Final Tour de Fleece yarn… Not a huge haul of yarn, but a pretty little skein and mini skein combo.
Top - hand dyed Shetland and grey Shetland 144m/48g 4ply (std 2ply technique)
Middle - 32m/2g lace
Bottom - 17m/1-2g lace
The mini skeins are plied Andean to capture how the hand dyed colour might work on its own. Both could be used as a lighter weight edging to a knit project with the main yarn.
So how should I proceed with the Kal part of my Ravelry group SAL/KAL* competition? Well in all honesty, I’m really not sure… I want to make something for Darrin (D). D has supported me through everything I have been through in the last few months and so it seems only right that I treat him. As I’ll be knitting the final project in the evenings… and probably in his presence, I thought I ought to ask what he might like. After ‘cooing’ over the fact that the yarn is for him (he has been eyeing it up on my spindle!), D mentioned he’d love a lighter weight hat as his other hats are quite ‘winter’ heavy. A hat it is then! Just gotta find a pattern, or decide on making one up! What’s your favourite light weight hat?
Finally I thought I’d mention that I will be taking fleece and new fluff product to Fibre East this coming weekend… so if you fancy your very own ‘Roving Bon-bon ball’, or a ‘just shorn’ fleece, check me out!
*Sal/kal – spin along/knit along.
Just a quick update to let you know that I have opened a competition for any Ravelry members who want to compete with me in the Tour de Fleece this year… when I say ‘compete’, I mean a friendly spin-along!
The Tour de Fleeceis a friendly spin-along held on Ravelryeach year. It follows the Tour de France bike race, with the idea that as they ride, we spin; covering yardage, as they cover mileage. There are various groups and prizes you can be involved in, with the simplest premise that we spin, socialize and generally enjoy almost a full month at our beloved wheels and spindles.
My SAL KAL will be an unofficial Tour de Fleece Team this year, in that you enter your work on this thread only. As this is unofficial, I’m not expecting anyone to register with the official tour-de-fleeceRavelrygroup. Although if you do want to play on other teams you can enter the same work here and over there, as long as their teams allow it (see their group for rules and team sign ups)… I just want us to spin, chat and create finished projects… most importantly to have fun and share ideas.
So the SAL KAL details;
1) Spin along will start JUNE 29th and finish JULY 21st 2013. You can spin any fibre, fleece, batt, top, or roving you have in your stash from Sara’s Texture Crafts, or another company/farm (you may mention them in the thread).
2) Create your item - knit, crochet, weave starting 22nd JULY and finishes 31st AUGUST 2013.
What’s up for grabs;
1) A 10% discount (one use per person) at www.sarastexturecrafts.comby adding the discount code: TourdeFleece2013at the checkout. This is a case sensitive code, so please type it in correctly, as it cannot be redeemed after payment is made!Discounts are open from the 26th of June to the 21st of July 2013. This is not to be used in conjunction with any other coupon code.
2) Prizes – From Sara’s Texture Crafts a 100g bag of natural fleece (your pick from stock), one set of Rosy Retro stitch markers and some carded fibre prepared by Troldefoder. These will be given to separate winners.
In order to qualify for prizes;
1) To enter for the prize you must be a member of my group on Ravelry (free and fabulous!) http://www.ravelry.com/groups/saras-texture-crafts
2) Post pictures of your work as you go and generally join in the discussion to meet and craft-along with us.
3) Each member will receive one entry in to the prize drawing for posting pictures of their finished work. However, if you spin and submit pictures of spinning with fibre from Sara’s Texture Crafts you will get a second entry.
4) I will announce the winner on the 1st ofSeptember 2013.
I hope you will join in with us,
Felt with Love: Felt hearts, flowers and much more by Madeleine Millington
Publication:06 February 2013
Description for Search Press;
Felt With Love is a must-have book for anyone with an appreciation of adorable hand-crafted objects. It is a colourful one-off book, filled with 15 cute, fun and simple projects (plus some variations) made from felted wool. As well as easy to follow instructions and step by step photographs for each project, the book explains various stitching and embellishment techniques. Projects include mini hanging decorations, beautiful brooches, pincushions, various wall hangings, a couple Christmassy pieces, plus much more! The author has provided templates for all the projects so that everything can be replicated with relative ease. The shapes are simply cut out using the templates and applied using easy hand embroidered stitches. Details such as veins in leaves and flowers can then be stitched with French knots or using tiny beads. Madeleine uses hand-dyed wools for the appliqués, which vary in depth and hue giving beautifully unique effects. Old clothes and fabrics picked up in charity shops can be cut up and used, so instructions on dying fabric have also been included in the book. Overall, this book is a great collection of bright, affordable, and easy to sew felt projects embellished with simple stitching, buttons and beads. They are great to do ‘on-the-go’ and once completed you have a beautiful gift for a special person or a timeless treasure for yourself!
GIVEAWAY: Competition opens 7th June 2013 and closes on the 28th June 2013. Please watch the video for details of how to enter.
Thank you for spending your time with me today and I hope you enjoyed this review.
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A big thank you to Rosy Retro and everyone who took part in the SAL KAL, we had a fabulous time and really got inspired to knit from our handspun. Here is some of the work;
Middle left to right - My Batt Droppings Poncho using my batt waste and grey Ryeland. Elaine’s Raspberry Chocolate Pink Cardi using my Merino Blend and another dyed purchased elsewhere. Alex’s Handspun Norie in my Shetland colourway After the Storm.
Bottom left to right - Tab’s shawl using Polwarth bought from Fibre Fancy on Etsy. Muriel’s Shetland Vanter Mittens in my colourway After the Storm. Marilyn’s Drift Away shawl in my Merino Tencel Blend Malachite.
The prizes have been claimed and I think we are all now insipred to work more with our handspun.
COMING SOON! Tour de Fleece on Ravelry… I will be hosting a team this year, so please join teh group here… http://www.ravelry.com/groups/saras-texture-crafts and let’s get spinning together with knitting,weaving,crochet to follow in the months after.
Here’s where I am at with the Sal/Kal on Ravelry…
I started with what I am terming ‘Batt Droppings’ these where small pulled roving nests from batt production waste (62g in total). I had a wide range of colour and texture… anything from Merino and Corriedale to silk, bamboo and cotton.
I spun them up into a fine single… keeping texture as I spun (cobweb to lace weight in the main with textured bumps).
When I finished I was keen to ply this against a natural/neutral shade. As the colours were so varied and mixed I didn’t want yet more colour on a second ply. This would have been too much and made what they call a ‘yarn barf’ yarn!
So after spending some time looking at my stash, I decided I would try my Ryeland tops in grey. I’ve not spun with these beauties before and so used it as an excuse to play.
Luckily the Ryeland wants to spin very fine too and so I have a thick and thin single from cobweb to lace weight. I think this will help play out the texture in the Batt Droppings single.
I’m going to test ply the yarns today and see if I need a 3rd Ply in Ryeland as I suspect I might. I shall be back soon with more news…
www.SarasTextureCrafts.com - fibre and wheels available.
Ok, so here’s the deal… The fabulous Tabs from Rosy Retro and I have teamed up to run a SAL/KAL (Spin-along/Knit-along) in my group on Ravelry.
This is an easy one and a chance to work our way through some stash… no purchasing necessary (but always greatly appreciated).
How to Win:
March 1st2013 – SAL/KAL opens.
March – spin up yarns and add them to your Ravelry stash page.
April - knit from your stashed hand spun yarn.
May 1st2013 – Competition closes.
1stprize - Tabs is giving away a wonderful sock project bag (big enough for smaller projects, like socks, hats, etc…) and I will be giving away a 100g braid of hand dyed top in your choice of colour and base from my custom listing at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
2ndPrize – 100g of natural wool fibre from www.SarasTextureCrafts.com. Any of my natural shades and bases.
I hope you will join in with Tabs and I… we’d love to spend some time crafting with you over the next few months.
If you are on social media, you can find Tabs and I at;
It’s that time when I need to announce the winner of my recent cometition.
Congratualations to Wendy (I shall be in touch) and a big thank you to everyone who entered. I very much enjoyed the discussion.
The coupon code is still valid for a few more days, so please do take the opportunity to grab your self a copy.
Hand Stitch: Perspectives
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I talk about knitting, crochet, yarn, noro, Wonderwool Wales, shop updates and the Fleece Club Competition!
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Welcome to the competition!
Experiment and try something new, share what you make for a chance to win 500g of your favourite new breed!
as an aside note: Please keep chatter to club content only for ease of moderation. If you have questions related to the club, please contact me here the website.
The idea is that you will be introduced to varying breeds of sheep throughout the offer. These will be in small amounts that are easy to wash and process, giving you something new to play with in your spinning and felt making.
So how does it work and what do you get? There is one easy payment at the checkout and this pays for the 3 deliveries. Each delivery will contain;
Breeds may vary depending on what I can source from Farmers, but could include; Ryeland, Massam, Teeswater/Kerry Hill Cross, Wensleydaye, Teeswater, Manx Loagthan, Romney Marsh, Shetland, Leicester Longwool, Zwartbles, or Gotland.
Colours will vary too. So for example, if I give you a white Teeswater sample, then you may receive a black Wensleydale sample. This will vary your sampling, so that you can keep track of the fleece as you spin or felt it and also introduce you to the wonderful natural shades available.