Thursday, 15 April 2010

And more colours...

I had a few chunks of Cheviot in the fibre-to-dye stash, so they go trawled out and coloured in. This one's come up particularly brilliantly - it's a new colourway: Firebird

An old but popular colour: Willow, on the superfine merino

I've dyed up some mid-grey Shetland this year, and it's come up fabulously rich in colour, and remarkably soft as a fibre. I do prefer the 'traditional' breeds as fibre; although I know most people seem to prefer merino, especially for felting, I find there's so much more character and versatility in Shetland and Bluefaced Leicester, to use examples that I can get hold of easily. And of course, they come in natural colours too, which I love to overdye. The one above is Twilight, the one below is Blue.

Monday, 12 April 2010

More and more colours....

I've done lots of fleece this year, trawling nice fleeces out of the stash, ones I've had a while and not used yet, and dyed them in fabulous and mostly saturated colours. Last year I bagged dyed fleece up and they went very well, so let's hope the same happens this year. I've also done some alpaca fleece, but I think I'll have to fluff it up a bit before packing - it feels fabulous but looks a bit heavy.

All the wool is taking ages to dry, much longer than the tops. I have a small bump of white Bluefaced Leicester to do this week, plus lots of sock yarn. I want to be finished at the end of this weekend coming, so that'll leave me with a week to make sure I'm all packed and organised and labelled. Pricing may happen at the unpacking and setting up end.

I just hope the nice warm weather lasts until (the end of) Wonderwool