I’ve been working on something big. I’ve found an indie dyer to help me create Pride Packs: collections of handspun mini-skeins in the colors of every LGBTQIA+ pride flag I’ve come across. Each pack will contain roughly four ounces of yarn, split up into equal mini-skeins. For example, the Asexual Pride flag will be split into one-ounce skeins, because the flag has four colors. The regular rainbow flag, with six colors, will have 0.66-ounce skeins. Of course, I’ll standardize the amount of yardage in each pack so you know how much you’re getting of each color.
Cool, huh? But I need your help. While I have ordered wool to make at least one Pack of every flag listed in the poll below, I want to get an idea as to which Pride Packs my customers are interested in so I can make more of those. I want everyone to be able to get yarn in their flag of choice!
So please fill out the form below, if you’re interested in the Packs. Submitting the form in no way obligates you to buy anything; I’m just trying to gauge interest. You don’t even have to leave your email address, although if you do I’ll put you on the notification list for when Packs are available.
I’m currently spinning up two different bits of fiber for a client. These two bobbins, of a superwash wool/sparkle nylon blend, will be plied (twisted) together. You can’t tell from the photo, but the yarn goes from blue to green to blue again repeatedly.
And this is the first bobbin of a rainbow gradient. I’m spinning it very fine, at the client’s request.
I have two weaving commissions coming up next — fabric for a tote bag, and then a scarf with a custom design on it. As always, if you’re interested in my custom work, contact me!
Now you can get regular first-class mail for international shipping. Before it was Priority Mail only. I have fixed that (I wasn’t aware it needed fixing until just now) so my apologies. Happy shopping!
Today I did up some ace pride bracelets. I’m planning trans, non-binary, intersex, demi-sexual, bisexual, and pansexual one’s in the near future too.
I’m planning on shoelaces and skate laces as well. And I’m taking requests. Subscribe to the blog or follow me on Facebook to see when the bracelets are posted to the shop. They’ll be $6 each plus about a dollar for shipping within the US. All handwoven by me on an inkle loom!
I don’t like knitting for money. Knitting takes a long time, so it’s not cost-effective if I want to make a profit. But sometimes I knit things for fun and have no idea what to do with them afterward. So I’ve put a few things in the shop, for prices that basically just cover the yarn I used for them. Better than they go to good homes than sitting in a box in my apartment!
My nephew and I had a table at a small business fair tonight. I sold handspun yarn, handknits, and a few handwoven pieces. My friend Cynthia from Industrial Theory Photography took pictures.
We had a great time, and it might be fun to do it again one day. (The hats and scarves you see in the photos will be available in the shop by this weekend. All of them were handknit or handwoven by me.)
One of the things I, and most other spinners, strive for in spinning is consistency. I’m pretty good at it. Proof: each of these bobbins once held about 220 yards. When I finished plying them together, this is how much was leftover:
The yarn I was making was navy blue. The other colors you see are the leader yarns, which remain on the bobbins permanently.
The bobbin on the left emptied first. The middle one had perhaps 6 inches left on it, and the one on the right about 1.5 feet. I wind up with this much fairly regularly. On the rare occasions I wind up with more left over, it’s usually because I didn’t divide the fiber evenly enough.
(Yes, I’m bragging a little. But it is a pretty impressive skill to have, so I think I’ve earned it!)
I’m taking commissions for handspun again. Right now I’m working on six skeins of merino for someone I met on Ravelry.
I’ll be posting a shop update later this week, by the way. I have a few new skeins of fingering, sport, and worsted weight, all currently drying in my laundry room. Once they’re dry I’ll photograph them and post them to the shop. Stay tuned!