One of the things I've been really enjoying doing in the new studio is some dyeing livestreams. Each month I dye a fresh Seasonal Change pack, and I've been setting up my elderly laptop so I can do a running commentary of the process. It's good fun, and is a chance for you all to see behind the scenes, about how I dye this kind of fibre.
Wonderwool Wales has now been and gone so I finally feel like I'm catching up with myself, though in comparison to last year when I was still in the middle of rebuilding the studio things are definitely calmer! Nellie and I have been trying our hand at various scentwork competitions, which have been getting me out and about pretty regularly this spring.
She loves her sniffing classes and practising at home is a great way to burn off some collie brain energy without using too much human effort!
The next big event on the horizon is of course the Tour de Fleece, which helpfully this year starts on July 1st. The team fibre isn't yet available for you to buy, but will be ready very very soon. Spinning team fibre is of course optional, you're welcome to join us and spin anything you like. There's going to be two different options this year. Our theme is Sheep of the Line, and we're going to be exploring sea-going vessels from all over the world, and of many different ages.
Version 1- 20g of fibre to spin every day. A surprise colour hidden in little parcels, 16 are brand new Superfine Merino & Silk colours, and 5 are going to be new Pigments colours representing the cargo carried by the vessels.
This will be £55 inc VAT (less if you're not in the UK and pay the VAT exclusive price)
Version 2- This will be just the Pigments colours, spread out to open throughout the race, 20g of each colour, you'll have numbered parcels to open on the same days as the people who are opening a parcel on every day of the race. I wanted to do an option that was cheaper, and involved less fibre for people who also want spin other things.
This will be the usual price of a mixed pigment pack, £9 inc VAT.
Both will also have some little surprises to open on the rest days...