Monday, May 20, 2013

What I did on my spring vacation

I didn't do nearly as much dyeing as I wanted to, and didn't make up any new colorways - I spent the early part of the week, when the weather was nice, mostly skeining up yarn for stripes and other special effects, and then it started raining, which limits the amount of special effect dyeing I can do.  (I don't have as much space indoors as I would like to lay out the long skeins.)

I also discovered I don't have nearly as much sock yarn in stock as I thought.  Instead, I dyed mostly laceweight and DK yarns in some of my favorite colorways:  Oceanic, Warmth, Summer Splash, Deep, and Kermit.

I also used some of the indoor time to catch up on some carding.  There will be some beautiful romney batts in the shop soon - greens, blues, and purples.  They have some lanolin left in them, so for those who like to spin "in the grease" but also like color, these batts are for you!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Being on vacation is exhausting!

I ended up with about 15 lbs of fiber, my most restrained Shepherds Harvest yet.  Now, that came from 7 different sheep, but I bought only one full fleece - I mostly got only 1-2 lbs of the rest.  Several of the fleece were from breeds I haven't worked with before - a Columbia X, Dorset, Suffolk X, and Shetland.  And then there were the tried and true breeds that I get every year, like a BFL x Romney.  Some of this fiber will probably show up as batts in the shop.

And now I'm halfway through my third annual post Shepherds Harvest week of vacation.  I've been skeining yarn like crazy for my first attempts at gradients, long stripes, and other fun techniques I've not tried before... or at least not tried successfully.  In the past, these dyeing binges have resulted in new repeating colorways.  If all goes according to plan, a lot of this week's dyeing will happen tomorrow.  We'll see what happens.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Wool fumes

This weekend is Shepherds Harvest.  Every year I say I'm going to get 1-2 fleeces, and I take home 5ish, sometimes more.  This year... I have no idea.  Up until a few days ago, I was saying 1-2, because I have so many remaining from previous years.  Then wool fumes hit, and I started to think 8 was a decent number.  Right now, the wool fumes have calmed down again.  I have no idea what will happen tomorrow.

Then I'm taking next week off from work to have fun with fiber.  I'm busy prepping skeins of yarn for handpainting, and I plan to attempt more striping yarns, though I don't yet have a clear idea of what colors will call to me.

Meanwhile, for those who didn't see Sarah's Facebook post, the new homepage is up, with displays of one-of-a-kind colorways, past and present.