The days are going past all too quickly at the moment. In contrast to bricks and mortar shops this time of year is my busiest, by mid-December the average online shopper knows that something might not arrive for Christmas so they tend to get their buying done early.
I've also been working on behind the scenes stuff. Rather scarily the postcards have arrived to promote my first show of 2014, Unravel down in Farnham. There are pesky things like hotels to book (the campervan is not the place to sleep in February!), and new display shelving, and other exciting things to arrange.
There are also new ideas in the pipeline for new fibres. The lovely Dawn who is the Chairman of my local guild is allergic to wool, as are quite a few of my other friends, for ages now they've been making requests for non-wool spinning fibres. There are plenty out there, but some are tricky to spin, others very expensive, and most tend to make very drapey yarns, not much use for things like hats where you need a fibre with a bit of bounce. I've always stoked a limited number of non-wool fibres, but they were usually off the peg blends, andI was never really 100% happy with them.
It seems slightly ironic to be discussing this in Wovember, but while I'm passionate about sheep and wool, I'm more passionate about spinning, and giving people the tools to spin the yarn they want to spin. For some wool isn't an option, and for others it's nice to have alternatives. Variety is the spice of life and all that.
So just like with my wool blends, I've had my own blends put together. Completely to my own specification, designed to give all non-wool spinners out there a range of options. I'm sure even spinners who can spin wool are going to like these particular blends as well. I've test spun them, as have a couple of other people, and so far they've been a big success. You can read a bit more about then over on the Ravelry group, and find out how to get your hands on some samples!
Here's a bit of a teaser...