Published by admin on 04 Apr 2011

Fibrey dreams

Yup, I’m dreaming fibre at the moment!  I’m spinning for a TappanZee, and, frustratingly, have not finished yet.  Life keeps getting in the way, and I really want to start the knitting!  There’s a spin/knit along in the Spunky Eclectic group on Rav specially for us wot ‘aven’t done a whole hanspun sweater before, and are scared stiff of it being a yukky misfit after all that work. Hand holding at it’s best!

Anyhoo, I have some new fibre for the shop, and I’m proud to present my new Shetland to you.  It’s lovely and springy and comes from Shetland sheep living on the Shetland Isles.  I have a natural coloured base and a Moorit base, which is a warm reddish brown.  I’ve dyed some of the Moorit first, as I was eager to see how the colours would work.

I am now dyeing largish batches of each fibre colour. They won’t be repeated once they run out, but there is plenty for a larger project or two.

I’ve even thought of actual names!  This one is Damask on moorit;

and this is Slippery Rocks on moorit.  Moody colours.

Merino Tencel is also back on the menu and the first colour is..

…Summery!

They’re in the shop right now!

Published by admin on 03 Mar 2011

Spinnety spin..

There has been some more spinning.  Did I mention I have joined the Spunky Eclectic fibre club?  No?  Well, I did, in October.  I’m loving having fibres that are a little harder to get hold of in the UK, and Amy’s colours are great.  The November fibre was long and lustrous Masham in a colourway called Emerald City, hard to get here even though Masham town itself isn’t a million miles away.  Pondersom.

Anyhoo, this is my first SE spin and I decided I wanted big warm legwarmers to stop my lower reaches turning to stone in my chilly kitchen when I ‘m standing dyeing for hours on end. and here it is..

I tried for one ply spun thick and thin, and the other spun more evenly, and I think it worked!  It’s a very bulky yarn but I cant tell you just how bulky, as I haven’t measured it yet.  Just to give an idea, there is 3/4 lb here, or 314g in new money, and it’s nice and plumpy squooshy wooshy.  Now, I would cast on, but I have some more on the go.  The January fibre…

which is s/w merino bamboo, in Fruity Drinks by the Pool.  I am spinning insey winsey teeny tiny singles, probably the finest I have spun, to make a 3ply light fingering weight sock yarn (I hope!).  It’s a lot of spinning!  And I am enjoying every inch of it.  One and a half bobbins has taken just a leeetle bit longer than the entire Fat Fat yarn above ;p.  This first bobbin is just split in two lengthways for long colour runs, and the second, which is on the wheel, is stripped down to about 10 thin strips for really short colour runs.  The third will be short runs too.  I am so looking  forward to casting on and seeing how the colours fall, unless of course, another spinning project just happens along….

Happy things :)

Published by admin on 26 Jan 2011

All in a spin

I’ve got the spinning bug real bad.  I’ve been quite taken up with thinkng about the spinning possibilites within a single bump of fibre, and it can get me just a little over excited.  I’ve got quite a few little experiment-y projects to share, but I’ll begin with quite a straightforward one.  Here’s the fluff…bfl in F0008…

Bobbins full of singles.  Have I ever mentioned just how much I love bobbins of singles.  I love them more than fluff and I even love them more than finished yarn.  Here they are…worsted spun…

and here’s the yarn.  Roughly sportsweight, 2 plies and very squooshy, along with its teeny n-plied pup.  I have quite a collection of last-bits-of-singles-n-plied-mini-skein-pups.  When I’m 83, I’m going to sit and knit them all into a mitred squares blanket :D   I should have enough in this plump skein to knit an Ishbel for dtr, though I might do a Travelling Woman instead, just coz I haven’t done one yet, and dtr won’t really know the difference ;p

You will find a little fluff in the Fibre section, and there will be more soon.  Told you I’d got the bug :D