Wednesday, 11 November 2015

New Handspun Yarns Available in my Etsy Shop

I have just listed some gorgeous new yarns in my Etsy Shop. Each yarn is full of character, texture and colour and they have all been handspun with love by yours truly!

Ocean - Handspun Merino Wool, Bamboo, Angelina and Firestar
Rainbow - Handspun Merino Wool
Vampires Blood - Handspun Falklands Merino

Monday, 26 October 2015

Old and New WIPs

I'm just finishing off a few WIPs before I start a few new projects. I had a couple of pairs of socks on the go from the summer that I wanted to finish, as you can't get enough handmade socks right? I've just completed one pair and have finished one sock and started on the cuff of another pair.

Stripy socks for me!

Mens cable sock no. 1
I have also just completed a custom order for a bespoke crochet mug cosy for an Etsy Customer and I have started a Minecraft Crochet Creeper Blanket for my son using my own design! I'm using a classic granny square to create the blocks in different shades of green and black Stylecraft Special DK. I was originally going to spin and hand dye the yarn myself but it needed to be machine washable for a 12 year old! I will create a proper chart and pattern soon to post on the blog, if like me you have a Minecraft fan in the house and want to make your own!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Spinzilla 2015 Update!

Well I did it, I managed to spin 7,008 yards for Spinzilla 2015! I didn't manage to do a daily update as promised however but I did post images on Instagram so you may have seen some of the yarn I spun. Here's a pic of all the yarn below.

Spinzilla Yardage 2015 - 7,008 yards
I am just washing the cream yarn which is 100% Corriedale which is for a jumper for my husband. I am also busy plying up some of the singles as well. The grey yarn in the pic is Herdwick which I'm intending to use in some homeware ideas. Boy was that a hairy yarn to spin with! I managed to spin about half the rolags I prepared and some of the natural wool tops so I have a mountain of fibre left to spin! I certainly learnt a lot and feel my spinning has only got better. It was a great experience despite my back going into spasm day two in which I spent one day lying down using my drop spindle! I will definitely be participating next year. You can see how much yarn was spun by everyone on the Spinzilla Website it was an amazing amount of yarn! 5,246,497 yards in total!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Count Down is On!

Only 11 days to go until Spinzilla 2015 begins and I am prepping fibre like a maniac! I have ordered enough wool to spin jumpers for the entire neighbourhood and now I fully understand why they call hand spinning a post apocalyptic life skill. If the world were to end or we were invaded with a plague of zombies I'm ready, in fact I'm more than ready!

Lol well I do live in Todmorden where vegetables are grown in graveyards and the vast majority of people dress like they are ready for the next Hunger Games! I think a new note to myself is to stop watching zombie films with Brad Pitt in! Well at least my family will never be cold and naked if the worst happens!

On a brighter note my rolag prepping is continuing. I think I could prep one in my sleep now! I have also been working on my spinning skills this week with some long draw spinning practice. I'm thinking of getting my Victorian spinning wheel in on the action, so I will need to check the drive band is ok and get everything oiled ready for the kick off. I have a huge amount of fibre on order which is due any day and will have all that to prep next week. I have bought natural undyed fibres so I am hoping it's going to be sunny next week so I can dye some with acid dyes and get it dried and prepped in time!

Anyway back to it! 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Gone Rogue!

Yes, it's official I'm going Rogue, a Rogue Spinner that is for Spinzilla 2015! I signed up on Monday to spend an entire week at the beginning of October spinning as much yarn as I can! My goal is to spin more than a mile+ and on the 5th October I will be spinning like crazy! Why? I think it will be great fun and the registration fees are donated to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program.

Let me tell you a bit more about it or why not hop over to the website and find out more about it and maybe register! Registration is open till 2nd October. The event is run by the National NeedleArts Association Spinning and Weaving Group and is a global event which runs from the 5th October to the 11th October. Teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week! Cool or what?

Spinners who decide not to join a team (like me) are called Rogue Spinners and basically you are challenging yourself and also trying to be the Rogue spinner who spins the most yarn! I will be challenging myself to not only spin as much yarn as I can but to try out different fibres and spinning techniques throughout the week. I will be updating the blog everyday with images of the yarn I have spun that day, so you can keep up with my progress if you are interested!

I'm really looking forward to starting and have already started prepping my fibre for the kick off! I think I spin faster from rolags so I have created a few sets of these. I'm also thinking ahead to projects I want to make for Christmas so I'm hoping to spin the yarn for a jumper for my husband and a long shawl in three colours of natural Shetland wool. I also want to spin up some multi-coloured sock yarns for some winter sock knitting projects! I need to get 900 grams of Corriedale fleece ordered and I am planning a trip to Yarndale which is next weekend to stock up on some batts etc.

I love this because if the weather is chilly I will be getting a roaring fire going and setting up my Kiwi spinning wheel and chair next to the fireplace! I have my husband on hand if I need a massage lol and to supply me with some hot chocolate. I can download some Star Trek films and indulge in a week of spinning and sci-fi, what more can a girl want!

If you are also spinning for Spinzilla why not drop me an email and let me know or send me a message on Ravelry I go under the name Artyfibres!

Happy spinning!

Natural, hand dyed and hand blended rolags.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Spinning to Weave

I am back in full making mode now the children have returned to school, though I miss them like crazy! I always think that when they go back I will have my days back to indulge in all my woolly projects but when they go back the house always feels so empty! Well at least until 3pm when I pick them up again!

Over the last week I have been busy finishing a few projects and enjoying spinning some gorgeous textured and not so textured Autumn inspired yarns. Which includes some Black Welsh tops which produces a lovely dark brown yarn and some hand blended merino, silk, bamboo and wool locks (see below). I first created some really chunky rolags on my Ashford Blending Board using lots of oranges, greens, browns and pinks and then spun these on my kiwi spinning wheel using the Super Flyer to create lots of slubby areas in the yarn. The yarns I am spinning at the moment I will be weaving into scarves over the next few weeks. Well that's if my finger heals ok! Yes and talking of that I had a fight with a cactus yesterday and the cactus won!

On another funnier note my 7 year old daughter said something this morning that I just had to share. We were in our usual hurry getting ready to go out the door to school and my daughter turned to my husband and handed him her book bag, coat and lunch box to carry for her. I said "that's how you should treat men" looking at my husband and smiling, she turned round quick as a flash and said "yeah like a dog" well my husband's face was a picture, I started laughing and my daughter put her hand in the air for a high five! All I can think is when did she stop being a baby and turned into this funny little person! They grow up so quick!

Autumn Inspired Yarns

Recent Scarf Project with Handspun Yarn

New Scarf in Progress

My cactus spiked finger!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Crochet Mug Cosy Giveaway!

I can't believe it's September already! The summer hols have flown by and the children are returning to school for the Autumn term. You can already feel and smell the change in the air! I love Autumn and can't wait for those cosy days sitting knitting or spinning by a roaring fire and those walks in the woods, feet crunching through red and gold leaves. Anyway I ramble on and what I really wanted to do was introduce this months giveaway on the Artyfibres blog!  
If you would like to win a crochet mug cosy with built-in coaster in the gorgeous pumpkin orange colour below please leave a comment on my new shop blog in the comment form and remember to add your name and email address!
Please don't leave a comment here as you won't be entered. Click here to leave a comment!
One winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 15th September.
Good Luck!