Friday, October 30, 2009

Many Many Many (yarns)

I've been busy. VERY busy.

Two of these have already been added to the shop, most of the others will follow. I'm not sure about the orange/green lace, yet - I am so in love with it, I might have to keep it ;-)
Anyway, I am currently addicted to green/red/orange combined and I will probably make some more yarns of these colours. It's nearly November and maybe I should start thinking about winter yarns, but then, why should one always spin according to season? I like colourful yarns especially when everything around me is white (haha - would be a surprise) or grey and dark. But there will be some winter yarns as well as some Christmas yarns, I promise! :-)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Special Offer - until November 8th!

*buy any 2 yarns and get 5% off your whole order

*buy any 3 or 4 yarns and get 10% off your whole order

*buy any 5 yarns or more and get 15% off your whole order

This special offer extends to the weekend after halloween (Sunday 8th of November), so be quick! :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Pumpkin Bag

I've already written about the pumpkin yarn I wanted to turn into a bag. Well - I'm done :-) And I want to show you some more photos of different stages of the process, and, of course, of the finished bag.

...the batts...

...the felted pumpkins I spun into the yarn...

...the yarn - one of the most gorgeous I ever spun, I think...

...the bag :-) I put a parcel into it in order to be able to take a better picture. Measurements are 25x18x5 cm

Except for the knot pattern on the flap, I designed the whole thing myself. I am quite proud since I used to be quite a bad knitter and I see I've learned quite a bit by now and getting better all the time :-) I am also very glad I didn't run out of yarn since it was all a lot of guesswork and there isn't much left, indeed.
The knot pattern is from the German version of Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter by Elsebeth Lavold

Maybe it will be necessary to line the bag since it is a little wobbly and it will stretch quite a bit when I put something in it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Recent Favourites

Some of my recent yarns have dangling beads or other (also dangling) stuff included in them. I didn't even notice at first, but I seem to be partial to that technique right now ;-)

The toadstool yarn is very bright and funky, it glitters and has a lot of texture. It's already in the shop, so be quick if you're interested! ;-)

The pumpkin yarn is for a private project which started with some activity in our german art yarn community ( and was supposed to be part of a guerilla spinning and knitting event, but then kind of developed a life of its own and wanted to become a bag/purse for myself ;-)
I still want to do the street art/guerilla/public yarn event, though. Hopefully, Twisted and I will be able to on Halloween. As long as there's reasonable weather and enough orange wool I see nothing stopping us. As for the weather, please wish us luck - and as for the wool, there's really no need to be nervous *g*

As for more yarns with dangling bits, I've already posted my Scarecrow yarn and my Stone Age yarn.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cultural Ages - new series coming up

I have long wanted to spin some yarns inspired by our various cultural ages. As an archaeologist, this might be a bit obvious ;-) and after our journey to Ireland I was inspired even more. So I started right away and have now finished Stone Age, Copper Age, and Bronze Age.

These yarns are not meant to represent anything authentic, I didn't use only materials that would have been in use during the respective age. These yarns are art yarns, inspired by the particular age, but not being limited by it. For instance, the Stone Age Yarn (which I like best) contains bone beads, which, in some form or another, were common during that time, but it also contains glittery angelina which is an artificially produced fibre.

The Bronze and Copper Age yarns look quite similar, though they are made from different fibre and while the Copper Age yarn contains hammered copper spirals, the Bronze Age yarn contains spirals made from brass, since bronze is very hard to come by and I am not sure whether it's even possible to get some bronze wire. You'll probably have to know the right people ;-)

My next yarn in this series will be a Golden Age yarn, I'll use naturally white Blue Faced Leicester wool, golden thread and brass spirals. I could use gold plated wire, but I'm afraid it will look coppery after a while, so I'll stay on the safe side.

I've also thought about a Star Age/Future Age yarn, but I haven't planned the details yet.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We love Halloween!

I, for my part, also love Helloween (the metal band) and always confuse the spelling, but that's not the point here ;-) What I wanted to share were some photos of my latest halloween yarns:

These three are quite typical as to their colours and they are all plied with a glow in the dark thread. The orange/black one has also got some pumpkin and bat sequins in it, the white/orange one contains luxury fibre and seed beads, and the black/orange one contains orange ribbons, screw nuts and metal discs, belonging to my punkrock series.
Then there is also a halloween yarn that lacks the usual colours, but I think it's absolutely gorgeous and it will be very hard to part with that one - meet my Scarecrow yarn:

It is rather less soft than the others, not as squashy, and might be more suitable for a small purse/bag (wich my fingers are really itching to make! But I'll be strong and list it anyway) or some other accessory not worn next to the skin. It contains ribbons with leaves, some other ribbons that resemble rough material as you would imagine for a scarecrow, and handmade heads from polymer clay the lighter parts of which glow in the dark.

I really wanted to list all these yarns (and more) before going to Ireland, but I just didn't manage, what with the wedding preparations and everything. So I'll do my best to list them soon, still in time for Halloween. Even if they won't arrive in time to become finished garments before Halloween, they should arrive in time for potential buyers to take some stylish knitting to any Halloween party ;-)

Just Married

Well, two weeks ago ;-)

We had the most wonderful ceremony in a vinyard and a fabulous party afterwards. Lots of good food, dancing and spending time with friends and family. We knew the day would be great, but even we were surprised at HOW great everything turned out :-)

We went on our honeymoon to Ireland the day after the wedding and returned two days ago. We had a wonderful time with good weather (or what passes for good weather in Ireland, meaning no rain, but not a lot of sun, either - no offense meant, of course ;-)), many sheep and much to see. I'll be posting some spinning/wool related stuff soon.

Now I have a lot of catching up to do, but I'm looking forward to it. I hope I'll be able to blog more often, I have quite a few things to share with you, our appreciated readers :-)


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