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.

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!