It seems to be a bit superfluous to tell you it has been a busy week..lol..since it seems to always be busy...now, more than ever, the big push is starting: it may seem to be a long time before say Bendigo show and the hand knitters guild show but making things by hand just takes a long time. It is slow creating, not mass production in a blink of an eye. It takes me a full day to spin a handful of skeins of three ply angora for example...so, if I don't start the "big push" now, I will not have enough stock for the shows. Apart from that, this week thall the clubs and the adventures had to be dyed and prepped: a HUGE amount of washing, dyeing, carding and drying, not to mention the labelling and packing still going on.
The whole house is starting to fill up again with fibre prepping and labelling and of course, spinning wheels and drying racks to get everything dry. Every year I say to myself to start earlier in summer when the weather is warm and sunny...and every year I can't seem to get all the things done then, because it is planting season, harvesting and pickling and preserving, etc etc...
I always have to laugh when I hear that is a holiday period or a long weekend, because on a farm and trying to keep it all going making things by hand, there are no such things as long weekend or holidays or even weekends..lol.
Mind you, when you do something you when you do something you love doing there is no need for that: in a way it is always a "weekend". Tonight's update is not necessarily a rare sheep breed blend, but is a gorgeous sheep with the most amazing lustrous crimp and I love spinning and dyeing it: Blue Faced Leicester !
Blue faced Leicesters are recognisable through their Roman noses, which have a dark blue skin which can be seen through the white hair, hence the name.
They are related to the original Leicester Longwool breed. The Bluefaced Leicester is a longwool breed of sheep which originates from Northumberland and became known at the beginning of the 20th century.
The fleece sometimes only weighs 1 kilo with a max of appr 3 kilos. It has a beautiful medium long staple and crimp and loft as well.
It spins like a dream and takes the dye beautifully because it has so much lustre. Lustre wise you can compare it to a wensleydale for example were it not for the shorter staple and the nice lofty crimp. It's the lustre in the fleece that makes it such a pleasure to dye. That is why I thought it would be nice to offer you something special on this freaky Friday: a very special deal on undyed GaGa! Bunny tops you just cannot pass up ! Also some hand dyed GaGa! Bunny tops ofcourse to colour your spin.
Enjoy todays update ! And, don't forget: the club sign ups will close in about two weeks or until the quota are reached and it is getting closer and closer.
Just message me on Ravelry or facebook or email me to place your order. Have a wonderful weekend and happy spinning and creating !
Big hugs Charly
GaGa! Bunny Tops
$15 for the undyed tops ! that is almost half price for the undyed tops !!!
Natural undyed GaGa! Bunny tops, 100gram braids AU$15!
New IxCHeL Club sign ups Open now (til quotas are reached or until March 31st)
Clubs April, May and June 2015 !
IxCHeL Fibre Club April, May and June
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club April, May and June 2015
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club April, May and June 2015
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
Monday 16th of March, 10am-2pm
Saturday , September 26th
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