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11. April 2011 14:00
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Corgi Hill Farms Batts

11. April 2011 14:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

The colorway was "Cafe Savoy"... and I fell in love with it instantly!  I spun some batts for Angela over at Allforloveofyarn last fall, and have been keeping an eye on the selection over at Corgi Hill Farms to see if there was something else I should try.  Generally I don't go for "Sparkly" or art batts, so in the beginning I wasn't sure if I would like spinning from this sort of preparation.  Boy was I mistaken!  Not all Batts are created equal!

These Smooth batts have lots of shine from the silk, and plenty of spring and bounce from the fine wool.  The colors are Chocolaty, Creamy, and just plain fun to work with.  You can't tell from these "Shell" rolled photos, but there are several different colors in both the wool components and in the silk components too.  Many layers of wonderful blended goodness!

corgi hill batt spiral

"Coffee with a shot of brandy and a whipped cream topping. Smooth and perfect on a cold winter's day." 

-Corgi Hill Farms, product description

Corgi Hill Batt

I have started the spinning process already (which is why you only see 1 of 2 batts in the photos!) on my teensy light Golding Dragonfly Spindle.  I'll have to remember to take some photos of her and the fiber together (there is a nice big cop built up right now... must take photo!)  My goal is to try and make some nice light lace weight from this.  I have 4 ounces, and it is spinning up quite fine so far, so I hope I can get at least 800+ yards out of it in the end.

1. February 2010 05:55
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Sheepish Creations... nothing short of Magical!

1. February 2010 05:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sheepish Creations BFL

Sheepish Creations - 100% Hand painted BFL (4 oz)

While Surfing on Etsy.... (don't do this unless you have room for MORE BEAUTIFUL FIBER) I came a across a great little store:  Sheepish Creations - a great little fiber store featuring hand dyed fibers and handspun yarns from a very creative mother and daughter team of fiber artists!

I was particularly intrigued by their "Mystery Colorway" listings... basically for 4 oz hanks of various fibers (i.e. Corriedale and BFL) in unique mystery colors.  I often buy fibers that are photographed and described listings, but this was the first time I felt compelled to order "Surprise Fiber."

I have been really inspired by other spinners lately who choose braids of hand dyed fiber in colorways that I don't seem to be drawn to (browns, oranges, etc) and somehow come up with amazing beautiful hanks of yarn!  I thought, hey why not!  I'll get some lovely fiber, and someone else will choose the color for me... give me a chance to step outside the box!

Sheepish Creations Corriedale2Sheepish Creations - 100 % Hand painted Corriedale (8 oz) 

I was ecstatic when the box finally arrived!  (I *might* have freaked for a few minutes thinking that it was my "Death Socks" for Sock Wars V until I saw the postmarks and such)  The colors are VERY vibrant, and both fibers are soft and fluffy and bouncy!  I have to seriously fight the urge to bury my face in each of them every time I walk by!  The lovely Ladies of Sheepish Creations must have advanced re-fluffing diplomas because these braids are so lofty and light!  I'd love to know the technique to get such heavenly results! (hint hint!)

I'm not sure what these will become yet... but I'm sure I will have fun petting them and daydreaming of what they will be "when they grow up" into yarn later on this month.  I'll keep you posted as the spinning unfolds!  Needless to say, I will definitely be ordering more of this stuff... exceptional quality and enchanting colors!

If it wasn't for Iron Knitter and Sock Wars, I would have jumped right into the spinning.  I am showing *much* restraint!  Don't you Think?  How do you resist the urge to dive into a new project?  are you a Monogamous knitter/spinner?

For more info about Sheepish Creations... click the banner below!  Thanks for the Great Fiber Ladies!


sheepish banner

10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo

Jobo?s Favorite Things: Christmas ? Day 10

10. December 2009 12:50 by Jobo | 6 Comments

Well Folks, we’ve finally made it!  Thanks for following along with me as I spoke-out-loud about the products and gadgets that have caught my eye this season…  I hope that Santa Claus has been listening (I’ve been a GOOD GIRL goshdarnnit!) and that maybe a book or a skein or something finds a way into my stocking this year.

My Last Favorite thing of the series is more of a photo collage… with the goal of maximizing fiber content :)

Handpainted / Hand dyed / Hand Carded – Spinning Fibers!

I know some people have specific likes and dislikes when it comes to wool and fibers for spinning… I must say, at this point I really haven’t met a fiber that I didn’t like.  I like them fine and soft, and coarser and woolier. I like silk and alpaca and tencel and seacelll.  I like combed top and I like carded rolags.  I like silk caps and raw fleece.  I like handpainted wild colors and semi-solids.  I like Batts – from plain blended to wild and stipey.  I love fiber… and I love spinning.  Here are some of the nicest fibers I’ve seen around lately, from a bunch of well known suppliers.  Enjoy!


FiberOpticPencil Roving

Fantastic, Super Smooth Superwash Merino/Nylon Pencil Roving from FiberOptic


Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp


Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms


PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

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