Vacation and new fiber

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I had a great time on vacation in Atlanta, GA hence the lack of posts for a while.  Slept a lot and ate out for dinner all week-long.  It was so nice to see family and catch up on our lives over the past few years.  It was so warm in Atlanta compared to the cold/snow of Denver.  Yes I did arrive back into town the same day as the snowstorm.  Still trying to warm up and then I realized that my storm windows have not been lowered so that is my project this week.  Summer has officially departed and winter is upon us.  Missing the trees of Atlanta but of course we have the beautiful snow-capped Rocky Mountains as conciliation. 

Of course I did find a local yarn shop to visit called Sheepish in Decatur, GA.  While there I purchased several ounces of dyed top from the Brown Sheep Wool Co. and even a dyed single ply yarn.  My hand crafted wool combs were mailed out this week and should be here by the weekend. 

Projects:

Drop Spindle – Spun 2 oz of the brown dyed top from the Brown Sheep Co. and have started spinning the 2nd 2 oz

Russian Spindle – Starting to spin an ounce of cotton top; so much fiber left to spin up as I have barely made a dent into it

Wheel – alas nothing is on the wheel at the moment

Navajo Spindle – Giving up on the Churro fleece as it is so felted and I have so much pretty fiber to spin at the moment

Knitting Needles – Progressing on the lace shawl (nearly finished) made with pink Orenburg lace yarn.  So pretty!

New Fiber:

  • Rose Gray Alpaca Fleece
  • 4oz Brown Wool Top
  • 4oz Red Wool Top
  • 7oz Denim wool roving
  • Skein of wool hand dyed single ply yarn

Business:

I have just been invited to participate in a holiday craft sale in a few weeks.  It would require me to get a special county license and my own craft table.  Still weighing the pros/cons of this venture but will keep you posted.  The Yarn Shop at Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch has sold a few of my items the past couple of weeks. I joked with them that they have sales when I’m not around and of course when I work the shop it’s dead.  Selling lots of ATAR’s fleeces via Etsy the past few weeks too.

Currently creating new yarn labels for the hand spun yarns.  I was able to use about 3 of them for the larger skeins of yarn but am tweaking to compensate for smaller sized skeins.  The labels match my website banners and are in harmony with branding my image.  Hoping to drop off new yarns to Wild Yarns in Denver this weekend for the holiday season.

I received a wonderful email from a customer who created a cowl from my hand spun yarn.  The cowl looks beautiful and as she is selling her creations she gave Herie7 credit for the yarn used in the project.  Free advertising is awesome!

Still have 2 scarves that are clean but not blocked which would make great holiday presents.  There is really not enough time in the day to complete all of my tasks so I am back to baby steps and small goals.  This week my goals are to finish the 2 oz of Brown Top, label all of the yarn that I have spun with new labels and block at least one of the scarves.  I’ll let you know how far I have progressed on Sunday.  Until than happy spinning and crafting!

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