 my project page
  • 136 yards
  • 3.75mm & 4mm generic 16″ circular

Works in Progress

  • Diagonal Crochet Blanket AKA Crazy / Ugly / Beautiful myΒ project page
  • Various sock yarn scraps – see project page for a full list
  • Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn pattern page, my project page
  • Voolenvine Yarns Smitten DK in Black Pearl and Jilted Rose

Spinning

  • Illuminated Manuscript 2 ply handspun my project page
  • 200 yards of worsted weight
  • Tiddly Bits 2 ply handspun my project page
  • Treadle Handspun Yarns on Etsy
  • Sleeping Beauty spinning wheel
  • Mary Knox owns the website An identification guide to New Zealand Spinning Wheels and their makers here

Call for testers

  • I’m looking for 5 or so testers for my Amelia Beret pattern. Please see the thread in the Ravelry to see the details and how to apply.

WIP Wednesday: Pomme de Pin Cardigan

This story is the knitting equivalent of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’… “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Only really it should be “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then it was the best of times again”. ‘A Tale of the Two Pomme de Pins’. πŸ˜‰

I have knit this pattern once before back in 2015 and I was in love. The pattern is lovely to knit, and I loved the yarn I used (although no longer in my preferred wardrobe colour palette). Here it is:

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Not a great pic but she was gorgeous

I loved it so much. I wore it over and over for the first week before I’d even given it a wash and block. The arms were the perfect length, it was long enough to almost cover my butt and it was beautiful. I thought that after that week of continual wear I should probably give it its first bath. The yarn it was knit in was KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport and I’m well aware that that yarn is a fabulous felter so I was being extra gentle. I washed it in lukewarm water, no agitation, a small amount of gentle swishing followed by a gentle squeeze out. You can see where this is going, right? As I usually do, I popped the cardigan into a delicates bag and put it into the washing machine to have a spin (on the lowest speed setting), as I have done a million times before (well, it feels like it! πŸ˜‰ ) with all different types of yarn, both superwash and non-superwash, and guess what (you’ve already figured it out right?) it shrunk and felted slightly. It was now too small for me to wear. The armholes were far too small for me. I was crushed. It had been my favourite knit to that point, and now it just made me sad to look at it. 😦

So, of course I vowed to try again. I almost immediately jumped onto KnitPicks to see what they had in the way of sport weight superwash yarns (I wasn’t risking that again!!!) and I found that my only option was to get some bare Stroll Sport. At this point I didn’t know how to dye yarn so I purchased 7 skeins of the yarn along with a Greener Shades starter set. I used one of the skeins to test different dye formulas but I couldn’t settle on one. So I put the whole lot away for over a year.

At the end of 2016 I created a colourway called ‘Wisteria Arbour’. I had it. This was my colour. So I dyed up my 6 remaining skeins in this colourway and I used the project as my Christmas Eve cast on. I was worried slightly that the colourway would be too variegated for the lace in the pattern but I needn’t have concerned myself. As an Instagram friend commented, it seems I have the perfect mix of colour and pattern:

I just love this. It’s all I hoped for and more. And I can’t wait for it to be completed and for the cold weather to come around again. I’m gonna wear the crap outta this cardigan. πŸ™‚

Have you ever had a disaster happen to a beloved hand knit? Let me know in the comments.
Pattern: Pomme de pin by Amy Christoffers (US$7.00 Ravelry download)

Video Podcast Episode 20

Housekeeping

  • 20,381 yards knitted
  • 95 yards crocheted
  • 11,436 yards spun
  • 2017 Stash-Down-Along in the Ravelry Group here

Finished Objects

  • Baby Branches by Alana Dakos pattern page, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply, hand dyed by me
  • 1,153 yards
  • 4mm generic circular
  • Vanilla socks myΒ project page
  • Kathy’s FibresΒ Sock YarnΒ Superwash BFL/Nylon in Sea Anemone
  • 309 yards
  • 2.5mm HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circular
  • Knitted Necklace Recipe by Briony Singleton of Gradient Yarn AustraliaΒ here, myΒ project page
  • Kathy’s Fibres Sock Yarn Superwash BFL/Nylon in Sea Anemone – 96 yards
  • Knit Cozy Silky Sock in Starbucks Orange Spice Iced Coffee – 83 yards
  • Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Centennial Park – 95 yards
  • 5mm Knit Picks Majestic DPNs
  • Mary Margaret’s Lace Tam by Mary Craver pattern page, my project page
  • MyMuddlings Fingering in Wisteria Arbour
  • 220 yards
  • 3.25mm & 4mm generic circular

Works in Progress

  • Diagonal Crochet Blanket AKA Crazy / Ugly / Beautiful myΒ project page
  • Various sock yarn scraps – see project page for a full list
  • Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers pattern page, my project page
  • Knit Picks Bare Stroll Sport, hand dyed by me in my Wisteria Arbour colourway
  • Table Lace Placemat by Coats Design Team pattern page, my project page
  • Handspun yarn purchased from my local guild stall at the Royal Adelaide Show 2014
  • Snowflake by Tin Can Knits pattern page, my project page
  • 4 Seasons Pure Wool 8 ply in 72

Spinning

  • Hilltop Cloud Time Travellers Club November 2016, Illuminated Manuscript

Shop Update

  • MyMuddlings Etsy Store
  • 2 x ‘Wisteria Arbour’ on Fingering
  • 2 x ‘Winterfell’ on Bamboo Sock
  • 2 x ‘Beating Heart’ on DK
  • 3 x knitted necklaces as previously talked about

Shop Update – 11th January 2017

This week’s shop update will consist of mostly yarn. I’ve got six new skeins and two new colourways to debut! πŸ™‚ I’m pretty excited about the new ones and I hope you’ll love them too!

My goal for the first quarter of 2017 is to work on my catalogue of pink and red colourways ‘cos Valentine’s Day is in the first quarter! So here I offer ‘Be Still My Beating Heart’:

It’s a lovely vibrant tonal of pinks through reds with a touch of brown. I’m pretty pleased with this one as it was pretty much a splash of this and a splash of that to achieve it! πŸ˜€ I’ve written down the formula so it should be easily repeated. I’ll have two skeins of this on my DK base.

The next new colourway is ‘Winterfell’, inspired by a braid of fibre I purchased from Kathy’s Fibres. The colour is inspired by the cherry blossom tree at Winterfell in ‘Game of Thrones’. I’ll have two skeins of this on my Bamboo Sock base.

Lastly for yarn, I have some of my favourite colourway I’ve created so far, ‘Wisteria Arbour’. I’ve knit two accessories in this already (a cowl and a tam) and my current cardigan project is also being knit in this. It’s been very popular when I’ve posted about it to the point where I’ve also had a custom order for it! I love that! πŸ˜€ So grab these if you can!


It’s a beautiful tonal mix of lilac, purple and grey. I’ll have two skeins of this on my Fingering base.

Finally, I’ll have three knitted necklaces in the shop. These are such a cool way to add a bit of knitting to your outfit if it’s too hot for sweaters! Wear your love of knitting where everyone can see with one of these awesome necklaces!

So check out the MyMuddlings Etsy Store on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 7pm ACDT to grab your favourite!

MyMuddlings 2017 Stash-Down-Along

So the coming of 2017 has heralded the beginning of my first ever podcast -along! And I’m so excited about it! πŸ˜€

The inspiration for the -along came from my near heart attack inducing look at my stash via the exported spreadsheet from Ravelry. From memory, I have 118,000-odd yards in stash. At the time I worked out that at my 2015 rate of knitting completed, it would take me 4.75 years to knit through my stash. And that’s calculating at ˜24,000 yards per year of completed knitting! And I think that 24k yards per year isn’t too shabby! Of course, if I didn’t carry so many WIPs, my yardage might increase… πŸ˜‰

So, with this in mind I decided that I desperately needed a yarn diet. Yuck. What a horrible thought. πŸ˜‰ So my last purchase of yarn was from KnitPicks in late December when they had a sitewide 15% off sale. I gifted my mum and sister a MyMuddlings gift certificate (they’re available in the store too, check ’em out!), only the ones I gifted to my fam were for an item of their choice rather than a dollar value. So I ordered the yarn I needed for my mum’s gift, and also to make up my $100 free postage order, I grabbed myself a Flax Light quantity of Stroll Tonal in the Inverness colourway. I couldn’t stand the thought of not having that in my stash whilst I’m on my diet! Plus, of course I need another Flax Light for this winter!!! πŸ˜‰

Enough tangents; back to the -along. Also FYI, I call it that because knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving are all eligible for the -along. Perhaps I should just call it the ‘Stash Down’. Yeah, I guess that works! πŸ˜‰

The aim is to knit as much out of your stash* as possible (*stash must be acquired prior to January 1st 2017). I’ll be having two grand prizes at the end of the year, one for most yardage/meterage and one as a random prize. I’ve also had some prizes offered as donations too so they’ll be given out along with some of my products through the year. All the rules are on the Ravelry board if you’d like to join. πŸ™‚ Each person has one FO post that they post all their completed projects in totaling up the yardage/meterage. We’re also having monthly challenges too for bonus yardage. And you also get bonus yardage for using our sponsors products in your projects. We’ve already got finished objects in the thread so we’re going gangbusters!!! πŸ˜€

If this sounds like your thing, please feel free to head over to the MyMuddlings Ravelry Group, join up and Stash Down! πŸ˜€

FO Friday: the Mary Margaret Tam

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I love this pattern. πŸ˜€

I first saw this on the Yarngasm Vlogmas 2016 videos. Kristin knit hers from a lovely pinky-mauve Quince & Co yarn. I was so taken with the lace pattern, and I love the look of tams so I knew I had to cast one on. This hat was inspired (copied?) from the pattern of a hat worn by the character Mary Margaret from ‘Once Upon a Time’ and it was written by Mary Craver.

I had some of my own yarn left from a recent make in my most favourite of my colourways so far, ‘Wisteria Arbour’. It’s a lovely tonal mix of lilac, purple and grey. I was slightly worried about there being too much variation in colour to show the lace but it’s just gorgeous. I was definitely wrong. πŸ˜‰ I noticed that a lot of people had complained on Ravelry that the hat was too big as written. So I cast on 140 stitches for the brim then increased to the full 168 stitches before starting the lace. However, when I knit it again, I think I’ll just continue at 140 stitches.


The hat is really addicting and I have loved knitting it. I can definitely see myself knitting another one. Especially if it suits me well. I have a history of wearing berets and a tam is much the same so I’m sure it’ll look great. Kristin’s looks awesome on her. Especially with her dark hair.

Details:Β Knit on 3.25mm & 4mm generic 17″circulars. I used 220Β yards of MyMuddlings Fingering in ‘Wisteria Arbour’. Gauge of 6 stitches per inch. My Ravelry project page here.

A lovely pattern that’s a free Ravelry download. What’s not to love about that?


What’s your favourite hat style to wear? Let me know in the comments. πŸ™‚

A wonderful random gift

Yesterday I got a random message from a friend via Facebook Messenger asking about a spinning wheel and loom that her mum was wanting to get rid of. It seems that they were trying to empty their storage locker over two days and I got the impression they wanted to get rid of stuff quickly.

I gave some advice as to places she could offload them but then also cheekily offered to adopt both. As we don’t have a lot of spare funds I was unable to offer any payment. I was concerned that they may just get dumped if they wanted them gone quickly. After consulting with her mum, she passed on that her mum would be happy to gift them to me just to see them used and loved again. So Simon and I went up to their place and had a lovely couple of hours catching up with our friends and brought home my new pressies!

The wheel needs a bit of work for it to be usable. After dusting I tightened the legs up as it was a bit wibbly-wobbly. The mother-of-all is held on with a hinge and unfortunately one of the screw holes holding the hinge on has threaded so I’m unable to tighten the screw and as I was testing how it treadled, the screw popped out. So I’ll either need to just drill new holes or fill the holes and re-drill. My dad is a wood worker who’s refurbished two of my wheels for me so I’ll likely take it up to him for advice. The wheel doesn’t appear to have any maker’s mark that I’ve been able to see as yet but I know it came in a kit form, which isn’t unusual for spinning wheels.

My friend’s mum is going to get a bunch of accessories that belong to the wheel for me which I think will consist of the bobbins (as the wheel didn’t come with any right now) and my friend mentioned hand carders too. So that’ll be good. They’ll be my third set of hand carders though! If I’m really lucky there might be some combs in there but I don’t think my luck will stretch that far!!! πŸ˜‰

The loom is a different story because I have never weaved (woven? See I don’t even know the terminology!) before so I have no idea what all the many long pieces of wood and ties are for or how any of it works. I must admit, weaving has never really held any interest for me, but when someone offers you a (complete and working, I think) loom, you don’t say no! πŸ˜‰ Β I’m hoping someone will be able to share with me what type of loom it is so I can look into how that type of loom works. I don’t know if they all work the same or if they are different. I’ve heard weaving chews up a lot of yarn so I guess I might be able to get through some of my copious stash once I learn how to weave. A girl can never have too many hobbies, right? πŸ˜‰

So if you have knowledge about what type of loom this is and where I can find some instructions, I’d be most grateful to hear from you. And if you recognise the wheel, I’d also love to know what it is. Cheers!

J x