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Wonderwool 2013!

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Last weekend I made my way to Wonderwool Wales on the Royal Welsh show grounds in Builth Wells for a day of yarny goodness!

This was the third Wonderwool I had been too, and as usual it was full of varying stalls selling items from fleece to finished products. Armed with a short list of things I would like, I made my way round, once to look and at least once to buy!

Me looking at yarn.

Me looking at yarn.

I found some beautiful chinese tribal batik’s and embroidery at Slow Loris Textiles. Martin Conlan the stall owner told us a lot about the origins of the textiles and how they were meticulously created.

I spent most of the day trying to avoid being tempted by fleece and other such fibers. I was very aware that I still have about 8kgs of fleece in the utility which needs using first. But I did get a small amount of raw pink silk (as I needed it) to finish off a dress that is far from being finished.

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As usual I had a wonderful time and came home excited for next years Wonderwool!

Hand spun Hairpin Lace Mitts

I had a week to come up with a quick hand made gift – I decided on fingerless mitts with a stripe of hairpin lace down the center to make them a bit more interesting.

I’d already started spinning some finger weight wool (I’m slowly trying to get through the 9kgs of Ryeland and Gritstone I had cleaned over the winter) and thought that maybe it would be possible to use with my new Knitmaster Zippy De-luxe.

After a little 10×10 sample I found it worked a dream, and with a small adjustment to the tension I was away.

Fiona Mitts

I used 58sts x 75 rows per glove on a tension of 10 for the first 6 rows and then continued on tension 7 for the remainder. This gave me mitts measuring 16cm in length and a circumference of approx 18cm.

The hairpin lace was worked on a narrow width with 30 loops each side for each glove using a 3.25mm crochet hook.

Fiona Mitt Detail