Self striping lace

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 glorious 6, and chasing the sunbeams

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 information here . 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.

Batts, Hats & Yarn

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.

Everyone have a very lovely weekend!

Yarn and fiber update

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:

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Such a cutie!

Everyone have a wonderful autumn season and Happy Crafting!

The 100m yarn project

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)

You can find my current colorways of 100m-yarns in my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers :o)

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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!

Fresh from the spinning wheel

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.

Okay, let me go back pedalling. :o)

Everyone Happy Crafting!

Tomato Soup and Dragonfly

My handspun extra soft merino yarn “Charybdis” is back in stock,

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and 2 more repeatable colourways have made it into my etsy store, I have called them “Tomato Soup” and “Dragonfly”:

These yarns come with sufficient yardage for e.g. a buttoned scarf as seen in the photo below.

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I am currently working on 2 large custom orders but I also managed to paint a new lot of extra soft merino roving in green and purple shades , I am very happy with the colourway :o)

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There are a total of 3×4.6oz available in my etsy store.

Everyone have a very fine summer season, and enjoy your wool projects!

Fresh from the bobbin

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:

 

 

Everyone have a wonderful month of June!

Fiber Project Bags

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:

 

The yarns are now displayed in my Etsy store.

That´s all for now :o) Everyone have a very good weekend, and a Happy New Year!

Handspun merino and felt beauties

It´s been a pretty hot summer so far, not my favourite season really. I prefer to keep the doors and windows open all day, but when the air is simmering and you are having trouble breathing O2 off that “hairdryer” atmosphere, you best close the shutters….and think of something cool. I then like sitting behind my spinning wheel creating a beautiful yarn, or two, or three…well, until it´s turning cooler again. These are my latest super soft 18 micron handspun merino yarns, mulesing free of course, and available through my etsy store:

Last Saturday I didn´t feel like pedalling, it was so hot outside…again….but I didn´t want to put up my feet and do absolutely nothing either, that´s just not me. So what type of project could I do when I really didn´t want to leave the house and get roasted out there? Try a wet felting project, YES! Continuously sprinkling water over the fibers and working the wet wool is such a delight, trust me, it is awesome! I used my 20 micron merino rovings, handpainted bluefaced leicester curly fleece, and a touch of silk fiber, and voila:

All the fibers I used for my wet felting project are available in my etsy store.
The weather finally turned in the evening, the most promising thunderstorm ever rumbled towards us, bringing enormous dark clouds, heavy rain and a healthy fresh breeze. That´s when I put up my feet and enjoyed watching the cloud drama:

 

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Everyone, have a beautiful summer season, and keep cool! :o)