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Beanie production and fleece update

I think that 2016 will be a crocheting year for me :o) I have been enjoying working my yarns with the little hook for the past months, and now I have found my passion for beanie hats, variegated, stripey, gipsy style or boho, they are great fun to make, especially with yarns that have freshly come off my bobbin or out of my dyepot.

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Any size between S-M/L (= head circumference of 20-23 inch, that´s 50-58cm) can be finished with 1 skein (180-200 yds) of my worsted weight single yarn. The yarn in purple shades I didn´t use for my hats, I thought that someone else should have fun creating something gorgeous with it. :o)

I received the first new bulk of freshly clipped wensleydale fleece in natural white and natural black. Some of the black fleeces turn into grey fleeces once washed, it is hard to tell how dark or how light they will be while they are still greasy. The black lots and the grey lots are absolutely beautiful and very clean, hardly any veggie matter to be found. The white fleece is currently drying and will be displayed as soon as I have sorted it. The hand painted lots below are freshly dyed Bluefaced Leister fleece, 1st clip and gorgeously soft!

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The hats and some of the fleeces are now displayed in my DaWanda store, and the yarns and all other fleeces can be found in my etsy store and my ebayUK store.

Everyone Happy Fiber Crafting!

 

Fresh from the wheel and dyepot

Just a quick update on my new batches of handspun and handpainted yarns and fibers that are now displayed in my etsy store and ebayUK store  (prices on ebay can be viewed in US$ and British Pound). All yarns and fibers are exquisitely soft and so perfect for sensitive skin. :o)

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Fleece wise I have also painted 2 more batches of wensleydale fleece and bluefaced leicester fleece for my DaWanda store (prices on DaWanda are in Euros).

 

Everyone, enjoy the lovely spring days, and Happy Fiber Crafting! :o)

Yarn session

After quite a long yarn dyeing break I have decided to stock a new range of yarns and yarn weights. That means, as long as my wholesalers will stock them I can stock them too, you never know what their plans are really, the wool markets are shifting around their fibers and prices so fast, next thing you know your favourite yarn type has been replaced by something very different.

My new yarns are all superwash extra fine 19-20 micron and ultra fine 16 micron mulesing free merino wool and merino-silk yarns,  lusciously soft with a stunning handle indeed. I have particularly fallen in love with the worsted weight yarn (the brown/ocre/burnt orange yarns below), it will make perfectly cosy hats and scarves. :o)

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oh, and I sneaked another batch of my handspun thick and thin merino yarn “Hogmanay” into the squares, also extra soft and mulesing free. All yarns are now displayed in my etsy store. There will still be baby alpaca and virgin wool yarns available within the next few weeks. I know I am not the fastest one when it comes to painting yarns, there will be new hand painted batches on a regular basis this year, just not tons of them. Plus, clipping time will begin soon, and I will be drowning in raw fleeces again, yay! :o)

Everyone, have a wonderful spring season, and Happy Fiber Crafting!

18 micron merino and curly delight

There is a new listing in my ebayUK store for my absolutely yummy super fine 18 micron merino wool roving, a very high quality fiber perfect for nuno felting and fine hand spinning. I created the listing the same way as I did with my soft 24 micron rovings, in 20g (0.7oz) lots with just one worldwide basic shipping charge and no extra shipping for any additional lots. The above link will show the prices in US $ and in Pound Sterling £ as well :

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Plus I have prepared 3 new colour mixes of hand painted bluefaced leicester curly fleece wool, also now displayed in my ebayUK store – the “Heather” colourway mentioned in the previous blog is already sold out, I´m afraid.

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That´s all for now. Everybody enjoy your fiber projects!

Easter scarf and heather locks

Easter is set quite early this year, and according to the weather forecast it will be a little chilly over the holidays. As we will be doing our traditional easter egg hunt with the children and also go for a nice easter walk through the open fields I prepared myself a bit and made a cosy 4-button scarf from my handspun merino heavy worsted/bulky weight yarn. I used a ribbed pattern to make the scarf elastic and finished it with 1 skein of 115 yards and 4 wooden buttons. I think it came out beautifully, I love the colourway. This baby will keep me warm for sure :o).  It will also be displayed in my online exhibition. Yay, a new piece of woolly loveliness!

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And as you can see I also painted some more bluefaced leicester curly fleece in very pretty earthy heather shades. The fleece wool is now displayed in my ebayUK store and in my DaWanda store.

Everyone, have a lovely and peaceful Easter weekend.

49 colours to choose from

All 49 colours of my 24/6 micron soft merino wool rovings (combed tops) are back in stock. I have created a new listing of 20g balls (0.7oz) for my felters, handspinners, dreadmakers and dollmakers, with just one basic shipping charge and no additional shipping fees, no matter how much wool of that listing is ordered. Feel free to have a look in my ebayUK store – the link will allow you to view all prices in both currencies, US $ and GBP £.

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Everyone, HAPPY FIBER CRAFTING! :o)

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!

Fleece, yarn and a grand sunset

We have had the worst storm for the past 3 days, I thought I would loose my mind with all the rattling noise and howling wind around the house, day and night with no break. When the weather finally settled yesterday evening we were granted one of the most beautiful post storm sunsets I have ever seen up here in the mountains, it was breathtaking, I hope it comes across a little in the photo:

 

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Now that the storm is over,  just for a change we are now getting tons of snow, it´s snowing, and snowing….and snowing. The snow is actually quite lovely when you don´t need to get in the car and plough your way through it. Kitty is having a ball, digging for poor little mice (she ain´t getting them anyway, they are too clever).

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Today I am staying indoors, I am working on 2 custom orders of handpainted BFL fleece and handspun thick and thin yarns. I have been restocking my extra soft handspun thick and thin merino yarns in my ebayUK store (prices are viewable in US $ and British £ through this link) and the super soft 20 micron single colour and rainbow merino wool rovings in my etsy store:

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and my pitch black is also in stock :o)

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Fleece wise there is more of the extra long wensleydale white curls available on etsy, and a new hand painted batch of english leicester curly fleece in rusty brown-cinnamon-apricot is now displayed in my ebay store.

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That´s all for now.

Everyone, have a lovely and creative winter season. Keep warm and healthy, and take regular breaks from the fast pace of life.

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Crochet mood

And I am still crocheting away, just finished another Boho giant crochet scarf with 2 skeins of my handspun and handpainted polwarth/merino thick and thin yarn. I love this scarf very much, it is over 6 feet long without the fringes, extra soft, very squishy with lots and lots of texture. It is now displayed in my online exhibition, feel free to have a look for more details :o)

 

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Right now I just can´t seem to get enough of my giant yarn, I am SO in the crocheting mood, so I also made a very warm and extra soft neckwarmer from 1 skein of my Jumbo handspun thick and thin merino yarn. I have included a photo of it in the Jumbo yarn descriptions of my etsy store for more information on how much can be finished with 24 yards of yarn (my Jumbo yarns measure approximately 28 yards per 100g (3.5oz) skein).

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Everyone in winterland, keep warm and snug, and Happy Fiber Crafting! :o)

Giant crocheting….on a smaller scale

I have created a good luck yarn for 2016, something lovely to start the new year with, something with very happy and rich colours – here it is, my new handspun merino thick and thin yarn “Hogmanay”, a very soft and yummy yarn, perfect for quick knit projects including giant knitting or crocheting, felting projects, embellishing, dolls hair and beautiful ready made dreads. It is displayed in my ebayUK store:

 

 

 

For a dense knit (e.g. for baby hats) you can start with needle size 10mm (US15), and for a giant knit or crochet project I personally use needle size 20mm (US 40) and crochet hook size T or U (22+25mm/US44+50).

I just recently finished a wonderful boho crochet scarf, very lush and very soft indeed. I used my handspun merino (20 micron) thick and thin yarn (I also call it slub yarn) and a crochet hook size U. It contains several colours from my 24 colour range, 160yds (145m) of yarn, that´s about 280g (9.9oz), including the fringes:

 

 

The yarn size is the same as for all my slub yarns in my ebayUK store.

My handspun  Jumbo thick and thin yarns in my etsy store are a good third thicker and double super bulky. They should be knitted/crocheted with needle size 20-25mm (US40-50) and crochet hook size U-X (25-30mm).

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Giant knitting and giant crocheting is great fun, whether you use very large yarn or thick unspun wool roving. It creates the warmest garments and a project can be finished in no time. However, some people may find using unspun thick roving too hard on their hands and joints, as I too had to experience when I started a giant knit project with wool roving. My wrists began to ache after only a few rows (yep, I am not getting any younger…) of using broomstick size needles and moving and shifting the heavy rows along, even though I had rested my hands and most of the roving yarn in my lap while knitting – I switched to a 40mm crochet hook so I would just have to move one stitch at a time but that did not keep my wrists from aching, the whole lot was getting too heavy. I was very frustrated and had to give up on the thick roving strand project. However, I was determined to create something lovely and snug with my roving, quick knit…well, in this case quick crochet style, so I went and divided the unspun wool into 4 strands to get them to a more comfortable yarn size, yet still thick enough for my large needles and hook. And it worked for me so much better! So here it is, my small scale giant crochet scarf, crocheted with a crochet hook size 25mm (US U), using 250g (8.9oz) of 20 micron super soft merino wool roving in orange, baby pink and raspberry pink:

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Splitting the roving twice lengthwise into 4 thinner strands is very easy. As the roving is an unspun thick strand of fibre it has natural slight splits through the commercial carding and combing process. Just follow these splits, and the wool separates into smaller strands almost on its own. When the split comes nearer the roving end I don´t separate the wool all the way through but leave about 10cm (4 inches) unsplitted so I can crochet the roving in a continuous strand without any knots . The giant crochet scarf is also displayed in my online exhibition, where I have added more details. Feel free to have a look. :o)

Everyone have a very happy, healthy and creative year 2016!!


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