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Wellcome to my blog

My name is Martina Staniek, and I make OOAK (One Of A Kind) Teddy Bears and other soft sculptures.
I also knit and crochet - i always on the search for those very diffrent and fantastic pattern.
Last year i learned to Spin, and now i also create wonderfull and unique yarn.

I would like to introduce to you my creations and keep you updated with other happenings which are important to me.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

20th of may

 

what a long break - sorry

my camera works again, it was just the cable ! i am really glad about this
my new job goes good so far, just officework till now

beside of fotographing my furs for selling them, i didnt do much lately
just spun a bit more of my black merino silk mix AND ! more further down

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then i test spun some lovely grey merino, i tried to go thicker, which really is not easy for me, so i made a 3 ply

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the 2nd top was a tad easier, and got thick even as a 2 ply, its a lovely high twist yarn
sadly the high twist takes away all the softness :(
but i tried a bought pattern, a hexagon, with the 3ply, and this is lovely ! i need to learn to spin softer, and thicker,
and then i make myself an afghan to cuddle with :D

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

13th of may

 

today i come with a sad news
my camera doesnt work
well the camera works, but i cant upload the fotos :D

so i ordered a new cable, and hope it is the cable and not the camera !

 

and then i desided to close down mytopteddy - the teddy production that is :D
if you want some cheap fluff, visit my fb page :
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.966628713347705.1073741943.100000017553885&type=1&l=b19e3b7290

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

6th of may

 

to start - i can FINALY recieve the mails again :D
thank you all for the comments (yea thats specially for you Mela :D )

i didnt do much yesterday, just washed the test spin sample
and knitted a tiny bit out of it

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and collected the final dry baby alpaka
if i am right, this is the last fiber i have to prepare before i start to work

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

5th of may

 

i played with a new fiber mix
18 micron merino, and tussah silk, which i dyed with the left overs of gunmetal dye some time ago
i am going to bled the 2 together, and mix some black bamboo into it
it will be 6 batts, with something like 45 to 50 gram each
i might need to deside if i want to make a 4 or 3 ply

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then i knitted a stunning 4 squares, till i was so restless again, and went back to carding :D

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here you see 2 batts after the 1st pass through the drumcarder, and 1 batt after 2 passes
i might need to run it though 1 or 2 more times, to get it even more blendet

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i did a little sample with my handcards, and this spins like high polished dark steel :)
and yes, its sparkle you can see here !

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AND i did a tiny bit of spinning again - i need to finish this black
i desided i dont like to spin black, i can hardly see it, as the light comes from the back.

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and i chatted many many hours … :D

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

4th of may

 

i played a bit with my locks, as i didnt clean them good enough before washing and dyeing
i have to pull the locks apart now to get the seeds and grass out
but as i would do this anyway, i saved myself some time and did the whole process sloppy *lol*

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later i finished the battmaking of my nice pink/lilac wool

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and prepared some baby alpaka for washing

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Monday, May 4, 2015

saturday the 2nd of may

 

i spent the rest of the day fluffing up and brushing fibers to make small batts
its now all ready to be run through the drumcarder

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1 part i already did card, and then dizzed it off, worked wonderfull

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and a little test spinning … i LOVE it

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AND i finished row 18 !
just 22 rows to go, each 1 sqare shorter then the one before :D

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

friday the 1st of mai

 

a holliday in germany
i have been sleeping long :D
then we wathced the last movie of the hobbit, and i was knitting - no foto today, i just have no free space :(
and afterwards, about 10pm till saturday at 3 pm i was finishing the carding of my ole and pepe alpaka fleece
some batts had the 1st go already, some didnt - those i had to fluffing it up
make a rather fast batt, or 2 … and then devide it into 4 equal parts, and make the batts

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from left to right :
overdyed with red, 100 gram
the palest parts of the fleeces, 105 gram
the medium coloured parts, 130 gram - this was also the colour i took away to dye red with
and finaly on the right, 150 gram of the darkes parts

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