Monday, March 26, 2012

This Year's Plans...

I finally have my 2012 itenerary for events I plan to attend as a vendor. Better late than never, right? This year is looking exciting and next year's schedule to kick it up a few notches more! Check out my 2012 here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

After a Dye Session...

A few Downton Abbey episodes, my collection of Jaquard dyes, a bunch of merino top and a dye pot - and here is the result! These will be added to my shop in the coming days.

 I really "mottled" the colors in this batch. They will spin up a bit muted, and they will be just lovely - I can't wait to try one!

 These are fun because you can just spin - nothing fancy, and do a 2-ply... quick and "brainless" and end up with plenty of color and interst in your yarn.

 I also like to mix and match - spin a singles out of two different colorways then ply together. The results can be unexpectedly great!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

An Alpaca-filled Weekend!

What is happening at Cottage Dyeworks this weekend? Alpaca, in a big way. I just washed four alpaca blankets and threw in a Llama for good measure.

 Alpaca is on the left and the Llama is on the right in the above picture - washed and drying.


Buttery-soft alpaca all clean and ready for the picker.


The same alpaca after it was picked. It is now ready for carding. I am putting some in my shop in case anyone is looking for some gorgeous soft alpaca to work with.