Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's nearly Christmas! - Special Offer

Christmas shopping is in full swing, preparations are being made and we've been in a pre-Christmas mood for a little while now. What better way to celebrate than to offer something special to our faithful customers?

Buy 2 or more yarns and get 2 free stitch markers for every skein you order!
And these are no left-overs, they have been specially made - for you! :-) If possible, we will give you markers which go well with the yarn you buy.

This offer is valid from Saturday, 28th of November, until Christmas Day!
Please understand that we can't combine this offer with the previous stitch marker offer.

You might also be interested in the fact that we plan to list stitch markers in our art yarn shop as regular items.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Let me just say: AAARGH!

It's nearly impossible to take adequate photos of the yarns in this weather/winter/light. I HATE it!

Sorry, had to say this. *grumble*

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I want a Klingon Shawl!

Yesterday it was suddenly very clear: I want a shawl with stockinette Klingon insignia on a lace background. I even have quite a clear picture in my head - but I have no idea how to accomplish this. I am not a very good knitter (though advancing) and I have to learn a lot about knitting until I can design stuff like that. Oh my... Have to plough through a heap of knitting books now and hope to find something that'll help me :-D
Think I'm weird? Well, yes - I am called Weird, ain't I?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Done - Gorgeous - Sold

Just a quick update before I'm off to the kitchen to cook a late lunch ;-)

1. I am done with the scarf - it took me about a week and I didn't knit every day, so that project was less work than I feared. I will present my mother in law with it on Friday, hope she'll like it.

2. I've made corespun yarn from Bluefaced Leicester wool and kidmohair blend (purchased at Das Wollschaf) and it's a dream of creamy heaven!

I think this blend is even better for this special technique than pure kid mohair fibre, it makes the texture richer and even more interesting - I'm in love and I'll definitely have to order more of that gooorgeous stuff!

3. The Funky Christmas Tree yarn hasn't even made it into the shop, it was requested beforehand. But I have enough fibre and baubles left for one more skein (I just need to find more ribbons since I've used all my red ones for the first skein), so a similar yarn will hopefully appear by next week or so. Thanks for all the hearts on Ravelry btw! :-) :-) :-)

Monday, November 16, 2009

How funky is your Christmas tree?

As funky as this Christmas Tree yarn? :-) This is what I made from the felt orbs and batts I wrote about a few days ago:

Soon to be in our shop!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First Funky Christmas Yarn this Year!

Yes, I've started! You can't begin early enough ;-)
I spent some time felting little glittery baubles this week, and today I carded two gorgeous, also glittery batts. The baubles will dangle from the yarn like the felted pumpkins, the yarn will be green with a bit of red - and, yes, that's right: TINSEL! :-D

I had lots of fun already, and I'm really looking forward to spinning this yarn :-)

Must... Knit...

I've made some progress on the scarf for my mother-in-law I wrote about a few days ago - 4,5 mm needles are a lot nicer than, say, 2 mm needles (which I am currently using with another project and it's hell - but more on that some other time, maybe) and I think I am about half done. First, let me show you a photo of the yarn:

At first I thought the yarn was too irregular for the pattern, but I have come to like it a lot. I hope my mother-in-law will like it, too (AND wear it).
It's a razor shell lace pattern which can be found in more than one book, which I have modified only slightly.

I've also spun some plant fibre yarn recently, which I want to knit into a wash cloth/wash glove. If that stands the test and I know how much yardage a project like that will take, I will probably spin some similar yarn for the shop, maybe selling it with a pattern. I am very eager to start knitting that, but I suppose the scarf should come first ;-) Some spinning in between will have to happen, though - but more on that later today, if I find the time, or during the next days :-)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Last Minute Project

My mother-in-law will be celebrating her 50th birthday in slightly less than two week's time and I thought about knitting some wrist warmers for her - a small project which could easily be accomplished in that time, even with spinning the yarn.
My sister (in law) wasn't sure whether wrist warmers would be a good idea, but she said my mother-in-law was looking for a scarf and wasn't able to find one so far. Now, this is quite a large project and I'm not sure whether I'll be able to finish it, but I can't let a challenge like that pass ;-)

I started carding last night and spun the yarn today. I really hope it will be enough for the pattern I have in mind - it's 150g/235 m. I haven't gotten around to taking photos of the yarn, yet - it's still drying and there's not enough light to take photos, anyway. I hope I can start knitting tomorrow...


I've finally got a SpinOff subscription - yaay! Thanks to Jinx I found a German online shop where I was able to order it. My cat seems to quite like it, too :-D

Monday, November 2, 2009


I've just spent four or five hours in the kitchen, dyeing various types of fibre: merino/bamboo blend, alpaca, soy silk, tussah silk, milk proteine fibre, Blue Faced Leicester/silk blend, and kid mohair.

I do love the outcome and think it was well worth the time - though I always hate cleaning up afterwards... That's done now, too, though :-)

I am running out of space for hanging all this stuff up, the bathroom is not too big. It's a good thing there wasn't enough time to dye even more fibre...


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