Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wonderful dolls using handspun yarns








I always love to see what my handspun yarns become after they leave me. One of the things that delight me the most is when someone creates dolls for children with my work. Just recently, Regan, www.epierce423.etsy.com, a wonderfully talented doll maker on Etsy gave me permission to feature her delightful handmade dolls here on my blog. She incorporated some of my handspun yarns into the hair and I just think they are adorable. Do go to Etsy and check out her work.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Just checking in




The last week or so has been a whirlwind of activity. Right now, I am up to my eyeballs in the most gorgeous fleeces from Namaste Farms - Wensleydale/Gotland crosses, Wensleydale and a beautiful Angora goat fleece. Wouldn't you know, in the middle of scouring fleeces I ran out of my favorite wash (Kookabura) so am currently waiting for it to be delivered.

In the meantime, have been dyeing and spinning up a storm! Lots of new yarns up in my shop on Etsy. I still have more to photograph and list, which I will do as soon as the last batch is dry. I've included a few of the new ones as a bit of a preview.

This weekend, I plan to escape for a few hours and hang out with fiber friends and exchange ideas and watch how-to videos! Should be fun! Have a great weekend and I will check in again soon. Happy creating!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Busy, busy, busy







The past two weeks have been super busy but lots of fun! I co-hosted a Camp Pluckyfluff in San Diego which was very successful with lots of students wanting to learn new techniques from the amazing Lexi. She is working on a new book and I got a chance to introduce her to Natalie Redding of Namaste Farms. She has amazing fiber and is a self-taught spinner who produces gorgeous yarns. It looks like she is going to be included in the new book. How cool is that? I took a few photos of the workshop which include Lexi, Natalie, Lovalee and some of the other attendees. I also made Lexi a wild hat out of my tailspun yarn and she looks fabulous in it. Too wonderful on her!

During the week, I was running all kinds of errands, listing new yarns in my Etsy shop and getting ready for Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Frolic on Saturday in Monrovia and a Beginning Spinners class in Long Beach on Sunday. I spent most of the time carding wild new spinning/felting batts, which I need to photograph and list in my www.excavations.etsy.com shop. I did take one class from my friend Katy Croshier making needlefelting gnomes. They turned out so cute - I really enjoyed it a lot!

On Sunday, I went to Jamie's Loft in Long Beach. I was his back-up spinnning instructor, without much to do as he is terrific as a teacher. I did bring a selection of SpinOlution spinning wheels for the students to try. I think we have some new spinning converts!

Natalie also gave me a bunch of beautiful mohair locks that were somewhat felted. We tried running them through a picker and it worked great to open them up. So, I have now ordered a small picker for myself! Additionally, she sent two small fleeces which are super soft and I can't wait to spin them up!

Today, I am busy doing a photo shoot of a bunch of new yarns and listing them on line for sale. Playing with fiber gives me such pleasure, I can't imagine life without it.