Now that I have started selling my yarns, I thought it would be a lovely idea to start posting details of what customers do with their purchases, especially as others can see what to do with art yarn. As it is early days, I’ve only had a few sales, but one (well 2 yarns) was to a woman in America, who has her own Etsy shop. She is Diane Turner and her shop on Etsy is called oatmealcookeez.
Here are a couple of photographs of her work
and this is the yarn she bought from me
Well, it took some time, some hair pulling, some walking away from the laptop in desperation and some help from a significant other, but the shop is open!
Please take a look and tell me what you think. Click on the Etsy shop page on the website and it will take you straight to it. It has certainly been a labour of love, but I’m happy it’s up now.
I’m working on some new beads currently which will go on in the next couple of weeks (allowing time for finishing and photographing etc), but here’s a sneak preview of them on the wheel.
For now, keep well (I’m full of cold!). Love and light.
it will take me a while, but I’ve finally decided to open a little online shop. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and busily making yarn whilst I weighed up the pros and cons. But now, my mind is made up, so I’m beavering away in the background to get it off the ground.
It will be Etsy, because I think to start, building up a base is difficult on your lonesome! And then we’ll see how it goes.
I have a fairly large stash of two plies and art yarn, which I am working my way through organising, but also some lovely fleece from this summers dye sessions. So, it will all be going on.
For now, here’s a sneaky peak at a few piccies which will be winging their way to the new “premises” .
Love and light
I am trying a method that is more environmentally friendly, to cut down on energy and water. I filled a plastic box with rainwater from the butt (up here in Scotland, we are not short of water!) and then soaked the Portland fleece in the water. I then left the box out in the sun (I use the word loosely, as we are having a terrible summer, but hopefully even a little goes a long way). I must admit, that I wanted to get the next fleece in the dirty water, before removing the first one, and it took a long time to come, so the first fleece was left in there a little too long. How do I know this? Not from the smell, which I expected to be bad, but because I think it may have been going a little moldy - there were green colours going on in the water. This was after direct and very warm sun one day, which is what has lead me to that conclusion. But all in all, the Portland was in the water for about 2 weeks. This is the resultant water
Now, this water is full of dirt eating bacteria, from what I understand, so should clean sheep's fleece more quickly than the 2 weeks I left the first one in there. The next to go in this water was 1kg of texel.
And this is the Portland after the "dirty" wash, before rinsing (which is another box of rainwater).
The experiment continues, but so far so good. And if you were wondering, the fleece is destined for a peg loom rug/throw/cover. Can't wait for it to be ready to have a go!