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April 13, 2013 / KristenMakes

Handspun Hats and Easter Lambs

So that spindle is addictive.  Once I start with it, I find that I have zoned out, staring at the spinning, spinning, spinning.  I really enjoy it, and would probably be spinning and not typing right now if I had more fleece.  Sorry.  Anyhow, I spun all 100 grams of the Corriedale fleece of my loot from EYF.  And of course the second the last of those fibres flipped through my fingers I was on to Ravelry.  What to make, what to make.  I chose the Bubble Hat pattern.


Fun, quick, perfect.  I was still agog over the tubular cast-on after having talked about it in the class I taught at EYF, so I thought, better give it a go.  Gosh, it makes a firm and sturdy (yet flexible and NOT tight) hat brim.  Ysolda does a fabulous video on this cast on.


On a different topic (albeit wooly still), a few weekends ago was Easter.  I spent the Saturday with my friend and colleague Lizzy, working an event for Eribe.  The event was called Casting the Net and was organised by the Borders Arts Trust.  They did a fantastic job on the event and there were loads of visitors.  Felicity, one of the project managers, did an excellent blog post about it all.  She even got a nice picture of me at work!

(c) Felicity Bristow

(c) Felicity Bristow

It was really fun to set up Eribe products, interract with the visitors, and teach everyone to knit/finger-knit!

(c) Felicity Bristow

(c) Felicity Bristow

On Easter Sunday, Trent & I strolled up to a nearby farm to visit some lambs.  They were wearing clear plastic jackets – I assume the jackets are meant to keep the lambies warm, as it is still unseasonably cold here.


And then, emerging from the open barn, were some just-born lambs! Following their mummy! Being herded! Under the watchful eyes of the cows!


Of course, some weren’t ready to follow just yet and had to be carried.


What a treat to see some just-born lambs! I hope to befriend a farmer next lambing season and actually get to see some births. The rest of the walk was relatively lamb-free, but we sure did get a eye-ful of the lovely Scottish Borders landscape.



Here’s hoping for a long warm summer, and soon!



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  1. Marilyn S / Apr 13 2013 3:54 pm

    Love those wee lambies! Is she carrying them by the scruff of the neck? Like kitties?
    Very cute hat! Happy spinning!
    XX Mum

  2. Crafted by Carly / Apr 15 2013 3:23 pm

    What a cute hat!
    And what cute lambies, too!!! I have to say that I’ve never seen sheep in coats before! 🙂

  3. Jen / Apr 18 2013 9:45 am

    I love that adorable hat !!!!

  4. Sølvi / Apr 18 2013 5:59 pm

    So many gorgeous pictures, and I your homespun yarn – it really seems like a soothing way to spend some time. I might try it myself, could be useful for my viking museum summer gig. And the hat looks great!

  5. Giulia (Drop Stitches Not Bombs) / Apr 20 2013 4:57 am

    Oh my goodness, those lambs are adorable! I hope they stay warm! Your handspun is beautiful, too, and that seems like the perfect pattern for it.

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