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Custom spinning is back!

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!

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Aaaand we’re back!

I had gone quiet for a while because I couldn’t spin. The shop was still open, of course, but I haven’t added anything new since December. I was in a fender bender that hurt my right hip, and I treadle with my right foot… I thought my days of spinning were over, or that I’d have to get an electric wheel. But! A couple of weeks ago I finished healing, and I’m back to spinning up some more pretty yarns for the shop. So far I’ve done some luscious Shetland wool/silk blend and more of my beloved Haunui. Right now I’m working on some delicious merino. Watch the blog or social media for the updates!

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Making life simpler.

What with individual states being able to tax online sales, I’ve decided to go back to using Etsy as my main selling platform.  It’s irritating — I greatly enjoy running my own store software, as it gives me more freedom and less overhead — but I don’t have the patience to keep up with multiple tax filings.  Etsy does all that, saving me the headache.

Regardless of what platform I’m using for sales, you’ll always find SwitchKnits.com running.  And the products are all up on this site, they just link to the Etsy store.

Thanks for your patience with the switch!

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Custom woven bands and straps

I took up band weaving some time ago, and I’m now offering custom pieces! Looking for a custom yoga mat carrier, luggage strap, tote bag handles, backpack straps, or other cool woven pieces? Here are a couple of examples of my work.

Backpack Straps

 

Pride Luggage Strap

Pricing depends on the width and length of the piece(s) and number of colors used.  Contact me to discuss your needs, and we’ll figure something out!

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Site Makeover

As you can tell, I’ve been updated and upgrading SwitchKnits.com.  No more Etsy! At least, that’s the plan.  Let me know what you think of the new site and system.

I have some gorgeous yarns waiting for me to take good pictures of them.  Here’s a sneak peek:

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Finished: BFL/Bombyx commission

Byzantine Coin commission skeins

I had to stop spinning for two weeks, due to emergency surgery.  It was… not fun. But this morning I was able to get back to my wheel to finish turning this:

into this:

Byzantine Coin commission skeins

Twenty ounces of fiber worked out to around 1,000 yards of sport/DK weight 3-ply yarn. I’m quite please with the results.  Each skein is in the gradient order of the unspun fiber, so the yarn goes from ivory to light yellow to gold to brown.  Altogether they’ll make a beautiful shawl or other large project.

As always, contact me if you’re interested in having me spin for you.  I love doing commissions!

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Weaving: shoelaces

Making shoelaces on the inkle loom is fun, I’m finding.

I’m using size 10 crochet thread for them, and using an inkle pattern generator to make designs.

I’m planning to make some for the shop, but first I have to send my loom off for an upgrade. When it’s done I’ll be able to weave bands up to eighteen feet long. I’m thinking about putting some other band-woven things in the shop after that. Dog leashes? Lanyards? Give me your suggestions!

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Progress: BFL/Bombyx

Isn’t it gorgeous? The colors are in the order of the gradient.

The yarn is all destined for one project, so for the second skein (currently on the wheel) I’ve mixed a bit of the dark end of the first skein with the light end of the second so that it will provide a continuous, gentle color transition as the knitter makes their project.