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Shop Update and FREE SHIPPING Sale!

17 Sep

I updated the Storied Yarns shop on Etsy! (I’ll get around to Artfire this weekend, too.)

I added the following yarns:

and these batts:

The shop is nice and full of sock yarn, handspun yarn, and batts! There are even a few combed tops snuck in there. 🙂

Remember, if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just send me a message and I’ll create a custom order for you! I can re-create my repeatable colorways on any yarn, roving or batt base and I can also dye up a new colorway inspired by your favorite stories and characters! If you’re not a spinner I can spin the yarn for you and if you’re not a knitter I can even knit something up!

Use the code September to get FREE SHIPPING this week in my Etsy and Artfire shops!

Storied Yarns Shops Updated Today!

15 Aug

Today I updated my Etsy and Artfire shops. I included some rovings/combed tops, a set of handspun yarn skeins and some project bags!

One of the project bags (top left) is quilted and interfaced so it’s ideal for carrying a spindle and some fiber. The others are smaller, great for one-skein projects. The handspun is a whopping 298 yards of worsted weight squishy goodness and the combed tops include BFL, BFl/Firestar and Superwash merino in my nursery rhyme colorways and a NEW Harry Potter inspiration!

Swap Preparations

14 Aug

So, as I’ve probably mentioned here before, I’m a moderator for the Heartfelt Handmade swap on Ravelry. The whole point of the swap is to make ONE handmade item for another person who will actually appreciate it because they’re crafty, too. Then we just add in one extra, very small item to finish the package and mail it off! It’s a low-cost swap with the emphasis on the craft and the spirit of the swap, so I love being part of it.

A few times a year I jump in and participate in the swap as well. This round, August to October, we’re swapping something for the hands – mittens, gloves, arm warmers, fingerless mitts, you get the picture. At the risk of giving too much away I’ll just say that I decided it would be the best option for my recipient if I dyed up some Faux Cashmere spinning fiber to make her mitts.

I chose my “Irial” colorway which is a blend of some of my recipient’s favorite colors (deep red, burgundy, purple and black). I dyed it in a graduated pattern instead of variegated this time, so I’ll split this braid in half lengthwise and then spin a single from each half and n-ply those singles on themselves to maintain the color progression from start to finish.

Here’s the fiber:

I’ve never spun straight Faux Cashmere before, but I’ve been wanting to for a while, so this will be exciting for me! I’m going to knit my Rainbow Brite Mitts pattern b/c I’ve been wanting to see how that will look in a graduated pattern instead of a striping one. I hope my recipient likes the mitts!

In other news, I sewed up a little bag of some sort. I’m not really sure what to call it! I wanted to make a sturdy project bag so I could use it to hold a spindle and not risk damaging that spindle too much. This design is okay, but it’s not 100% what I had envisioned, so I’m going back to the drawing board. In the meantime, I’ll be putting this one in my shop some time on Monday in case someone else finds a good home for it:

The bag is made from a sturdy canvas fabric on the outside. It has interfacing and batting on the inside and it’s quilted, with a regular hot pink cotton lining. It has a nylon webbing strap on it and some binding on the top edge. In the pictures you can see I have put some stuff in there to show off the size – that’s 4 oz of superwash merino top and two of my spindles to show that the bag is plenty large enough to hold those items and more. 🙂

Watch for a Shop Update in Etsy and Artfire on Monday – it will have some roving/top and a few project bags in addition to this one!

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece and Spinning Along!

22 Jul

Well, the Tour de Fleece is almost over. I’ll be sad to see it go, but it’s probably better if I start focusing on knitting more than spinning for a while anyway!

Today is the challenge day for the Tour, so my goal for myself is to FINALLY finish this spindle-spun orange yarn that I started months ago. If I finish the singles today I’ll be happy; if I finish plying the whole thing I’ll be THRILLED. I plan to ply on the wheel, regardless of what happens. It may be a long time before I put 4oz of anything on a spindle again!

After the Tour de Fleece, you may find yourself lacking fiber because you spun it all. Maybe you’ll also miss the sharing of spinning and fellowship of the Tour. Don’t despair, I’ve got you covered! I’m hosting a Nursery Rhyme themed Spin-Along (or Knit-Along, if you prefer) in my Storied Yarns Ravelry group!

You can read more about it in my recent blog post; right now I’ve got a few people signed up already, so your remaining fiber options are BFL/Firestar combed top (an ahhhmazing blend that gives you the smooth spinning of combed top with added sparkle from the blended-in firestar!), Vegan-friendly Faux Cashmere top (suuuuuper soft and smooth), batts, handspun yarn or handpainted mill-spun yarn!

If nursery rhymes aren’t your thing, I’ve also recently updated my Artfire and Etsy shops with plenty of delicious batts and handspun yarns! Use code WWKIP to get FREE SHIPPING from now through July 31!

Happy spinning and Happy Friday!!!

Head on over to Wonder Why Gal’s blog to check out the rest of the Fiber Arts Friday Fun!

June Phat Fiber: Science Fiction!

7 Jun

So, as you might imagine, I was ALL OVER the Phat Fiber theme for this month. Here’s what I’m sending in:

“Ensign of the Week” on Supwerwash Sock
This colorway was inspired by all the guest star ensigns who faithfully appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation week after week. Usually they had to wear the old uniforms with zippers while everyone else got the nice new pullovers, and rarely did you know their names. Sometimes they manned the helm, other times they provided a love interest for Will Riker or Wesley Crusher, and still other times they died in the line of duty. Whatever roll they filled, it was a necessary one, and I salute them with this colorway, inspired by those zippered uniforms:

Guinan Batts
This batt is inspired by your favorite outer-space bartender, Guinan! Expertly portrayed by the lovely Whoopi Goldberg, Guinan was an awesome alien with a fondness for bald men. She was always there for her friends, whether she was helping Data understand humanity, providing an understanding ear for Captain Picard or giving Geordi advice on women. Pour yourself a drink and spin up this gorgeous batt made from a variety of wools and bamboo:

 

Swamp Thing Cotswold Locks
This colorway is one that I’ve done before, usually on yarn. This time I dyed it up on some gorgeous Cotswold curly locks, which I purchased washed and undyed from Wild Hair Fibers at the Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival. They’re curly and soft, shiny and lush! I love this colorway and I think it’s cool how it sort of resembles its name in this form:

I’ll have full-sized versions of the fibers and hopefully the yarn next week in my Shop.

In other news, I finished spinning for my customer’s order. Isn’t this a big pile of fun?

 

From left to right: Corespun “Welcome to the Jungle” batt, single-ply “Midnight Garden” batt and 2-ply “Artemis Fowl” BFL top.

Happy Monday!