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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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Happy New Year (was that too late?)

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No, in many Asian culture that used to use Chinese lunar calendar, it's not new year until this weekend. HAH.

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I give you this beautiful spinning I have been working on for the past few weeks. A friend of mine requested a handspun yarn for her to crochet a sweater for her mom. We decided on a color, I dyed my merino while my dad was staying with us in December, and now I am spinning it everyday.

The first bobbin came out to be around 150g. I packed it so nicely, and the single is really fine. I am going to n-ply it, and even then it will be light fingering weight. 

Having a crafty passion with a little baby is hard. Logan is now walking, getting better and better everyday. I am hiding all my  needles, yarns, pins, hooks, machines, combs, whatever I have around the house that looks like it could attract and hurt the baby. And even when I think I got it all, he find stuff all the time! One day, my husband was holding him on our couch, watching tv, and then we noticed that he was chewing. We didn't give him any food yet. So one of us held him down while the other looked inside his mouth, and he was chewing a stitch marker. OMG. 

The good news is that he is definitely interested in what I do, so he would stand over at his play pen, and watch me spin on my Ladybug for a while. And I set the wheel up right near the bedroom door so I can get to him immediately when he wakes up.

BTW, why do babies wake up and make noises like they're in pain? Logan doesn't cry anymore but he always grunts and whines like he just woke up from a painful ordeal. As soon as he sees me at the door, flashes that smile that melts my heart into a gooey mess. 

 

Other Obsessions: {Handspun} some hand dyed Panda and new BFL!

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It's much easier to spin than to knit with a newborn. I can just wear him in my ring sling or Boba wrap and just go. So last week, I finished the panda roving I dyed back in January. 

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I originally wanted this to be sock yarn but the twist didnt come out tight enough. 

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Hopefully, this is enough for a lace shawl. I plied with metallic thread so that the sunshine color really gets maximized.  

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for my next project, I took out this top by Yarn Hollow. It was gifted to me when the Ashford Kiwi group of Ravelry did a swap fore than 2 years ago! So the top was a bit felted from just sitting there in my spinning closet but it was still fun to spin!

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Other Obsessions: Spinning Panda roving and finished BFL

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Panda roving handdyed by me in really yellow color. I want to call it "Sunshine."

Panda roving handdyed by me in really yellow color. I want to call it "Sunshine."

My spinning wheel has been a little bit neglected in the past 2 weeks. So I spent some quality time with my Ladybug this morning. 

I handdyed this roving few weeks ago. It's SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend and I'm going to 3 ply it for some nice sock yarn.

Handdyed 60% SW Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon blend.

Handdyed 60% SW Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon blend.

I think the undyed roving was from Ashland Bay and I got it from Paradise Fiber. It was a while ago so I am not 100% sure but I used to buy a lot of undyed roving so I can practice dyeing and spinning... I still have some leftover so I think I'm going to be dyeing a little more in the next few weeks.

And I finally skeined the Superwash BFL from Squoosh Fiberarts. This was Squoosh Fiberarts' 2025 colorway. It's part red, part brown, part light blue... basically really wonderful. It was really soft, and I just spun it straight from the roving without dividing it or anything, and navajo-plied it. It came out a little thicker than true fingering weight yarn so I think this will be a really great sport-weight socks if I knit it on Sz 1 or 1.5 needles.