Sunday, 4 April 2010

Robyn's first Easter

Robyn's first Easter, originally uploaded by Bright Side.

Here's Robyn wearing her Easter present from Nanna- a lovely stranded yoke cardigan in baby cashmerino. The lamb is my rather wonky attempt at sewing. It's made from a Bit of Whimsy pattern in needlecord and cotton flannel. Robyn doesn't seem to mind the dodgy sewing, and I've obviously done a fairly good job as she hasn't managed to pull any of the limbs off yet.

In spinning news, I had the drum carder out a couple of weeks ago and made up some batts. Some are green to make a pair of mitts for my sister, and I've also made a bit fluffy pile of angora, silk and a touch of shetland, which is eventually going to be the lining for my Fiddlehead mittens (which I will get around to knitting to wear next winter, I am determined). I tried a little bit on my spindle and it wanted to spin up fairly fine- no surprise really considering the short staple of the angora. However, I tried a bit on my wheel and with longdraw it came out just the right thickness. I'm not quite sure that angora is quite the right fibre for longdraw, but it seems to be working rather well so far. I'm trying to keep it medium twist (I'm normally at the upper end of what a fibre can take, twist-wise) so that it can fluff up a bit in the mittens.