Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I've got a new...

...logo and dot-com! I'm so excited about it! Business cards are on their way and a banner for the festival! It's going to be fun!! More info about the festival is in the right hand column. I will be accepting credit/debit cards this year, too!

My new website is www.allforloveofyarn.com Check it out, its still needs some work, but it's looking good so far.

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm so thrilled...

...with this awesome skein of yarn that I spun. I'm proud to say I spun it all on a drop spindle! I plied on a wheel, much better and faster!

8ounces/250 grams
350 yards

Alpaca, Merino, Mulberry Silk, Camel down, Bamboo, Firestar, Angelina
All spun from these 3 batts:
The fiber is from Boho Knitter Chic Spins and Birds Nest Yarns. It was so much fun to spin these; I started with my first batt last June, almost a year ago! I didn't know what to do with just 3 ounces of fiber, so when I saw another batt in October that was very similar I snatched it up. Then I saw the middle batt that someone else spun, the yarn was gorgeous and I thought it would go perfectly with mine. They all made for a perfect 3 ply and I'm very happy with how it turned out! I want to make myself an ear-flap hat and mittens, but I'm not sure I'll have enough for both, we'll see as I go along, not sure what I want more though, mittens or hat...

Friday, April 8, 2011

I've decided...

...on the name of both of my new yarns! Thank you, thank you for your suggestions!!

LUMINOSITY for the bamboo blend (Suggested by Emily)


SERENDIPITY for the alpaca, wool and silk single. I think it fits perfectly, isn't a single ply yarn a happy accident in a way, it was just so good the way it was they couldn't dare give it another ply! (Suggested by Nicole)

Please contact me for your prizes! SURPRISE!  I think I will give a skein to both of you!
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You are...

...awesome! It is going to be a touch choice, nope I still haven't decided!

There were a few in the running, including Zenkun; Tish, I loved your explanation and it fits so well, but it doesn't quite fit into the theme of my other yarns, know what I mean? I keep going back to it though, it's original and I like names with meaning. It doesn't really need to fit with the others I suppose.

I love Serendipity/Serendipitous or Felicity and Serdce which means Russian for "heart"? How can I not love this? I didn't actually ask my husband, the Russian to be sure yet and to see how it's pronounced, but in English it sounds like I'm saying Certs, isn't that a breath freshener or something?

When I read Emily's suggestion: Luminosity, I had completely forgot that I tucked this in the back of my mind as a possible name, I thought it would fit a sparkly yarn, but I tried some out and didn't like them much, dyeing them is a pain in the butt, just too temperamental for me right now. So, I put the name aside and hadn't thought about it for this bamboo yarn until I read Emily's post. As they say, great minds think alike.

So, my decision is not yet final....I might choose 2 names from this great line up, since I have another new yarn and I think one of these other names will fit it well. It is 40/40/20 Baby Alpaca/Wool/Silk in a DK weight Single ply. It's gorgeous and I'm dyeing it now for Shepherd's Harvest.

I'm sorry I have no photos yet; I've got some DK weight drying, but no bamboo has been dyed yet. I might not decide until after I dye some and play around with it to know; I'll keep you posted and thank you all for your wonderful suggestions; I really appreciate it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

You asked...

...I answer and give someone a FREE skein!  I've got a bamboo blend coming to the shop soon. I'll be dyeing it all up for Shepherd's Harvest and then it will come to the shop, unless of course someone wants a custom order, I'll be happy to oblige!

Here are the details:

Yet to be named ?? This is where you come in, details below!

70% Superwash Merino Wool
20% Bamboo (rayon derived from the bamboo plant), it has a touch much like silk
10% Nylon

465 Yards
115 gram skein

Okay, so you want to know how you can win this free skein of yarn?! I need a name for it. If you come up with a name that I like you'll win a free skein!

Keep in mind my other names that I have for my yarn, I'd like it to fit in (at least somewhat), we'll see...
Resplendence, Sumptuosity, Opulence, Sublimity, Soleful, Nogi, Lublu and Seella, the last 3 are Russian.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Deadline until I get a name I like!

Thank you,

P.s. The 300th sale in my shop will get a surprise in their package! If you order yarn it will be yarn, if you order fiber it will be fiber!