Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Packaged this morning...

This is Dragonfly over black BFL and silk - I wasn't sure it would work but it seems to have come out rather well. I need to do more yarn in this too.
B bfl silk, Dragonfly

A bit more Magenta Mouse, on white bfl/silk, and oatmeal in both plain and with silk.
W bfl silk, Magenta mouse

O bfl silk, magenta mouse

O bfl,Magenta mouse

Northern Lights over black bfl/silk. This colourway has been with me since the earliest dyeing-to-sell, and it's still popular. It looks like just the primary colours, but on spinning all the secondaries and tertiaries appear like magic!
B bfl silk, NL

Dorset Horn, dyed in Grail. Yes, it really is that brilliant! I can see this making fabulous socks. Dorset Horn is a crisp springy Down-type wool, and ideal for things that need to wear well - like socks.
Dorset horn, Grail

The same colour, muted a little over grey Shetland/silk.
G shet silk, Grail

Peacock, on both white and oatmeal bfl.
W bfl, Peacock

O bfl, Peacock

A new colourway - Noctilucent. This reminded me of the colours in noctilucent clouds, which I've not managed to see yet but will some time. On Dorset Horn and grey Shetland/silk.
Dorset horn, Noctilucent

G shet silk, Noctilucent

And finally, Gothick dyed over the lovely natural moorit Manx. This is such a strongly coloured wool (at least in top form) that I have to be quite careful on which colourways it will take - blues just don't work at all, greens are excellent, and purples come up beautifully muted.
Gothick, Manx

Saturday, 13 June 2015

More colours and more wools...

The new fibre, Merino d'Arles, dyed in Blackberry:
Hellebore, merino darles

Blackberry again, this time on oatmeal bfl/silk:
Blackberry, o bfl silk

I love this subtle differences in colourways depending upon the base fibre. This is Guinevere on both white and oatmeal bfl/silk:
Guinevere, w bfl silk

Guinevere, o bfl silk

My camera really doesn't like bright reds. This is Warrior Scarlet on white bfl. I was aiming with this colourway to hit the orangey-scarlet side of red, rather than tip towards the pinky-blue tones. I think I've managed it.
Warrior Scarlet, w bfl

And the same again, on white bfl/silk. Look how the silk shimmers in and out of the more matte wool.
Warrior Scarlet, w bfl silk

Warrior Scarlet on Manx - dyeing on a moorit wool emphases the depth of the reds
Manx, Warrior Scarlet

Haven't had this colourway out for a while. Willow, on Merino d'Arles
Willow, merino darles

And this is what Willow looks like on grey shetland/silk
Willow, g shetland silk

True Blue dyed on Merino d'Arles - this is a very intense and bright colourway on white wool, but over the biscuity tones of this wool it's rich and muted.
True Blue, merino darles

Another new colourway here - Lightning - over bright white Exmoor Blueface Lightning, Ex bf

Oakleaf, on Merino d'Arles
Oakleaf, merino darles

But this is what Oakleaf looks like on white bfl:
Oakleaf, wbfl

Path in the Woods on oatmeal bfl/silk. Purples and greens are always popular.
Path in th eWoods, o bfl silk

Anyone managed to see Noctilucent Clouds in real life? I'm rather happy with the way I've captured the colours here on oatmeal bfl/silk.
Noctilucent, o bfl silk

There we are, another round up. The Etsy shop is currently empty as I'm gathering all my fibre up for Fibre East at the end of July. But, as ever, should you want to buy something here or have an urge to have a colour on a particular fibre, just let me know - if I haven't got it in stock I can always dye it up for you.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Last little show of the season...

...was Leeds Wool Festival this Saturday just gone, at Armley Mills.


Unlike last year, the stalls were spread about all over one floor at Leeds Industrial Museum, which was once the largest woollen mill in the world. We were dotted about amongst the museum's artefacts: as you can see from my photo, I was squeezed up against a couple of ancient telephone exchanges. Other people were amongst WW2 costumes, enormous ancient film cameras, models of old farm equipment, and general industrial spinning impedimentia.

And the crowds were much better than last year. The museum had to open early as the queues were piling up outside. We had a lovely day for it, with Morris dancers and a well-stocked cafe with sandwiches and cakes. Sadly, the latter ran out all too soon.

Mark went to the gym first, then caught the bus down to join me by lunchtime. There's something very nice about a local wool show that's only half an hour's drive away. We were home and unpacked, after a very successful show, by six o'clock that evening.

Should be even better next year. The tentative date is 4th June.