Sunday, 17 June 2007
First, here is my latest fibre order, but not all of it is for myself:
Somewhere in this huge box is a big bag of mohair curls, and I am currently writing a little tutorial that takes you through the life of a handful of mohair curls which wanted some colour in their life.
Here's a little preview:
I just have to figure out a good way to upload pdf files to this blog... hmmmm...
Thursday, 14 June 2007
And sometimes I find something pretty and base everything else around it - souvenirs from travelling, a special trim I only found once, beads collected over the years... or when sewing bags it's that lovely fabric I found only after wandering the unknown streets of a foreign city for hours, the beads and trims and laces which are so much prettier than anything I could find 'at home' or a fabric I first had to haggle for.
Most of my fabrics have their own story, and whenever I come back from an extended vacation my suitcase is packed with fabrics and trims. Or sarees, whatever the country has on offer, lol.
Well, at the moment I have two art yarns planned, but am still rushing around to find the perfect extras.
The first one will be based around these cuties here which I recently swapped with someone: So far I've got a whole bunch of the chicks and have today felted a few white merino 'eggs'.
The second WIP art yarn is for the UK etsy sellers monthly challenge which is for this month 'fairytales'. I always loved frog prince, so I thought I could get started on that, if I could find something suitable enough for the golden ball. Well, I did!
This will be shredded up and spun into the yarn, plus I got some matching sequins:
I love how the fabric already starts fraying. :)
Now all I need for this yarn are the froggies and then dye some green roving. For the froggies I was hoping to get some green children's buttons with frogs, but they don't seem to exist - it's really a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
If you've used my yarn in one of your creations and would like to send me a picture of it I will feature it here, either anonymously or with a link to your blog/website/whatever. Please don't be shy :)
This crochet scarf has been made by http://charlotte-narunsky.blogspot.com/ from a handspun single. I love seeing the in progress pictures as well!
This sock knitting bag has been knitted by http://ballee.etsy.com/ and has then been fulled. The bottom part is chocolate brown shetland wool with bamboo, handspun by me. Isn't it pretty with the flower embroidery?
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Today I would like to introduce some beautiful stitchmarkers to you!
Ballee creates extravagant stitchmarkers, the ones I particularly liked feature little pendants of Saints and are combined with pretty beads.
I've done a little trade and got myself this set amongst others. I quite happily call this the most beautiful set of stitchmarkers I have ever seen! The friendly woman behind ballee was more than happy to adjust the rings to fit exactly the needle sizes I have. They also arrived in some of the most original packaging I've seen in a while, ready for gift giving. :)
Everybody I have shown these to fell in love immediately, so go off and get yourself a cutom made set of absolutely stunning stitchmarkers at http://ballee.etsy.com
Friday, 8 June 2007
It's fibre friday! In the future I will try to at least post one new yarn every friday. I've already posted most of my newer yarns yesterday, but this is my latest one: Leaves. It's handspun from hand dyed merino with beads and silvery leaves.
I started with a nice green roving and selected the beads around it. The leaves were a great find and just work so well...
It's so smooshy and took me so long that I don't think I can part with it! It will most likely turn into a hat or some sort of a scarf once autumn approaches. :)
Here is a WIP shot, just before starting to ply this yarn (please ignore the blue tack on the side, it keeps it all running a bit smoother):
Thursday, 7 June 2007
I am planning to post my latest yarns, often with WIP shots, tutorials, about other sellers with great products, about my special offers, possibly I'll have some giveaways from time to time...
For today I thought it would be nice to show some of the recent art yarns I've made.
Here is Citrus explosion on the rocks, a pure merino 2ply yarn with biiiig blobs:
on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6016980
Here is dragonfly, a hand dyed merino yarn with seed beads and silvery dragonfly beads:
on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6079005
This is true love, a 2ply merino/mohair with heart buttons, seed beads and handmade fimo beads from http://lilley.etsy.com, check out her shop full of ceramics and wonderful fimo beads!
on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6134313
and the last one for now is called Bride to be, made from hand dyed merino and white and pink tulle as well as some fancy tulle with star print...
on etsy soon.
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
http://snowberrylime.deviantart.com - finished works gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43307699@N00 - work in progress gallery
http://www.ravelry.com/people/Snowberrylime - on ravelry
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=171.0 - Spinning forum on craftster
http://www.fibergypsy.com/cgi/fiberlinkmanager/measurement_converter.cgi - Meter to yard conversion
http://www.knitty.com - Unusual knitting patterns
http://kurrajonghandcrafts.com/blog/ - The blog that introduced the SSAL (Sunday spin-along), join in on the fun!
http://work.nataliejost.com/inc/etsycalc.htm - etsy calculator, will give you an idea of pricing
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Sails do break however, and when I first got into making bags they were a readily available and cheap fabric to work with. Of course I couldn't resist the sweet call of bright fabrics, but when recently another sail broke I immediately nicked it to create some very individual bags.
Here is a small tote bag:
It's the size of a beach bag, features the boat name and 4 inside pockets.
When I got my wheel I could already spin theoretically, but had never even touched a spindle. Well, after a few hours of adjusting the wheel I was spinning my own yarn! Within the first few days I spun all these skeins:
I soon graduated to dyeing my own fibre when I had to leave for university.
Back in the UK I soon realised I couldn't live without spinning and bought a turkish spindle (because I'm lazy and don't like the idea of having to wind the yarn off a spindle, lol).
Well, by some twist of fate I soon got an offer to buy an Ashford traditional for a reasonable price, and so I did...
I spin pretty much every day and love trying out new, exotic fibres and also often add beads and other things to my yarns. For pictures please check out my gallery on deviantart: http://snowberrylime.deviantart.com :)