Monday, 23 April 2012

Copper on white shetland, spun

Oddly I tend not to spin my own stuff, which is silly, as I also tend to dye the colours I love. And also the quality of my dyeing makes me very particular when it comes to fibre from other sources.

Anyway, I ended up with lots (and lots) of white Shetland dyed up in various combinations of my Copper colourway, due to me getting confused over a big order.  So I quickly spun 100g up for me over the last couple of days.  I split the top down the middle and spun and plied it into two equal lengths of hopefully matching yarn.  And they were equal too - 72 and 70 m in each half respectively.

More or less all fibre and yarn stuff sorted for Wonderwool now.  Tomorrow I shall sit down with pen and notepad and make the list to ensure all the camping stuff/tea-making-stuff/clothes and what-have-you get packed.  Not to mention the unmentionables....

And I hope this horrible sore-throat/cough/chesty bug thing I've got is gone soon.  I really don't want this for teaching - I canbarely talk.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Nearly dyed up!

This is the last of the fibre I'm going to be dyeing for Wonderwool:
Shetland ready for dyeing
The brown is moorit Shetland, the grey is also Shetland, and the white is a generic British blend that's actually rather nice.  They're all laid out in the long pattern.

And this is it with the colours on, before baking:
Shetland, with dye

I have more yarn to dye, but I'm going to stop on the fibre now.  The weather is so vile - grey and cold and very, very damp - that it's going to take longer to dry, and I really want to have all the fibre packed by the weekend.

I've found a big cone of a woollen-spun silk/wool blend yarn, so that's been skeined up into seven skeins of 300m/approx 120g each, and now I have to decide how to dye it.  With stuff like this, ie not sock yarn, I tend to do most or all of it in one colour so that it can be sold to someone who wants a garment's worth.  So, I was thinking of four skeins in Gothick and three in Dryad.  (Because then if no-one wants to buy it I wouldn't mind using it myself).

Sara's Copper and Littleheart

This is an order I've just finished up - it's rather a large one, so even though it was just before Wonderwool you really don't turn down orders like this.  There's my Copper colourway on both white Shetland and moorit Manx Loghtan, and then some more based on a little crocheted heart that was sent with the order.  The colourway with pink, purple, orange and green in it has delighted my inner colour-monster so much that quite a few other fibres were dyed in it too last week, for general sale.  Let's hope she likes it.

Monday, 16 April 2012

The imminence of Wonderwool

Not long now til Wonderwool - less than two weeks.  I have a few more commissions to dye, and whatever I can get done and drying by, say, Thursday, then the weekend to finish packing, listing and pricing.

This was a commission a friend asked me to do - the colours from a photograph of Cornish skies and sea:

Silver Sky, white bfl

She bought all of it straightaway, and there was enough interest that I shall dye a few more of it for Wales.  I don't normally do pastels, but this one has come out rather well, especially on the silk/bfl blend.

 Guinevere long, black and white Masham

The Arthurian colours are still coming out.  This is Guinevere, and I love how different yet matching they seem when dyed on the same wool in different colours - in this case white and black Masham.

Flora long, black and white Masham

Same fibre, Flora.

I love the long colourway, too.  I have moved away from the merino this year, though I still have a little, including superwash. But my stall this year will be much more based on British wool, and coloured British wool at that.

I'm hoping to be knitting a pair of socks in Copper on white Shetland while I'm there, to show people what it looks like, and I must remember to pack the (unworn) Dryad long pattern socks on oatmeal bfl that I knitted at Ganseyfest in October.

I must also plan the little workshop I'm teaching both days at Wonderwool, on handcarding.