Once in a while I like to challenge myself and see how close I get to matching certain colors that spur my inspiration. Back in November of last year, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook about the Strongest Storm in the World to Approach Alaska, reported by Accuweather. I got immediately fixated by the graphics and how the colors form a vortex with swirls that change from chartreuse to lilac, to a pale pink. A blend of Bamboo and Merino would be perfect to match the white swirls, since the Bamboo does not take the dyes that work on protein fibers.
And the matching results:
That was pretty fun.
Yes, Domestic Targhee. New fiber in my Etsy shop. Here is a little information about it: The Targhee breed was developed at the Experimental Sheep Station in Dubois, Idaho in the mid 1900’s. The foundation stock were ewes of Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Lincoln bloodlines bred back to Rambouillet rams. Developed, sourced and processed here in the USA!! The first impression is that I found it very similar to the Rambouillet top that I carry in my shop. Very soft and springy. I’m so looking forward to dyeing some…
I had this urge to spin for a chunky blanket. I spun about 1 1/2 lb of Polwarth Top to be able to make it. I didn’t know how much yarn I would need before, so I just made a rough calculation as how much I needed to spin. Even that the logistics to make the blanket was simple (spin and knit a basic square), knitting it was another story. I used US 50 mm needles and it was a little hard at the beginning to get used to holding the gigantic needles. Nonetheless, I’m very happy with the end result.
See you soon!
Well, it should be May Showers since it is… well.. May. And it’s actually raining as I’m writing this post! And my unkempt garden at my studio is getting all the benefits right now.
Check the above flier. I’m getting ready for a couple of fairs coming in the next couple of weeks. I’m so happy, because even that it is a bit of work getting things organized, I loooooove going to the fairs. It’s fun to see the other booths and I also get to meet some of my virtual customers, and the people that follow this blog. I’m going to have a pretty busy schedule for the next month! The first fair that I will be attending is being organized by my dear friend Mimi.
This is part of an email I got from Mimi the other day: “I am going to have a pot of onion skins simmering, and I hope Charmaine might do a dye talk. I have a spinning demo planned where we can do what I do with school groups, with kids working with their parents to make a plied bracelet. We will also have a goat milking demo and lamb walks. We have two bummer lambs to feed early morning and late afternoon. Heath, our new pizza chef as Mike was long booked for a class, will be churning out pizzas. I will be on a flight to the Bahamas—joke, but also wistful thinking!” I love it!!
Now you know why I’m looking forward to it!
The week after I will be vending at the First Valley Ford Wool Festival.
Both events are free to attend. So mark your calendars and if you are planning to visit, please come by to say hi and don’t forget to bring your spinning wheel!