Dear Spring, WELCOME!

Here comes my April/May update of fresh fibers and handspun merino and wensleydale yarns that are listed in my etsy store ,and handspun thick and thin merino yarn which can be found on ebayUK.

 

 

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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.

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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)

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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!

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Gradient colourway and spring greetings

Jean Aycock of FoxtrotFibers is a very lovely customer of mine. She purchased one of my handpainted merino rovings, handspun it into a plied yarn with a gradient colourway and used it for a weaving project. Have a look, the shifting colours are fantastic:

A space painted roving, like Jean´s lot, can be spun in many different ways, resulting in either a variegated, self striping or colour shifting (gradient) colourway, there really are no limits.
For example, the roving can be split lengthwise into as many thin and very long strands as necessary and then worsted spun that way, creating e.g. a single self striping yarn, or a variegated plied yarn (plied with 2 separate threads), or a self striping navajo plied yarn (3-plied) where the colours shift in short sequences.
For a controlled gradient colourway the roving can be pulled apart into short single colour chunks and then spun using the inch worm technique. This is a technique I personally prefer if I want certain colours to meet for a greater length within the yarn, once it has been plied. I usually place the colour chunks for two single threads in line next to each other and then wool spin them one by one, holding the short strand horizontally. Wool spinning makes the yarn fluffier and bouncier than worsted spinning. I like gradient yarns very much, though they require a bit more fiber preparation and a balanced spinning technique for a plied version. But they are so worth it and great fun indeed!!

Okay, since last month (sorry, no February blog due to a very bad cold…) I have been restocking my wool curls, thick and thin yarns and drum carded batts. There is also a new yarn and a new merino-silk batt available in my etsy store – I can´t resist the combination of purples and greens, they are perfect “fairy” colours. I just have to do them on a regular basis. ;o)

 

Speaking of fairies, Easter is drawing nearer, and there is no Easter without a spring fairy soap made of pure natural plant oils, cocoa butter, and a perfect scent of honey and spring blossoms:

These soap babies are currently curing but will be ready towards the end of the month.
Everybody have a wonderful and creative spring season!

Christmas season

The year is almost over…again….man, time flies, the older you get the faster things move. Or is it just me? I don´t like this fast pace one bit, it seems that my mind is so busy with all that sorting and planning through the days and months that, if I can get a moment of blissful nil in my head, I suddently find myself a good three seasons further on, and I wonder what I did in between!?
That is why I love the Christmas season so much. Many years ago my family decided that we would spend every Advent weekend together, enjoying lunch and teatime, strolling over the Christmas markets, walking through the fields and forests, having a lot of good laughs and just spending time together. And next thing you know time moves at a very different pace, allowing me to take things in and to clearly be aware of them. Yes, I can actually grab a thought and hold it! Yay!

So here comes my last blog for 2016, just a few updates, aaaaand a new handspun crochet slouchy beanie….ooh I just had to! I made it with 190yds of my handspun single merino yarn “Fairyland”. Have a look, the colourway is beautiful!


Plus all 48 colours of my 24 micron mulesing free merino roving are fully in stock, and can also be found in my etsy store, I sell them in 1oz lots, so you can choose your own mix of colours in one bag:

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The undyed natural black and grey wensleydale curls are also sorted and stocked up:

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Wanna see what I felted with my handspun thick and thin yarn “Hogmanay” and the rainbow merino roving in magenta and purple shades?

This felt scarf came out so beautifully, it is gorgeously soft, and the colours are very rich and vibrant indeed. I used 3.5oz of the rainbow roving and 5 yds of “Hogmanay”.

I also handspun a slightly thick and thin single merino yarn and knitted a pair of fingerless gloves for my little nephew in his favourite colours, yellow, red and blue, he asked for the gloves as a Christmas gift. I hope he will like the way I have placed the colours within the gloves. Aunty Heike thinks they look pretty funky. :o)

 

Okay, time for the Christmas market! Everyone, have a very happy and peaceful third Advent weekend, and Happy Holidays!

Summer heat and blue yarn

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

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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.

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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)

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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)

Heatwave and hot wool

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)!

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Curls in felt and yarn, and more rainbow

I have been wanting to do some wet felting for months and never got around it. But now I finshed a wonderful merino-silk scarf from my hand carded batts, handpainted wensleydale locks and bluefaced leicester curly fleece. I am very happy with the result. I tend to go for autumn colours when I have the choice, so here it is, my new felt scarf:

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Apart from felting I also handspun a new wensleydale art yarn in autumn colours and natural grey. And for all my quick knitters, felting artists, doll- and dreadmakers a new bulk of my handspun&handpainted “Prisma” slub yarn is now back in stock. The yarns can be found in my etsy store:

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Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Happy Summer Solistice and Happy Fibre Crafting !