This Tuesday we have some coloured Corriedale top from Wilanjie Coloured Sheep. I've only used white Corriedale before but these natural browns and greys look awesome.
Look at these guys- so cute!
Wilanjie sell fleece, top, yarn and finished knitted garments. Follow the links to their website for ordering details - and they also have a list of markets that they sell at. You can even stay overnight at the property.
I recently received a shipment of Merino fibre from Nundle Woolen Mills, I love their fibres, so soft and smooth. For the last couple of weeks I have been handpainting it into some multi-colour braids.I've been on a tonal or semisolid kick lately so thought it was time to break the mould. These all have relatively short runs of colour and would be great to spin fractal.
They'll be going in my Etsy store once I get some proper pictures taken. So excited, look out for an update later in the week!
Today we look at a Sock Roving Kit from Bitsy Knits. I've seen a few variations of this idea around and I think it's cool.
Basically you get some kind of main fibre to use for 2 singles and then a smaller amount of a specific sock mix (usually containing stuff like Nylon or Silk for sock strength) for another single. When plied together you should get a pretty, strong yarn specially suited to sock knitting.
The main roving from Bitsy Knits is BFL, the sock roving is Kid Mohair, Nylon and Merino. The colourway is called "Nervestorms and Tantrums". Great name for a lovely colourway!
Finally made it to the awesome Wondoflex Yarn craft Centre. I think I am going to make it my actual LYS - like I might actually go there and buy stuff!
I find bricks and mortar yarn stores problematic. I want to support them but apart from a few "souvenir" skeins or some last minute shopping I just can't justify buying stuff from them. It is the internet's fault. Online I can buy yarn and fibre and accessories from around the world from big manufacturers or independant yarnies. Can't beat the range, but more importantly it is cheaper than buying locally - and that includes postage.
For example, I wanted to buy a set of interchangeable needles. From my LYS it was more than twice the price than buying them from the UK, once again, that included the shipping price. If we were talking about 10%, or even 20% I might buy them from the LYS but not for that much.
So....Wondoflex. It was huge compared to pretty much any yarn store I've been to. It had lots of yarn, and in each of those yarns it had the full range of colours available, and it had several balls of each of those colours. Also, it had more than just the "standard" brands that you see everywhere. You know what was also good? There were people actually shopping there, and some of them were young! Prices were still high when compared to overseas but it wasn't too bad.
So, if you are in Melbourne, check it out, it was good.