Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Since last week, I've been busy loading up my shop with all sorts of lovely fibers. I seem to be particularly drawn to the silk blends. They are just so soft and pretty and of course silky. I love the quality silk adds to everything!
If you would like to take a look at all of the new fibers, here are their links. I'm going to link you to the 2oz sizes, but if you visit the shop, you'll find other amounts available as well. So here goes: Black Alpaca/Cultivated Silk 80/20, Fawn Alpaca/Tussah Silk 70/30, Mixed Bluefaced Leicester, Cultivated Silk, Fawn Alpaca, and Baby Camel/Tussah Silk 50/50.
Not all of these fibers are new to Wind Rose, but they are all newly replenished with plenty of gorgeous ounces waiting for good homes!
Friday, January 11, 2013
I managed to make a little progress today and as a result I have two new products to share with you. I've added Polwarth Wool Top to my inventory this year. Polwarth is a lovely breed of sheep that was developed from a stock of 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln sheep. The result is a fine, 23 micron wool with a longer staple length.
I'm also very excited to introduce Angora Rabbit Top. I love Angora. It's like spinning a cloud! It's a superfine luxury top (11-13 Micron), with a staple of about 2.5 inches. If you've never tried it, you can buy just 1oz to experience this gorgeous fiber.
This is the time of year when I like to rebuild my inventory at Wind Rose Fiber Studio. It's no small amount of work, but it's fun. I love to add a couple new fibers each year, and like other businesses, sometimes I let a couple go.
Yesterday was grey here in the Valley of the Sun, so I wasn't able to photograph any of the new fibers. I'm hoping I'll be able to get started with those today. In the meantime, I began packaging and listing some favorites back into the shop.
Silk Hankies are back. Just before Christmas, the last of my silk was swept away in the holiday rush, so it's nice to have these beautiful, delicate Silk Hankies back in the shop. I've also replenished my stock of Thick & Thin Highland Peruvian Wool Yarn. This is by far the most popular yarn I carry. It's perfect for making baby blankets or cocoons or any thick and quick project. It's so soft and dyes beautifully. I also replaced Deschutes Heavy Worsted Merino/Silk 60/40 yarn. I have to admit, I pillaged my own inventory in this case. I sent one skein to my mom along with a pretty snood pattern for her birthday. She remarked on how much she liked the yarn. I like it too and recently crocheted an entire lacey vest from just one skein. There's a lot you can do with a 500 yard hank!
Well that's all for now. I should be back tomorrow with more to share. The sun is shining and beckoning me to take nice photos of fiber!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I never used to make resolutions, not in earnest anyway. At present however, I have many. I thought I had recognized each one and paid it homage, but now I have one more. This is the year I let my past creations out of the closet!
My studio closet is stuffed full of things I have made, some dating back more than 6 years. They are scattered around the room too, like this fulled hat and scarf set nonchalantly adorning my mannequin. This year I resolve to photograph and list everything into my shop.
This feels awkward because some of the items are outdated. I still have a few ponchos from when they made their comeback in the early 2000's. I have things that no longer reflect my style or focus and therefore don't represent me in the present tense, but I'm going to put all this aside. It's all just ego anyway. I am going to list them and if they are a bit outdated, I'll just offer them at a great price.
I think this will be a good thing. Not only will it potentially free up space, but hopefully my mind as well. In with the new!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Happy Friday everyone! I hope the first week of 2013 is treating you well. It's been a busy one here at Wind Rose. I've been wearing my accountant hat and summarizing my numbers for 2012 while at the same time gearing up, or should I say fibering up, for 2013. I have a big shipment of beautiful fibers trucking their way to my shop including a couple new additions. I'll be sharing those with you as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, I had to take a little break from the numbers today, so I made up a few new Top Whorl Drop Spindle Kits. Did anyone resolve to learn to spin this year?