Some new colours and a new wool to be shown off this time.
This is a new colourway on white BFL, Peacock Butterfly.
And this I took the colours from.
I was with the pupz down by the river one day last week (when it was warm and sunny and not windy) and a peacock butterfly displayed itself on the nature reserve war memorial flat plaque for quite a while. I'm rather pleased with the way I've matched the colours, though this won't work on any fibre darker than the oatmeal BFL.
The colours on the wool will, of course, deepen with spinning. I've also done it on white BFL/silk and oatmeal BFL/silk.
The new wool I've added to my range in Merino d'Arles. It comes in two shades of brown and white, and the paler of the browns (a creamy cafe au lait) overdyes wonderfully. It's a soft, short-stapled top with an incredible bounce, and I've found it spins best in a fairly woollen/long draw style, even though it's a combed top formation. Gorgeous bouncy yarn results.
The other thing about the Merino d'Arles sheep is that it's still farmed until the ancient (and I mean really ancient, time out of mind) method of transhumance - the sheep spend the summers up in the heights of the French Massif Central, and the winters down in the valleys.
All the photographs below are on Merino d'Arles, the first being the long version of Littleheart, copper shading through magenta and purple and green back to copper.
And this is Kingfisher long:
This is the normal Kingfisher: