The month of November is starting on a high note, I love it! As the days will most certainly become darker and duller quite soon let´s take in all the splendour of the autumn season, enjoy the magnificient colours of mother nature and take long walks out into the fields and forests. It´s absolutely worth it!
Notice the little ladybug…
I have not been idle these past weeks and hand painted new batches of my English Leicester curly fleeces, some Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece, I carded more super fine 18 micron merino-silk batts (gorgeously soft!!!!), and my 20 colour merino roving bags (24/6 micron) are fully stocked again. They weigh a whopping 255g (9oz) per bag and are perfect for felting projects, handspinning and dolls hair – very handy for beginners in felting and spinning as well. The fibre bags are displayed in my etsy store
Everyone have a very colourful and creative November!
Just a quick update on what´s now available, 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:
Man, I am really beginning to suffer from these heatwaves that keep coming from North Africa, they are just too much for me. Yesterday we had another 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) with an unbearably thick and humid air, keeping me incapacitated and unable to turn on the stove for new dye batches…. 3 nights ago we were blessed with a very heavy thunderstorm and pouring rain, clearing the air wonderfully and leaving the remaining storm clouds hanging in the valley
Today we will be getting around 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), still way too hot for my taste but I started painting new rovings very early this morning and took advantage of a delightful draft of cool fresh night air moving through the house, and around noon I closed all the doors and shutters, turned on the fan and waited for cooler times…. These two fellows below are in fact doing the only thing one should do during the hot hours…taking a siesta.
So, when handpainting by a hot stove is off topic, sitting behind the spinning wheel near the fan can be a lovely option. I finished 2 skeins (8.1oz) of exquisitely soft polwarth yarn that I have called “Apparition in Blue”, it is a worsted/aran weight yarn with a total yardage of 305yds. The colours are very rich and very beautiful. I have displayed the yarn in my etsy store :o)
Okay, time to get the rovings out of the dyepot, they will be dried in no time in that hot summer sun, I´m sure of it. :o)
I finally received my first bulk of this year´s freshly clipped Bluefaced Leicester fleeces and have been digging my hands into them to get 50lbs of raw curly wool handwashed and sorted as quickly as possible, so I will be able to smoothly move onto the new bulk of fresh wensleydale raw fleeces I am expecting in August. I am also hoping to get some premium English Leicester curly fleece, yummy stuff! Summer time is always a very busy time for me, I never stop washing, sorting and painting fleeces. I will have to raise my fleece prices this year, I´m afraid. The BFL fleeces are now on the same price level as wensleydale fleece at the global wool auction. Its wool price has risen an absolutely incredible 700% since 2007.
Here are some photos of the first new handpainted BFL fleeces, and some more Merino and Polwarth hand painted wool rovings/combed tops that I have listed in my etsy store:
I hope that everyone made it through last week´s heatwave in Germany. We had a whopping 40 degrees Celsius ( = 104 degrees Fahrenhet) in the Southwest….no fun….me curling up and wanting to die….,with warmest greetings from the Sahara desert. Now the winds are blowing from the North again bringing fresh breezes from Scandinavia…..THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have therefore finished a new 2.2 lbs bulk of handpainted merino and merino/silk rovings, and also spun a new lot of merino slub yarn (thick and thin yarn) in red shades, and a very beautiful merino yarn in, yep, autumn colours. :o) These new babies are displayed in my etsy store. Everyone have a very good Summer weekend with very agreeable 30 degrees ( = 86 degrees Fahrenheit)!