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Handspun merino and felt beauties

It´s been a pretty hot summer so far, not my favourite season really. I prefer to keep the doors and windows open all day, but when the air is simmering and you are having trouble breathing O2 off that “hairdryer” atmosphere, you best close the shutters….and think of something cool. I then like sitting behind my spinning wheel creating a beautiful yarn, or two, or three…well, until it´s turning cooler again. These are my latest super soft 18 micron handspun merino yarns, mulesing free of course, and available through my etsy store:

Last Saturday I didn´t feel like pedalling, it was so hot outside…again….but I didn´t want to put up my feet and do absolutely nothing either, that´s just not me. So what type of project could I do when I really didn´t want to leave the house and get roasted out there? Try a wet felting project, YES! Continuously sprinkling water over the fibers and working the wet wool is such a delight, trust me, it is awesome! I used my 20 micron merino rovings, handpainted bluefaced leicester curly fleece, and a touch of silk fiber, and voila:

All the fibers I used for my wet felting project are available in my etsy store.
The weather finally turned in the evening, the most promising thunderstorm ever rumbled towards us, bringing enormous dark clouds, heavy rain and a healthy fresh breeze. That´s when I put up my feet and enjoyed watching the cloud drama:

 

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Everyone, have a beautiful summer season, and keep cool! :o)

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Fiber Update

Fresh super fine drum carded 18 micron merino/silk batts, wensleydale hand sorted curls and exra soft hand painted merino and polwarth rovings are now available through my etsy store and my ebayUK store. Feel free to have a look :o)

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Everyone have a very good spring weekend!

Yummy purple…and we have been featured…yay!

I have steadily been preparing for the Christmas holidays. All the presents are wrapped and well hidden, Christmas greeting cards mailed off, the Christmas dinner menu decided and thoroughly studied. But before I dive into the festivities I thought I should do one last purple dip before the year ends :o) So I hand painted some more wensleydale curls, another set of my very yummy super fine 18 micron merino/silk blend, and I also sat down behind my spinning wheel and finished another lot of my super bulky jumbo thick and thin merino yarn, which is perfect for giant knitting (any needle size of 25mm+ will do). Apart from that I washed one last bulk of english leicester fleece last night, and I will now give myself a well deserved fleece washing break until late January next year… or perhaps even longer… :o)

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The purple babies are now displayed in my Etsy store , my ebayUK store, and my DaWanda store.

 

Some of my hand carded batts, that I also sell through my DaWanda store, have been featured in the 1/2016 edition of the german craft magazine “Simply Kreativ”. I am mighty proud of it, I dare say :o)

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Okayyy, enough with the boasting ;o).

Everyone have a very peaceful 4th Advent and an unhurried and Happy Christmas!!

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Curls in felt and yarn, and more rainbow

I have been wanting to do some wet felting for months and never got around it. But now I finshed a wonderful merino-silk scarf from my hand carded batts, handpainted wensleydale locks and bluefaced leicester curly fleece. I am very happy with the result. I tend to go for autumn colours when I have the choice, so here it is, my new felt scarf:

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Apart from felting I also handspun a new wensleydale art yarn in autumn colours and natural grey. And for all my quick knitters, felting artists, doll- and dreadmakers a new bulk of my handspun&handpainted “Prisma” slub yarn is now back in stock. The yarns can be found in my etsy store:

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Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Happy Summer Solistice and Happy Fibre Crafting !

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Savannah and new purples

We have had a good amount of snow and ice so far. At one point the roads were completely blocked, and I had to take my heavy postage sack and dig my way through the snow to our little post office in the next village, meaning a 1 hour walk (one way, mind you) through the forest with up to 40cm of fresh snow on the tracks…..don´t ask, I didn´t really need that extra exercise but at least all orders were dispatched on time. This is very important to me. When I personally order something through the internet I sort of want it to arrive “on the same day” because I am simply very excited. So I certainly understand when my customers want to receive their woolly goodies as fast as possible too. Luckily our roads are not blocked with snow that often during the wniter, it´s rather an exception.

Apart from restocking my standard handcarded batts and handpainted fibres I finished a new 1 lb batch of my yummy handspun and handpainted merino slub yarn in very earthy  colours, I have called it “Savannah”. It is now displayed in my ebayUK store, and one 3.6oz skein is also displayed in my DaWanda store. Also, 3 new sets of super soft (21 micron) and ultra soft (18 micron) merino/silk handcarded batts are now available through my etsy store:

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Everyone, keep warm and healthy, and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING . :o)

New exhibit

A new knitting project is finished and arrived from the Netherlands 2 days ago, where my favourite longtime knitter Usch , who has been helping me with a lot of woolly projects for quite a while now, made this beautiful cardigan for my exhibition. Usch, thank you so much for your help, I am very proud to add this cardigan to the exhibition!

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The pattern is available on ravely, it’s called “Viamin D” by Heidi Kirrmaier. I handpainted my super soft 50/50 merino/mulberry silk fingering weight yarn for this project, and the quantity required was a mere 270g (9.5oz) for an M2 pattern size, which came out to a German size 42 (M-L). The cardigan has got such a wonderful cashmere-like feel to it with a great silk sheen, I love this yarn blend. You can find the complete yarn information on the exhibition page of my website Needlework’s Pleasure

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The 50/50 merino/silk yarn is available in various colourways in my etsy store.

Everyone have a very good summer weekend and HAPPY FIBER CRAFTING. :o)

The heat is on

This past week has been okay temperature wise, but we have already been hit by some serious heatwaves with up to 38 degrees Celsius, letting us roast away in no time. People who are used to this kind of heat, or live in hot areas of the planet will probably just kindly smile now. :o)

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These hot days are no good for me, they make me want to just curl up and die. Nevertheless, I managed to paint my wools and card the batts vigorously at night-time ;o) . The stores are now fully stocked, all standard batts (greens, blues, purples, teals, country, pinks, reds) available, plus 3 new versions (pitch black with teal silk, browns, and aubergine/rosewood/sage-apple) are listed in my ebayUK store, etsy store and DaWanda store,

 

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My handspun slub yarns are also restocked on ebayUK, including a new colourway that I have called “Safari”:

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The colourway below I have repeated by popular demand, in a batch of 6 (I usually paint in 3s and 4s):

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We haven’t had any rain at all for the past 3 weeks, just the roasting heat coming from the Sahara desert. I think I will take an evening walk with Kitty and perhaps try to do a rain dance. The fire hazard level for our forest area has been raised to 5, the highest level. Makes me a bit uneasy….yep, will try some rain dancing tonight!

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I have spun and painted a very soft and yummy double knit merino superwash yarn for a change, plus several new batches of handpainted spinning&felting fibers have left the dyepot. :o) The yarn is called “Nocturna”, and as usual the deep blue shades were tricky to catch on camera, not to mention the bottle green included in the yarn. It is a true beauty, and the colours are very rich indeed:

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Plus a new mulberry silk lace yarn has come into life in a wonderful moss green shade, here it is:

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The yarns and fibers are all displayed in my etsy store and my DaWanda store. Everyone have a very good weekend and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING!

 

TRIPLE COFFEE YARN

It has taken me forever but I have finally finished my latest handspun lace yarn design,  a 50/50 British bluefaced leicester/silk, that I have called “Triple Coffee”. It has got much more yardage than I estimated earlier, 1133 yards in one skein of 4oz. , and the total working time for this baby was a whopping 26 hours.  I am very pleased with this yarn. :o) The first photo shows the single handspun cobweb thread prior to plying, and the second photo shows the plied thread (it’s a bit blurry, sorry). The wpi measures 25-27.

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“Triple Coffee” is now displayed in my etsy store. I think I will take some time off lace spinning and make a  nice chunky wooly yarn for a change. :o)

**SPRING TREAT**

This weekend has been so beautiful with a warm sunshine and a magnificent blue sky, I think that winter has now mostly forgotten about us here, I am SO glad! And because little Kitty was able to take her first sunbath on Sunday afternoon,  I am announcing the beginning of an early spring season, in February, that’s right. ;o)

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Therefore there  is now a special early spring offer for  FREE shipping worldwide on all etsy orders of $100 or more (just use the coupon code SHIP4FREE at the etsy checkout),

OR  a special early spring discount of 10% on all orders (excl. shipping) made through my etsyDaWanda or ebayUK store if you quote my blog code: WOOL&SPRING4ME  .Just send me an e-mail after your purchase.The 10% discount offer will be valid until my next blog comes out. :o)    The 10% discount offer is now over as of March 29th. Free shipping over $100.00 will remain on!

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