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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Art Yarn Winter Moss

Just put this up on Etsy.  A slow process starting with getting some lovely locks that were about 10 inches long and plying them into a yarn spun from the same color lot with a little garnet added and then core spinning it onto more of the same base yarn.  No commercial core yarn used and all pure Wensleydale wool  220 grams and only 32 yards. I can see it as a lovely collar on a cardigan

Monday, 17 November 2014

Soaps for Christmas

I have felted these lovely soaps made by Majella from The Soap Box in bright and glittery colours.  Almost ready  gift wrapped  or you could use them to decorate your house.  They come in lots of lovely scents,  rose, aniseed, jasmine just to mention a few.  They are for sale in my Etsy Shop,  some local markets and hopefully in a new shop that is opening in Lower John Street, Sligo on December 1st.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Oero Hand Spun Jacob Yarn

The last of the fiber from this sheep.  I used the chocolate brown fiber to make Oreo a lovely dark brown yarn with white flecks and now I have used the white fiber to spin this and so got a mirror image of the first yarn white with chocolate flecks.  The skeins are a lovely white with brown flecks and are very soft for Jacob yarn.  The fleece comes from a ram belonging to a friend who lives in Mohill Co. Leitrim.  The ram now enjoys the name of Oreo after the yarn that I originally named.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lichen Dying

More experiments with lichen.   I collected the lichen to dye this yarn off rocks and stone walls while I was in Co. Mayo in June.  Fermented in in ammonia for several months and then used it for dying.  I had high hopes for interesting colors,  but no luck!!  The slightly darker skein is one that I had used chrome as a mordant but there was little difference . The wool is a pleasant tan color after several months wait.  Maybe I collected the wrong lichen 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fiber Club Fiber Stash

I have included a fber club on my Etsy.  You can choose from 3 options.  Hand dyed batts in a single color,  natural colored batts from different sheep or alpaca,  these give you great experience  in different textures of wool,   or mixed colored hand dyed batts.  The listing is for 4 months and at the beginning of each month I ship out 120 grams of fiber.   All is as usual totally hand made by me.  They are listed on my Etsy

Monday, 1 September 2014

Jacob Yarn at Its best

I love this yarn,  colors made by  over dying grey and white fleece with 3 different dye pots and then blending them on my drum carder.  I kept the individual colors in large bunches so that each color shows up individually.  I just love the colors.  I have spun the yarn chunky so really most suited to hats and scarves.  Jacob fleece gives wonderful colors when over dyed ,  the grey picking up thr dye in a different shade giving more natural tones.
I have called this yarn 'Faith Healer'  after the owner of the sheep who is the seventh son of a seventh son

Friday, 1 August 2014

Tail Spun Yarn Emerald Wave

My most recent yarn.  This is spun using locks from one of my shearling sheep and then dyed.  The locks are about 10 inches long and would probably pull out another inch or so.  The yarn is chunky about 5 wpi and heavy for its length  as the locks are dense,  but it is really soft to touch and as you can see from the photos shines like silk.  Not all fleeces produce this quality of lock and very little of the fleece produces fiber of this quality .  I made 3 skeins all different weights the 100 gram one is about 28 yards long