Friday, 29 April 2011

Handspun shrug

I started knitting a little shrug with one of my handspun yarns, the style is a thin textured single, something I spin quite a lot for the shop, but also for my personal use. :) I dyed some organic Merino wool in different shades of yellow and carded it up with undyed Merino wool, white linen, some silk and silk noil and a dash of golden Angelina sparkle. I hope the yarn will be enough for the main part of this shrug and then I'll spin a complementary yarn for the ribbing around it. More details on my Ravelry page. The pattern is from Drops, who I really like for their versatile free patterns and their yarns are very reasonably priced as well, although I haven't yet worked with any of it.
I really like how it is coming along so far, it's a great pattern for handspun yarns!

The last picture is from the Drops page, just to give you an idea of how it should look in the end. :)
Of course mine is a little chunkier and nice and yellow!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Sweet scarf creation using one of my yarns

The very talented Amber of Raimbowtree has created this scarf using a handspun and hand dyed golden Tussah silk yarn of mine as well as yarns by two other etsy artists. It's a nice and chunky scarf and is for sale here.

I actually own a Raimbowtree headband myself - I just love her colourful and flowery designs!

Monday, 11 April 2011

S/S 2011 in fashion and yarn

Quite a while ago I was contemplating that it would be really nice to bring handspun yarns a little closer to the world of fashion and use a seasonal approach. I am interpreting this idea very loosely and am planning to add two themed collections a year to my other yarns which I will of course continue to spin as well. :)

For Spring and Summer I am living out my obsession with Bonsai trees. Expect to see natural colours, luscious greens and warm browns. The picture above shows some of the skeins soon to be listed in my etsy shop, but there are many more on their way. :)

Friday, 8 April 2011

Wonderwool 2011

Wonderwool is upon us! I will be going for some shopping myself on the Saturday (tomorrow, yay!), but in case you are going, a lovely friend is taking along a selection of my yarns to purchase on stall N5 (and you should check it out, she makes pretty yarn bowls). :)

I can't wait! My shopping list is huge and I am definitely planning on exploring lots!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

First art exhibition!!

I don't really know where to start, so let's just say I am sooooooo incredibly excited about having my work exhibited in the gorgeous Hotel Hadley Studios in North Carolina! :)

The exhibition features a whole variety of fibre artists and is called 'Gay for eagles'. It explores themes of gender, sexuality, war and peace.

If you are in the area at all, it will be open from the 15th of April to the 14th of May and you should definitely stop by!

The picture shows a close-up of one of my contributions; I created several pieces of embroidery featuring art yarns I spun specifically for this exhibition.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the amazing Drucilla Pettibone for organising this!

I'm still spinning and dyeing. :)

2 months since my last post, really? Is anyone still out there?

Well, I have kept nice and busy, dyeing lots of fibres (mainly beautifully soft organic Merino and lovely curly BFL locks), having many house guests, working hard as well as reading, spinning and knitting.

There is some great news, which I will share in the next post. :)