Wools and curls – a color splash in May

here comes my May fiber update – loads of fresh colors, all rich and vibrant in deliciously soft and squishy fleeces, yarns, batts and rovings, now available in my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers !

The fibers and yarns are most suitable for craft projects such as doll making, needle/wet/nuno felting, sewing, embellishing, hand spinning and dreadmaking.

Everyone have a splendid month of May, and Happy Crafting! :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)

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.

Wool jewelry and rainbow colors

We had such a wonderful time at the craft fair, it was terrific, and we will be attending again next time for sure!

 

People were very cheerful, and we met quite a few fellow handspinners and crocheters, it was so lovely chatting with them. One lady purchased a handspun yarn shortly before the fair closed for the night, and she returned with a most beautiful finished crochet scarf the very next morning. “I couldn´t wait, I just had to get my crochet hook out and work with that yarn while watching Harry Potter on TV” she said. She then went and also bought one of the 100m-project crochet hats I had made with the same yarn size and colourway. Dont these colors look fabulous on her?

 

 

I finished some new felt necklaces in rich rainbow shades, and there are also brown and gray versions in stock now embellished with shiny silk! They are displayed in my etsy store StoneCircleWools.

 

 

And there will be more hand dyed rovings, curly fleece and handspun yarns for my etsy store All The Pretty Fibers soon, please bear with me while I restock the yarns and fibers.

Everyone have a fantastic month of November. Keep it colorful!!

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)

March fibers and yarns

I skipped the February blog due to a very persistent bronchitis which had me quite incapacitated, I´m afraid. Fortunately the early spring vibes have given me a much needed energy boost, and I am back and running like a well tuned spinning wheel. :o)

My handspun super soft “Charybdis” and “Jungle2” merino yarns are available again in my etsy store,

A custom order of 12oz of handspun plied merino yarn in a beautiful spring yellow and greens were finished last month, using no´s 2 (lemon), 13 (sage), 12 (leaf), 15 (pine) of the colourchart

and the super soft alpaca wool rovings in natural black, sand, fawn and chestnut are also restocked and available through etsy

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There will be a new batch of hand dyed honey blonde wensleydale locks available before the weekend, and a hand dyed lot of very long english leicester locks in dark honey are already listed on etsy

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Because I had to rest a lot last month I kept myself busy crocheting new beanies with some of my hand dyed and handspun yarns. I love crocheting, it is so amazing what you can do with just one little needle

Our garden was still covered in a thin layer of snow 3 days ago, and today the first blossoms are finally out, thank heavens! Can we get some warm sunshine and a blue sky too please?

Everyone, enjoy the spring season! It´s coming slowly but surely. :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!

 

Autumn fleeces

Here comes my new batch of beautifully soft and scrumptous hand painted Bluefaced Leicester lambswool fleece with plenty of lovely curls! This fleece is my personal favourite, perfect for people with sensitive skin, be it for nuno felting, needle felting, wild dolls hair, handspinning, sewing or embellishing, it can be used for a wide range of woolly projects. :o) The fleeces can be found in my etsy store.

 

 

I am currently sorting a new award winning Wensleydale fleece in natural black, a stunning fleece indeed.  When you get a raw black fleece you never know if it remains black once it has been washed, or if it will turn dark grey, dark brown, or, god forbid, even light grey….I have seen it all before…. No, this baby has remained very black with some silver streaks in it and beautiful light brown tips. Just what I wanted, yay! The first 10 bags are already displayed on etsy . There are long locks of up to 7 inches in length, and a shorter version of around 4-5 inches:

 

 

That´s all for now. Everyone, have a wonderful autumn weekend!