Wool rovings – choose your colors!

Finally all colors of my soft 27 micron merino rovings, the super fine 18.5 micron rovings, and also the ultra fine 16 micron white merino roving (all mulesing free of course) are restocked and available at my Etsy store All The Pretty Fibers !

If you happen to be/live in Germany, we will be attending the very popular artisan craft fair in Walldorf (near Wiesloch) at the great Astoria hall, on Saturday and Sunday November 9th and 10th (11am-18pm) . There will be a total of 86 artisans. Do come and say hello if you are in the area!

The following weekend on Sunday November 17th you will find us at the artisan craft fair in St.Leon-Rot (the Harres hall) near Walldorf, from 11am-18.30pm, with a total of 76 artisans attending. So there will be PLENTY to see and buy! :o)

Candy colors and the deep blue sea

Here comes the October update for my new batches of hand dyed rovings – super fine Merino-Silk, extra fine Polwarth and soft Corriedale in all their splendor! I have taken a healthy dip into my dye bottles :o) The rovings are now displayed in my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers.

Now back to the spinning wheel – I will need to be doing quite some pedalling, there will be a big craft fair in 4 weeks time, and you can never have too many yarns for it! :o)

Felt jewelry and hand dyed wool fiber

Here comes my new set of hand felted necklaces and hand dyed extra soft merino wool rovings, all in very rich and vibrant colors – color food for the soul! The felt necklaces come in sizes from S to XL and can be found at StoneCircleWools on Etsy, and the hand dyed roving at AllThePrettyFibers also on Etsy. :o)

And three new handspun merino yarns have come off the bobbins, “Dragonfly II” , “Embers II” and “Slate III”. The yarns are very soft and have more yardage than my regular lots, though they are still within the double knit and light worsted weight range, so they can be knitted with needle size 4-4.5mm (US 6-7). They are now displayed in my Etsy store AllThePrettyFibers

Everyone enjoy the Easter holidays and Happy Crafting!

More Easter colors and a treat

I finished a new batch of hand dyed merino and merino/silk rovings and super fine 18.5 micron merino batts, all buttery soft in fresh and vibrant spring colors, perfect for felting and hand spinning projects. They are listed in my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers

Plus 3 new shades of my 18.5 micron commercially dyed merino rovings (mulesing free) have arrived, Apricot, Mocha and Opal Blue:

Yarn wise there are 2 new colourways of handspun very soft merino yarn in stock, “Sorbet” in rich pinks and purple, and “Poseidon” in breathtaking blues and lagoon teal:

Are you in for a little treat? Get a 10% Easter discount for any purchase from my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers. Just enter the coupon code TREAT4ME at the etsy checkout. The code will be valid until the end of the Easter holidays on April 23rd, 2019 :o)

Now I would like to show you the finished Nightshift shawl that one of my german customers made with the yarns I custom spun for her. She kindly sent me some photos (vielen Dank Silke!!) – the shawl is absolutely stunning and so rich in color, have a look:

The pattern for the nightshift shawl can be found on Ravelry (see my blog entry from March 7th), it was created by Andrea Mowry. The yarns and yardage for the shawl are available in various colourways by custom order but I sometimes also have the corresponding yarn sizes available in my etsy store.

Everyone have a wonderful spring season, and Happy Crafting!! :o)

Super fine merino and curly fleece beauties

I will be stocking a super fine mulesing free 18.5 micron merino fiber, slowly replacing my current 20 micron stock, as my wholesaler for this particular fiber closed his business for good – BIG sniff!! I guess when you are 74 years old and worked hard all your live in the wool business you finally deserve retirement. I am surprised he still managed the hard work at that age, I respectfully take my hat off. So far there´s the 18.5micron fiber available in beautiful light taupe, dark burgundy, light pink and dark blue, more to come soon :o)

I have sorted more of my hand washed dark grey wensleydale curly fleece, and I`ve dyed new beautiful batches of the extra soft bluefaced leicester lambswool fleece, all available in my etsy store:

and the handspun/handpainted merino thick and thin yarns have been restocked:

I will be attending the St.Leon-Rot craft fair at the “Harres Cultural Centre” on March 17th (11am-5.30pm), located near Walldorf and Wiesloch. Until then I won´t stop pedalling and dyeing any time soon :o) Do come and stop by at my stall for a lovely chat!

Everyone, enjoy your fiber projects!

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!

Thick and thin yarns, and new silk

A new shade of very high quality pure mulberry silk roving (combed top) is now available in my etsy store. It´s a rich and beautiful dark chocolate brown and gorgeously soft with great sheen. Perfect for silky doll hair, handspinning and adding to felting projects.

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and the light powder pink shade is back in stock! Yippieh!

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I finished a new batch of my handspun merino thick and thin yarn “Jungle”

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The thick and thin yarns are available in 60yd skeins but also in mini skeins of 4.5yds (4m) per colourway. These small quantities are very suitable for embellishing and felting projects or for dreads/hairfalls and doll hair, where less yardage is required. Here´s a crochet slouchy hat that I finished last week. It includes 3yds of the thick and thin yarn “Savannah”:

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For this wet felted scarf 2.5yds of  “Hogmanay” were incorporated

 

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and 2x12yds of “Element” and “Hogmanay” were used for this lovely little doll:

 

 

The full range of 18 different colourways can be found in my etsy store:

 

 

Everyone, have a very lovely spring season! :o)

December treats

Towards the end of the year I have painted a last December batch of 50/50 merino/silk rovings that are now displayed in my etsy store and a new crochet slouchy hat has come to life from my handpainted extra soft merino yarn “Amber Forest”. I have also sorted several bags of natural grey and handpainted wensleydale curls, 4 lots of drum carded merino/silk batts, also available on etsy  ,

 

 

Okay, that´s all for the rest of the year :o) Let me get back into my kitchen and try a new round of handmade Christmas cake….the first one exploded in the oven….nice….the second lot never rose….and the third one better be a well behaved and well baked cake, or else! I will also prepare a chestnut-chocolate mousse for 3.Advent Sunday, that should be an easy task…I think. Though I can´t promise that it will indeed make it to the family table, it is ever so delicious!! :o)

Everyone have a peaceful Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year!

 

Happy snow days and happy colours

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.

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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!

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All 48 colours of the soft 24 micron mulesing free merino roving can be found in  my etsy store :

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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.

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October fibers and mini batts

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!