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old maiden aunt madness

well, maybe i overdid it. but just a little. this is the result of my latest yarn shopping trip. i came across old maiden aunt yarn by accident because i saw a project on ravelry and liked the yarn. so i checked out the website and fell in love instantly. therefore this huge order of 13 skeins 😀 all of mine are 100% superwash merino sock yarn but they have other yummy qualities as well.

producer: old maiden aunt

yarn: 100% superwash merino, handdyed, 4ply, 400 yards per 100g

the colours are from top to bottom and left to right:

2 skeins hebridean, midnight owl, 2 skeins midnight, 2 skeins bitter bug
brass tap & oak, cinnamon, moody, mexican wine, last night’s red dress, derelict daughter

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my boyfriend likes penguins. i stopped him from buying a crochet one at spittalfields market in london with the sentence „i can make you a much better one“. hm, after that i had to do something, right 😉 so i scraped together all my crochet skills from primary school (so hardly any!) and started to whip up this little feller. i started before christmas at my parents‘ but didn’t have any eyes or stuffing so i postponed this project until last week.

pattern: amigurumi penguin from lionbrand yarn

yarn: peterle crochet yarn in black, white and yellow. 100% cotton

hook: 3.5mm crochet hook

tim loves him *yay* but who couldn’t, he’s so cute! any ideas for a name?!

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traveling stripes

the yarn is called traveling stripes because i spun it from scraps my boyfriend bought for me in copenhagen and after that they travelled in his suitcase to munich, helsinki and finally frankfurt. i will knit stripey socks from it when we are in lisbon next week. so the yarn will travel once more! 🙂

fibre: not sure to be honest. i’m guessing merino by the touch of it.

weight: 86g –> exactly 43g for each sock after winding it into two balls!

length: about 240m

scraps before spinning:

in action:

spun and navajo plied to preserve the colour changes:

wound into two 43g balls for socks:

oh, by the way. i’m soooo in love with my new canon eos 500d! look at the last photos and you’ll know what i mean *lol*

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dad socks

my dad got these for his birthday on 1st january. there’s not a lot to say about them really 😉 just plain toe-up sock with self-patterning sock yarn knit on a long circular with magic loop.

pattern: mash-up magic toe-up socks recipe

yarn: aldi sock yarn

needles: 2.5mm, 120cm, circular

i already had this sock with me when i met up with caroline in london. now it’s finally finished *phew* socks for guy feet get so annoying: very long and wide + boring pattern…