New year’s crafty wrap up

I realise that new year passed a while back… but there are a few things to report.  I did some serious plying on my January holidays–

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This is the indigo dyed grey crossbred fleece you might remember.

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Surprisingly hard to photograph, but I like it very much.

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I also plied two immense hanks of black alpaca yarn.  The fleece was a gift from a community with lawnmowing sheep and alpacas.  I am thinking I will check whether any of the resident knitters would like this yarn.  It is deep black and happily… now virtually free of scurf.  Spinning is such an educational pursuit!  I had not encountered animal dandruff before, but my online research reassured me it was just one more of the things to pull and shake out and nothing to be afraid of… 2015-01-14 15.19.11

Last year’s calendars have been turned into envelopes, as they so often are.   This lovely piece of whimsy covered in Indigenous animals and detail of lunar cycles is by now-local artist Lucy Everitt. She also has delectable cards and other items for sale, and a beautiful blog. Her 2015 lunar calendar is available here.

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This calendar, all about Japanese art.

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Did I mention the shopping trolley?  My beloved and one of our friends restored the metal parts of this vintage item to their former glory.

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I had the job of taking the ripped, torn and stained vinyl cover (yellow, green and white) and making a new one from red vinyl.  It didn’t convert me to vinyl at all!

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And then there were the late 2014 slippers.  Two different models in blue alpaca yarns. 2015-01-17 08.39.54

Apparently the procession of slippers will never end, as I have long suspected might be the case… 2015-01-17 08.39.34

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8 responses to “New year’s crafty wrap up

  1. Susan

    Calendars into envelopes? What a stellar idea! Thank you……….

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  2. Those envelopes ARE a good idea – perfect for saving all sorts of things (no no, I’m not a hoarder!! 😉 Whatever gave you that idea?), and I love the alpaca slippers, got to make some of those! As for the shopping trolley, you all made a fabulous job of it, but rather you than me!

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    • Well–if we’re saving stuff–we need to be able to find it later, right? I must say, I felt much better tackling that trolley with some friends to help me think it through! Thanks, Chris.

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  3. I love the indigo on grey wool. Very pretty. I bet it’s gorgeous in person. Also love the envelope idea. For years, I’ve saved the fronts off of cards we’re given and turn them into postcards. Now I can repurpose other things to mail actual letters. Fun! So what are you going to do with all that black alpaca?

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    • I make postcards from cards too 🙂 I used to just re-face pre-used envelopes with glued on paper. Sometimes I’d paint on it to make them prettier… but this lets me use gorgeous papers in a whole other way. Glad you like the indigo! I reckon I will offer that alpaca to one of the knitters on the community farm it came from and see if she still wants to knit a shawl. She’s retired on the last year or so and sounded pretty keen to knit…

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