Thursday, 24 July 2014

Fibre Club 6 and Yarn Club 2 are OPEN 1st August 2014!

There is no official shop update today, as I will be showing at Fibre-East in a few days. Instead I thought it would be nice to talk you through the next Fibre Club and Yarn Club.


These are a 3 month delivery of hand dyed goodies in exclusive club colourways.

So how does it work and what do you get? There is one easy payment at the checkout and this pays for 3 deliveries. The colourways will be unique to the club and will not go up for sale on the website or at shows until January 2015. Colourways will be chosen by me and everyone will receive the same colour as the club shipments are made.

There are limited spots available. This is because I want to make sure I can fulfil club orders alongside my existing show and website schedule.
 

Fibre Club Options;
• 100% Wool Fibre Club, SINGLE DIP (100g of each colour) – Bases include; BFL, Polwarth and Falkland.
• 100% Wool Fibre Club, DOUBLE DIP (200g of each colour) – Bases include; BFL, Polwarth and Falkland.
• Luxury Fibre Club, SINGLE DIP (100g of each colour) – Bases include; BFL/Sparkle, Merino Superwash and BFL/Silk.
• Luxury Fibre Club, DOUBLE DIP (200g of each colour) – Bases include; BFL/Sparkle, Merino Superwash and BFL/Silk.

OR you can now choose a combination of the two!


Yarn Club Options;
  • SINGLE DIP Sock/4ply Base – SUPERWASH BASE, SPARKLE BASE, LUX BASE (tbc). Yardage is between 365 and 400m per skein.
  • DOUBLE DIP (2 skeins of same colour) Sock/4ply Base – SUPERWASH BASE, SPARKLE BASE, LUX BASE (tbc). Yardage is between 365 and 400m per skein.
 
I'm really looking forward to bringing you fabulous colour and inspiration!



Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

You Tube: Ashford - Good Posture For Spinning on a Wheel

Uploaded on 18 Jul 2011 - It is important to be comfortable and have good posture when spinning.
This advice goes for all wheel types and manufacturers. It is also important to remember basic posture rules when using a spindle too. The key areas of focus when planning each spinning situation are;
  1. Do I have a good chair? The chair should be just the right height for you to comfortably reach the treadles of your wheel without over stretching, or sitting in a hunched position. The chair should also be comfortable and in a stable position. Use a cushion on hardwood chairs and do not use a chair where the seat swivels, or has moving feet.
  2. Am I in a good position/posture? Do I have the right space to spin? You should be able to reach the wheel easily to change bobbins and fix tensions. You should also have in reach all of your tools and wool you will need without having to over-stretch during spinning time. Posture is also very important; your back should be straight and untwisted, with your feet comfortably flat on the floor before each spin (this will mean your chair is the right height for you). Your arms should have the space to easily and naturally move about during spinning... tension in the shoulders and arms will lead to cramps.
  3. How long am I spinning for? Never try to spin for more than 30 minutes at a time without a break... get up and stretch your muscles before you sit again to spin. At the first sign of cramping in your hands, arms and legs you should stop for the day and take a day off as rest in between your next visits. Your body will show the effects over time of wear if you do not treat each spin with care. So if spinning is something you love, take care to avoid Arthritis, Carpel Tunnel and even consider joint supplements (always seek your doctor's advice) if you think they may be beneficial.
Have a wonderful day... Sara x
Website: www.SarasTextureCrafts.com - Ashford Agent and fibre artist/supplier.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

WIP: Colour Block Nomad Cowl

Global-nomad-cowl by Helen Stewart

I fell in love with this cowl when I saw it on ravelry and added it to my queue of patterns to try... but what to knit it in? Well fortunately this quandary didn't last long as I had just finished skeining and balling a new test sample...



I'm not showing you too much at this stage, instead I want to keep you guessing how this test skein might knit up and consider the possibilities for the shop!

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Top Indie Picks: Spinning and Stitching on Etsy.



Like many knitters I always need a little stash of stitch markers in a handy tin for my project bag. This helps make my knitting portable and easy... just how I like it.

Recently I have been using my project bags to help me carry around knitting while I'm at shows, so I needed an extra little tin to carry around those important sundries... welcome in Alex, who has recently opened her new Etsy shop, called Spinning and Stitching. Alex makes projects bags, stitch marker sets with tins and hand spins beautiful yarns.

I had to buy something!

You can find Alex at


I think the readers will agree you deserve a Top Indie Pick badge...



Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Show Production... Nearly, nearly, nearly...


As you read this I will be on my final show day at Killerton Spun, finishing the second of the three shows I have this month. I realised late on that while I'd been posting the odd picture on Instagram, I hadn't managed to find time to blog about production... so here it is a collage of production pictures for you.

You can see I have been dyeing wool and yarn like crazy and have dyed up approximately 20kg of each, which is certainly enough for the shows but also the website (although I don't mind doing it all again if I can sell it at the shows!) I have also been carding more batts and creative a few new colourways and products... so keep an eye out for those on the website through out August.

I am keeping a diary for the podcast, so more show news is on the way... until then... I shall plough on... nearly there!

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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