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
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.
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)
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)
I finally received my first bulk of this year´s freshly clipped Bluefaced Leicester fleeces and have been digging my hands into them to get 50lbs of raw curly wool handwashed and sorted as quickly as possible, so I will be able to smoothly move onto the new bulk of fresh wensleydale raw fleeces I am expecting in August. I am also hoping to get some premium English Leicester curly fleece, yummy stuff! Summer time is always a very busy time for me, I never stop washing, sorting and painting fleeces. I will have to raise my fleece prices this year, I´m afraid. The BFL fleeces are now on the same price level as wensleydale fleece at the global wool auction. Its wool price has risen an absolutely incredible 700% since 2007.
Here are some photos of the first new handpainted BFL fleeces, and some more Merino and Polwarth hand painted wool rovings/combed tops that I have listed in my etsy store:
Before the next heatwave will be hitting us I thought I should do some carding and then take a break during the roasting time…. ;o). So there is now a new bulk of ultra soft 18 micron merino/silk batts and some very colourful extra soft 20 micron merino wool batts available through my etsy store .
Everyone, Happy Spinning, Felting, Embellishing, and all other Crafting! :o)
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:
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:
Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Happy Summer Solistice and Happy Fibre Crafting !