An Estonian girl who has found a home in Sweden.

Friday, October 21

A Bit of Knitting

21.10.16 Posted by Vaire ,

Inbetween spinning I've had some spurts of knitting.

Cabled Rib

A new project I started for a colleague. Deadline for this is in January, so it's been put on hold until I've finished the gifts for family.

Mossy Wildwood

Finished the scarf from the Wildwood fibre. While knitting I was afraid that I'd run out of the yarn, but I won the yarn chicken this time. There is 9 grams left.

Leftie II

Leftie #2 is still going on. I have almost finished the second black ball, but the rows are getting longer and the progress is getting slower.

Relax Sox

These socks are a little longer than on this photo, but not by much.

Wednesday, October 12


12.10.16 Posted by Vaire ,

Gift spinning continues. This blue-green yarn is meant to become gloves for my brother. He originally chose another braid, but that was dyed in stripes and stripes are not an option according to his wishes.


At first I tried to come up with a way of spinning the striped wool without it striping in yarn, and I could not. Not unless I completely deconstructed the braid and mixed up the colours, but I was not happy to do that. I had bought that braid specifically because it was dyed in stripes, and I didn't really want to destroy that. I tried to see if I could use any other fibre that I already had, but nothing else was even close, so bought more fibre.

Rainbow Color Pack

I tried to find fibre in greens and blues that were closest to the one my brother had chosen, and this 100% shetland wool by Edgewood Garden Studio was it. I did not need the other colours, but this set was the best match that I could find. The red will become fingerless mitts for me, and the purple and yellow/orange will be an experiment yarn.


The plan was to strip both colours vertically and use a technique called combination drafting to blend the colours in the single. At first I thought I'd make it as a 2-ply, but while I was spinning the first single, I changed my mind and divided the strips into three. The resulting 3-ply would blend the colours more effectively, thus reducing the risk of stripes even more.


There are sections where the three singles were so close in colour that they look uniform, but most of the yarn is delightfully barberpoled. Some striping may still emerge, but I can take scissors to the yarn and cut out the worst bits if needed.

The tiny miniskein is a leftover 2-ply from mostly one bobbin. It probably is the first single and I had spun more than I had estimated when I was dividing the rest of the wool into 3 parts, so the other two were short a bit.

A really interesting effect emerged as I was plying. When two and a half singles were in the same colour, the second colour in the other half of the third single made beautiful flecks in the yarn. This is an effect I want to explore more, and try to recreate it in a whole skein.

I am happy with how this turned out, and hopefully there will be no stripes in the finished gloves.

Friday, September 30

Akerworks Bobbins

30.9.16 Posted by Vaire ,

Why buy more? Were 15 bobbins not enough?

No, actually 15 were not enough because I ran out during Tour de Fleece this summer. Also, there is difference in size and while I had plenty of Standard bobbins empty, I had to ply yarn off some Lace bobbins to keep on spinning. I sat on the thought of buying more for a while because they are not cheap. Did I really, really need more?


The answer was clear when I could not find the right bobbin for the fibre I wanted to spin. Yes, it is completely superficial to want to match or contrast your fibre while you are spinning it. But the whole point of these bobbins for me is the colour. I get joy out of spinning beautiful fibre on beautiful bobbins, so for that, it was worth the money.


This time I went for cool colours for Standard size, since I only had warm colours and black.


And the opposite for Lace, because I was lacking warm colours for those, and sometimes even I want something other than black.

I don't think I'll be adding to my collection unless Akerworks adds a new pattern, or a new blue colour. Oh how I wish I could have one bobbin in their Dark Teal for each size! The colour is unfortunately no longer available because the supplier stopped carrying that filament. But I am very happy with what I have got, and I definitely have enough bobbins now to have several projects in works at the same time.

Monday, September 26


26.9.16 Posted by Vaire ,

When I visited my family this summer I collected wishes for handspun items from them. There is no way I could finish all of them this year, but I'll do my best to make as many as I can. Spinning and knitting take time and I want to make it right. That takes time too.

So, once my spinning mojo returned, I tackled the first wish — a scarf for Dad. I showed him the fibres I had and asked him to pick the one he liked out of the ones suitable for a scarf.


I want the scarf to be cosy, so I spun it thicker than my usual fine yarn. It got done quicker too, but it still took a week of spinning.


The fibre is nunoco Wildwood, and was a pleasure to spin as all nunoco fibres have been. I loved the colours in the fibre and I love them even more in the yarn.


The blues and greens blended together to make a green that has subtle variation and depth. I am very pleased with how this yarn turned out.

Monday, September 19

Aurora Borealis

19.9.16 Posted by Vaire ,

Finally finished!

Aurora Borealis

Just gorgeous. I love how even it turned out despite the fibre being compacted. Could have been from storage, or dyeing, or both. I does not matter. I dealt with it by attenuating the top to get the fibres slipping past each other.

TdF 2016, Day 17

All the Pretty Fibers 140g of 70/30 blend merino & silk. I named it Aurora Borealis because It reminded me so much of the northern lights.

This vendor is one of my favourites. Her fibres are gorgeous and she is in Europe, so the shipping cost is much less than shipping from North America. The shipping time is shorter too — less distance to cover...

Aurora Borealis

Look how the silk shines and gives a different tone to the black merino wool. The camera does not do it justice, but the colours are more distinct IRL. And more shiny.

I haven't calculated how many metres there are yet, or the WPI, TPI, etc. I estimate the size being a sport weight, or maybe plump fingering weight. I'll do the math before I start knitting.

This yarn will become Revontuli shawl. Revontuli being northern lights in Finnish and the pattern being perfect for using up all the yarn.