Color Palette – Pink Agate

I’ve been playing with making color palettes from random photographs. This one ended up on a colorway that I called Pink Agate (although the more I compare the picture with the crystals I have, this looks more like a Rhodocrosite):

PinkAgate

50/50 Merino Silk Blend

50/50 Merino Silk Blend

This is silk chiffon dyed for the feltmakers in mind.

Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon

Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon

They are both listed in my shop now for purchase ; )

 

Patricia

Great weather at the Craft Fair

The weather was in fact wonderful! Whew! I was nervous about having a rainy and cold day, but the day was sunny with a nice warmth during the day and afternoon. We received visitors of all ages and from all over the Bay Area. One of the most fun aspects of doing these fairs is meeting people that support handmade, but not necessarily know much about fiber, so they come up with the most interesting questions.

I really love these ceramic coffee mugs made by Dana Hooper.

Ceramic bowls by Marlie DeSwart

I have one more show to go. The next show will be held in San Francisco at the Bazaar Bizarre at the Concourse Exhibition Center. More info to come…

And the quote of the day:

Enchanted Forest

I want to share a few pictures of my samples for next month. I’m excited because I haven’t been contributing to the Phat Fiber Box for the past two months and also because I’m sending samples of my Teeswater Combed Top which is a new fiber in my shop.

Spinning Teeswater is like spinning Wensleydale. The staple length is usually about 6 to 7 inches long for the combed top, as for the locks, they measure between 10 to 12 inches long and sometimes even longer than that. The top has a softer handle than Wensleydale, and much similar to the silkiness of Mohair.

And so, the theme for the month of September will be  “Enchanted Forest” and the name of my colorway is “Forest Path”. I tried to recreate the colors of the Douglas Fir and Redwoods that grow around my area up in the mountains.

If you don’t know how to get hold of a box, you can sign up here: Phat Fiber Box, and you will be notified when the boxes will go on sale. If you don’t know about the boxes and you would like more information, go here: Phat Fiber Samples

This and that

Is funny, I have a lot to share and I just don’t know how to start. How about with some pictures of my roses.

I never get enough of them.

And this is how 1,500 yards of hand spun yarn looks like:

This is a custom order for a client in Texas. I finally mailed it yesterday and I’m praying that she would like it as much as I do. The fiber was wonderful to work with. Polwarth has that “je ne se quoi” difficult to describe. It has a softness similar to merino, but seems to be design to withstand tougher wear. Polwarth is a cross of 75 percent Saxon Merino and 25 percent Lincoln. The breed comes from Victoria, Australia and it was developed about 100 years ago.

I have to be very careful when I handle wet warm Polwarth roving, because it tends to felt easily, however, I haven’t done any nuno felting with it. Maybe my next felting project will be with Polwarth.

Finally I would like to share a little video that I made with some still photos of the Tug of War that happens every year in my town. Enjoy it…

Shop update

My new fibers haven’t had a chance to get posted here. Since… 3 weeks ago? The list is going to be long!Remember if you are interested on any the fibers, click at the picture to get redirected to my shop.

Too Darn Hot ❦ 100% Corridale

Too Darn Hot ☀ 100% Corridale

Urban Myth - Blue Face Leicester

Urban Myth - Blue Face Leicester

This is a color that I like to repeat once in a while.

Sweet Dreams ~ 100% Blue Face Leicester

Sweet Dreams ~ 100% Blue Face Leicester

Blue Face Leicester is my new favorite fiber to spin with. It is very soft and very easy to spin with.

Labyrinth - 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25 % Tussah Silk

Labyrinth - 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25 % Tussah Silk

This is a new blend for my shop. This is really nice stuff!

Gold Rush ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah silk

Gold Rush ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah silk

Great fiber to felt with.

Sea Song ~ Blue Face Leicester

Sea Song ~ Blue Face Leicester

Autunno ~ 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel

Autunno ~ 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel

This fiber is very soft and drafts so easy.

Infinity ~ Blue Face Leicester

Infinity ~ Blue Face Leicester

Summer Rain ~ 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel

Summer Rain ~ 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel

Secret Garden ~ Blue Face Leicester

Secret Garden ~ Blue Face Leicester

Flaming Heart ~ 100% Corridale

Flaming Heart ~ 100% Corridale

Eclipse ~ 100% Corridale

Eclipse ~ 100% Corridale

Green Tea ~ 100% Wensleydale

Green Tea ~ 100% Wensleydale

Green Tea Sold

Robins Nest ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah Silk

Robin's Nest ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah Silk

Wild Carrots ~ 100% Merino

Wild Carrots ~ 100% Merino

Wild Carrots. Sold

Mushroom Hunting

Mushroom Hunting

Tropical Storm ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah Silk

Tropical Storm ~ 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo, 25% Tussah Silk

Birth of Venus - 100% Wensleydale

Birth of Venus - 100% Wensleydale

Birth of Venus. Sold

I said it was going to be long!

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

~Rumi quote

Feeling Blue?

Oh well, when was the last time I posted something on my blog? Last week? It has been busy. And when Keith has one those diverticulitis flare ups, everything else goes on hold.  He has to go into a liquid diet until he feels better. And for me, I get a bit anxious. Just because last year he spent nine painful days at the hospital. Pretty scary stuff! But meanwhile, I was able to finish my socks! My very first pair of socks!

Socks

I’m not that trilled with my choice of colors, but that’s what I had available at that time. The heel flap came out a bit longer, but I will know what to do next time. I’m looking forward knitting another pair, but this time will be with superwash wool; something that I will be able to trow  in the washing machine without worry that it will shrink.

This month I’m participating again on the Phat Fiber Box Sample and the theme for this month is Ocean. I got so inspired by the idea, that I started playing with blues. Blue is a color that I don’t tend to work with a lot. I feel more comfortable working with reds and browns. But the little blue bug got me and I started dyeing some fibers and yarn in blues.

Blues

Oops! It seems that my drying rack is collapsing. Any way. So, for my samples I’m using local wool that I got from Cherry Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. The wool is such a pleasure to work with. Beautiful  Corridale with a staple of about 8 inches without even pulling the curl! And so soft! I’m having a good time dyeing it and carding it.

Corridale and Angelina Fiber

I also add some Mohair curls that I got from the same farm. And of course, some sparkle. Angelina Fiber in blues (yes, more blue) and some Firestar Fiber.

Corridale in my carder

I was able to get batts of about 3 oz each.

Batt

And here are my final samples! Ready to be mailed!

Samples