The freshly clipped English Leicester fleeces arrived last week, a whopping 35lbs, and I have so far washed about 15lbs. The clean lots are now for sale in my etsy store and my DaWanda store. The curls are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for needle/wet felting, dolls hair, handspinning art yarns, hand dyeing and for embellishig/sewing. :o)
Just a quick update on what´s now available in my online stores, wensleydale fleece wise. There is still a good 25lbs of raw fleece to be washed and sorted. There will be less natural black fleece available than I thought, as the majority of the black wool has turned out to be a dark silver grey – yep, that can happen too. :o) If you have a very greasy black fleece there is no way of telling whether it will remain black/dark brown, or if it will turn into a grey beauty. The wool is first class, truly. I am very happy with the quality and the curls, most of them are just not black….. Hopefully there will be another natural black fleece arriving later on this year with a last bulk around October, let´s wait and see. Here are my natural colour and handpainted wensleydale beauties that I have distributed in my DaWanda shop(prices in Euros), and my etsy store (prices in US$):
All 50 lbs of Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece have been washed and sorted, this is the last lot drying on the rack. It is reserved as I am working off a list of requests, but I have got plenty in stock left for handpainted batches to go into my online stores…
…and I am seamlessly moving on to a 55lbs bulk of raw wensleydale fleece that arrived yesterday – thank god the weather has turned much cooler today, and the first 15 pounds of wensleydale fleece are already soaking in the buckets. There will be an absolutely stunning natural black wensleydale shearling fleece, plenty of natural white shearling fleece with very good medium length curls, and a very curly natural dark grey wensleydale fleece. I am truly pleased with this year´s clip. The shearling babies are, as always, heavily in the grease, they will require a strong double wash. Please bear with me, I will be washing as fast as I can. :o)
Time flies, and I am painting, spinning and carding 24/7, I´m having a great time now that the weather is absolutely perfect for processing my fibers. I wish spring would last all year! :o)
4 new colourways of super soft merino/silk (mulesing free) and pure merino wool roving (mulesing free) came off the drying board today and are now listed in my etsy store, 2 new batches of wensleydale locks have made their way into my ebayUK store, and several lots of handpainted single Leicester curls are displayed in my DaWanda store. Have a look at my new fiber babies:
My handspun and handpainted merino slub yarn Lime-Teal-Purple is back in stock, and of the hand carded merino-silk batts all standard colourways are readily available. Everyone enjoy the Spring season and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING!! :o)
3 new colourways of merino wool roving are now in stock, commercially dyed with eco friendly dyes and beautifully soft (21/2 micron). I have made a batch of slub yarn from these lots, both now displayed on ebayUK, and also in my etsy store.I also painted some more of my soft Icelandic wool in vibrant autumn colours and handspun a new very soft spanish merino slub yarn in a natural dark mocha brown, a real natural beauty, and ever so fluffy!
this natural brown beauty will make perfect dolls hair. Okay, that´s all for now. My standard merino-silk hand carded batts will be restocked by tomorrow, please bear with me. :o)
I am so waiting for spring to arrive, I am desperate for warm sunshine and blue sky, sick of snow, ice and mud. It may not take long anymore now, the birds are already in spring mode, their chirping contests are absolutely fabulous, I love when they have a party in the forest and in the open fields. During the month of February I have been restocking my handpainted and handspun merino slub yarns, batts and rovings. I have also added new lots of handpainted and commercially dyed merino rovings in gorgeous and vibrant colours, handpainted british bluefaced leicester and wensleydale fleece, plus a new merino lace and a 70-15-15 wool-silk-bamboo yarn that I have called “Thuja” + “Embers”. As always these yarns and fibre babies can be found in my etsy store and ebayUK store.
In this blog I would also like to introduce Sindy, a dollmaker from Sweden, who works with funky and very beautiful Monster High Dolls. For the dolls hair she often uses my curly wensleydale fleeces, bluefaced leicester fleece, single colour merino and rainbow merino wool rovings to create fantastic hairstyles, here are some of her sweeties:
She really does a marvelous job on the hair-dos. She also sells these sweet little creatures, and you can follow Sindy through her blog “Das Leben des Menschen”. Feel free to visit her site, she updates it on a regular basis.
Just a quick update on my very last batches of handpainted wensleydale fleece locks. I have got 2 new lots in light blonde and rusty-copper brown, now displayed in my ebayUK store, and some smaller or larger than normal locks in my DaWanda store. A 3rd lot in light purple-mauve pink will be sorted and displayed within the next few days.
Those 3 batches are quite small and the last ones until I will receive a fresh bulk of clipped white wensleydale fleeces in August. Hopefully I will get a larger quantity of greasy fleeces so it will last for at least one year, the last bulk was 160kg heavy, well, obviously not large enough.
I am rarely ever happy with the weather (I like rainy, I like windy, I like a little bit of sunshine and lots of clouds!), so here I go again complaining about it….for the past 5 days it has been so hot and tropically humid you would break into a heavy sweat just by walking from one room to another. And here am I schlepping heavy washtubs around filled with hot water and greasy fleeces, all steaming away like crazy….this is NOT the right weather for cooking wools… I am longing for the seaside, I am seriously thinking about moving again, further up North towards the salty waters. There is always a fresh breeze blowing, and the sun will certainly not burn you alive!
But since I am not living by the sea at the moment I can at least create 2 lovely yarn designs with a maritime touch. :o) Here they are, my corespun beauties “SEAFOAM” and “BEACH SHELLS” with coils and really lovely to look at:
I received a 1 oz sample of Goldendoodle hair yesterday from a guy who would love to have some handspun yarn from his dog’s coat. He said that the hair is very soft and fluffy, and with 2-3 inches long enough to be spun into yarn. Okay, I thought I would give it a try as I have not really heard of this particular breed before and didn’t know what the coat would be like…turns out the long hair wool is rather coarse and the undercoat too short, it was soon thrown out by the carder. The dog wool felt almost like old adult alpaca fibre. It was a nightmare to card and another nightmare to spin, man, I forgot to take a picture of the hair, but once the yarn is dry I will take a photo for the blog. It is quite “hairy”. Perhaps if the fibre was blended with a softer sheepswool it would make a lovely yarn.
Okay, time to close all the shutters and sit in the dark until the hot day is over….hate it, hate it, hate it!