Yarn and fiber update

So the craft fair is drawing nearer, and most of the yarns are spun, painted, labeled and boxed. I am still fiddling with the textile labels I have to sew into my wool hats and scarves, it is time consuming, and I don´t like sewing very much.

I have not been neglecting my etsy store :o) There are now fresh yarns, rovings and batts  listed, have a look:

 

I also painted a new batch of extra soft british bluefaced leicester curly fleece for my dollmakers in a beautiful honey blonde shade. One of my customers sent me some photos of one of her miniature dolls, for which she used my painted reddish brown fleece. This little doll is truly adorable:

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Such a cutie!

 

Everyone have a wonderful autumn season and Happy Crafting!

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The 100m yarn project

The heat wave is finally over, and god I pray that it was the last one for this year!! A full 3 months without any proper rainfall, and roasting temperatures that made one want to just curl up and die…..The fields and forests are completely dried out, a lot of trees have died, and the dead leaves on the ground make you think you are in the wrong season – you can´t help but think that it may already be fall, it´s just sad, really really sad. Luckily we didn´t have any broad wildfires in the area.

Now that the air is fresh and cool again I can restock my etsy shop with handpainted fibers, plus I keep preparing for the october craft fair, spinning and painting yarns and fibers every day (yep, Sundays included). I am planning to spin the majority of yarns into chunky weights for the fair. The chunky yarns are perfect for quick knit or quick crochet projects, and 1 skein of 100m (111yds) will be sufficient e.g. for an adult size beanie hat, a chunky neckwarmer or buttoned collar scarf.

I crocheted a beanie hat with my chunky yarn “Slate” using an 8mm and 7mm hook, it turned out very lovely indeed.  Very soft, elastic, and I had about 4-5 yds of yarn left in the end. I will take it to the fair and wear it, for presentation purpose  :o)

The new yarn batches I spun last week are also mainly chunky weight, apart from one worsted merino yarn in stunning greens, prussian blue and burgundy. I have called it “Forest Troll”:

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These are the chunky merino beauties “Nana´s Garden”, “Sea Monster” and “Cocktail”, available in my etsy store:

 

A new very soft corriedale lambswool roving of 24 micron has been added to my stock – a really good fiber also for beginners in handspinning and felting. It makes very soft and fluffy yarn. Along with some 20 micron super soft merino and merino/silk rovings a few of them have already made it out of the dyepot and into the etsy store:

 

And last but not least 2 batches of handpainted extra soft and extra fluffy british bluefaced leicester fleece are now available in corn blonde and dark brown. Perfect for miniature doll hair, felting and embellishing!

 

That´s all for now :o)

Everyone Happy Crafting!

March fibers and yarns

I skipped the February blog due to a very persistent bronchitis which had me quite incapacitated, I´m afraid. Fortunately the early spring vibes have given me a much needed energy boost, and I am back and running like a well tuned spinning wheel. :o)

 

My handspun super soft “Charybdis” and “Jungle2” merino yarns are available again in my etsy store,

 

 

A custom order of 12oz of handspun plied merino yarn in a beautiful spring yellow and greens were finished last month, using no´s 2 (lemon), 13 (sage), 12 (leaf), 15 (pine) of the colourchart

 

and the super soft alpaca wool rovings in natural black, sand, fawn and chestnut are also restocked and available through etsy

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There will be a new batch of hand dyed honey blonde wensleydale locks available before the weekend, and a hand dyed lot of very long english leicester locks in dark honey are already listed on etsy

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Because I had to rest a lot last month I kept myself busy crocheting new beanies with some of my hand dyed and handspun yarns. I love crocheting, it is so amazing what you can do with just one little needle

 

 

Our garden was still covered in a thin layer of snow 3 days ago, and today the first blossoms are finally out, thank heavens! Can we get some warm sunshine and a blue sky too please?

 

 

Everyone, enjoy the spring season! It´s coming slowly but surely. :o)

December treats

Towards the end of the year I have painted a last December batch of 50/50 merino/silk rovings that are now displayed in my etsy store and a new crochet slouchy hat has come to life from my handpainted extra soft merino yarn “Amber Forest”. I have also sorted several bags of natural grey and handpainted wensleydale curls, 4 lots of drum carded merino/silk batts, also available on etsy  ,

 

 

Okay, that´s all for the rest of the year :o) Let me get back into my kitchen and try a new round of handmade Christmas cake….the first one exploded in the oven….nice….the second lot never rose….and the third one better be a well behaved and well baked cake, or else! I will also prepare a chestnut-chocolate mousse for 3.Advent Sunday, that should be an easy task…I think. Though I can´t promise that it will indeed make it to the family table, it is ever so delicious!! :o)

Everyone have a peaceful Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year!

 

November yarns and fibers

Long time no blog, my apologies. We moved house and have almost fully settled in. To be back near the city is quite nice, having lived on top of a mountain for 9 years, a very beautiful mountain though and 9 absolutely wonderful years, but pretty far in the countryside. I will miss it, I will most certainly miss the fresh air and the forest right by the doorstep. In exchange we have now got all stores and facilities around the corner and in walking distance, which is a nice thing sometimes. I will enjoy it while we live here, I am sure that this wont be our last move, it´s the gipsy in me that won´t make any deals when it´s time… ;o)

I have prepared new fiber project bags, several bags of hand painted single locks from my english leicester fleece, I have listed some very soft light grey and dark grey alpaca roving, the baby alpaca mixed bags for dolls hair and spinning are restocked, and my handspun colourways “Kingfisher” and “Fairyland” single ply are also back in store and available in my etsy shop:

 

That´s all for now, I will be dyeing new yarn and fiber batches soon, please bear with me, while we are still organising the new household. :o)

Autumn fleeces

Here comes my new batch of beautifully soft and scrumptous hand painted Bluefaced Leicester lambswool fleece with plenty of lovely curls! This fleece is my personal favourite, perfect for people with sensitive skin, be it for nuno felting, needle felting, wild dolls hair, handspinning, sewing or embellishing, it can be used for a wide range of woolly projects. :o) The fleeces can be found in my etsy store.

 

 

I am currently sorting a new award winning Wensleydale fleece in natural black, a stunning fleece indeed.  When you get a raw black fleece you never know if it remains black once it has been washed, or if it will turn dark grey, dark brown, or, god forbid, even light grey….I have seen it all before…. No, this baby has remained very black with some silver streaks in it and beautiful light brown tips. Just what I wanted, yay! The first 10 bags are already displayed on etsy . There are long locks of up to 7 inches in length, and a shorter version of around 4-5 inches:

 

 

That´s all for now. Everyone, have a wonderful autumn weekend!

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)

Gradient colourway and spring greetings

Jean Aycock of FoxtrotFibers is a very lovely customer of mine. She purchased one of my handpainted merino rovings, handspun it into a plied yarn with a gradient colourway and used it for a weaving project. Have a look, the shifting colours are fantastic:

A space painted roving, like Jean´s lot, can be spun in many different ways, resulting in either a variegated, self striping or colour shifting (gradient) colourway, there really are no limits.
For example, the roving can be split lengthwise into as many thin and very long strands as necessary and then worsted spun that way, creating e.g. a single self striping yarn, or a variegated plied yarn (plied with 2 separate threads), or a self striping navajo plied yarn (3-plied) where the colours shift in short sequences.
For a controlled gradient colourway the roving can be pulled apart into short single colour chunks and then spun using the inch worm technique. This is a technique I personally prefer if I want certain colours to meet for a greater length within the yarn, once it has been plied. I usually place the colour chunks for two single threads in line next to each other and then wool spin them one by one, holding the short strand horizontally. Wool spinning makes the yarn fluffier and bouncier than worsted spinning. I like gradient yarns very much, though they require a bit more fiber preparation and a balanced spinning technique for a plied version. But they are so worth it and great fun indeed!!

Okay, since last month (sorry, no February blog due to a very bad cold…) I have been restocking my wool curls, thick and thin yarns and drum carded batts. There is also a new yarn and a new merino-silk batt available in my etsy store – I can´t resist the combination of purples and greens, they are perfect “fairy” colours. I just have to do them on a regular basis. ;o)

 

Speaking of fairies, Easter is drawing nearer, and there is no Easter without a spring fairy soap made of pure natural plant oils, cocoa butter, and a perfect scent of honey and spring blossoms:

These soap babies are currently curing but will be ready towards the end of the month.
Everybody have a wonderful and creative spring season!

Happy snow days and happy colours

The new year has started well with plenty of snow and very cold and crisp days, presenting a beautiful blue sky and lots of winter sunshine. On those days I even enjoy walking through the snowy winter forest up to the post office with my “Santa Bag” full of parcels and enveleopes that need to get on their way so people can start with their fiber projects. While Kitty loves accompanying me she enjoys the snow season only with her winter suit on – mind you, the little sweetheart comes from Spain and has next to zero undercoat.

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Okay, let´s see what´s new in store, fiber and yarn wise: I have painted a new batch of extra soft british bluefaced leicester curly fleece (1st clip) including 3 lots of separated curls. My handspun merino thick and thin yarns “Hogmanay”, “Happy Hour”, “Fairyland” and “Jungle” have been restocked. Plus a new batch of hand painted merino rovings and a set of drum carded super fine 18 micron merino-silk batts are out and displayed, all available in my etsy store

 

 

 

 

 

 

The space dyed wool roving in fire red/yellow/brick is finally (!!) back and available, and so are the 24 micron merino wool rovings in deep raspberry pink, sky blue, deep red, bright yellow, and aubergine purple!

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All 48 colours of the soft 24 micron mulesing free merino roving can be found in  my etsy store :

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As to the current custom orders: All deadlines for January will be met guys! :o)
That´s all for now. Everyone enjoy the winter season and HAPPY FIBER CRAFTING.

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October fibers and mini batts

Freshly hand painted rovings of super soft falkland and merino fiber, handspun yarns, fleeces and hand carded batts are now displayed in my etsy store

 

This is just a brief update, I am still washing and sorting away the raw fleeces but I will take a break for Halloween!! :o)

Everyone have a wonderful autumn season, and Happy coming up Halloween!