I have been handspinning new fingering weight yarns, perfect for laceworks and weaving. Have a look at my first lot of 3 self striping beauties that are displayed in my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers: SALTARELLO, PETALS and LANDSCAPE. Cuddly soft and light, with a whopping yardage of over 500yds each, and simply gorgeous! I am sure I will be handspinning a few more this summer, I´m hooked :o)
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”:
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!
2lbs of hand painted super soft and super gorgeous yarns have made it out of my dyepot. There is pure merino lace, 50/50 merino silk fingering weight and ultra fine 16 micron merino, all superwash, mulesing free and dyed with eco-friendly dyes. They are now displayed in my etsy store:
I will be spinning fresh batches of thick and thin merino yarns next week, and there will be new lots of handpainted rovings shortly. :o)
All 25 shades of my super soft 20 micron merino wool rovings are restocked in 3.5oz (100g) braids, including leaf green, berry red, and pitch black.
I drum carded 1lb of super fine 18 micron merino batts in pitch black, blended with stunning bronze mulberry silk….gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.
All standard colourways of my handspun and handpainted merino thick and thin yarns are also restocked, including “Element”, “Reds” and “Savannah”. I made tons of these babies this month…I think I will take a serious thick and thin break for a while. :o)
Fleece wise I sorted several 1oz bags of lovely clean natural white long wensleydale curls, and hand painted long wensleydale curls in rich auburn-mahogany. The curls will make beautiful long dolls hair. They can also be tailspun, or incorporated into any felting project for extra texture.
Last but not least, 2 new shades of pure mulberry silk roving are listed in my etsy store, a light pink and a golden brown, both shades are stunning! The average staple length of my silk fiber is 6 inches (15cm), which makes it most suitable not just for handspinning and adding to felting material, but also for ultra soft and fine straight dolls hair.
That´s all folks. Have a very good spring season and Happy Fiber Crafting!
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.
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!
All 48 colours of the soft 24 micron mulesing free merino roving can be found in my etsy store :
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.
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!
New yarns, rovings and fleeces have made it out of the dyepot and off the bobbin: my super fine merino/silk yarn, super soft baby alpaca yarn, very soft single and plied merino yarn and art yarn, wensleydale premium locks, bluefaced leicester and english leicester curly fleece. The new batches can be found in my etsy store
Everyone have a great summer, and Happy Fiber Crafting!
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.
Any head size between 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)
The single handspun yarns can be found in my etsy store. I will be making fresh yarns on a regular basis.
Everyone Happy Fiber Crafting!
Just a quick update on my new batches of handspun and handpainted yarns and fibers that are now displayed in my etsy store . All yarns and fibers are exquisitely soft and so perfect for sensitive skin. :o)
Fleece wise I have also painted 2 more batches of wensleydale fleece and bluefaced leicester fleece.
Everyone, enjoy the lovely spring days, and Happy Fiber Crafting! :o)
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)
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!