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, July 24, 2014

Carding fun

 

after the challenges where done, i had still some small bits of copper, gold and brown
i seperated them evenly

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and carded a few batts

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then downscaling the whole thing to make it easier to handle :D

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spinning follows

Spinning - Huacaya Alpaka - Ole and Pepe

 

the last weeks i was working on those fantastic fleeces of ole and Pepe, see the first post here Spinning - Huacaya Alpaka - Ole and Pepe
and sent them back home on friday

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it was 470 grams, in 5 skeins, n-plyed, roughtly 150 to 170 meters on 100 gram

i was so happy to get the drumcarder helping me with this load, and i can just dream on and on of the fluffyness of the carded batts :D
i made each batt 50 grams, and spun a batt a day, and then i spent a day for plying

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and on and on and on i spun, i guess you get the idea :D

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Spinning - Gothland Sheep

 

one more challenge for myself at the Tour de Fleece was testing out some tailspinning
i used those gothland locks Spinning - Gothland Sheep
and here is the result

first, find the bag with the locks, yea thats not so easy :D
then fluffing them up a bit

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after spinning, i realised far to much twist, so i had to ply
then i washed them ... and still far to much twist

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i still went for my 10mm needles and tried to knit the yarn
you can see the front and the back
i realise - i need 12mm - 15mm - 18mm and 20 mm needels for such projects
and i also can see a vest, or a cowl, made with this
but - i also realise, those locks are NOT next to skin soft, if you sensitive to scratchy wool

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spinning - Huacaya Alpaka - Knavesmire Axel

 

yesterday this fantastic fleece arrived at my doorsteps
i wasnt able to open the box straight away, but the pleasure was HUGE when i did today :D

its the fleece of Knavesmire Axel, he was born May 2012, and this cute little baby lives in England :D :D

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i am soo sad i am not able to catch the true colours of the fleece, its like dark dark chokolate, with a hue of reddish in the middle, and golden tips
its so fine, like angels hair, and i just love to run my fingers through it

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the bad part of such a delightfull fleece, it takes literally ages to pick the vegetables out, and sort it.
and its a HUGE pile of it :D

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and not even half of it done
but can you see the cloud of cobweb like fluff ?
sadly, the time runs, and the fleece still seems as big as to begin with :/

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but stay tuned, i will arrive the state of spinning it sooner or later :D

Spinning - Huacaya Alpaca - contract

 

finished the contract of lovele Jelanis fleece Spinning - Huacaya Alpaca - contract :D

1 strand was made into "art yarn" :D
was much more complex then you can see here,
its a blue single, plyed with silk
two times, and this then was plyed with the white single, so actually a 5 ply :)

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while i was working on the fleece, i desided to rent a drumcarder, and i made some batts - it sure goes much faster then with handcarders :D

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this is how i did it before the drumcarder - always 2 oz of rollags in a package, took me a night to make 4 oz !

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and i am a good girl, i was not just before spinning, but also after spinning :D :D
but i see a pot of noodles here *lol*

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so i had in the end 1 strand with 2 oz, rather thin spun

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and 4 strands with 4 oz in a bit thicker yarn and 4 oz strand of art yarn :)

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it already arived in USA and i hope the new owner is happy with it as i was

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Spinning - Huacaya Alpaka - Ole and Pepe

 

today i got the most amazing fleece you can imagen
its of 2 german boys, and its soft as a baby bottom :D :D :D
please meet 1st Ole, 2nd Pepe, and 3rd Ole and Pepe together

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you can see, the colour on my ground is not really showing all its beauty !
more then a kilo of dreamy pleasure

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stay tuned for updates