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April 30th, 2008

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09:52 pm - Packing and spinging
So I'm leaving for a year in Africa on Friday. Packing has been tough. There have been far too many decisions to make about which yarn I take along, and which I leave behind. To worsen matters, my mother threatens to use whatever yarn I leave behind. Also, do I bring my spinning wheel? It weighs a hefty 6kg, and I only have a 20kg allowance for accompanied luggage, though thankfully another 15kg of unaccompanied luggage!

After almost two weeks of anguish, decisions have been made. The spinning wheel is coming with me. As are many skeins of yarn and braids of roving. And I don't care how much it costs! *foot stamp*.


On other matters, I have been on a spinge (spinning binge). This is what I have spun since I returned from Aceh:

Handspun Merino 'Java Jive and Smudge': This is a two-ply yarn spun into aran weight. One strand is 'Java Jive' merino roving purchased from FreckleFaceFibers. The other is 'Smudge' (dark brown) merino from Treetop Colours.

Handspun BFL 'Gerbera': This is spun from a blue-faced leceister (BFL) roving purchased from Muzzle Puffs. Spun into a two-ply sportweight.

Handspun Merino 'Embers': This is spun from merino roving purchased from FreckleFaceFibers. Spun into a two-ply doubleknit yarn.

Handspun Merino 'Vineyard': This is spun from merino roving purchased from FreckleFaceFibers. Spun into a two-ply doubleknit yarn.

Believe it or not, I have spun two more skeins, but they are still drying. Photos will come later.

(Edited version x-posted to weekend_whirls)
Current Location: Canberra, Australia
Current Mood: bouncybouncy

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Date:May 1st, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous stuff! Yeah that's right - no compromising on the wheel accompanying you. A year? Come on. You need to have it. Also - love "spinge."
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Date:May 4th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Yes, Damian has obliged to carry it. He's probably thinking it will keep me entertained and quiet... just as kids are quiet and entertained with cartoons. :)

Spinge was Damian's invention. He loves it when I go on a spinge. So does my mother, but for different reasons She simply steals my yarn!

(In Madrid now... it's beautiful!)
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Date:May 5th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I wonder if I will get to Madrid. I am Europe-bound in June, and Barcelona is definitely on the list...

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