Posted by: Moggle | May 20, 2010

Ready for Fibreholics

These little beauties went in the post yesterday to be included the next Fibreholics box. They are (clockwise from top-left) Grey Shetland in ‘Bay of Fires’, Oatmeal BFL in ‘Caveside’, Zeehan yarn in ‘Redgum’ and ‘Braddon’ merino/nylon sock yarn in ‘Bush Mint’

This round has a theme of ‘Summer garden party’ or parties in general as the co-operative has now been running for one year. I’m seeing the red fibre and yarn as summer berries, the green as a lovely summer lawn, and the purple as cottage garden flowers.

I’ve been doing plenty of dyeing recently. Some alpaca/merino 4 ply.

And I’ve been dyeing all sorts of re-discovered gems (aka the last 100-200g of a batch or blend that got shoved in a box and forgotten about). Pictured below is some Superwash BFL/Seacell, UK Alpaca, Fawn Alpaca/Silk as well as some of my usual Oatmeal BFL.

I’ve also been playing about with hand painting with fibre reactive dyes. This is some seacell which I put in out in the sun this afternoon to try to get the temperature up.

These are different to the usual dyes I use so the colours aren’t quite the same. They don’t need to be heated like the acid dyes, but I read somewhere they take better when they get a little warm – a couple of sunny days should be just perfect. When I’ve dyed Seacell and other cellulose fibres before, a lot of the dye has run back out when I rinse, resulting in a pale colour, so I hope this works. I’ll post the results in a few days once I’ve rinsed and dried.

Posted by: Moggle | May 11, 2010

Sock plans

Well my first week of being self-employed has gone OK. It has been harder than I thought to get myself in to a routine and actually start getting on with stuff. But I did manage to get some dyeing done and some listing too.

Mr M and I also moved and re-arranged my dyeing space in the kitchen so I have more dedicated space and there’s some shelving for my dyes.

I’ve also been working on two sock patterns. I have quite a few others planned out (at least another 8 so far). I can’t really show you the patterns yet, but have taken pictures of the foot to show how the yarn is knitting up.

This one is in my new ‘Braddon’ merino/nylon sock base, colourway ‘Honey Myrtle’. This one is going to be an all-over twisted cable pattern.


The second is in ‘Wellington’ Blue-Faced Leicester/Nylon sock blend, colourway ‘Bush Mint’. This sock is going to have a central cable panel with sections of stocking stitch at the sides to make a quick-knitting sock that looks more complicated than it actually is.

This colourway is one of my favourites at the moment – I love how it is knitting up. This pattern will almost certainly be self published so it will probably be the first one of these two to be published.

Now that Wonderwool is all done and dusted it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for Woolfest.

Posted by: Moggle | May 1, 2010

An announcement

If you follow me on Twitter (as thethylacineuk) you will already know my news. I am now self-employed full time as a fibre artist!

I worked my last day on Friday. My last week of day job was pretty horrendous and involved preparing and packing up for an office move and various problems with trains. All this made me very glad to be finishing.

It’s a big jump but I decided if I didn’t go for it now I might just faff around with part-time jobs forever. If I have to ‘sink or swim’ then I hope I’ll swim.

I have lots of ideas that I can now follow up on because there’s more time. I’ll post a bit more about those in the next couple of days.

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