Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I am offering 16 skeins of Lion Brand 100% pure virgin wool 4 ply knitting worsted wool yarn. 13 of the skeins are a "Pemberton Camel" color-- a lignt tan. Three of the Lion Brand skeins are a cream color "Fisherman". Each skein is 50 grams of worsted weight wool yarn. It is hand-washable. All but three of the Lion Brand skeins of wool yarn still have their labels. This pure virgin wool is spun in the USA and is very soft and beautiful. Lion Brand is a very popular yarn company for a good reason. They have beautiful yarn. If you enjoy hand-painting or hand-dyeing your yarn, this pure wool yarn would work well. The three skeins of cream colored yarn could be dyed to any color. The camel colored wool yarn is lighter than the picture indicates. You can overdye it or hand paint this wool to very good effect.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Secondly, I like to blend silk roving with other wools and fibers on my drum carder. It makes a nice strong shiny batt. You can also use silk noil, if you want a nubby tweed effect. Generally, I dye the silk (especially the noil) a different contrasting color, and then blend it with my drum carder. I love silk. Little Barn carries both. I want to order some of the silk waste they offer and throw spritzes of that on my batts. The silk dyes easily too.
I also want to order some of their silk yarn to use for warp in weaving scarves. I can imagine buying some plain white yarn from Little Barn, and dyeing it various purples, aquas and magenta and weaving some beautiful scarves.
If economy is important, have a look at their web exclusives page. It changes every so often, but there are always some lovely fibers at great prices.
If I was not already buried in wool, I'm sure I'd buy some of the various wool offerings from them too. You really ought to visit and I'll bet you won't leave their site without finding something you'll have to buy! The link is:
Monday, November 24, 2008
Anyway, I received succinct and useful advice from Randall Hayden at Hayden Loom and Ainadamar Weaving , who has a website about his business: Navajo Style Looms, Tools, Instruction and Weavings.
If you are at all interested in Navajo weaving, you really should visit his site, because he makes looms for weaving Navajo rugs, both for students and for proficient weavers. He teaches Navajo weaving. What a joy it would be to sign up for his class. Too bad it's so far from Ohio. He lives in Southern California. He also offers other equipment and a book pertinent to Navajo rug weaving called Navajo Weaving Way The Path from Fleece to Rug . You can buy it directly from his website, and it would make an excellent Christmas gift, especially if you are thinking of what to send me.
He also does spinning wheel refurbishing and repair.
My second Navajo rug is turning out a little better than the first. Still I am using my two harness rug loom, which is not the best thing to use if you are making Navajo rugs, because it is really hard to pack in the weft firmly enough, and you can't get the tension tight enough on the warp. So you end up breaking a lot of warp strings, as you try packing in the weft by hand, and you are constantly going to the back of the loom to tighten up your warp. Overall, it's very frustrating and takes forever. You'd be wiser and do better to buy a Navajo rug weaving loom from Randall Hayden at Hayden Loom.
Right now, I don't know if I'll ever have time to be serious about making Navajo rugs, but if more time is found, you may be sure that I'll buy a loom for Navajo rugs, probably from Randall Hayden at Hayden Loom and Ainadamar Weaving.
(Once a little "damage control" is done. I'll post pictures of my second Navajo rug. --I have to go in and try to fix some broken warp strings, and tidy up my selvedges. )
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Most people don't know that there are both angora goats and angora rabbits that produce fiber used in yarn. Both types of fiber yarns can be described as angora yarn. However, most of the time, people who sell exotic yarns know enough to label the angora goat hair yarn as "mohair" and the angora rabbit fur yarn as "angora." Generally speaking, angora rabbit fur yarn is softer than angora goat hair yarn, mohair, though I have felt some angora goat hair yarn--kid mohair, that is so soft, it could be mistaken for pure angora rabbit fur yarn, especially when dyed. I make and sell both types of angora yarn: angora rabbit fur yarn, and mohair-- angora goat hair yarn. My favorite yarn is the angora rabbit fur yarn. The following are my favorite colors: pale blue, natural white, pale pink, pale yellow, light gray, and pale lavendar. I sell a lot of 100 % angora rabbit fur yarn. It is offered at $ 15. per 35 yds. skein, double ply, approximately a fingering weight. Shipping is $3 per skein, but if you want more, let me know how many and I will invoice you through PayPal and adjust the shipping. You can always reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you buy at least $150 worth, I will ship it free to US locations. If you need other colors of one hundred percent angora rabbit fur yarn, let me know.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I am offering the following cone yarns for sale. These are great for knitting machines, or for weaving and handspinning purposes. For machine knitting, they are perfect. They are also great to use if you spin--that is, you can ply them in with your handspun single to create a beautiful novelty effect in your yarn. I will try to describe them as well as I can, but feel free to contact me if there is anything else I can tell you about them. Shipping (from 43952) is additional. Let me know which cones you'd like, I'll weigh them all together in a box and calculate the best shipping rate for you. Feel free to make me an offer on all.
#2. Brown lace weight wool, double ply. No tag, but looks like wool. Weighs 1 lb. 4.9 oz. Priced at $10.00
#3. Barley colored fine lace weight wool(?no tag, but looks like wool?) cone weighing 1 lb. 10.9 oz. Priced at $12.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
#6. Camel fingering weight wool. This cone is a light fingering weight double ply. I think it would make a good sock yarn, and I would guess that it might be pure wool, though the tag is gone. It doesn't have the tale-tell acrylic shine, or slippery feel. It has the "matte" feel of wool, if you know what I mean. It weighs 10.5 oz. I'll bet it would dye and I'll use it for socks if it doesn't sell. Offered at $12.
#7. Charcoal gray light fingering weight double ply cone. Probably wool, a thin fingering weight that would probably do for socks. Cone weighs approximately 1 lb. 3.4 oz. Priced at $20. A very nice cone of yarn here.
#1. Barley colored fine lace weight wool(?no tag, but looks like wool?) cone weighing 1 lb. 10.9 oz. Priced at $12.