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Complements

Just in time for the holiday season, I am kicking off a new line of tops for spinning. Most folks dye their spinning fibers in about 100g or 3.5-4oz batches, myself included. While this is really great for small project like what I shared yesterday, I understand that sometimes 4 oz just isn’t enough.

That’s why I will introduce a new complementary set of hand painted tops every month. The two braids will make up at least 8 oz worth of fiber for spinning or felting, and while they are different colorways, they will be close enough that when used together, they will complement each other very well. The two braids will be listed separately, and can be purchased individually or together. However, if only one of the braids is sold, I will not be able to duplicate the colorway exactly, so I would get them both while you can!

November/December Complementary Hand Painted Top:


4 oz Falkland Top Hand Painted in December


5.3 oz Falkland Top Hand Painted in Winter Solstice

Happy Making!

Tour de Fleece, Day One

My Day One Work

Tour de Fleece Day One

Almost 2 oz. of hand dyed corriedale from the Cosymakes Farm Wool club.

Big Shop Update

I just added over 2 pounds of fiber to the shop! Most of it is spinning fiber, up just in time for Tour de Fleece. Now is the time to stock up!

Sale and New Wool!


To celebrate finally earning my bachelor’s degree, I have a sale going on over at the shop through this Sunday. Use code DINO10 and receive 10% off your entire purchase.

Here are a few of the things I have been dyeing up lately:

Two 100g skeins of fingering weight BFL yarn done in Robin’s Egg Blue.


4 oz braid of BFL Top in Wildflower


4 oz braid of BFL top in Fire Flower

(I will have a more substantial post later on, I promise.)

Big Update

I have been working hard over the past few days to build the inventory back up in the shop after my sneak attack. Five new items are up today, and a couple of things that are waiting to dry and be photographed. My favorite is the top you see pictured above. It is the most gorgeous blue face Leicester and silk spinning fiber. It’s so shiny and soft I want to keep it for myself.

This week has been kind of crazy. On top of the sneak attack and spending all day Wednesday dyeing, I turned in my essay on Tuesday and had it critiqued on Thursday, both of which were nerve-wracking. Everything went really well, and I felt silly for getting nervous, but it always happens before a workshop, and it wears me out.

I got a little creative with my hand carders, and blended some silk with a little bit of the white alpaca roving I have laying around, and it got really, really fluffy. And then I spun it, and it was still really, really fluffy. It looks ridiculous and soft. I will take a picture when there is enough to photograph. For now, I am am attempting to finish my Mondo Cable Jacket, because the plan was to wear the jacket when I go to Denver to visit my sister, Audrey….Which is six days away. I am kind of behind. I still have most of a sleeve to knit as well the collar, so I am about two weeks away from finishing with the way my schedule is going. Two weeks . . . six days. I can do it. I might not sleep, but I can do it.

Oh, and did I mention I learned to crochet on Sunday? Have I actually crocheted anything yet? Nope. But I have a skein of yarn with a crochet hook in it sitting in my knitting basket. I call that progress.

Grand Opening Sale And New Graphics

I mentioned a few days ago how I was having an actual designer do some graphics from the shop. This was such an awesome decision. I have been working with Helen from Crafty Graphics, and I could not be happier with the work she has done. If you have been to the shop, you might have noticed that I used my blog banner as a place holder graphic until I could get something else done. Now, as much as I love that old picture of my desk (I don’t even have that desk any more, that’s how old that picture is), what Helen has done is really lovely.

This is my main banner. If you go to the shop right now, however, you will see my sale banner.

Everything in the shop is 20% off until March 7th to celebrate just being open. The coupon code you will need to get the discount is “dino20”.

 

And give Crafty Graphics a visit. Here etsy shop is http://craftygraphics.etsy.com,  and her blog is http://crafty-graphics.blogspot.com

And go buy some yarn!