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Dear Spring, WELCOME!

Here comes my April/May update of fresh fibers and yarns that are listed in my etsy store and ebayUK store:
A handspun self striping merino yarn has come to life, with beautiful vibrant spring colours, and 2 skeins of handspun wensleydale yarn “Curly Tales” in natural white have made it off the bobbins.

 


A new batch of super soft hand painted merino rovings in rich and vibrant rainbow colours in single segments so the strands can be handspun into a self striping yarn very easily without having to sort the colours first. The rovings are also perfect for nuno, wet and needle felting projects.

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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!

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!

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 in my ebayUK store, 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 both my etsy store and my ebayUK 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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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!

September update

This month I have not been painting a lot of rovings because my new bulk of greasy fleeces arrived, and I am washing, sorting and dipping away like there was no tomorrow. :o) But in the evenings I sat behind my spinning wheel and created some very lovely and colourful chunky yarns, they are all displayed in my etsy store:

 

 

Plus all standard merino-silk batts are also fully stocked and displayed. Fleece wise, once I have finished washing these babies, there will be extra soft Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece and beautiful curly wensleydale fleece. There are so far about 15 lbs washed and sorted….and just another 80 lbs to go…. I think it´s time to turn on Loreena McKennitt to boost up my motivation … ;o)

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Restocked and new fiber beauties

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The 20-colours merino mixed bags no.80 and no.70 are now restocked and available again through my etsy store and my ebayUK store. Also the purple rainbow merino roving and brown rainbow merino roving are back in stock and displayed in my etsy store,

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I carded new batches of super soft merino/silk batts – I didn´t entirely get around the autumn colours, I know it´s still summer, but I love those shades too much to leave them out. :o)

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And of course some new yarns and rovings were created this month, merino/silk blends, bluefaced leicester, pure merino rovings, wensleydale long locks, hand painted merino lace, baby alpaca fingering weight, and a beautiful handspun thick and thin super chunky baby in stripey black, white and, grey that I have called “Snowy Rock”. Have a look:

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Remember my pink-purple handspun merino-bluefaced leicester yarn from July´s blog? Well, I spun a second skein in the same colourway and a third one in multicolor rainbow yarn from my space dyed wool slivers, coming to about 310g (10.9oz) of yarn between worsted and chunky weight, with an approximate total length of 400m (440yds). I crocheted a beautiful and cosy hooded scarf with them. I love the finished piece very much, it came out the way I had hoped. It will be perfect for very cold weather. I kept my promise, didn´t I? I did not crochet another beanie…. :o)

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Yarn session

After quite a long yarn dyeing break I have decided to stock a new range of yarns and yarn weights. That means, as long as my wholesalers will stock them I can stock them too, you never know what their plans are really, the wool markets are shifting around their fibers and prices so fast, next thing you know your favourite yarn type has been replaced by something very different.

My new yarns are all superwash extra fine 19-20 micron and ultra fine 16 micron mulesing free merino wool and merino-silk yarns,  lusciously soft with a stunning handle indeed. I have particularly fallen in love with the worsted weight yarn (the brown/ocre/burnt orange yarns below), it will make perfectly cosy hats and scarves. :o)

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oh, and I sneaked another batch of my handspun thick and thin merino yarn “Hogmanay” into the squares, also extra soft and mulesing free. All yarns are now displayed in my etsy store. There will still be baby alpaca and virgin wool yarns available within the next few weeks. I know I am not the fastest one when it comes to painting yarns, there will be new hand painted batches on a regular basis this year, just not tons of them. Plus, clipping time will begin soon, and I will be drowning in raw fleeces again, yay! :o)

Everyone, have a wonderful spring season, and Happy Fiber Crafting!

Fleece, yarn and a grand sunset

We have had the worst storm for the past 3 days, I thought I would loose my mind with all the rattling noise and howling wind around the house, day and night with no break. When the weather finally settled yesterday evening we were granted one of the most beautiful post storm sunsets I have ever seen up here in the mountains, it was breathtaking, I hope it comes across a little in the photo:

 

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Now that the storm is over,  just for a change we are now getting tons of snow, it´s snowing, and snowing….and snowing. The snow is actually quite lovely when you don´t need to get in the car and plough your way through it. Kitty is having a ball, digging for poor little mice (she ain´t getting them anyway, they are too clever).

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Today I am staying indoors, I am working on 2 custom orders of handpainted BFL fleece and handspun thick and thin yarns. I have been restocking my extra soft handspun thick and thin merino yarns in my ebayUK store (prices are viewable in US $ and British £ through this link) and the super soft 20 micron single colour and rainbow merino wool rovings in my etsy store:

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and my pitch black is also in stock :o)

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Fleece wise there is more of the extra long wensleydale white curls available on etsy, and a new hand painted batch of english leicester curly fleece in rusty brown-cinnamon-apricot is now displayed in my ebay store.

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That´s all for now.

Everyone, have a lovely and creative winter season. Keep warm and healthy, and take regular breaks from the fast pace of life.

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Crochet mood

And I am still crocheting away, just finished another Boho giant crochet scarf with 2 skeins of my handspun and handpainted polwarth/merino thick and thin yarn. I love this scarf very much, it is over 6 feet long without the fringes, extra soft, very squishy with lots and lots of texture. It is now displayed in my online exhibition, feel free to have a look for more details :o)

 

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Right now I just can´t seem to get enough of my giant yarn, I am SO in the crocheting mood, so I also made a very warm and extra soft neckwarmer from 1 skein of my Jumbo handspun thick and thin merino yarn. I have included a photo of it in the Jumbo yarn descriptions of my etsy store for more information on how much can be finished with 24 yards of yarn (my Jumbo yarns measure approximately 28 yards per 100g (3.5oz) skein).

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Everyone in winterland, keep warm and snug, and Happy Fiber Crafting! :o)

Giant crocheting….on a smaller scale

I have created a good luck yarn for 2016, something lovely to start the new year with, something with very happy and rich colours – here it is, my new handspun merino thick and thin yarn “Hogmanay”, a very soft and yummy yarn, perfect for quick knit projects including giant knitting or crocheting, felting projects, embellishing, dolls hair and beautiful ready made dreads. It is displayed in my ebayUK store:

 

 

 

For a dense knit (e.g. for baby hats) you can start with needle size 10mm (US15), and for a giant knit or crochet project I personally use needle size 20mm (US 40) and crochet hook size T or U (22+25mm/US44+50).

I just recently finished a wonderful boho crochet scarf, very lush and very soft indeed. I used my handspun merino (20 micron) thick and thin yarn (I also call it slub yarn) and a crochet hook size U. It contains several colours from my 24 colour range, 160yds (145m) of yarn, that´s about 280g (9.9oz), including the fringes:

 

 

The yarn size is the same as for all my slub yarns in my ebayUK store.

My handspun  Jumbo thick and thin yarns in my etsy store are a good third thicker and double super bulky. They should be knitted/crocheted with needle size 20-25mm (US40-50) and crochet hook size U-X (25-30mm).

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Giant knitting and giant crocheting is great fun, whether you use very large yarn or thick unspun wool roving. It creates the warmest garments and a project can be finished in no time. However, some people may find using unspun thick roving too hard on their hands and joints, as I too had to experience when I started a giant knit project with wool roving. My wrists began to ache after only a few rows (yep, I am not getting any younger…) of using broomstick size needles and moving and shifting the heavy rows along, even though I had rested my hands and most of the roving yarn in my lap while knitting – I switched to a 40mm crochet hook so I would just have to move one stitch at a time but that did not keep my wrists from aching, the whole lot was getting too heavy. I was very frustrated and had to give up on the thick roving strand project. However, I was determined to create something lovely and snug with my roving, quick knit…well, in this case quick crochet style, so I went and divided the unspun wool into 4 strands to get them to a more comfortable yarn size, yet still thick enough for my large needles and hook. And it worked for me so much better! So here it is, my small scale giant crochet scarf, crocheted with a crochet hook size 25mm (US U), using 250g (8.9oz) of 20 micron super soft merino wool roving in orange, baby pink and raspberry pink:

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Splitting the roving twice lengthwise into 4 thinner strands is very easy. As the roving is an unspun thick strand of fibre it has natural slight splits through the commercial carding and combing process. Just follow these splits, and the wool separates into smaller strands almost on its own. When the split comes nearer the roving end I don´t separate the wool all the way through but leave about 10cm (4 inches) unsplitted so I can crochet the roving in a continuous strand without any knots . The giant crochet scarf is also displayed in my online exhibition, where I have added more details. Feel free to have a look. :o)

Everyone have a very happy, healthy and creative year 2016!!


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