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)
I finished a custom order for 6 skeins of handspun worsted weight merino yarn for a very lovely german lady, who requested the yarns for a nightshift shawl project using a knitting pattern created by Andrea Mowry. However she didn´t want the earthy fall colors used in the original, she had a very specific color combination in mind. If you are on ravelry you can find the shawl pattern and more informationhere. Now, I am a true sucker for fall colors, you can sell them to me all year around, but the colourways my customer chose make an extraordinary and very interesting gang indeed! Here are the glorious 6:
From left to right: “Jungle 7”, 18.5 micron merino in lime green and bottle green, “Fairyland”, “Waterfall”, “Autumn Rose”, and “Bali Dancer”. Each skein measures 167-178yds (150-160m) per 3.5oz (100g).
Man, I would LOVE to see a pic once the shawl is finished! I will ask the lady very nicely, with a big cherry on top ;o)
The bulky version of these yarns are for sale in my etsy store. I spin them on a regular basis, and in case one is sold out custom requests are most welcome.
While I was packing up the yarns and today´s orders my little spanish girl was desperate to catch a fraction of the March sunlight – I swear the weather has been weird for March, first we get a whopping 20 degrees Celsius (me walking around outside in a T-Shirt and shorts…), and next thing you know it´s snowing….what the….???
So for exactly 12 minutes Señorita Kitty was in sunny heaven, bless her.
Here comes my first blog of the new year, a little late I know, but several yarn orders kept me busy pedalling away. Okay, the following fibers and yarns are now displayed in my etsy store, they include repeatable colourways and one of a kind lots, have a look:
During the cold season I very much enjoy crocheting new merino hats, they are all made with my handspun and hand dyed yarns. Most of them are one of a kind. You can find them on etsy at StoneCircleWools:
I am already preparing for the next craft fair in March, spinning, carding and painting away, so new custom orders may take a little longer than usual.
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:
Such a cutie!
Everyone have a wonderful autumn season and Happy Crafting!
I am preparing for the october craft fair, spinning and painting yarns and fibers every day (yep, Sundays included), and 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)
I am still in the spinning mood, and I will be doing a lot of pedalling until fall. We will be attending a large craft fair in October, so I better get tons of squishy yummy yarns off my little bobbins. I am very much looking forward to the fair and to the fall season. I need the colour changes of mother nature, I couldn´t do without them! Here are some of the yarns I finished this week for my etsy shop:
So these are this week´s yarn babes: “Waterfall”, “Autumn Rose”, more “Tomato Soup”, “Fudge”, “Sunset”, and the yarn at the bottom left is my “River Garden”, similar to the previous “Dragonfly” but not from the same fiber batch. The green yarn is my chunky “Jungle 7”, which comes with 111yds per 3.5oz skein. The yardage will be sufficient for a buttoned neckwarmer or a beanie hat.
I have been in the pedalling mood all week, and 4 new handspun plied yarns have come off the bobbins – very soft mulesing free merino wool in beautiful colourways. They can now be found in my etsy store:
I have prepared several new fiber project bags, containing loads of beautiful colours, pure wools and silks, handspun thick and thin yarns, and curly fleece wool. The bags are perfect for spinning, felting, dollmaking, embellishing and sewing. They are now available in my etsy store:
There are now 3 new colourways available in my handspun yarn section, vibrant, rich and simply gorgeous! I have spun them into thick and thin super bulky yarns and also into worsted single yarns. These colourways will become a permanent part of my stock: