Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Tuesday Top

Has everyone got enough fibre for the Tour de Fleece?  If not, maybe this top from Nunaco appeals.  It's called "Cobweb" and is a blend Merino, Firestar and Tussah Silk.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Tuesday Top

Mohair kind of makes me itchy, but look how pretty!

 Archipelago on Kid Mohair from

Monday, 10 June 2013

Tuesday Top

I'm an admirer of Woolgatherings on Etsy.  The colours and fibres look amazing and stalking the Ravelry group you can see some great yarns made from the fibre.

However, I don't buy that much dyed fibre.  One of the reasons I took up spinning and dyeing was so that I could get the yarns I want at a lower price.  Commercial or indie dyed fibre and yarn is pretty much always more expensive than producing your own.  At the same time, dyeing my own fibre has definately given me an appreciation for the time and effort required to make consistently good dyed top.

Woolgatherings makes consistently good top.  Appreciation given.  And when I decided to treat myself to some fibre for the TDF I decided it was time for me to Woolgather. If you spend over $100 you get free shipping.  For shipping to Australia, that's awesome.

Here is some of what I got:

Alpaca/Silk/Merino at the top and Merino/Tussah Silk at the bottom

Friday, 7 June 2013

Tour de Fleece

The time for the Tour de Fleece is fast approaching.  What is it?  Well, basically it is an internet thing where handspinners spin along with the Tour de France.  The aim is to spin everyday the riders ride and then share your spinning online in various "Teams".

It's lots of fun.  You get to show off your yarns/fibres/spinning tools/animals and check out everyone elses stuff and there are even prizes to be won.

This year I am going to have trouble with the basic aim - spin everyday - as I am going to a juggling camp for the first week and then taking a few days off to go to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show (where there should be spinning but there will probably only be purchasing).  But I'm sure I'll still get some things completed. 

This is a pic of my finished yarn from last years Tour:

And one more thing....if you are taking part in the Tour this year, or even if you aren't, you can get 15% off your purchase from my Etsy shop HalfBaked HandDyed from now until the end of the Tour.  Use the coupon code "TDF2013" at checkout.  Happy spinning!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Tuesday Top

I love immersion dyeing fibre but it seems to be a pretty rare technique.  Common for yarn, just not fibre.  Admittedly I only do it with Superwash because the process is pretty prone to felting. 

For todays top I went on a search for immersion dyed fibre and came up with, kinda unsurprisingly, this:

American Silk Sheep from LightBrownHare:

Unsurprising because LightBrownHare is known for immersion dyeing - mostly I think because of her awesome Youtube video on the technique...oh, and her awesome hand dyed yarns.