So many projects, so little time! Sometimes it helps to have ADHD tendencies (although I normally prefer the hunter vs farmer theory that ADHD is an expected evolutionary adaptation to hunting lifestyles) and sometimes it doesn’t. I need to finish the first of two owl sweaters (have most of the body and one arm done), finish the lace scarf I was actually trying to make for myself, re-organize my studio and add the new inventory of yarns, pre-draft and spin the remainder of 9 new colorways plus 2 colorways from the previous dye day that I haven’t even touched yet, and start playing with my new Majacraft Wild Flyer. And that’s just some of the fiber stuff and nothing to do with my mundane life, which at the moment is begging for tax filings, housecleanings, homeschooling, bill paying, schedule making, annual report writing, and gawd knows what else.
First though, I have to say that I’m particularly pleased with the latest round of sock yarns. I ordered a Colonial wool superwash/nylon blend and I think I possibly like it better than the Merino/Bamboo/Nylon that I used last time around. I was worried that the Colonial would be too coarse but it’s really quite lovely, sort of a soft Corriedale wool feel. I think it will knit up beautifully and wear well. Here’s what I made:
I have two of each dyelot, 100 gram skeins with approximately 385 yards each. You can find them here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Yarnarchy?section_id=7455721
I have been giving this whole handpainted but commercially spun concept a lot of thought lately. While my heart definitely lies with handspun, I can’t deny that I do love handpainting the commercial yarns. It’s a totally different thing. Idealistically, I prefer handspun over commercially prepared yarns but what can I say? I’m a Luddite at heart. I am thinking about expanding my product line to include a lot more of the handpainted yarns and marketing to wholesalers. One thing that production spinning has taught me is that I cannot expect to do it forever. I am wearing out my joints faster than my wheels. I can choose to farm out some of my spinning, either as a business owner or open Yarnarchy up as a collective, or I can pace myself a bit more. I may do both. Regardless, I love the handpainted yarns and after doing research on electric skein winders… I know, King Lud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Ludd) is rolling in his grave… I think I must have one. My birthday is right around the corner!
The handspun is coming along too…I dyed 9 colorways and here is the first:
But the biggest news is that my Majacraft Wild Flyer arrived! I haven’t played with yet, because I’m trying to be responsible and get through some of the fiber mountain in my living room before I get caught up in coils, tufts, and beehives.
I am also trying to make my schedule of events for the year, picking and choosing which festivals or markets would be the best for Yarnarchy to attend. Any suggestions?
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