I realize that I post a lot about my yarn-making to places like Instagram and Facebook, but I always forget to post here to my website. I will try harder to do better moving forward. Thank you for your patience while I find my site-based rhythm. 🙂
This week has been full of fibery goodness at Casa Strawberry Hill. To start I finished knitting the first sock for a pair of Rose City Rollers shorty socks. It fits perfectly!
There is something so luxurious about a pair of hand knit socks made exactly for your own foot out of gorgeous yarn. Speaking of yarn, I’m knitting these socks out of my own yarn. It’s my “Tequila Sunrise” colorway on my sparkle base. I might have one skein left in the shop. I need to dye more. I LOVE how it knits up. Stunning!
My family went to the local Burro Days Festival in Fairplay, CO this past weekend. I came away with some squishy soft lovely alpaca roving. It’s as soft as it looks in the picture. I haven’t decided if I’m going to spin it alone and go for a nice drapey yarn, or blend it with wool to get some memory into it. I’ll let you know when I decide. 🙂
Lastly I’ve been actively working on my Malabrigo merino spin. I have 12 oz in 3 of their colorways that I’m spinning up in a psuedo-random way. I say psuedo because I know how it will turn out, and it’s very intentional, even though it will look a little random. I’m more than half way through the spin and should end up with fingering weight yarn. I’ll post update pics as I go.
And lastly I found a local-ish (she’s Colorado-based but at least a 2-hour drive from where I live) sheppardess on Craigslist with gorgeous fleeces specifically for hand spinners in a breed I adore. I sent the link to my husband and asked him to PLEASE contact her and pick me up a fleece. He works on her side of town, so it’s a LOT easier to have him reach out than it is for me. Fingers crossed! Otherwise I’m going to have to plan a road trip with my kiddos and pick one up myself. I love supporting local fiber-based businesses. Colorado has a great fiber-based industry, just not locally to me.
That’s it for the week. A lot of fiber fun! This week ahead I’m going to be working on steaming my inventory of dyed yarn skeins and reshooting the photography for my Etsy shop. I really struggle with product photography and aren’t doing my yarn a service by having less than stellar photographs for customers to shop. I plan on remedying that, and getting into the dye studio again in the very near future.
That’s a wrap for my week. Wool and spinning is magical and it’s a privilege to get to do what I love every single day. Thanks for following along on this journey with me.
Have a super week everyone!