Over the past few days I have indeed been dyeing everything I can lay my hands on. I'm pleased because I've made a really big dent in the Wonderwool dyeing, providing the members of Pembrokeshire Guild don't come over all light headed at their workshop this weekend!
I've been coming on most evenings and collapsing in to a stained heap... Mum looked at me this morning and asked it the dye stain on my neck was a fashion statement! Yesterday I came in and caught up with my twitter feed and it was awash with awesomeness. There are so many awesome dyers creating beautful things at the moment. It makes me wish there were more hours in the day, because I'd love to buy all the things!
At shows when people complement me on my work I always smile, say thanks, and comment that I simply create things that I love. And I do, I dye the fibres in a way that creates things I enjoy spinning, I use base fibres that I like, I put colours together in combinations that I find pleasing. Fortunately for me many of you share my taste! Butvariety is the spice of life, and just because I create my own fibres, it doesn't mean I can't appreciate the work of others. I get regular squishy parcels from lots of different dyers, mostly fibre but occasionally yarn, and I love working woth something where I've not had to decide upon every detail.
A few days ago I spotted an advert at the bottom of one of my Ravelry pages, and clicked on it, and it led me to a lovely treasure trove. Squeaky Elliot use fleeces from their family's flocks to create beautiful yarn that they then dye. It's just the sort of thing I love to see farmers doing, and a product that I love buying.
I ended up with a skein of Elfyn's laceweight, it's made from Welsh BFL lambs fleeces and is absolutely divine. It was spun here in the UK, and there are only 100 hanks of it, so I feel like I now own something very precious.
She also does a lovely thicker yarn called Gower Wool, whihc uses BFL mixed with Black Welsh Mountain, the depth of colour looks fantastic, and if this BFL is anything to go on wil be absolutely beautiful.
So what shall I make with it?