Spinning New Zealand Shetland fleece

If you follow me on Instagram (pssst – follow me!) you might have seen that during December I was able to borrow a spinning wheel from a friend and begin spinning some different wools that I bought at the going-out-of-business sale at Shuttleworks.

Since not everyone who reads my blog follows me on Instagram, I thought I’d show off a few of the photos here. 🙂

This wool is all New Zealand Shetland fleece, a natural, undyed off-white colour.

I decided to spin LOTS while I had use of the wheel, so I haven’t actually MADE anything else out of this yarn since spinning and washing (setting) it. It will eventually likely be used for naalbinding, unless I can fall in love again with knitting perhaps….

November Naalbinding

November's naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

November’s naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

Quick post today – just to show off the new naalbound hat I made, finished off in November.

It’s purchased 100% wool yarn, a dark grey heather made of Icelandic Lopi yarn. (The wool I brought back a year earlier from my trip to Iceland!) This is the alafosslopi.

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Rose-embellished apron panel

Appliqued flower on a green wool apron panel

Appliqued flower on a green wool apron panel

You might remember that a while back I made an embroidered “Viking”-style apron panel. I’m still not entirely convinced of this style, nor do I think that this kind of embroidery is totally appropriate for Viking Age, but in the SCA these panel-aprons are abundant, and I wanted another way to show off my championship as Montengarde’s Emerald Rose (since I’m also wearing the Avacal Championship regalia), so I decided with a piece of gifted green wool, that I’d make an apron panel decorated with a green flower.

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Naalbinding class at May Tavern

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

For those of you who are in Calgary, I’ll be teaching my naalbinding class at the SCA May Tavern on May 25, 2016.
You do NOT need to be a member of the SCA to attend tavern, and if it’s your first tavern, it’s free! (If it’s not, it’s only $3 to attend).

Information about the class:

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Another NĂ„lbound hat

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

A while back I made this new hat using NĂ„lbinding. (Naalbinding) which I wanted to try out a different technique. I used the same yarn as my third naalbound hat,  Lamb’s Pride Bulky, a 85% wool, 15% mohair blend, but this time in a charcoal grey instead of brown heather.

For this hat, I did a panel at the front with sort of a ribbed technique (which actually is basically a reversed Oslo stitch) which shrinks up the front of the hat, while the back is longer – so the ‘hem’ of the hat is a bit nicely shaped for the face. The rest of the hat is Olso stitch.

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