Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

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Monthly Archives: September 2006

greedy

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i’ve been spinning for most of the afternoon – unfortunately for the resident sock appreciator, mistakes made by those on high at work meant that she had to stay late this afternoon to sort out other people’s problems. the upside (for me, at least – i’m pretty sure there’s no upside to it for her!) […]

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the socks of doom approacheth…

i just got an email from my assassin, asking for my address & foot size for the sock wars socks of doom. i guess yarnmonkey still hasn’t got things up & runnning after the big power & IT outage, since a lot of people still don’t seem to have their dossiers (i lucked out & […]

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there’s no sparing my blushes…

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… not when there’s a sock yarn contest going on!crafty fox (which i came across from stariel’s blog) is having a contest entitled “remember when i loved…”. the idea is that we ‘fess up to our most embarrassing childhood crushes, including the best (and by that i mean so-good-it’s-the-worst-thing-you’ve-ever-seen) picture you can find of your […]

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alive & kicking… so far

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well, i haven’t been assassinated yet… i think i’ve managed to strike it lucky so far as there was a local holiday here yesterday for the postmen, so there were no deliveries being made. when i came home from my walk with the pup this morning, though, there was a “you missed delivery of a […]

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presenting the socks of doom…

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bow before them – the sock war socks of doom are finished!! pattern: the “socks of doom” for sock wars 2006yarn: debbie bliss cashmerino dk, nearly two skeins (i have about 15g left)needles: clover bamboo dpns, 3.5mmtime to knit: about 8 hours total!! the shorter leg helped, as did the thicker yarn. not to mention […]

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battle stations!!

the pattern has been released for sock wars & i have received my dossier with target details. i don’t know how much i can reveal about who they are… i don’t want to keep them too updated on my progress (on the off-chance that they stumble across my blog) as i’d prefer to sneak up […]

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(im)patience is a virtue

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i couldn’t wait to see what the dyeing experiment would look like plied up, so as soon as i had spun a bobbin full i wound it into a centre-pull ball (hi kathleen, i still have your ballwinder that i borrowed about six months ago!) & plied it. the result? it’s lovely. although it’s getting […]

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the experiment continues

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the results of the dyeing experiment are finally dry. the wool (merino) is underneath, and the silk is on top… wow. i’m loving the colour of the silk, and it’s even shinier in real life. alas, i have discovered since the dyeing that it is in fact the silk that smells and not the sheep […]

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smells like wet sheep

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the latest experiment is with dyeing & blending rovings. i loved the feel of the hipknits blended merino/silk handpainted fibre, so i ordered a few different kinds of rovings & tops (silk, angora, cashmere & merino) from texere as well as some dye, with the idea of trying to do my own dyeing & blending […]

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lucky me

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welcome to another installment of “lucky tuesdays”….today, i am lucky for a collection of reasons. i’m lucky because i got to go into glasgow today (i don’t get out much!) to have coffee & catch up with an old friend who’s been away in england for the past few years, so my chances to see […]

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