Saturday, March 24, 2007

Targee X Roving Spun and Knitted

Sarah W. of Ellsworth, ME (one of the most beautiful places around), shared pictures of her hand-spun and hand-knit Targhee X Roving that she bought from my etsy shop. Wow! I think she's come up with a new name for this color. I was calling it "OCC" for Olive, Caramel, and Clay - the dye colors used. Her color name, "Deep Autumn" is much more evocative. Thanks, Sarah! It's such a rush to see what people create!

(Sarah's knitted swatch)

Monday, March 19, 2007

New Colors, New Projects

(Let's start with some color... "Seattle" in Wool/Mohair yarn...)

Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog! It's been busy busy busy since my last blog post, and that's great!

Thanks to all my customers and friends for all your support in 2006 and continuing into 2007!

Check out my etsy shop for hand-dyed rovings, tops, and yarns: It's updated at least once a week, (which is more than I can say for this blog...)

New and Interesting...
If you are in West Michigan and concerned about your food, where it comes from, how it is grown, check out the Winter Farmer's Market and Food, Farming, Health, Education & Native Culture Film Festival at the Wealthy Street Theater on alternate Wednesday nights. This is a great opportunity to see films about organic farming, food, agriculture, health, and Native culture. The next film and market is on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m., with the Winter Farmer's Market beginning at 6:00 p.m. The market is a great way to get fresh eggs, hydroponic greens, books, and other farm-related products during the winter, when you are pining to go to the summer farmer's markets. I will be there with Targhee X rovings from Paul and Nancy Jones Kaiser's farm (Agriculture and Health Alive), knitted and crocheted goods, and yarns. See you there!

Rovings, Tops, Colors!
Yes, this is what you're really after. Here are some new colors and new fibers and tops!
A new color... I did this in bamboo and cotton yarn, and a pile of super-bulky yarns for a weaving project too. The fiber displayed is an alpaca roving, processed at Zeilinger Wool Mill in Frankenmuth, MI.

This is a roving from Paul and Nancy Jones Kaisers' farm, dyed in "Helter Skelter" colorway. It's a little light on the olive, but I still love the roving. The rovings from their farm are such high quality, lofty, soft, strong. Excellent for worsted spinning.

This is another Targhee X roving, dyed in four really cool colors. I haven't named this color yet; still looking for inspiration on a name. Something to do with jewels, I think.

I am working on organizing my colorway pictures to get them posted on my website, too. That should be done this week...

More later everyone! Thanks a million for checking out the blog!