Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tonight we have shetland, gotland and the introduction of "Sockie Spins" a superwash merino and nylon 70/30 blend. Its ever so soft and fluffy and will make excellent socks. Im liking this new fibre so will more than likely get more in.
Today a huge order arrived for me. I love getting parcels even if it is just undyed wool. Now I should have enough to last me quite a while and keep me busy. One of the reasons why I placed the order is to dye up a big batch of fibres to go down to London for Ally Pally in October. Ive been bouncing about with a huge grin for days because Alice from the delightful shop Socktopus asked me would I be intrested in them carrying my fibres! How freakin cool is that? They will be on her stall along with the fantastic range of sock yarns and fibres from..wait until you hear this....Spunky, Pigeonroof, Brooklyn Handspun and Chameleon Colourworks. Im besides myself with glee. I wont be able to see them sitting there with the fibre royalty because I will be in Barcelona at the time (with multi coloured paws no doubt). The rest of this week will be spent dyeing and getting the package all ready to be posted off. Happy happy me.
Spindlefrog is doing really well at the moment. Im having a blast doing it and never thought it would be as good as it is. Ive had some wonderful feedback from some lovely customers which really brightens my day and Ive even seen a good few of the fibres spun up.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Here are some of the batts Ive been carding up on my new carder for the shop. Blimey its so much fun I dont know why I was all in a dither about buying one. Even my mum has had a good go and has created some lovely ones. My aunt on the other hand is rubbish but tried hard and thats the main thing.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
warratahfibrecrafts's on etsy.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
To celebrte my ONE MONTH Etsy birthday Ive treated myself to some Piegonroof merino and some mixed FeltStudio mini batts. I havent bought much fibre lately (doh) because of all the stuff I have but Ive always wanted to try Piegonroof stuff and to see how the merino feels. The only time I tried to dye some up it got slightly felted so I want to see how it should be. And the mini batts were just too cute to leave on the shelf. I really should be getting my parcel together for the UK spinners swap. Ive done a bit but not nearly enough shopping. I will get right on the case.
In other excitting news Ive placed a REALLY big fibre order. Yikes! It should be my September fibre for upates but Im a bit worried that it wont sell. This time I have gone for a few differint fibres to have a bash at and see how they go. Fingers crosse hey!
Monday, 1 September 2008
Ive been really pleased with how the shop is going. Im now one day away from my one month Etsy birthday and in that time Ive reached both of my little targets I set. I cant wait until next month. Ive been getting some really nice feedback and repeat customers which I am delighted about and Ive even seen photos of the fibre spun up. That makes me all smiley inside and I drag which ever family member is nearest to come and squee with me although they're a bit rubbish at that part.
Ive also been given some money to invest in Spindlefrog too. Excitting times ahead. Now Im having a long hard think about how to spend it. One idea is to buy a drum carder and make funky spinning batts with lots of bling and gliter. Or get a MUCH better camera or expand the range of fibres. Or spruce up the graffics in the shop and get some promo stuff. So much to think about. One thing I will be doing though is making the labels a bit more professional. That will be job number one I think. So watch this space....
There will be another update tomorrow (falkland) and wednesday (corriedale). I will post then...oh yes....
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Over to your left we have tonights update at the shop, www.spindlefrog.etsy.com. This little lot is falkland, a really great spinning fibre. Ive got one kilo of corriedale to dye up and then I will need to buy some more fibre.
In other news Ive heard from my swappee on the Ravelry UK Spinners board. She has been out of the country for a while but is back now and ready to go. I cant wait to get her questioner so I can begin getting the parcel together. I love this part but always worry that my handspun isnt going to be good enough which is strange because when I recieve handspun Im always totally thrilled with it. Ive yet to met a hank I dont like. Handspun = charm in my book so I know I will love the yarn Im sent from my swaper.
Im going to have a little spin of the Rose Garden Alpaca in a minute as Im dying to see how it turns out. And I really must get back to doing some knitting especially as Ive got to go to work tomorrow so that will mess arround with my crafts. Grr to work. Yay to spinning/dyeing/knitting.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
The shop update tonight was alpaca. I really love this fibre. This alpaca is not scratchy at all and this time Ive kept a bit for me. See the first one in the middle row? Well I dyed two the same. Its called Rose Garden and I'm dead pleased with how the colours came out. I think with alpaca subtle colours are best so I have kept it quite tame. Sam hates the smell of the roving wet so I think he will be more than pleased if they dont sell because then I wont want to dye anymore.
Today I dyed up a kilo of falkland and I had some help. Sam actually painted three of them and got quite into it and They have come out great. They are drying now but it could take a while because its so damp and cold here at the moment. This is meant to be summer but it certainly doesn't feel like it. Ive got a kilo of corridale just waiting for me too. But I might wait to do that. Or not..its so much fun. The shop is doing really well at the moment although Ive not had a sale for a couple of days Im getting alot of hearts which is nice.
Over on Ravelry the UK Spinners swap is underway but I havent heard from the person I am meant to be spoiling. I hope everything is ok with her but I really want to get shopping/spinning for it. Last time I had a blast and its nice because its not a huge group so you dont get lost in it.
I have finished spinning up the Wooly Treasure batt and it came out lovely but I havent got a photo of it yet. I will tomorrow if I think on. The other batt should be on its way soon and I cant wait to get it. But Ive not done alot of anything for a while unless its messing about with fibre and dyes...
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Here are two thirds of yesterdays dyeing adventures. Im really pleased with how well they came out and I know I said that yesterday but they look even nicer all braided up. Is it wrong to admire your own work so much> Hehehehe. Ive still got to get the shetland all ready but will do that tomorrow. These fibres though are already on www.spindlefrog.etsy.com and some have even sold. Cool hey? I know the last few days have been all about the shop but thats really all I have done. No knitting or spinning. I will write about something else when I actually do something else.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
And to your right you will see the beginings of the Swallowtail shawl. 6 repaets of the budding lace pattern and all is well. Its quite difficult getting a good photo of this one because of the colour and the shine so when I say its nicer in real life it really is. Im not fibbibg. Honest. Bamboo doesn't seem to have any give which is a bit of a challenge knitting with it and so I have made a desission to bead ala The Yarn Harlot rather than purl 5 tog *shivers*. Ive got a packet of silver beads arround somewhere so silver the beads will be. I hope to get this one finished before the next ice age unlike the kimno shawl and the dk alpaca seraphim which are still on going after about 10 months on the needles. But now as I have discovered re-runs of Chicago Hope on Zone Romantica I am knitting for at least 2 full hours a night.
The alpaca that I dyed yesterday is still not dry which isnt really a wonder as its lashing down here and you can feel the dampness in the air. But I really want to braid it up nd make it look all pretty. I must learn to be patient but its not really my default setting.
Also Im waiting on a few parcels that I thought might come today but havent. A kilo of BFL to dye up (yay) and a few bits for the shop (www.spindlefrog.etsy.com) , packaging supplies and so on. And also some yummy batts I got of etsy. But nothing. Not a bean. Another round of the swap on the UK Spinners board from Ravelry is just about to begin and our swap partners will be assigned on the 11th. The last one was excellent (well for me anyway) as I got some great things so Im really looking forward to round two.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Its the first time Ive ever been able to do all the steps.
Yep Im dyeing things now too and have opened an etsy shop like everyone else in the world. Heres mine http://www.spindlefrog.etsy.com/
Its all about the fibre. More stuff will be added as I go along but Ive already had 3 sales amnd am rightly chuffed. Want to see some of the fibres? Ok